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Blue Oyster Cult - Godzilla tab


From: "Steven Grogan" 
Subject: guitar tab:pumpkins version of BOC's " Godzilla"
Date: Thu, 09 Oct 1997 00:29:44 PDT

originally by Blue Oyster Cult
here we have the Smashing Pumpkins version, done live
venue/location unknown (at least unknown to me)
tabbed out by Steve Grogan 
my own work, started and completed on 10/09/97

    This is my first time ever trying to tab out anything, so please 
forgive any mistakes. Just to clarify things, this live version of " 
Godzilla" starts out with Billy saying something like, " All right, you 
gotta pretend you didn't hear this," being his modest usual self as if 
the song is going to suck but it really kicks ass. Some people I know 
like it better than BOC's version. (The same holds true for me between 
the Pumpkins' " Jackie Blue" and the original by Ozark Mountain 
    Anyway, after Billy says that he starts to play the main chord 
progression of the song, which sounds sort of " Teen Spirit"-ish. It is 
hereby designated to be RIFF 1. I am not going to tab out the exact 
number of times they play each chord because I do not hear songs in that 
manner. All I do is follow the rhythm, so just listen close for the 
cahnges and in no time it'll be yours. These are power chords, of 

RIFF 1 Guitar 1 only

        G                      C           D              A#               
E        F

So the chord progression is G-C-D-A#-E-F...and remember to keep it in 
mind that I have not tabbed out the exact number of strums for each 
chord. The one main flaw with guitar tab is that it is impossible to 
discern a song's rhythm from it, so I am not going to bother attempting 
it. Anyway, as I was saying this is what comes. Next we have:

Guitars 1 and 2           RIFF 1     2 times (approximately...once 
                                                  check your recordings)

At the end of the last progression they go back and forth between the E 
and F chords like so:

E----------------------------------------                      At least 
to my memory
B----------------------------------------                      that is 
what they do. 
G-----------9----10----9------10---                      Whether they do 
or not, it
D-----------9----10----9------10---                      functions (to 
my ear anyway)
A-----------7----8------7------8-----                      as a good 
transition into the E----------------------------------------                      
next section.

After the E-F back and forth part the whole band comes in. Then:

Guitar 1        SOLO
Guitar 2        RIFF 1

Yes, I could put alot of time and effort into rewinding the tape ad 
nauseum and figuring out what Billy (I assume by the speed that it is 
Billy) is doing but I see no point in that because he was just jamming 
anyway. HE probably doesnt even know what he did unless he listened to 
the tape. So what you need to do is take some blues sclaes and just 
hammer away on them quickly while the other guitarist plays the 
progression. And oh yeah, this song has alot of solos this alot,

After the solo we get lyrics, and under them we have:

Guitars 1 and 2     RIFF 1

With a purposeful grimace and a terrible sound
he pulls the splitting high tension wires down.
(Guitar 1  solo,   Guitar 2   riff 1)

(both guitars riff 1)
He picks up a bus and throws it back down
as he wades thru the people in the center of town.
(Guitar 1   solo,  Guitar 2   riff 1)

(both guitars riff 1)
Helpless people on a subway train
scream bug-eyed as he looks in on them.
(Guitar 1   solo,   Guitar 2   riff 1)

Now despite its brevity I guess we could call this Riff 2. The sound on 
my recordin is really bad, but I think they just play this:


       Oh    no,   they say he's got to go...go,go Godzilla.

(drums,    Guitar 1 solo)

       Oh    no, there goes Tokyo...go, go God...zilla.

By the way, that hammer and pull off thing is done for a bit longer and 
kind of fast. After that we have:

Guitar 1     SOLO
Guitar 2     RIFF 1

Then it comes back to this:

(Both guitars Riff 2)
Oh no, they say he's got to go...go, go Godzilla.
(drums...Guitar 1 solo)

(Both guitars Riff 2)
Oh no, there goes Tokyo...go, go God...zilla. (Do hammer-pull off.)

Then only drums for a while. A bit later, bass line comes in. Further 
down the road Guitar 1 comes in for a solo, at the end of which we get 
both guitars doing something like:

D------5/7------9---------10-------11----12------13-------and so on 
right up the
A------5/7------9----------10------11----12------13-------neck...a crazy 
E------3/5------7----------8--------9------10------11-----chord going 
all the way
the neck. Then the
insanity winds down.                                                                      
Your drummer bursts in
with an explosive roll and
then you just:

Guitars 1 and 2     RIFF 1        which gets played under these lyrics:

History shows again and again
how nature points out the folly of men...Godzilla!  (2 times)

After the second time do that E-F thing again, then:

Guitar 1   SOLO
Guitar 2   RIFF 1

When solo comes to its end you once again switch back and forth between 
E and F power chords, then make random insanity going up and down the 
neck much like the ascending power chords. When it all dies down, a 
high-pitched voice says:

I love you, Godzirra!

And then end by pounding the G power chord a few times. And there you 
should have yourself a fine version of the Pumpkins version of 
" Godzilla." If you want a copy of this song go to the SP Audio Archive, 
whose address is     and that way you can actually 
hear it. It is not the same live version I have, but I am sure they are 
pretty much the same.

Happy jamming!!!        
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