Wash It Away
by
Black Lab


Tabbed by: Greg Spayd
	   grs177@psu.edu


Well, if you're reading this tab, then hopefully you're a pretty big Black Lab fan and you're really excited that you've finally found a more in-depth tab of this song. I've waited around for 5 years for someone to start making better than just "decent" Black Lab tabs, and it never happened. So now I've decided to start tabbing and I can't think of a better way to start than to fill a hole in the internet's vast guitar tablature archives.

Anyways, this is my first attempt at tabbing out a song. All I have is my equipment, my keyboard, and a copy of "Your Body Above Me." (which if you haven't gotten yet, GET IT!!!) Hopefully I'll get around to doing the entire album like this. I feel it is much needed.

Enjoy!!!


Tablature Explaination:
/        = slide up
        = slide down
h        = hammer on
p        = pull off
fb       = full bend (whole step)
fb(r)    = full bend and relaese
hb       = half bend (half step)
~~~~~~   = vibrato (tremolo or with left hand)
x        = Muted string string


Standard Tuning: EADGBe

Intro:
e-||---------------------------|-----------------------------|
B-||----3-2--------------------|----3-2----------------------|
G-||--------2-0----------------|--------2-0------0-2-2fb(r)--|
D-||------------2--2-5-2-------|------------2--2-------------|
A-||--0-------------------5-4--|--0--------------------------|
E-||---------------------------|-----------------------------|x2

Verse 1:
There's some slight, almost reggae-esque picking w/ clean distortion in the progression of A-G-D. Play around with it!

     Wash it in the sea, let it soak all night
     Wash it in the sea, let the salt water wash it away

Distortion w/ Delay
e-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
B-||--5~--------------------------7~-------------3~--------------------
G-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
D-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
A-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
E-||-------------------------------------------------------------------

     Soak it in bleach, till it's white on white

e-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
B-||--5~--------------------------7~-------------3~--------------------
G-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
D-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
A-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
E-||-------------------------------------------------------------------

     Soak it in bleach, till the blood just washes away

Interlude:
e-||-----------------------------|
B-||----3-2----------------------|
G-||--------2-0------0-2-2fb(r)--|
D-||------------2--2-------------|
A-||--0--------------------------|
E-||-----------------------------|

Verse 2:
Continue slight picking w/ clean distortoin w/ A-G-D chord progression.

    Hang it in the wind, let it blow all night
    Hang it up high, let the high wind blow it away

Distortion w/ Delay
e-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
B-||--5~--------------------------7~-------------3~--------------------
G-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
D-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
A-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
E-||-------------------------------------------------------------------

    Hang it in the wind, let the sun burn bright

e-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
B-||--5~--------------------------7~-------------3~--------------------
G-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
D-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
A-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
E-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    Hang it in the wind, till the blood just washes away

PreChorus:
e-||--------------3--3--0-0-0-0--|
B-||--3p2--2-2-2--3--3--3-3-3-3--|
G-||--2----2-2-2--0--0--2-2-2-2--|
D-||-------2-2-2--0--0--0-0-0-0--|
A-||-------0-0-0--2--2-----------|
E-||--------------3--3-----------|x4

    I've waited wasted years
    For a child that's come and gone today
    I've wasted all this fear
    How can I just turn and wash it away?

Chorus:
e-||-----------------3-3--0-0-0-0--|
B-||----0-2-2--0-2---3-3--3-3-3-3--|
G-||--2-2-2-2--2-2---0-0--2-2-2-2--|
D-||--2-2-2-2--2-2---0-0--0-0-0-0--|
A-||--0---0-0----0---2-2-----------|
E-||-----------------3-3-----------|x4

    If I can then I will (I will) wash it away
    If she can then she will wash it away
    If I can then I will (I will) wash it away
    If she can then she will oh wash it away

Before Verse 3:
e-||-------------|
B-||-------------|
G-||--2-2-x--2---|
D-||--2-2-x--2p0-|
A-||--0-0-x--0---|
E-||-------------|x3

Fill:
e-||------------------------|
B-||--3p2h3p2h3p2h3p2h3p2~--|
G-||------------------------|
D-||------------------------|
A-||------------------------|
E-||------------------------|

Verse 3:
Continue slight picking w/ clean distortoin w/ A-G-D chord progression.
    
    40 years, spent one by one
    40 years of life just slippin' away

Distortion w/ Delay
e-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
B-||--5~--------------------------7~-------------3~--------------------
G-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
D-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
A-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
E-||-------------------------------------------------------------------x2  
    
    What I'd give for a first born son
    40 years of blood just washin' away

PreChorus:
e-||--------------3--3--0-0-0-0--|
B-||--3p2--2-2-2--3--3--3-3-3-3--|
G-||--2----2-2-2--0--0--2-2-2-2--|
D-||-------2-2-2--0--0--0-0-0-0--|
A-||-------0-0-0--2--2-----------|
E-||--------------3--3-----------|x4

    I've waited, wasted lives
    I've waited long enough I'd say
    Say, what about this wasted child?
    How can I just turn and wash it away?

Chorus:
e-||-----------------3-3--0-0-0-0--|
B-||----0-2-2--0-2---3-3--3-3-3-3--|
G-||--2-2-2-2--2-2---0-0--2-2-2-2--|
D-||--2-2-2-2--2-2---0-0--0-0-0-0--|
A-||--0---0-0----0---2-2-----------|
E-||-----------------3-3-----------|x4

    If I can then I will (I will) wash it away
    If she can then she will wash it away
    If I can then I will (I will) wash it away
    If she can then she will oh wash it away

Bridge:
e-||--3-3-3-3--0-0-0-0--0~--|
B-||--3-3-3-3--3-3-3-3--2~--|
G-||--0-0-0-0--2-2-2-2--2~--|
D-||--0-0-0-0--0-0-0-0--2~--|
A-||--2-2-2-2-----------0~--|
E-||--3-3-3-3---------------|

    So send me an angel
    Send me the ghost that I was
    Send me an angel
    Send me the ghost that I was

Solo:
Over A-G-D Progression
e-||------------------------------------|--------------------------|
B-||------------------------------------|--------------------------|
G-||--2/4/6~--6~--4h6~--6h7p6-4h6p4-2~--|--2/4/6~--6~--4h6-6h72~--|
D-||------------------------------------|--------------------------|
A-||------------------------------------|--------------------------|
E-||------------------------------------|--------------------------|x2


Now, this is where things get a little tricky. The solo continues along with the vocals, but it's very hard to hear at times, seeing as it is:
1) mixed to be shoved into the background of the song
2) swimming in wah, chorus, possibly reverb, and probably a lot of other stuff, too
and
3) Is played on lower strings at times, which makes it disappear into the bass and vocals.

This was my attempt at it. Maybe it'll be a good enough guide to help you figure out exactly how to play it. Plus, this is my first song I've ever tabbed, let alone the first solo. But I don't see anyone else out there tabbing out Black Lab songs, so good luck! :-P

e-||----------------------------------------------------------------------------
B-||---------------------------------------------------------------2-2-3-3-5~---
G-||--7p6-7p6-7p6-7p6-----------------------------------------------------------
D-||-----------------7~--7-5~--5h7p5--------------------------------------------
A-||----------------------------------7-5-7p5-7p5-7p5-7p5-7p5-4~----------------
E-||----------------------------------------------------------------------------

e-||-------------------------------------------10-9h10-9h10-9h10p9-------9-----------
B-||----------------------------------------10---------------------10~-----10--------
G-||---------------------------------------------------------------------------12~---
D-||--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2~---------------------------------------------
A-||---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-||---------------------------------------------------------------------------------

e-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
B-||--10---------------------------------------------------------------
G-||-----12------------------------------------------------------------
D-||--------14p12-14p12-14p12-14p12-11~---11-11-12-12--14--14~---------
A-||-------------------------------------------------------------------
E-||-------------------------------------------------------------------

e-||----------------------------------|
B-||----------------------------------|
G-||--9fb(r)----7~-----7/9~hb(r)/21---|
D-||----------------------------------|
A-||----------------------------------|
E-||----------------------------------|

The rhythm guitar should simply end the A-G-D progression on an A and let it ring at the end of the song as the soloist slides that last note right up the frets. It all resonates into a mixture of melody, harmony, and echoing feedback that only Black Lab could pull off.

FEEL ABSOLUTELY FREE TO CORRECT ANYTHING YOU FEEL YOU COULD IMPROVE!!!

Just BE SURE TO GIVE ME CREDIT FOR WHAT I'VE DONE HERE!!!

And ENJOY!!!

~Greg
"All the money... All the money in the world... All the money can burn your big machine..."
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