Big Black - L Dopa tab

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L DOPA – Big Black
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Tabbed by: Ciarán Rooney
Email: lithiumv.prozac@hotmail.com

Tuning: Normal

“L Dopa” is the fourth song on Big Black’s final studio LP, “Songs About Fucking”. Like most of the
album, it’s short, fast, and noisy as hell. It’s about a sleeping sickness epidemic in the 1920s,
where people just slept for years and years, woke up as old people, their youths wasted away
without their actual realizing it – and all of them asked to be killed or else killed themselves.
Yeah, that’s Big Black for you. Here’s the tab.

Intro/Main Riff:The intro is on a bass, so when it comes to playing the riff on guitar for the second when it comes in, it’s just the same notes only with powerchords.e|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|B|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|G|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------|A|-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-3-3-3-3-2-2-2-2-2-2-5-5-5-5--3-2-2-2-2-2-3-3-3-2-2-2-2--|E|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0--3-3-3-3-1-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-1-0-0-0-0--|
He plays several different harmonies over this riff, so if you’ve got an extra guitar he can keep with the above riff. This is the first harmony; it sounds weird by itself but fits into the actual song:
e|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-5-5-5-5-5-4-4-4-4-6-6-6-6-4-4-4-4----|B|------------------------------------------------------------------|G|------------------------------------------------------------------|D|------------------------------------------------------------------|A|------------------------------------------------------------------|E|------------------------------------------------------------------|
This harmony then goes straight into a third octave of the original main riff, played on the high E.
e|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-1-1-1-1-0-0-0-0-0-0-3-3-3-3-3-1-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0-0|B|------------------------------------------------------------------|G|------------------------------------------------------------------|D|------------------------------------------------------------------|A|------------------------------------------------------------------|E|------------------------------------------------------------------|
Chorus (of sorts):
e|------------------------------------------------------------------|B|------------------------------------------------------------------|G|------------------------------------------------------------------|D|------------------------------------------------------------------|A|------------------------------------------------------------------|E|-6-5-5-5-8-5-6-5-5-5-8-5-6-5-5-5-8-5-6-5-5-5-5--------------------|The harmony of which goes:
e|------------------------------------------------------------------|B|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9--------------|G|------------------------------------------------------------------|D|------------------------------------------------------------------|A|------------------------------------------------------------------|E|------------------------------------------------------------------|
The only different part of this song is the “solo” – if you can call it that – which is some weird sounds played over what appears to be a D note on the bass, but who knows? whack over muted strings and it’ll sound fine! And that’s it. Here’s the lyrics: I got a sickness sweet as a love note I got a headache like a pillow Called me Daisy, called me Daisy, called me Daisy, that one Called me Daisy I am a sweetheart I am a prom queen I am some puppies What, Daisy? What, Daisy? Are we here now? I am a horror This is an old one What, Daisy? L Dopa fixed me, all right | / slide up | \ slide down | h hammer-on | p pull-off | ~ vibrato | + harmonic | x Mute note =====================================================================
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