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Waitin' for the Bus  ZZ Top

WAITIN' FOR THE BUS
As recorded by ZZ Top
(From the 1973 Album TRES HOMBRES)
Transcribed by unregistered
Words by Billy Gibbons Music by ZZ Top
Gtr I (E A D G B E) - 'Gtr. I panned left - Gibbons'
Gtr II (E A D G B E) - 'Gtr. II panned right - Gibbons'
Gtr III (E A D G B E) - 'Gtr. III w/ slide - Gibbons'
Gtr IV (E A D G B E) - 'Solo Gtr. IV w/ wah - Gibbons'
Intro
Q=100
N.C.(A)
[1/4] Gtr I[4/4]
 
 ------------PM----| PM--------------PM--| PM-------

E E +E e e e S S S S e E +E e e e S S S S e E
 
 |-----|-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |-----|-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |-----|-------------------5---|-------------------5---|
 |---7-|-(7)-5-7-5-7-5-5---5-7-|-(7)-5-7-5-7-5-5---5-7-|
 |-----|-----0-0-0-0---0-------|-----0-0-0-0---0-------|
 |-----|-----------------------|-----------------------|

| E e e E e e Q E e e E e e Q
|
| Gtr II
| ~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~ ~~~
| E E +E e e e S S S S e E +E e e e S S S S e E
 
 |-----|-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |-----|-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |-----|-------------------5---|-------------------5---|
 |---7-|-(7)-5-7-5-7-x-x-----7-|-(7)-5-7-5-7-5-5-----7-|
 |-----|-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |-----|-----------------------|-----------------------|
 -------PM--| PM---------------PM--| PM ~

+E e e e S S S S e E +E e e e S S S S e E
 
 |-----------------------------|-------------------------------|
 |-----------------------------|-------------------------------|
 |--------------------5----5---|--------------------5----5-----|
 |-(7)-5-7-5--7---5--------5-7-|-(7)-5-7-5--7---5--------5-7---|
 |-----0-0-0--0-------0--------|-----0-0-0--0-------0----------|
 |-----------------------------|-------------------------------|

| E e e E e E Q E e e E e E Q
|
|~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~ ~
| +E e e e S S S S e E +E e e e S S S S e E
 
 |-----------------------------|-------------------------------|
 |-----------------------------|-------------------------------|
 |----------------------5---|----------------------5-----|
 |-(7)-5-7-5-----------7-|-(7)-5-7-5-----------7---|
 |-----------------------------|-------------------------------|
 |-----------------------------|-------------------------------|

Verses
[(A)] ~~~ ~~~~~~~~ ~~~
+E e e e S S S S e E +E e e e S S S S e E
 
 ||------------------------|-----------------------|
 ||o-----------------------|-----------------------|
 ||----------------5---5---|---------------5---5---|
 ||--(7)-5-7-5---5-------7-|-(7)-5-7-5---5-------7-|
 ||o-----------------------|-----------------------|
 ||------------------------|-----------------------|

|
| ~~~ ~~~~~~~~ ~~~
| +E e e e S S S S e E +E e e e S S S S e E
 
 ||------------------------|-----------------------|
 ||o-----------------------|-----------------------|
 ||--------------------5---|-------------------5---|
 ||--(7)-5-7-5-x-x-x-----7-|-(7)-5-7-5-x-x-x-----7-|
 ||o-----------------------|-----------------------|
 ||------------------------|-----------------------|

~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~ ~
+E e e e S S S S e E +E e e e S S S S e E
 
 |-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |---------------5---5---|---------------5---5---|
 |-(7)-5-7-5---5-------7-|-(7)-5-7-5---5-------7-|
 |-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |-----------------------|-----------------------|

|
|~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~ ~
| +E e e e S S S S e E +E e e e S S S S e E
 
 |-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |---------------5---5---|---------------5---5---|
 |-(7)-5-7-5-x-5-------7-|-(7)-5-7-5-x-5-------7-|
 |-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |-----------------------|-----------------------|

