Bush - Machinehead tab

From: "the Grand High Poobah of Upper Butt-Crack" 

TAB: "Machinehead" by Bush

This song may be in a tuning other than standard, but I don't think so.
There really isn't anything in the song that can't be played elsewhere on
the fretboard.  Therefore, what I have tabbed here should be pretty damn
accurate.  If nothing else, it sounds very much like what is on the CD.

There are several different parts that repeat a few times so I'll just
tab those out with a few tips and let you figure out where they should be.
But there are also a few parts that occur during only one part of the
song so I'll try to be as specific as possible with those bits.

Intro and "Fill 1"||----------------------------||||----------------------------||||----------------------------||||-11-11-13-13-13/14-14/16-16-||||----------------------------||||-9--9--11-11-11/12-12/14-14-||
Fill 2||----------------------------|----------------------------|||----------------------------|----------------------------|||----------------------------|----------------------------|||-11-11-13-13-13/14-14/16-16-|-11-11-13-13-13/14-14/16-16-|||----------------------------|----------------------------|||-9--9--11-11-11/12-12/14-14-|-9--9--11-11-11/12-12/14-14-|
------------------------------------------------------------||14-14-14-14\12-12-12-12/14-14-14-14\12-12-12-12/14-14-14-14\||13-13-13-13\11-11-11-11/13-13-13-13\11-11-11-11/13-13-13-13\||------------------------------------------------------------||------------------------------------------------------------||------------------------------------------------------------||
While you keep doing Fill 1 another guitar needs to start doing this: *-(drums in)||------|------|------|-----|--||------|------|------|-----|--||------|--6---|-10---|-6---|--||-11---|--7---|-11---|-7---|--||-11---|--7---|-11---|-7---|--||-9----|--5---|-9----|-5---|--
*-(stop Fill 1)--------------------------------------------------------------|--------------------------------------------------------------|10-10-------10---10-10---------10-10-------10---10-10---------|11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-|11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-|9--9--x-x-x-9----9--9--x-x-x-x-9--9--x-x-x-9----9--9--x-x-x-x-|
----------------------------------------------------|----------------------------------------------------|6-6-------6---6-6---------6-6-------6---6-6---------|7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-|7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-|5-5-x-x-x-5---5-5-x-x-x-x-5-5-x-x-x-5---5-5-x-x-x-x-|
*-(begin Fill 2 on second guitar)--------------------------------------------------------------|--------------------------------------------------------------|10-10-------10---10-10---------10-10-------10---10-10---------|11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11---------|11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11-x-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-11---11-11---------|9--9--x-x-x-9----9--9--x-x-x-x-9--9--x-x-x-9----9--9--x-x-x-x-|
----------------------------------------------------|----------------------------------------------------|6-6-------6---6-6---------6-6-------6---6-6---------|7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-|7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x-7---7-7-x-x-x-x-|5-5-x-x-x-5---5-5-x-x-x-x-5-5-x-x-x-5---5-5-x-x-x-x-|
Then the vocals start with the "Breathe in, breathe out" stuff and you start that main riff over again. Then the lead bit over the first chorus ("Got a machinehead, it's better than the rest" etc.) is like so:
|-----------------||-4h5-5-5-4h5-5-5-| repeat and crescendo until "I walk from my machine..." etc.|-----------------||-----------------||-----------------||-----------------|
I think that's it as far as tab goes. The main chord progressions for the verses and choruses are as follows: Verse: C# and A Pre-chorus: ("I walk from my machine..." etc.) F# and A Chorus: ("Got a machinehead, it's better than the rest..") E B C# A I think that's it. If I've missed something and you can't figure it out from what I have here, let me know (by email) and I'll get back to ya'. Questions/comments/CONSTRUCTIVE criticism welcome (by email). Flames intelligently rebuked (if I feel like it). Good Luck! Paul D. (pdmytrewycz@music.transy.edu) Machinehead From BUSH's sixteen stone (c) 1994 Tabbed out by: Bas van Pelt [9250128@bn.fnt.hvu.nl] Okay this is a fairly simple song (like most songs of this album) but it sound really good I tabbed out this song about three months or so but never posted it (I'm lazy) but when i got the version that was on the net i saw that mine was much better :) so i decided to post it! (it's completer) A5 C#5 x x x x x x 7 11 7 11 5 9
