Backwater

Backwater Bass Tab

backwater
status quo

        Intro:       w       w       w            q   q            w
G---|----------------r---|---r---|---r---|--------7---6---|--------r---|--------|
D---|---4:-----------e---|---e---|---e---|---2:---9---8---|---4:---e---|--------|
A---|---4:-----------s---|---s---|---s---|---4:-----------|---4:---s---|--------|
E---|----------------t---|---t---|---t---|----------------|--------t---|--------|
                                                  only in LIVE version

    w       w       e   e   e e    h       w       w
G---r---|---r---|------------------r---|---r---|---r---|------------------------|
D---e---|---e---|---7---9---7/11---e---|---e---|---e---|------------------------|
A---s---|---s---|------------------s---|---s---|---s---|------------------------|
E---t---|---t---|------------------t---|---t---|---t---|------------------------|
                    only in LIVE version

         q   q            w       w       e   e   e   q   q
G--------7---6---|--------r---|---r---|-----------------------|-----------------|
D---2:---9---8---|---4:---e---|---e---|-----------------------|-----------------|
A---4:-----------|---4:---s---|---s---|---5---7---5---4---0---|-----------------|
E----------------|--------t---|---t---|-----------------------|-----------------|
         only in LIVE version

    q   q   q   e   e       q   e   e   e   e   q
G-----------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|
D-----------------------|---------------0---2---0---|---------------------------|
A---2---2---2---2---2---|---2---2---2---------------|---------------------------|
E-----------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|

    q   q   q   e   e       q   e   e   e   e   q
G-----------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|
D-----------------------|---------------0---2---0---|---------------------------|
A---2---2---2---2---2---|---2---2---2---------------|---------------------------|
E-----------------------|---------------------------|---------------------------|

    q   q   q   e   e       q   e   e   e   e   q       q   q   q   q
G-----------------------|---------------------------|-------------------|-------|
D-----------------------|---------------0---2---0---|-------------------|-------|
A---2---2---2---2---2---|---2---2---2---------------|---2---2---2---2---|-------|
E-----------------------|---------------------------|-------------------|-------|

    e   e   e   e   e   e   e   e       w          w          w
G-----------------------------------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
D-------2---4---2---0---2---0-------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
A---2---------------------------2---|---0~~~---|---0~~~---|---2~~~---|----------|
E-----------------------------------|----------|----------|----------|----------|
__________________________________________________________________________________
********************************************************************************
This is a more fun way to play (but its not correct its just better if you are
playing by yourself or with no guitar):  x3
G|--]---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--]---5---5-------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-6]-7---7---7-5-7-5-3-5-7-----------------------------------------------------|
E|--]---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  ^^only play the 6 the very first time

G|------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---5---5----------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-7---7---7-5-7-5-3-5---5------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------5-3------------------------------------------------------|
***********************************************************************************
_________________________________________________________________________________

    w          rest for 6 bars             w
G----------|-------------------------------r------------------------------------|
D----------|-------------------------------e------------------------------------|
A---2~~~---|-------------------------------s------------------------------------|
E----------|-------------------------------t------------------------------------|

          e   e   e   e   e   e   e   e    9x
G---||-------------------------------------||-----------------------------------|
D---||*-----------------------------------*||-----------------------------------|
A---||*---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---*||-----------------------------------|
E---||-------------------------------------||-----------------------------------|
          build up!!

    e   e   e   e   e   e   s   s   s   s         q   q   q   q    3x
G-------------------------------------------||---------------------||-----------|
D-------------------------------------------||*-------------------*||-----------|
A---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---||*---2---2---2---2---*||-----------|
E-------------------------------------------||---------------------||-----------|

    q   q   q   q           q   q   q   q
G-----------------------|-----------------------|-------------------------------|
D-----------------------|-----------------------|-------------------------------|
A---2---2---2---2-------|---2---2---2---2-------|-------------------------------|
E-----------------------|-----------------------|-------------------------------|
    [1. verse]  Down at     back-water junc-tion

    q       q       q       q           q   q   q   q
G-----------------------------------|-------------------|-----------------------|
D-----------------------------------|-------------------|-----------------------|
A---2-------2-------2-------2-------|---2---2---2---2---|-----------------------|
E-----------------------------------|-------------------|-----------------------|
            roll-ing down the line___

    q   q   q   q           q   q   q       q       q   q   q   q
G-----------------------|-----------------------|-------------------|------------|
D-----------------------|-----------------------|-------------------|------------|
A---2---2---2---2-------|---2---2---2-------2---|---2---2---2---2---|------------|
E-----------------------|-----------------------|-------------------|------------|
                In the      dark earl-y morn-ing    - I heard the 149------------|_

