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Song: The Lemon Song

Artist: Led Zeppelin

Album: Led Zeppelin II

Bass Player: John Paul Jones

Tabbed by: John Prather (jnprather@aol.com)

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This song is one i've always told myself i'd learn, and

i've screwed around with bits a pieces of it here and

there, but i've never *really* learned it. When I saw a

request for this song, I suddenly found an excuse to sit

down and try to figure the whole darned thing out. This

is in my opinion an absolute masterpiece of blues bass.

John Paul Jones lets it fly, using all of his signature

licks in this one.

 

The progression is your standard 12-bar blues in E.

Normally i'd shy away from transcribing a "blues"

bassline (because I think with blues it's more important

to focus on playing a "progression" than it is to play a

specific bassline), but Jones' bass playing on this song

is an absolute goldmine of things to learn. I've really

tried and get this as accurate as I possibly can. With blues in a

hey like E, it's always hard to tell if, for example, the bass

player is playing an A on the fifth fret of the E string or is

playing the A string open. I've tried my best to decipher when

he does each but there has to be a few mistakes. Overall i'd like

to think this is pretty accurate. Also, Jones'

use of ghost notes is tricky, because it's often hard

to tell when a note is a true ghost note or just a quick semi-muted

useage of a normal fretted (or open) note. i'm sure there are

certain notes i've specified as a ghost (x) that are

actually fretted and vice versa. Alot of the open notes

I notated could probably be interpreted as a ghost. Play

it however sounds right to you.

 

I've spent *ALOT* of time on this song, and I hope it

helps some people out. If you have any comments feel free

to email me, otherwise, GOOD LUCK!

 

P.S.: There is a minor update to my first Lemon Song transcription.

I saw a transcription of a small portion of this song which was

done by Jones. What I had was 99% accurate, however, all but

one of the ghost notes I had notated were in fact notated as open

string notes by JPJ himself. I have updated this transcription as

such, and I'll try to go through, update it again and convert most of the ghost notes when I have some time. Enjoy!

 

Intro/Verse Riff (rest 3 measures then):

 

G|--7---7--7-------------------------------------------------7-----|

D|----x---------------------------------------------------9-----9--|

A|-------------7--7------------------------7---x--7----------------|

E|-------------------4--4--5--5--6--6--7---------------------------|

 

 

G|-----------------------------------9------------7-----7--7-------|

D|--------------------------------------------9------9----------9--|

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

E|---------x--4--4--5--5--6--7-------------------------------------|

 

 

G|--------------------------------------------9--7-----------------|

D|--------------------------------------------------9--0--7--9-----|

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

E|---------x--4--4--5--5--6--7-------------------------------------|

 

 

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

D|----------------------------------------------8--9------9--------|

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

E|---------x--4--4--5--5--6--7-------------------------------------|

 

 

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

D|---7---------------------------7------7-------5------------------|

A|---------0--4--4--5--5--6--7-------------------------5-----6-----|

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

 

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

D|----------6--6--7--7--8--9------9------------6----7----8---------|

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

E|--------------------------------------7--------------------------|

 

G|---------------11------------------------------------------------|

D|---9---9--x-9------9-----------------------5----7--5-------------|

A|----------------------9--------4--5--6--7-----7-------7--5--6----|

E|-------------------------7--5------------------------------------|

 

0:50 :

 

G|-------9----9--7-------------------------------------------------|

D|-----------------9--x--7--9--5h6--------------5------------------|

A|---7------------------------------7--5--6--7-----7--5-------5----|

E|------------------------------------------------------5-6-7---7--|

 

G|----------------------------------------------9-----9--7---------|

D|---------------------------------------------------------9-------|

A|---------------------------------x--5--6--7------7---------------|

E|---0---0---4---x--5--x--5--6--7-----------------------------7----|

 

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

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

A|---7-------------------------7--5---7--5---7--5--------7---------|

E|-------0---4--4--5--5--6--7-------7------7-------7--6-----6------|

 

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

D|-----------------------------7-----------------7-----------------|

A|---------4---4---5--5--6--7-----7-----------4-----5---6----------|

E|---5---5---------------------------5--5--5-----------------------|

 