Intro (just guitar no drums or base)RIFF 1 (guitar 1) repeat a couple of times variation 1e: ------------------------------|--7/9-9-9-9-9-9-9-7-9---4~~~~~------B: -2--2--4--4--4-5--5--5/7-7\---|-------------------------------------G: ------------------------------|--^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^---------------D: ------------------------------|--play the above part ---------------A: ------------------------------|--three times before.........^-------E: ------------------------------|-------------------------------------
: variation (listen for it) : : (guitar 2) repeat 2 or three times :e: -------------------------------------------------------------------B: -------------------------------------------------------------------G: --------------------------------------------------------------------D: ------------------------(11)------11\7---(7)------------------------A: ------------------------(11)------11\7---(7)------------------------E: ------------------------(9)-------9-\5---(5)------------------------ ahjajahahja hajhajhahaahj (i think) :)
after you did that you just strum those same cords a couple of times it goes something like this (guitar 2)
figure 1e: -------------------------------------------------------------------B: -------------------------------------------------------------------G: -------------------------------------------------------------------D: --11--11--x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x-x---A: --11--11--x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x--11--11--x-x-x-x---E: --9---9---x-x-x--9---9---x-x-x-x--9---9---x-x-x--9---9---x-x-x-x---
e: -------------------------------------------------------------------B: -------------------------------------------------------------------G: -------------------------------------------------------------------D: --7---7---x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x-x---A: --7---7---x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x--7---7---x-x-x-x---E: --5---5---x-x-x--5---5---x-x-x-x--5---5---x-x-x--5---5---x-x-x-x---
these rakes may be a little of so you'll have to listen to the record for the exact timing (it's easy though) okay you play this part 2 times the second time this riff gets played VARIATON 1(guitar 1) is played over it
Figure 2e: -------------------------------------------------------------------B: -------------------------------------------------------------------G: -------------------------------------------------------------------D: -------------------------------11\(7)------------------------------A: -------------------------------11\(7)------------------------------E: -------------------------------9-\(5)------------------------------Breath in breath out (2x) .. Breath in
Figure 3e: -------------------------------------------------------------B: -------------------------------------------------------------G: -------------------------------------------------------------D: --x-x--11----------------------x-x-x-x-(7)-------------------A: --x-x--11----------------------x-x-x-x-(7)-------------------E: --x-x--9-----------------------x-x-x-x-(5)------------------- Breath in breath out (2x) .. Breath in.......tied to a wheel
Okay from here it's just the C#5 A5 cord (Figure 1) for the verse here's the lyrics -tied to a wheel fingers got to feel -feeling to a tolocate smile -i spin on a whim i slide to the right -i felt you like electric light -for our love (riff 1 starts here and get's played three times) -for our fear -for our rise against the years and years and years Okay some change here (guitar stops) -Got a machinehead better than the rest } -green to red.... machinehead } this part gets played twice } the second time with this } the second time with this } guitar
e: ----------------| |-----------|B: --2h4-5-5-------| this gets played |-5^fb~~~~r-|G: ----------------| approx 7 times |-----------|D: ----------------| then |-----------|A: ----------------| |-----------|E: ----------------| |-----------|
-got a machinehead it's better than the rest -green to red then something like this follows (listen to the record for exect timing)