    q   q   q   q       q   q   q   q
G-------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------------------|
D-------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------------------|
A---2---2---2---2---|---2---2---2---2-------|-----------------------------------|
E-------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------------------|
                                    I was

    q       q       q       q       q       q       q       q
G-------------------------------|-------------------------------|---------------|
D---2-------2-------2-------2---|---2-------2-------2-------2---|---------------|
A-------------------------------|-------------------------------|---------------|
E-------------------------------|-------------------------------|---------------|
    walk-ing down the highway           needing some-where to go_

    q   q   q   q       q   q   q   q           q   q   q   q
G-----------r-------|-----------r-----------|-------------------|---------------|
D---2---2---e---0---|---2---2---e---0-------|-------------------|---------------|
A-----------s-------|-----------s-----------|---2---2---2---2---|---------------|
E-----------t-------|-----------t-----------|-------------------|---------------|
                                    A la-       dy laid be-side me

    q       q       q       q           q   q   q   q
G-----------------------------------|-------------------|-----------------------|
D-----------------------------------|-------------------|-----------------------|
A---2-------2-------2-------2-------|---2---2---2---2---|-----------------------|
E-----------------------------------|-------------------|-----------------------|
    - and she in-vit-ed me home__

    q   q   q   q               w
G---------------------------|---------------------------------------|-----------|
D---------------------------|---------------------------------------|-----------|
A---2---2---2---2-----------|---0-----------------------------------|-----------|
E---------------------------|---------------------------------------|-----------|
            - She led me        cold tired and hun-gry__

    w                                           w          w
G-------------------------------------------|-------|------r--------------------|
D---2---------------------------------------|-------|------e--------------------|
A-------------------------------------------|---2---|~~~---s--------------------|
E-------------------------------------------|-------|------t--------------------|
    down the backwa-ter road__                          (let note ring)

                          w    3x   h   q q         q   q   q   q    3x
G---||--------------------r----||---r---r-----||---------------------||---------|
D---||*-------------------e---*||---e---e-----||*-------------------*||---------|
A---||*-------------------s---*||---s---s\2---||*---2---2---2---2---*||---------|
E---||--------------------t----||---t---t-----||---------------------||---------|
          (Rhythm guitar)

    q   q   q   q           q   q   q   q
G-----------------------|-----------------------|-------------------------------|
D-----------------------|-----------------------|-------------------------------|
A---2---2---2---2-------|---2---2---2---2-------|-------------------------------|
E-----------------------|-----------------------|-------------------------------|
    [2. verse]  In a        house on the corner

    q       q       q       q           q   q   q   q
G-----------------------------------|-------------------|-----------------------|
D-----------------------------------|-------------------|-----------------------|
A---2-------2-------2-------2-------|---2---2---2---2---|-----------------------|
E-----------------------------------|-------------------|-----------------------|
            looking over the track

    q   q   q   q           q   q   q       q       q   q   q   q
G-----------------------|-----------------------|-------------------|-----------|
D-----------------------|-----------------------|-------------------|-----------|
A---2---2---2---2-------|---2---2---2-------2---|---2---2---2---2---|-----------|
E-----------------------|-----------------------|-------------------|-----------|
                I woke      up with a fever         and a pain in my bac

    q   q   q   q       q   q   q   q
G-------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------------------|
D-------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------------------|
A---2---2---2---2---|---2---2---2---2-------|-----------------------------------|
E-------------------|-----------------------|-----------------------------------|
                                    She was

    q       q       q       q       q       q       q       q
G-------------------------------|-----------------------------------|-----------|
D---2-------2-------2-------2---|---2-------2-------2-------2-------|-----------|
A-------------------------------|-----------------------------------|-----------|
E-------------------------------|-----------------------------------|-----------|
    lying there beside me               my fever started to grow

    q   q   q   q       q   q   q   q           q   q   q   q
G-----------r-------|-----------r-----------|-------------------|---------------|
D---2---2---e---0---|---2---2---e---0-------|-------------------|---------------|
A-----------s-------|-----------s-----------|---2---2---2---2---|---------------|
E-----------t-------|-----------t-----------|-------------------|---------------|
                                    Had a       funny feeling

    q       q       q       q           q   q   q   q
G-----------------------------------|-------------------|-----------------------|
D-----------------------------------|-------------------|-----------------------|
A---2-------2-------2-------2-------|---2---2---2---2---|-----------------------|
E-----------------------------------|-------------------|-----------------------|
    but the lady said no

    q   q   q   q               w
G---------------------------|---------------------------------------|-----------|
D---------------------------|---------------------------------------|-----------|
A---2---2---2---2-----------|---0-----------------------------------|-----------|
E---------------------------|---------------------------------------|-----------|
                The             lover needs a doctor

    w                                           q          w
G-------------------------------------------|-------|------r--------------------|
D---2---------------------------------------|---0---|------e--------------------|
A-------------------------------------------|-------|~~~---s--------------------|
E-------------------------------------------|-------|------t--------------------|
    down the backwa-ter road__                          (let no

