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The Four Horsemen by Metallica

The Four Horsemen bass tab by Metallica

Bass tabs with lyrics

The people who transcribed it :

Jeff Jacobson - Anesthesia - Pulling Teeth
Andy Aledort - Jump in the Fire
Steve Gorenberg - the rest

The only thing I've done is converting them to ascii.

I've put all note lengths below the measures, they are :
w - whole note
h - half note
q - quarter note
e - eigth note
s - sixteenth note
t - thirty-second note
l - long note ('fermate' sign)
x+y - play note with length x+y

/ - a couple of these mean you have to fill the length with
  1. eight notes     (1 slash)  or
  2. sixteenth notes   (2 slashes) or
  3. thirty-second notes (3 slashes)

R - in the tab denotes a rest.
x - an undefined or muted note.
[ 3 ] - a triplet

/ - slide up
/(X) - slide up to fret X, but don't pick X
\ - slide down
\(X) - slide down to fret X, but don't pick X
T - tap note
Harm - harmonic
A.H. - Artificial harmonic

inside bar :
p - pull off
h - hammer on
bx - bend string x notes up
bx r - bend string x notes up and release string

a note without a length indication, means a 'ghost' note (The little notes
that occur in sheet music sometimes).

cresc. - crescendo (Play louder and louder, 'fade in')

||-- --||
||-o o-|| - a repeat
||-o o-||
||-- --||

| X |
|-----| - X bar rest
|-----|
|   |

|-----|
| % | - repeat previous bar
|-----|
|-----|

                          Have fun,
                          Wilbert Pol
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------

           THE FOUR HORSEMEN
           -----------------

204 bpm  with triplet feel (e e = q e)
                   [3]

Intro                       2 times
|---------||-------|---|---|---------|---|---|-----------||
|---------||-o---R-|-R-|-R-|---------|---|---|---------o-||
|-3---5-3-||-o-7---|---|---|-R---R---|-R-|-R-|-3---5-3-o-||
|---3-----||-------|---|---|---0---0-|---|---|---3-------||
 q q q q   q h. w  w  q q q q  w  w  q q q q

fig.1
|-----------------|-------------|-----------------|-------------|
|-----------------|-------------|-----------------|-------------|
|-------7-------7-|-------7-5-5-|-------7-------7-|-------7-3-5-|
|-0-0-0---0-0-0---|-0-0-0-------|-0-0-0---0-0-0---|-0-0-0-------|
 e e e q e e e q  e e e q q q  e e e q e e e q  e e e q q q
 [ 3 ]  [ 3 ]   [ 3 ]     [ 3 ]  [ 3 ]   [ 3 ]

                  end fig.1
|-----------------|-------------|---------||
|-----------------|---------5---|---------||
|-------7-------7-|-------7---7-|-3---5-3-||
|-0-0-0---0-0-0---|-0-0-0-------|---3-----||
 e e e q e e e q  e e e q q q  q q q q
 [ 3 ]  [ 3 ]   [ 3 ]

 Verses 1,2         Chorus
||--             |---------------|-----------------|
||-o play fig.1 2 times  |---------------|-----------------|
||-o             |-7-7-7-7-0-7-0-|-7-0-7-0-7-0-7-0-|
||--             |---------------|-----------------|
                q e e e e e e  e e e e e e e e

|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-5-5-5-5-5-0-5-0-|-5-0-5-0-5-0-5-0-|-3-3-3-0-3-0-3-0-|-3-0-3-0-3-0-3-0-|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
 e e e e e e e e  e e e e e e e e  e e e e e e e e  e e e e e e e e

|---------|--------------|---------------|-----------------|
|---------|------7-7-8-9-|---------------|-----------------|
|-2-3-5-7-|-9-10---------|-7-7-0-7-0-7-0-|-7-0-7-0-7-0-7-0-|
|---------|--------------|---------------|-----------------|
 q q q q  q q q e e e  q e e e e e e  e e e e e e e e
          [ 3 ]