figure 4e: -------------------------------------------------------------------B: -------------------------------------------------------------------G: -------------------------------------------------------------------D: ---4--4--444-444---(7)-x-x-x--------------------------------------A: ---4--4--444-444---(7)-x-x-x--------------------------------------E: ---2--2--222-222---(5)-x-x-x-------------------------------------- and i walk my machine i walk my machine
Figure 1 + riff 1 twice + Variation once Figure 2 Figure 1 with the following lyrics -deaf dumb and thirty -starting to deserve this -leaning on my conscience wall -blood is like wine -i'm conscience all the time -if i had it all again -i'd change it all then the next part (2x)
figure 5e: -------------------------------------------------------------B: -------------------------------------------------------------G: --9-9-x-x-x--------------------------------------------------D: --9-9-x-x-x-9-9-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x------------------A: --7-7-x-x-x-9-9-x-x-x-11-11-x-x-x-7-7-x-x-x------------------E: ------------7-7-x-x-x-9--9--x-x-x-5-5-x-x-x------------------
-got a machine head it's better -than the rest meachine head -green to red machine head Figure 4 - Mumbling riff 1 twice + Variation once Figure 1 (inc text) Figure 4 (inc text)
the the last parte: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------B: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------G: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------D: ----------------------------------------------------------------------------A: -4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--/--7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--\-slide back to 4-and repeat as many--E: -2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--/--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--\-slide back to 2-times as you like---
but for the last time you play it play -2 instead of -0 instead of -4 -2 after that he strums something in the E chord and thats it! Tabbed out by: Bas van Pelt [9250128@bn.fnt.hvu.nl] From haqi@magmacom.com Tue Jun 18 20:20:13 1996 Date: Tue, 18 Jun 1996 15:17:37 -0500 From: haqi@magmacom.com (Ikramul Haq) Subject: tab: Machinehead by Bush MACHINEHEAD by Bush written by Gavin Rossedale for the album Sixteen Stone This is a kick ass song. Here it is. Have fun! Guitar 1 Opening riff (played 10 times):
E |-------------------------------------------------------|B |-------------------------------------------------------|G |---6---6--8--8--8--9--9--11-11-------------------------|D |---X---X--X--X--X--X--X--X--X--------------------------|A |---4---4--6--6--6--7--7--9--9--------------------------|E |-------------------------------------------------------|
Fill #1:
E |---------------------------------------------------------------------------|B |---------------------------------------------------------------------------|G |--6--6--X--X--X--6--6--6--X--X--X--X--6--6--X--X--X--6--6--6--X--X--X--X---|D |--6--6--X--X--X--6--6--6--X--X--X--X--6--6--X--X--X--6--6--6--X--X--X--X---|A |--4--4--X--X--X--4--4--4--X--X--X--X--4--4--X--X--X--4--4--4--X--X--X--X---|E |---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|B |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|G |---2--2--X--X--X--2--2--2--X--X--X--X--2--2--X--X--X--2--2--2--X--X--X--X---|D |---2--2--X--X--X--2--2--2--X--X--X--X--2--2--X--X--X--2--2--2--X--X--X--X---|A |---0--0--X--X--X--0--0--0--X--X--X--X--0--0--X--X--X--0--0--0--X--X--X--X---|E |----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E |-------------------------------------------------------------------------|B |-------------------------------------------------------------------------|G |---6---6--8--8--8--9--9--11-11------6--6--8--8--8--9--9--11-11-----------|D |---X---X--X--X--X--X--X--X--X-------X--X--X--X--X--X--X--X--X------------|A |---4---4--6--6--6--7--7--9--9-------4--4--6--6--6--7--7--9--9------------|E |-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E |----9999/7777/9999/7777 /9999/7777/9999/7777/------------------|B |----9999/7777/9999/7777/9999/7777/9999/7777/-------------------|G |---------------------------------------------------------------|D |---------------------------------------------------------------|A |---------------------------------------------------------------|E |---------------------------------------------------------------|