          Q   e   h       Q   e   h       h   h
G---||----------------|---------------|-----------|-----------------------------|
D---||*---------------|---0-----------|-------0---|-----------------------------|
A---||*---0---2---2---|-------2---2---|---0-------|-----------------------------|
E---||----------------|---------------|-----------|-----------------------------|

    Q           e   h        2x   E   s   E   s   E   s   E   s
G----------------------------||-----------------------------------|-------------|
D---0-----------------------*||-----------------------------------|-------------|
A---------------2---2-------*||---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---|-------------|
E----------------------------||-----------------------------------|-------------|
    (2. time)       What you      looking for__     what you

    E   s   E   s   E   s   E   s       e   e   e   e   q   e   e
G-----------------------------------|-------------------------------|-----------|
D-----------------------------------|---0---0---2---0---2---4---2---|-----------|
A---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---|-------------------------------|-----------|
E-----------------------------------|-------------------------------|-----------|
    looking for ___                     Lady do you know what your're

    e   Q   h       E   s   E   s   E   s   E   s
G---------------|-----------------------------------|---------------------------|
D---0-----------|-----------------------------------|---------------------------|
A-------2---2---|---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---|---------------------------|
E---------------|-----------------------------------|---------------------------|
    looking for__   Was I wrong _

    E   s   E   s   E   s   E   s       e   e   e   e   e   e   e   e
G-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|-------|
D-----------------------------------|---0---0---2---0---2---2---4---2---|-------|
A---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---2---|-----------------------------------|-------|
E-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|-------|
    to play a long__                    Lady was I right or lady

    e   Q   h
G-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D---0---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A-------2---2-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    was I wrong

          (Instrumental)          e   e   e   e   e   e   e   e
G---||------------------------------------------------------------|-------------|
D---||*-----------------------------------------------------------|-------------|
A---||*-----------------------------------------------------------|-------------|
E---||----------------------------5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---|-------------|

    e   e   e   e   e   e   e   e       e   e   e   e   e   e   e   e
G-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|-------|
D-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|-------|
A---4---4---4---4---4---4---4---4---|---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---|-------|
E-----------------------------------|-----------------------------------|-------|

    e   e   e   e   e   e   e   e    5x   e   e   e   e   e   e   e   e
G------------------------------------||-----------------------------------|-----|
D-----------------------------------*||-----------------------------------|-----|
A---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---*||-----------------------------------|-----|
E------------------------------------||---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---|-----|

    e   e   e   e   e   e   e   e       e   e   e   e   e   e   e   e
G-----------------------------------|---------------------------------|---------|
D-----------------------------------|---------------------------------|---------|
A---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---7---|---5---5---5---5---5---5---5---5/|---------|
E-----------------------------------|---------------------------------|---------|

    e    e    e    e    e
G------------------------------|------------------------------------------------|
D------------------------------|------------------------------------------------|
A---12---12---12---12---12\----|------------------------------------------------|
E------------------------------|------------------------------------------------|

3rd Verse (Play the same as the 1st verse):

Backwater doctor
You've got me breathing in time
It's ten thirty in the morning
And I'm feeling alright
I ran back to my lady
But I was'nt to know
Lady left this morning
And she's not coming home
I was cold when she left me
Down the Backwater Road.
Bass Tabs
TitleBackwater
ArtistStatus Quo
Tablature TypeASCII Tab
YouTube IDsGKPJIBlv-Q

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a. Strings:

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  • Play the 1st fret on the A string.
        G|-----------------|
        D|-----------------|
        A|---------3-------|
        E|---1-1---1---3---|
    

3. Playing Techniques

a. Hammer-ons and Pull-offs:

Hammer-ons are represented by an "h" (e.g., 5h7 means play the 5th fret and hammer onto the 7th fret). Pull-offs are represented by a "p" (e.g., 7p5 means play the 7th fret and pull off to the 5th fret).

b. Slides:

Slides are often indicated by an "/" or "\\" between two numbers (e.g., 5/7 means slide from the 5th fret to the 7th fret).

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