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

D|---------6---6---7---7--x--8--9-----------x--6--7--8-------------|

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

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

 

G|----------12/13--11----------------9----11-9---------------5-----|

D|---9--9-------------13-11-9-x-9/11---11------11-9-7--7-x-5---5---|

A|---------------------------------------------------------------x-|

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

 

 

G|-------9---9---9--7----------------------------------------------|

D|---------------------9--7--9--5/6\-------------------------------|

A|---7-----------------------------------------------5----6--------|

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

 

 

Up Tempo (1:27):

 

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

D|----------6--x-7--x-8--9-------------6--6--7--7---x-8--9----------|

A|---7--7-------------------5---7--7-------------------------------|

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

 

 

G|--------------------------7--8--9--9--7--x-----------------------|

D|-------x--6---7--7--8--9-------------------9---x--7--6-----------|

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

E|-----------------------------------------------------------7-----|

 

 

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

D|------------------------------5--7--7--5-------------------------|

A|-----------4---x-5---x-6--7----------------x--7--6--5--4--5------|

E|---5---5---------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

G|------------------------------7--9--9--7-------------------------|

D|-----------6---6-7---x-8--9----------------x-9---x--7--6--7------|

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

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

 

 

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

D|---9---7---------------------------------------------------------|

A|----------9---7---5---7-------------x--4--x--5--x--5--6--7-------|

E|--------------------------5--7---5-------------------------------|

 

 

G|-----------------------------------------6--x-7--x-7--8--8--8----|

D|-----------6--6--7--7--7--8--8--8--9--9--------------------------|

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

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

 

 

G|---9---9---7-----------------------------------------------------|

D|--------------x--9---x--7--5h6-----------------------------------|

A|---------------------------------7---7---5-----------------------|

E|---------------------------------------------x--7--5---3h4--0----|

 

 

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

D|---------------------------------------5--x--5--6--x--6--7--7----|

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

E|----0---0---4--x--5--x--5--6--7----------------------------------|

 

 

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

D|----7---7---5-----------------------------------------------5h6--|

A|----------------x---7---x--5-3h4-----------4--x--5--x--6--7------|

E|----------------------------------5--5--5------------------------|

 

 

G|---------------------------------7--9--9--x-7--------------------|

D|------------6--x--7--x--8--x--9----------------9--x--6--7--8-----|

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

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

 

 

G|------------8---x-9---x-10-11-----------6--x--7--x--8--9---------|

D|----9---9----------------------9--7--7--------------------7------|

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

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

 

 

G|--------9--7--x-6--6--5---x--------------------------------------|

D|----9------------------------9--9--7--7--7--8--9-----------------|

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

E|---------------------------------------------------7-------------|

 

 

G|---------------------------------9---7---------------------------|

D|------------6---x--7---x--8---9---------9-----6--6---7---9-------|

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

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

 

 

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

D|-------9------6---7---8------------------------------------------|

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

E|----------------------------0---4---4---5---5---6---7------------|

 

 

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

D|------------------------------------7--7---x--5------------------|

A|-------------4---4---5---5---6---7---------------x-7--x--4-5-6---|

E|-----5---5-------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

G|---------------------------------9--x-9-----9----7----9----------|

D|-------------6---6---7--7--8--9----------7----8----9-------------|

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

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

 

 

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

D|-----9---9---7---x-----------------------------------------------|

A|--------------------9---x---7--5------------4-x-5-x-5---6--6-----|

E|----------------------------------7---5--5-----------------------|

 

 

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

D|-------------6--6---x-7--7---8--8--9-----------------------------|

A|-----7---7-------------------------------------------4--5--6-----|

E|--------------------------------------7--7--7--7--7--------------|

 

 

Slower Tempo (2:30):

 

G|-----------------------------------------------------9--7--------|

D|-------------6---6--6--7--7--8--9--------------------------9-----|

A|-----7---7-------------------------x--7---x--7-------------------|

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

 

 

G|----------------------------9--8--7------------------------------|

D|-------x--6--6--7--7--8--9-----------9--x--7--6---------------5/-|

A|----7-------------------------------------------7--8--5--6--7----|

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

 

