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Talking Heads — Once In A Lifetime (Ver 2) bass tabs


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(submitted by bass freak)
Tabbed by: Ben Aitken
Email: ben.j.aitken@gmail.com

Bass Tuning: Standard

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"Remain in Light" version
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Intro Main riff

"Stop Making Sense" version
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Other versions of Once In A Lifetime

Comments

This is the wrong octave; it's all lower notes. Also, the tuning for the
recorded version is flat by about 1/4 step (halfway between E standard and
Eb). Tinker with it, you'll find it. The song is all the exact same riff
throughout, but with time changes at the end of each verse, chorus and bridge
to throw the tempo off. The open E you hear in the intro only appears that
one time and never occurs again:

Tabs:
G|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-0-5-5-r---------|-5-2-2-r---------|
...1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

After that, it becomes::

G|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-r-5-5-r---------|-5-2-2-r---------|
...1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

At the end of each verse, the last bar extends to 6/4:

G|-----------------|-------------------------|
D|-----------------|-------------------------|
A|-----------------|-------------------------|
E|-r-5-5-r---------|-5-2-2-r-----------5-5-r-|
...1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 &

...which causes the chorus to come in a half measure late, which throws the
riff off, but you still play it exactly the same:

G|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-r-------5-2-2-r-|-r---------5-5-r-|
...1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

The last bar of the chorus extends to 6/4:

G|-------------------------|
D|-------------------------|
A|-------------------------|
E|-r-------5-2-2-r---------|
...1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 5 & 6 &

...then switches back to 4/4 for the verse, setting the riff back to its
original timing:

G|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-r-5-5-r---------|-5-2-2-r---------|
...1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

The bridge and outro are the same riff as well. There are a few down slides
here and there, all from the 12th fret of the D string. And that's pretty much
the entire song.

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