Rocket Cathedrals

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Rocket Cathedrals - Be Bop Deluxe

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Tabbed by: twilightcapers

From the great Axe Victim album.  Also covered by Brian Setzer.  This one wasn't written

by Bill Nelson but his fretwork is all over it.

 

Tuning: EADGBe

 

 

| /  slide up

| \  slide down

| s  very rapid slide, sounds like one note

| h  hammer-on

| p  pull-off

| ~  vibrato or sustain

| +  harmonic

| x  Mute note

| <  pick scrape

| b  bend

| r  relax bend

| pb pre-bend

| ^  quarter tone bend

| (x7678x) chord shape

 

 

Intro:

 

___A________________________________B______________________________

 

e|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

D|-------------2---4---2----------|-----1---2---3---4~~~-----------|

A|-0---3---4---------------3---4--|-2------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 | 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & -| 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & -|

 

 

___D________________________________D_______D/A_____A______________

 

e|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|--------------------------------|-2-------3-------2--------------|

G|-------------2---4---2----------|-2-------2-------2--------------|

D|-0---3---4---------------3--h4--|-2-------4-------2--------------|

A|--------------------------------|-0-------0-------0--------------|

E|--------------------------------|-------------------------3^-----|

 

Repeat, then:

 

Verse:

 

" I've been a... "

 

___A_______________________________________________________________

 " bad     boy,                 you know     the way        Became an... "

e|-----5-----------5--------------|-----5-----------5--------------|

B|-----5-----------5--------7-----|-----5-----------5--------------|

G|-5s6----------------------7---5--h6------------------------------|

D|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

A|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

___E_______________________________________________________________

 "  airboy                      and changed my name              my... "

e|-----12----------12-------------|-----12----------12-------------|

B|-----12----------12------14-----|-----12----------12-------------|

G|12s13--------------------14--12--h13-----------------------------|

D|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

A|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

___D_______________________________________________________________

 " airship     dreams     had       found    a        clearer... "

e|-----10----------10-------------|-----10--------------10---------|

B|-----10----------10------12-----|-----10--12----------10---------|

G|10s11--------------------12--10---h13-----12--10-h11-------------|

D|--------------------------------|-------------------------12\----|

A|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

(Riff:)

 

___A_______D/A_____A___________A________A___D/A_____A______________

 " sky... "

e|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|-2-------3-------2-----------2--|-----2---3-------2--------------|

G|-2-------2-------2-----------2--|-----2---2-------2--------------|

D|-2-------4-------2-----------2--|-----2---4-------2--------------|

A|-0-------0-------0-----------0--|-----0---0-------0--------------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 | 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & -| 1 - & - 2 - & - 3 - & - 4 - & -|

 

 

Repeat, more or less the same...

 

 

"I've been thinking about the state I'm in

I started sinking a bottle of gin

In this rocket cathedral pointing to the sky."

 

Chorus:  

 

 " And I'm... "

 

___D_(xx0232)_______________________A_(x02220)_____________________

 " space    -     bound            again,               I need the... "

e|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

G|---------------------2---4p2----|--------------------------------|

D|-0-----------2--h4-----------4--|---------------------2---4p2----|

A|--------------------------------|-0-----------2--h4-----------4--|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

___E_(022100)______________________________________________________

 " money                                                         And I... "

e|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

D|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

A|-------------2---4---2----------|-------------2---4---2----------|

E|-0---3---4---------------3---4--|-0---3---4---------------3---4--|

 

 

Repeat last four bars...

 

" And I can't see the stars, it's so funny,

Until I'm earthbound again, I'll miss you honey, In this... "

 

 

___D_(xx0232)______________________________________________________

 " rocket cathedral                  pointing       to      the... "

e|---------3--p2------------------|--------------------------------|

B|-3---------------3--------------|--------------------------------|

G|-2-------------------2--p0------|-0--h2--p0----------------------|

D|-0---------------------------4--|-------------4---2---0----------|

A|--------------------------------|-------------------------4---2--|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

(Riff:)

 

___A_______D/A_____A___________A________A___D/A_____A______________

 " sky... "

e|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|-2-------3-------2-----------2--|-----2---3-------2--------------|

G|-2-------2-------2-----------2--|-----2---2-------2--------------|

D|-2-------4-------2-----------2--|-----2---4-------2-----------7~~~

A|-0-------0-------0-----------0--|-----0---0-------0---5---8/9----|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

(Rhythm chords in brackets...)

 

___Bm_(x24432)______________________D_(xx0232)______E_(022100)_____

        " some go to Lucifer,           some may be crucified... "

e|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

D|~~~~-----------------9--/11--9--|-7-----------------------7--h9~~/

A|--------------------------------|-----------------7--h9----------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

(Riff:)

 

___A_______D/A_____A___________A________A___D/A_____A______________

 " I'm     going to Mars... "

e|-------------------------12------12------------------------------|

B|-------------10--12~b14~~~~~14~~~~~~14~r12--10-------------------|

G|-----9---11---------------------|-----------------11~~~~~~----9--|

D|/11-----------------------------|--------------------------------|

A|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

___Bm_(x24432)______________________D_(xx0232)______E_(022100)_____

       " some talk to celluloid,       some talk to shiny cars... "

e|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

G|-11-9-7--9-p7-p6-7--p6----------|--------9s11-9---11--9----------|

D|-------------------------7------|-----7-------------------11s9-7-|

A|-----------------------------7--|-9------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

(Riff:)

 

___A_______D/A_____A___________A________A___D/A_____A______________

 " I'll    talk to stars... "

e|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

D|-9---------------7--h9--p7------|-7--h9--p7-------7~~~-----------|

A|---------7--h9---------------9--|-------------9------------------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

Guitar solo section:

 

___B_(x2444x)______________________________________________________

 

e|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|-7---------------7-----------7--|---------7-----------7----------|

G|---------9b11--------9b11-------|-9b11--------9b11--------9b11---|

D|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

A|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

___D_(xx0232)______________________________________________________

 

e|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

B|-10~~~---10~~~---10~~~---10-----------10----------10~~~----------|

G|-12b14---12b14---12b14-------12b14--------12b14-------12b14------|

D|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

A|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|

 

 

(Stretched bars here for signature lick...)

 

(Riff)

 

___A_______D/A_____A___________A________A___D/A_____A_____________

 

e|-19-p17------21-p17------19-p17------21-p17------19-p17------21-p17

B|---------17----------17----------17----------17----------17------|

G|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

D|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

A|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

(Riff)

 

___A_______D/A_____A___________A________A___D/A_____A_____________

 

e|-----19-p17------21-p17------19-p17------21-p17------19-p17------|

B|-17----------17----------17----------17----------17----------17--|

G|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

D|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

A|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

Repeat last two bars with lick.  Use your instinct to know where to stop!

 

 

Repeat verse, chorus and guitar solo, more or less the same.

 

 

"I've been thinking about all of the ways

That a whizz man spends all of his days

In a rocket cathedral pointing to the sky

Wish I was grounded, and see the last of my days

And not rebounded around the Milky Way

In a rocket cathedral pointing to the stars."

 

"So I'll go to Lucifer and I may be crucified,

Goodbye Mars

I'll talk to celluloid, I'll drive a shiny car,

Bye bye stars."

 

 

 

Words & Music by Robert Bryan

© Bill Nelson 2020

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