 

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

D|-------------------------5--6--7---------------------------------|

A|----0---4---x-5--x-6--7-------------------4---5---6--------------|

E|------------------------------------5----------------------------|

 

 

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

D|--------x--6--6--7--7--8--9-----------6----7----8----------------|

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

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

 

 

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

D|---9---9--9--9--9--x--9---------------------------7---7----5---7-|

A|-------------------------9----9-------------x--4----5---5h7--7---|

E|----------------------------7---7--6--5--5-----------------------|

 

 

"Now take it down a little..." (2:56):

 

G|---------9-9--9--7-----------------------------------------------|

D|-------x-----------9--7--9-5h6------------5----------------------|

A|---7----------------------------7--5-6-7----7--5--------5--------|

E|-------------------------------------------------5h6-7-----5-----|

 

 

G|-------------------------------9---7-----------------7-----------|

D|---------6---7--8--9-------------------0--7--8--9----------------|

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

E|-----------------------7-----------------------------------------|

 

 

G|--------------------------------9--8--7--------------------------|

D|-------0--6--6--7---7--8--9--0-----------0--9--0-7--6------------|

A|---7--------------------------------------------------7-0----7---|

E|-----------------------------------------------------------7---6-|

 

 

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

D|----------------------------0--5--6--7-----------------7---------|

A|---0---0--4--x--5--0--6--7-------------7---7----0--4------5--6---|

E|-----------------------------------------5---5-------------------|

 

 

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

D|-------0--6--6-6-7--7--7--8--8--8--9--------------0-6---7--0--8--|

A|---7---------------------------------7--5-0-7--7-----------------|

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

 

 

G|-------------11--------------------------------------------------|

D|---9---9--9------9-------9-----9---7------------4-5-6-7----------|

A|--------------------0--9----9---------0-4-5-6-7---------4-4-5-6--|

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

 

 

G|-------9---7-----------------------------------------------------|

D|--------------9--7--5--------------------------------------------|

A|---7--------------------7--5-----7-7--5------------------5--6----|

E|------------------------------7---------7--5--3--5----/7---------|

 

N.H.

G|-------9--9--7---------------------------12-9--------------------|

D|----------------9--7--0--5h6------(5)---------12--9-7-8--9-------|

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

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

 

 

G|-----------------------------------------9--7--------------------|

D|-----------------------------------------------9--7-0-5--7-------|

A|---7--------5--5------------------7---7--------------------------|

E|-------------------7--5--3--5--7---------------------------------|

 

 

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

D|-------------------------4-5-6-7-------------------------5-6-7-9-|

A|---0-------4----5--6--7-----------0--4--4--5-5-6--6-7--7---------|

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

 

 

G|--------9---9--7-------------------------------------------------|

D|------------------9-7-x--5--6-------------x-6--7--8--9------7----|

A|---7---------------------------7--5--6--7---------------x-7------|

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

 

 

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

D|---9--9-------9--------9----9--7-7----7----------------5---7-----|

A|-----------------9----9--9--------------7---4--5--6--7---7-------|

E|--------------------7---------------------5----------------------|

 

 

G|--------9--7-----------------------------------------------------|

D|--------------9--7--5--------------------------------------------|

A|---7-------------------7--5----------------------------0--2------|

E|-----------------------------7---5--3--2--1--0-1--2--3-----------|

 

 

G|-----------------------------------9---9--7--7--7----------------|

D|-----------0--6--0--7---7--8h9---------------------9--7----------|

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

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

 

 

G|---------------------------------7--9----------------------------|

D|---------6--6--7--7--8--8--9--9----------------------------------|

A|---7--7-------------------------------7--7--5--5--5--------------|

E|----------------------------------------------------7--7-5-0-3-4-|

 

 

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

D|---------------------------5--6--7-------------------------------|

A|-----------4---4--5---6--7----------7-----------0--4--5--6-------|

E|---5--5--5-----------------------------5--0-5--------------------|

 

 

G|------------------------7--8--9--12-9---9-9-12-9----9--9---------|

D|------x--6--6--7--8--9---------------12----------12------12-9----|

A|---7----------------------------------------------------------12-|

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

 