          2nd & 3rd time fill 1
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------|
|-5-5-5-0-5-0-5-0-|-5-0-5-0-5-0-5-0-|-3-3-3-0-3-0-3-0-|-2-3-2---|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------3-|
 e e e e e e e e  e e e e e e e e  e e e e e e e e  q q q q

          fill 1
         |-----------------|
         |-7-------7---7---|
         |---5-5-5---5---5-|
         |-----------------|
          e e e e e e e e

fig.2
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------7-5-----|
|-7-5-7-5-7-5-7-5-|-7-5-7-5-7-5---5-|-7-5-7-5-7-5-7-5-|-----5-7-5-----7-5-|
|-----------------|-------------7---|-----------------|-6-7---------------|
 e e e e e e e e  e e e e e e e e  e e e e e e e e  e e e e e e e e e
                            [ 3 ]

                   end fig.2      3rd time to coda
|-----------------|-----------------|---------|       --||
|-----------------|-----------------|---------| play fig.2 o-||
|-7-5-7-5-7-5-7-5-|-7-5-7-5-7-5-----|-3---5-3-|       o-||
|-----------------|-------------7-5-|---3-----|       --||
 e e e e e e e e  e e e e e e e e  q q q q

               fig.3
|---||-----| 6 |-----------||-----------------------|
|---||-----|-----|-R-R-------||-o---------------------|
|-7-||---R-|-----|-----8p7-7-||-o-7---------7---------|
|-0-||-0---|   |-----------||-----0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-|
 w  e h..    q e e q q   e e e e e e e e e e
                  [ 3 ]    [ 3 ]

                       end fig.3 4 times
|------------------|---------------------|-----------------||
|------------------|---------------------|---------------o-||
|-7---------8\7--7-|-7---------7---------|-7---------8-8-o-||
|---0-0-0-0--------|---0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-|---0-0-0-0-------||
 e e e e e s e. q  e e e e e e e e e e  e e e e e q q
   [ 3 ]       [ 3 ]   [ 3 ]    [ 3 ]

half time (102 bpm)           164 bpm straight eights
fill A-------------------| 2/4     4/4
|-9-7---7-----------------|-/9-7---7-----|---R-----------||
|-----9---9-8-7-5-7---5-7-|------9---9-8-|-7-----R---R---||
|-------------------7-----|--------------|-----3---4---5-||
|-------------------------|--------------|---------------||
 e e e e e e e e e e e e  e e e e e e  q e e e e e e
 [ 3 ] [ 3 ] [ 3 ] [ 3 ]  [ 3 ] [ 3 ]

                  8 times
||-------------------|-------------------||
||-o-----------------|-----------------o-||
||-o---------8-7-5-7-|-------3---4---5-o-||
||---0-0-5-7---------|-0-0-0---0---0-----||
   e e e e e e e e  e e e e e e e e
Bridge               8 times
||-------------------|-------------------||
||-o-----------------|-----------------o-||
||-o-----------------|-------3---4---5-o-||
||---0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0---0---0-----||
   e e e e e e e e  e e e e e e e e

102 bpm
fill A 2 times

90 bpm
|-------------------------|----------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|----------------------|-------------------------|
|-----7-7-7-7-5-5-5-5-7-5-|-3-3-3-3-3-0-2-2-2-9\-|-------------------------|
|-0-0---------------------|----------------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-2-3-2-0-2-|
 e e s s s s e e s s s s  e e s s s s e e e e  e e s s s s e e s s s s

|---------------------------|--------------------------|
|---------------------------|--------------------------|
|-----------R-------------5-|-7-7-7-7-7/9-9-9-9-9-9/10-|
|-3-3-3-3-3---7-7-7-7-7-7---|--------------------------|
 e e s s s s s s s s s s e  e e s s s s e e s s s s

|----------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
|----------------------------12----|-14-14-14-14-14-14-16-16-16-16-16-16-|
|-10-10-10-10-10/14-14-14-14----14-|-------------------------------------|
|----------------------------------|-------------------------------------|
 e e s s s s s s e e e  e e s s s s e e s s s s

|-----------------------------------------||
|-17-17-17-17-17/21-21-21-21-21-21-21-21\-||
|-----------------------------------------||
|-----------------------------------------||
 e e s s s s s s s s s s e

Guitar solo I
|-----------------------|---------------------|--------------------|
|-------4-5---------4-5-|---------4-5---------|--------------------|
|-----7-----5-5-5-7-----|-3-3-5-7-----2-2-2-2-|-7----7-5-5-7-5-0-5-|
|-0-0-------------------|---------------------|-0--0---------------|
 e e e s s e e s s s s  e e s s s s e e e e  e. s q e e s s s s

|-----------------------|-------------------------|
|-----------------5-4-2-|-2-2-2-2-0-2-4-4-4-4-0-4-|
|-3-3-5-3-0-3-2-2-------|-------------------------|
|-----------------------|-------------------------|
 e e s s s s e e s s e  e e s s s s e e s s s s