Now the lyrics come in. The guitar starts playing when Gavin says "tied to a wheel..." Then you play fill #1 twice: then this:
E |--------------------------------------------------------------------|B |--------------------------------------------------------------------|G |---6---6--8--8--8--9--9--11-11----- 6--6--8--8--8--9--9--11-11------|D |---X---X--X--X--X--X--X--X--X-------X--X--X--X--X--X--X--X--X-------|A |---4---4--6--6--6--7--7--9--9-------4--4--6--6--6--7--7--9--9-------|E |--------------------------------------------------------------------|
E |----9999/7777/9999/7777 /9999/7777/9999/7777/------------------|B |----9999/7777/9999/7777/9999/7777/9999/7777/-------------------|G |---------------------------------------------------------------|D |---------------------------------------------------------------|A |---------------------------------------------------------------|E |---------------------------------------------------------------|
Then you start play when Gaving sings "Deaf dumb thirty". Then you play Fill #1 twice through. Then there's a pause: The lyrics go Got a machine head Better than the rest Green to read Machinehead Then you play this twice Fill #2
E |--------0---------0---------0---------0-------|B |----4h5---5---4h5---5---4h5---5---4h5--5------|G |----------------------------------------------|D |----------------------------------------------|A |----------------------------------------------|E |----------------------------------------------|
Then the song goes "I walk for my machine" And you play this twice Fill #3
E |--------------------------------------------------|B |--------------------------------------------------|G |--------------------------2--2--2-2-2-2--2--2-----|D |--4--4--4-4-4-4--4--4-----2--2--2-2-2-2--2--2-----|A |--4--4--4-4-4-4--4--4-----0--0--0-0-0-0--0--0-----|E |--2--2--2-2-2-2--2--2-----------------------------|
Then the music fades and there's sort of a drum solo: In the Backround really softly, you can hear the opening riff played twice. Actually, they use a mixer a you probably don't have one. Then Gavin starts singing "Breath in, breath out..." You play Fill #1 once only. And once thechorus starts, you play this:
E |----------------------------------------------------------------|B |----------------------------------------------------------------|G |----9--9--9-----------------------------------------------------|D |----9--9--9---9--9--9--9--9---11--11--11---7--7--7--7--7--------|A |----7--7--7---9--9--9--9--9---11--11--11---7--7--7--7--7--------|E |--------------7--7--7--7--7---9---9---9----5--5--5--5--5--------|
That lasts almost the rest of the song for guitar #1 but when Gavin Finishes singing "Yeah yeah yeah", guitar #2 playes this:
E |-------------------------------------------------------------------|B |-------------------------------------------------------------------|G |---9--9--9--11--9--9--9----9--9--9--11--9--9--9--------------------|D |---X--X--X--X---X--X--X----X--X--X--X---X--X--X--------------------|A |---7--7--7--9---7--7--7----7--7--7--9---7--7--7--------------------|E |-------------------------------------------------------------------|
This is played until the end of the song until gaving starts singing "I walk for my machine........". Then you play this:
E |------------------------------------------------------------------|B |------------------------------------------------------------------|G |------------------------------------------------------------------|D |------------------------------------------------------------------|A |---4--4--4--4--4--4--4--4hhh7--7--7--7--7--7--7--7----------------|E |---2--2--2--2--2--2--2--2hhh5--5--5--5--5--5--5--5----------------|
AND THAT'S THE SONG! If there are any questiones feel free to e-mail me at haqi@magmacom.com bye, Imraan Date: Tue, 25 Mar 1997 14:56:43 -0500 From: Joe Sargent
I saw BUSH on TV, and found out that the chords posted on here a while back for the chorus are wrong. I figured out that the chorus goes like this... E|------------| B|------------| G|-9--5--7--5-| D|-9--5--7--5-| Guitar one plays this a few times... A|-7--3--5--3-| E|------------|
Guitar Two plays...
E|------------------------|B|------------------------|G|------------------------| This is what guitar 2 plays, if it D|-6-6-XXX-3-3-XXX--------| doesn't sound right, try taking out theA|-6-6-XXX-3-3-XXX--------| hammer-ons...E|-4-4-XXX-1-1-XXX--------|
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