[(A)] ~~~ ~~~~~~~~ ~~~
+E e e e S S S S e E +E e e e S S S S e E
 
 |-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |---------------5---5---|---------------5---5-7-|
 |-(7)-5-7-5---5-------7-|-(7)-5-7-5---5---------|
 |-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |-----------------------|-----------------------|

|
| ~~~ ~~~~~~~~ ~~~
| +E e e e S S S S e E +E e e e S S S S e E
 
 |-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |-------------------5---|---------------5---5-7-|
 |-(7)-5-7-5-x-x-x-----7-|-(7)-5-7-5-x-x---------|
 |-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |-----------------------|-----------------------|

~[(D)]~~~~ ~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~
+E e e e S S S +S e E +E e e e S S S +S e E
 
 |-------------------------|--------------------------|
 |---------------6-(6)-6---|---------------6-(6)-6----|
 |-(7)-5-7-5-x-5---------7-|-(7)-5-7-5-x-5------------|
 |-------------------------|-----------------------7--|
 |-------------------------|--------------------------|
 |-------------------------|--------------------------|

|
|~~~~~ ~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~
| +E e e e S S S +S e E +E e e e S S S +S e E
 
 |-------------------------|--------------------------|
 |---------------------6---|---------------------6----|
 |-(7)-5-7-5-7-7-5-(5)---7-|-(7)-5-7-5-x-7-5-(5)------|
 |-------------------------|-----------------------7--|
 |-------------------------|--------------------------|
 |-------------------------|--------------------------|

[(A)] ~~~ ~~~~~~~~
+E e e e S S S S e E +E e e e S S S S E E
 
 |-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |---------------5---5---|---------------5---5---|
 |-(7)-5-7-5---5-------7-|-(7)-5-7-5---5---------|
 |-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |-----------------------|---------------------0-|

|
| ~~~ ~~~~~~~~
| +E e e e S S S S e E +E e e e S S S S E E
 
 |-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |-------------------5---|---------------5---5---|
 |-(7)-5-7-5-x-x-x-----7-|-(7)-5-7-5-x-x---------|
 |-----------------------|-----------------------|
 |-----------------------|---------------------0-|

Chorus
1.
To Coda
E7 G N.C.
~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~
E E E E Q. +E E E E e S S E E E
 
 |------------------|------------------------||
 |---------3----(3)-|---------0-------------o||
 |------------------|-------0----------------||
 |-----2------------|-----0-------------/7---||
 |---2---2----------|-----------5p3---------o||
 |-0----------------|-(3)-----------5-0------||

|
| ~~ ~~~~~~~
| E E E E H E E E e S S E E E
 
 |------------------|------------------------||
 |---------3--------|-------0---------------o||
 |------------------|-----0---0--------------||
 |-----2------------|--0----------------/7---||
 |---2---2----------|-----------5p3---------o||
 |-0----------------|---------------5-0------||