|--------------------------|----------------------------|
|-5-5-5-4-2-0--------------|----------------------------|
|-------------2-2-0-2-0-2/-|-/7-----7-7-7-7-5-5-7-5-0-5-|
|--------------------------|--0-0-0---------------------|
 e e s s s s e s s s s e   e s s s s s s e e s s s s

|-----------------------------|---------------------------|
|-----5-4-2-------------------|-2---2-0-2-4-2-4-2-4-2-4-0-|
|-3-3-------5-3-5-3-2-3-2-----|---------------------------|
|-------------------------3-2-|---0-----------------------|
 e e s s s s s s s s s s s s  e e e s s s s s s s s s s

|-------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-------------------------|-----------------------------|
|-3-3-3-5-3-0-3-2-2-2-----|-------7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-9-9-7-|
|---------------------3-2-|-0-0-0-----------------------|
 e s s s s s s e s s e e  e s s s s s s e s s s s s s

|-----------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-----5-------------5---|-----------------5-7-----|-----------5-7-----------|
|-3-3---3-0-3-2-2-2---7-|-7---7-7-7-7-5-5-----7-5-|-3-3-3-5-7-----2-2-2-2-2-|
|-----------------------|-0-0---------------------|-------------------------|
 e e s s s s s s e e e  e e s s s s e e s s s s  s s e s s s s s s e e e

             2/4     4/4
|-------------------------|-----------|-----------------|-----||
|---------------------7---|-----------|-----------------|---R-||
|-7---7-7-7-7-5-5-7-5---5-|-3-3-5-3-5-|-2-3-2-3-2-3-2-3-|-2---||
|---0---------------------|-----------|-----------------|-----||
 e e s s s s e e s s s s  e e s s e  e e e e e e e e  q h.

triplet feel
204 bpm        102 bpm

play fig.3 4 times  | play fill A 2 times ||

204 bpm
|------|---|---|---------|---|---|---------|---------|---------|---------|
|------|---|---|---------|---|---|---------|---------|---------|---------|
|---R--|-R-|-R-|-R---R---|-R-|-R-|-3---5-3-|---R---R-|---R---R-|---R---R-|
|-0----|---|---|---0---0-|---|---|---3-----|-0---0---|-0---0---|-0---0---|
 e h.. w  w  q q q q  w  w  q q q q  q q q q  q q q q  q q q q

|---------|---------|---------|---------||
|---------|---------|---------|---------||
|---R---R-|---R---R-|---R---R-|-3---5-3-||
|-0---0---|-0---0---|-0---0---|---3-----||
 q q q q  q q q q  q q q q  q q q q

D.S. Verse 3 al Coda

Coda             Guitar solo II
|---||           ||           ||-----------------|
|-R-|| play fig.3 4 times || play fig.3 8 times ||-----------------|
|---||           ||           ||-7-5-7-5-7-5-7-5-|
|---||           ||           ||-----------------|
 w                          e e e e e e e e

|-----------------|-----------------|-------------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------7-5-----|
|-7-5-7-5-7-5---5-|-7-5-7-5-7-5-7-5-|-----5-7-5-----7-5-|
|-------------7---|-----------------|-6-7---------------|
 e e e e e e e e  e e e e e e e e  e e e e e e e e e
                   [ 3 ]

|-----------------|-----------------|---------|-----||
|-----------------|-----------------|---------|-----||
|-7-5-7-5-7-5---5-|-7-5-7-5-7-5-----|-3---5-3-|---R-||
|-------------7---|-------------7-5-|---3-----|-0---||
 e e e e e e e e  e e e e e e e e  q q q q  q h.


Lyrics :
 1. By the last breath the four winds blow
  Better raise your ears
  The sound of hooves knock at your door
  Lock up your wife and children now
  It's time to wield the blade
  For now you've got some company

 Chorus :
  Horsemen are drawing nearer
  On leather steeds they ride
  They've come to take your life
  On through the dead of night
  with the Four Horsemen ride
  or choose your fate and die !

 2. You've been dying since the day you've been born
  You know it's all been planned
  The quartet of deliverance rides
  A sinner once, a sinner twice
  No need for confession now
  'Cause now you've got the fight of your life

 Chorus

 Bridge :
  Time has taken it's toll on you
  The lines that crack your face
  Famine, your body it has torn through
  Withered in ev'ry place
  Pestilence, for what you had to endure
  For what you have put others through
  Death, deliv'rance for you for sure
  Now there's nothing you can do

 3. So gather round young warriors now
  And saddle up your steeds
  Killing scores with demon swords
  Now is the death of doers of wrong
  Swing the judgment hammer down
  Safely inside armor, blood, guts and sweat

 Chorus

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