While The City Sleeps

While The City Sleeps

Rhythm Fig. 1

Gb|---------------------------------------------------|
Db|---------------------------------------------------|
Ab|--7--5--7--------------7--5--7-----------------3-3-|
Eb|-----------0--------------------0------------------|

Gb|--5----5----4-------7\-----------------------------|
Db|-----------------7---------------------------------|
Ab|---------------------------------------------------|
Eb|--------------------------0--1--2--3--2--1--0------|

Rhythm Fig. 2

Gb|---------------------------------------------------|
Db|----------------------------------------14\--------|
Ab|--7--5--7-----------7-7-7--5--7--------------------|
Eb|-----------0---------------------0-----------------|

Gb|--------5----------7-------------------------------|
Db|---------------------------------------------------|
Ab|--x--x---------x-x---------------------------------|
Eb|---------------------------3~-----2----1-----------|

Rhythm Fig. 3

Gb|---------------------------------------------------|
Db|---------------------------------------------------|
Ab|--0--2--2--2--2--2--2--0-----2---------------------|
Eb|------------------------------------0--------------|
    < - - - - - - - - 3x - - - - - - - - >

Gb|---------------------------------------------------|
Db|---------------------------------------------------|
Ab|--0--2--2--2--2--2--2--0---------------------------|
Eb|---------------------------------------------------|

Rhythm Fig. 4

Gb|---------------------------------------------------|
Db|---------------------------------------------------|
Ab|--7--5--7------------------------------------------|
Eb|-----------0------0--0-----------------------------|

Gb|---------------------------------------------------|
Db|---------------------------------------------------|
Ab|--7--5--7---------7--7\------7--7\----(2/)---------|
Eb|-----------0---------------------------------------|

WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS
Simmons/Weissman

[Rhy. Fig 1] (3x)

[Rhy. Fig 2] (3x)
What goes on behind closed doors
Private wounds, open sores
You¥re your own worst enemy
And cheap thrills bring you to your knees
It¥s thumbs down for someone like you
Easy come, easy go

[Rhy. Fig 3]
Burn your bridges, take what you can get
Go for the throat because you paid your debt
Livin¥ well is the best revenge
So give ¥em hell

[Rhy. Fig 1] (2x)
While the city sleeps
Better run for your life
Take your troubles to the night
While the city sleeps
Beggars, thieves and losers
There¥s no relief

[Rhy. Fig 2]
For better or for worse you¥ve bought and sold
They love you while you¥re hot
And leave you when you¥re cold

[Rhy. Fig 3]
It¥s hit or miss, an eye for an eye
Live for today, and don¥t ask why

[Rhy. Fig 1] (2x)
While the city sleeps
It¥s all there in black and white
While the city sleeps
Through the eye of the needle
Gotta thread your life

[Rhy. Fig 4]

[Rhy. Fig 2] (4x)

[Rhy. Fig 3]
Burn your bridges, take what you can get
Go for the throat because you paid your debt
Livin¥ well is the best revenge
So give ¥em hell

[Rhy. Fig 1] (2x)
While the city sleeps
Better run for your life
Take your troubles to the night
While the city sleeps
Beggars, thieves and losers
There¥s no relief

[Rhy. Fig 4]

Key:
/    = slide up
\    = slide down
b    = bend (whole step)
b^   = bend (1/2 step)
b^^  = bend (1 1/2 steps)
pb   = pre-bend
r    = release-bend
t    = tap with righthand finger
h    = hammer-on
p    = pull-off
~    = Vibrato
*    = Natural Harmonic
#(#) = Trill
**   = Artificial Harmonic
x    = Dead notes (no pitch)
P.M. = Palm mute (- -> underneath indicates which notes)
(\)  = Dive w\bar
(/)  = Release w\bar
Tp   = Tap w\plectrum
Bass Tabs
TitleWhile The City Sleeps
ArtistKISS
Tablature TypeASCII Tab
YouTube IDxZLh-RpIfAg

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a. Strings:

Bass tab consists of horizontal lines representing the strings of the bass guitar. The lowest-pitched string (usually the E string) is at the bottom, and the highest-pitched string (usually the G string) is at the top.

b. Numbers:

Numbers on the lines indicate which fret to play on a specific string. For example, if you see "3" on the E string, it means you should press down the third fret on the lowest string.

2. Reading Bass Tab Example

In this tab:

  • Play the note on the 1st fret of the E string.
  • Play the open E string.
  • Play the 3rd fret on the A string.
  • 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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