2.
G N.C. A5 C5 D5
~~~~
E E E e S S E E E +E E e S S +H
 
 |---------------------|--------------------|
 |---------0-----------|--------------------|
 |-------0-------------|-------5---7-(7)----|
 |-----0-------------2-|-(2)---5---7-(7)----|
 |-----------5p3-----0-|-(0)-0-3-0-5-(5)----|
 |-(3)-----------5-0---|--------------------|

|
| ~~~~
| E E E e S S E E E +E E e S S +H
 
 |---------------------|--------------------|
 |-------0-------------|--------------------|
 |-----0---0-----------|-------5---7-(7)----|
 |--0----------------7-|-(7)-------7-(7)----|
 |-----------5p3-------|-----0---0-5-(5)----|
 |---------------5-0---|--------------------|

Harmonica Solo
[(A)]Gtrs I, II
 
 PM----------------| ~~~~~~~~~PM----------| ~~~~~

E E E E S S S S E E +E E E E S S S S E E
 
 |------------------------------|----------------------------|
 |------------------------------|----------------------------|
 |------------------------------|----------------------------|
 |------------------------------|----------------------------|
 |-----------------------3------|--------------------3-------|
 |--5---3---5-3-5-3-5-3------5--|-(5)-3-5-3-5-3-5-3------5---|

|
| Gtr III
| ~~ ~~~
| E +E H E +E H. E +E
 
 |------------------------------|----------------------------|
 |-10-(10)s14-----------10-(10)s|=14----------------10-(10)s=|
 |------------------------------|----------------------------|
 |------------------------------|----------------------------|
 |------------------------------|----------------------------|
 |------------------------------|----------------------------|

[(A)]  
 
 PM-------------| ~~~~~~~~~PM----------| ~~~~

+E E E E S S S S E E +E E E E S S S S E E
 
 ||----------------------------|---------------------------|
 ||o---------------------------|---------------------------|
 ||----------------------------|---------------------------|
 ||----------------------------|---------------------------|
 ||o--------------------3------|--------------------3------|
 ||--(5)-3-5-3-5-3-5-3------5--|-(5)-3-5-3-5-3-5-3------5--|

|
| ~~~ ~~~
| H. E +E H. E +E
 
 ||----------------------------|---------------------------|
 ||o-14----------------10-(10)s|=14----------------10-(10)s|
 ||----------------------------|---------------------------|
 ||----------------------------|---------------------------|
 ||o---------------------------|---------------------------|
 ||----------------------------|---------------------------|
 ~~~~~PM----------| ~~~~~~~~~PM----------| ~~~~~

+E E E E S S S S E E +E E E E S S S S E E
 
 |---------------------------|-----------------------------||
 |---------------------------|----------------------------o||
 |---------------------------|-----------------------------||
 |---------------------------|-----------------------------||
 |--------------------3------|--------------------3-------o||
 |-(5)-3-5-3-5-3-5-3------5--|-(5)-3-5-3-5-3-5-3------5----||

|
| ~~~ ~~~
| H. E +E H. E +E
 
 |---------------------------|-----------------------------||
 |-14----------------10-(10)s|=14----------------10-(10)s=o||
 |---------------------------|-----------------------------||
 |---------------------------|-----------------------------||
 |---------------------------|----------------------------o||
 |---------------------------|-----------------------------||

[(A)]  
 
 ~~~PM----------| ~~~~~~~~~PM----------| ~~~~

+E E E E S S S S E E +E E E E S S S S E E
 
 |---------------------------|---------------------------|
 |---------------------------|---------------------------|
 |---------------------------|---------------------------|
 |---------------------------|---------------------------|
 |--------------------3------|--------------------3------|
 |-(5)-3-5-3-5-3-5-3------5--|-(5)-3-5-3-5-3-5-3------5--|

|
| ~~~ ~~~
| H. E +E H. E +E
 
 |---------------------------|---------------------------|
 |-14----------------10-(10)s|=14----------------10-(10)s|
 |---------------------------|---------------------------|
 |---------------------------|---------------------------|
 |---------------------------|---------------------------|
 |---------------------------|---------------------------|
 ~~~~~PM--------------------| ~

+E S S S S S S S S S S S S E
 
 |--------------------------------|
 |--------------------------------|
 |--------------------------------|
 |--------------------------------|
 |---------3-------3-------3------|
 |-(5)-3-5---5-3-5---5-3-5---5-3--|

|
| Gtr IV
| ~~~ ~
| H. E E
 
 |--------------------------------|
 |-14-----------------------------|
 |--------------------------------|
 |--------------------------------|
 |--------------------------------|
 |-----------------------------3--|

Guitar Solo
[(G)]Gtr IV
~~~~~~~~ ~~ ~~~~~~~
+E Q. S S S S S E S S S E E E S S S S +Q
 
 |----------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|
 |----------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|
 |-----8b10-----10-8----8-----------|--------8b10-8b10-8b10-8pb10-8-------------|
 |-------------------10---8---------|--8--10------------------------8-----------|
 |--------------------------10---10-|---------------------------------10-(10)---|
 |-(3)------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|

|
| Gtrs I, II
 
 | ~~~PM---------------| ~~~~~~~~~~~ PM-----------------------| ~~~

| +E E E E S S S S E E +E E E E S S S S E E
 
 |----------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|
 |----------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|
 |----------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|
 |----------------------------------|-------------------------------------------|
 |------------------------1---------|--------------------------------------1----|
 |-(3)-1----3-1--3-1--3-1------3----|-(3)----1----3----1----3-----1-3--1------3-|

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
S S S S +Q S S S S Q +E +E. +E. +E. +E. +E
 
 |-----------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------------|
 |-----------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------------|
 |------8----8b10==(8)r------8----8-8b10---|-(8)pb10-(8)b10---(8)b10---(8)b10-----(8)b10---(8)b10--|
 |-/10----10--------------10---10----------|-------------------------------------------------------|
 |-----------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------------|
 |-----------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------------|

|
 
 |~~~~~~ PM---------------------| ~~~~~~~~~~~~ PM--------------------------| ~~~~~~

| +E E E E S S S S E E +E E E E S S S S E E
 
 |-----------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------------|
 |-----------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------------|
 |-----------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------------|
 |-----------------------------------------|-------------------------------------------------------|
 |----------------------------------1------|---------------------------------------------1---------|
 |--(3)----1--------3---1--3-1--3-1------3-|-(3)------1-----3--------1--3-----1-3--1--------3------|

[(G)] ~~~~~~~
+E E Q S S Q. S S S S S S S S S S S S S S E
 
 |-----------------------------------------|------------------------------------------|
 |------------11b13---11b13-11-------------|-----8------------------------------------|
 |-(8)pb10-10------------------10b12-------|-10----10-8-10-8---------8----------------|
 |-----------------------------------------|-----------------10-8-10---10-10-10p8-8b9-|
 |-----------------------------------------|------------------------------------------|
 |-----------------------------------------|------------------------------------------|

|
 
 | PM-------------------------------| ~~~~~~~~ PM--------------------| ~~~~~

| +E E E E S S S S E E +E E E E S S S S E E
 
 |-----------------------------------------|------------------------------------------|
 |-----------------------------------------|------------------------------------------|
 |-----------------------------------------|------------------------------------------|
 |-----------------------------------------|------------------------------------------|
 |-------------------------------------1---|----------------------------------1-------|
 |-(3)------1--3----1--3-----1--3----1---3-|-(3)----1----3----1----3-1--3--1------3---|

~~~~~
+E S S Q. E +Q E E Q. S S S S E
 
 |--------------------------------|-------11b13-------11-8-------------|
 |--------------------------------|------------------------11-8-10b12==|
 |--------------------------------|-----0------------------------------|
 |-(8)----------------8b9---(8)---|------------------------------------|
 |-----10-8-10--------------------|------------------------------------|
 |--------------------------------|------------------------------------|

|
 
 |~~~~~ PM----------------| ~~~~~~~~PM---------------| ~~~~~~

| +E E E E S S S S E E +E E E E S S S S E E
 
 |--------------------------------|------------------------------------|
 |--------------------------------|------------------------------------|
 |--------------------------------|------------------------------------|
 |--------------------------------|------------------------------------|
 |---------------------------1----|-------------------------1---/7-----|
 |-(3)--1----3--1-3-1-3---1-----3-|-(3)-1--3----1-3-1--3-1-------------|

[(E)] E S S S S S S S S S S S S S S
 
 |-----------------------------------------------------|
 |-(10)r-10b12==10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|
 |-----------------------------------------------------|
 |-----------------------------------------------------|
 |-----------------------------------------------------|
 |-----------------------------------------------------|

|
 
 | ~~~~~PM----------------------------| ~~~~~~

| +E E E E S S S S E E
 
 |-----------------------------------------------------|
 |-----------------------------------------------------|
 |-----------------------------------------------------|
 |------------------------------------------5----------|
 |--(7)---5---------7-----5-----7--5--7--5--------7----|
 |-----------------------------------------------------|

~~~~~~
S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S S +S S S S E
 
 |--------------------------------------------------|---------------------------------------------|
 |-10--10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|-10--10-10-10-10-10r10-10-8-------8---8------|
 |--------------------------------------------------|----------------------------9-(9)---9---9\---|
 |--------------------------------------------------|---------------------------------------------|
 |--------------------------------------------------|---------------------------------------------|
 |--------------------------------------------------|---------------------------------------------|

|
 
 |~~~~~ PM------------------------| ~~~~~~~~~~~ PM-----------------------| ~~

| +E E E E S S S S E E +E E E E S S S S E E
 
 |--------------------------------------------------|---------------------------------------------|
 |--------------------------------------------------|---------------------------------------------|
 |--------------------------------------------------|---------------------------------------------|
 |---------------------------------------5----------|------------------------------------5--------|
 |-(7)-----5-----7-----5-----7--5--7--5--------7----|-(7)-----5-----7-----5----7-5--7--5-----7----|
 |--------------------------------------------------|---------------------------------------------|

Q=7Q=100
D.C. al Coda
(E) N.C.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~[G]~
Q +E S S Q +e E +Q Q H
 
 |--------------------------------------|--------------|
 |-10b12---(10)-10-8--------------------|--------------|
 |-------------------7b9-----(7)pb9\----|--------------|
 |-----------------------------------/7-|-(7)--5--4----|
 |--------------------------------------|--------------|
 |--------------------------------------|--------------|

|
| G
| PM-----| ~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~
| +E E E E S S E E E +Q Q H
 
 |--------------------------------------|--------------|
 |--------------------------------------|--------------|
 |--------------------------------------|--------------|
 |-----------------------------------/7-|-(7)--5--4----|
 |-(7)---5---7---5---5---3--------------|--------------|
 |-------------------------5--0---------|--------------|

Outro
&
(A) N.C. E5
tr I
~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~ ~~~~
E e e e S S S S e E +E e e e S S E Q
 
 |-----------------------|---------------------*|
 |-----------------------|---------------------*|
 |---------------5---5---|---------------------*|
 |-(7)-5-7-5---5-------7-|-(7)-5-7-5-----------*|
 |-----------------------|-----------5-3---2---*|
 |-----------------------|---------------5-0---*|

|
|tr II
|~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~ ~~~~
| E e e e S S S S e E +E e e e S S E Q
 
 |-----------------------|---------------------*|
 |-----------------------|---------------------*|
 |-------------------5---|---------------------*|
 |-(7)-5-7-5-x-x-x-----7-|-(7)-5-7-5-----------*|
 |-----------------------|-----------5-3---2---*|
 |-----------------------|---------------5-0---*|

Duration Legend
 
 ---------------
 W - whole; H - half; Q - quarter; E - 8th; S - 16th; T - 32nd; X - 64th; a - acciaccatura

+ - note tied to previous; . - note dotted; .. - note double dotted
Uncapitalized letters represent notes that are staccato (1/2 duration)
Irregular groupings are notated above the duration line
Duration letters will always appear directly above the note/fret number it represents the
duration for. Duration letters with no fret number below them represent rests. Multi-
bar rests are notated in the form Wxn, where n is the number of bars to rest for. Low
melody durations appear below the staff
Tablature Legend
 
 ----------------

h - hammer-on
p - pull-off
b - bend
pb - pre-bend
r - bend release (if no number after the r, then release immediately)
/\ - slide into or out of (from/to "nowhere")
s - legato slide
S - shift slide
- natural harmonic
(n) - artificial harmonic
n(n) - tapped harmonic
~ - vibrato
tr - trill
T - tap
TP - trem. picking
PM - palm muting
\n/ - tremolo bar dip; n = amount to dip
\n - tremolo bar down
n/ - tremolo bar up
/n\ - tremolo bar inverted dip
= - hold bend; also acts as connecting device for hammers/pulls
- volume swell (louder/softer)
x - on rhythm slash represents muted slash
o - on rhythm slash represents single note slash
Misc Legend
 
 -----------

| - bar
|| - double bar
||o - repeat start
o|| - repeat end
*| - double bar (ending)
: - bar (freetime)
$ - Segno
& - Coda
Tempo markers - = BPM(8/16=s8/s16), where s8 = swing 8ths, s16 = swing 16ths

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