 

G|-----------------------------------------------------9---7-------|

D|---9--------------7--8--9------------------------5----------9----|

A|------9-------9-----------9--6-------------5-6-7---7----------5--|

E|---------7----------------------7--x-5-6-7-----------------------|

 

 

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

D|------9/11-------------9\----------------------------------------|

A|---7------------10/11-----10/11---------7--x-5-------------------|

E|----------------------------------7--9----------7--5--3h4--------|

 

 

G|-----------------------------------------------7-----9-----------|

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

A|-------7--7--5--------------------------7--7---------------------|

E|---0------------7--5--2--3--4--0--0--5---------------------------|

 

 

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

D|-------------------------------------------------7-8-------------|

A|---7-----7--7--5-------------x-7-----x-7------7------------------|

E|-------7-----------7--5--0----------------------------0----------|

 

 

G|--------------------------------------------------7--6-----------|

D|-----------------------4--5--6--7-------------7---------9--7--x--|

A|--------x--4--5--6---7-------------4--7-----7---7----------------|

E|----5------------------------------------5-----------------------|

 

 

G|-------------9--9--7---------------------------------------------|

D|----9-----------------9--7--6h7--6h7--6-7-6----------------------|

A|-------7--7----------------------------------7--5-x-7------------|

E|------------------------------------------------------4--4-5--0--|

 

 

G|----------------------11-------------------7-----11--9-----------|

D|-------------9/11h13-----13--11\9--7--9h11----11--------11-----9-|

A|-------9h11------------------------------------------------9h11--|

E|----7------------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

G|--------9---7----------------------------------------------------|

D|----------------9---7--5h6---------------------------------------|

A|----7-------------------------7--5-------------------------------|

E|------------------------------------7--5--3--2--0--0--4--7-------|

 

 

G|-----------9--7----------------------------7--9------------------|

D|-----------------9--7-------------6--7--9------------------------|

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

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

 

 

G|----------9--9--9--9--9--9--7------------------------------------|

D|-------------------------------9---------4-4-4-4-5-5-5-5-6-6-6-6-|

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

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

 

 

G|----------------5/6----------------------------------------------|

D|-----7--5-------------7--5--7--5-------------------------5-------|

A|------------7--------------------7--0--0--0--4--5--6-0-7--7-5--6-|

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

 

 

G|--------9--7-----------------------------------------------------|

D|-------------9--7--5h6-------------5-----7-5---------------------|

A|----7------------------7--5--6--7---7-5-----5-5-6-7-5-5-6-7------|

E|-----------------------------------------------------------5-5-6-|

 

 

G|-------------------11--------------------------------------------|

D|----------------9------9----------------------2------------------|

A|-------------9------------9----9----------2h4---4-2-----4--------|

E|----7---7--------------------7---7--6--5------------5-5----------|

 

 

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

D|------------6--6--7--7--8--8--9--9-------------------------------|

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

E|------------------------------------------/7---------------------|

 

 

Up Tempo (5:36):

 

G|--------------------------------------------------------7--------|

D|----------6--x--7--x--8--9------------6--6-7--x--8--9------------|

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

E|-----------------------------7-----------------------------------|

 

 

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

D|-------------x--9--x--7--5h6-------------------------------------|

A|-------------------------------7--7--5---------------------------|

E|----------------------------------------0--7--0--5--3--4---------|

 

 

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

D|------------------------------5--7--7--5-------------------------|

A|------------4--x--5--x--6--7--------------x--7--x--5--4--5-------|

E|----5---5--------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

G|---------------------------7--9--9--7----------------------------|

D|----------6--x-7--x--8--9--------------0--9--x--7--6--7----------|

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

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

 

 

G|-----------8--8-9--9-10--11--------------6--x-7-x--7--8--8-------|

D|----9---9--------------------x--9--7--7--------------------------|

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

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

 

 

G|----9--9--7--7--7-6--6--5--5-5--x--------------------------------|

D|-----------------------------------9--9--8-8--8--7--7--8--9------|

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

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

 

 

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

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

A|----7--7--5------------------------------------------------------|

E|-------------0-7--x-5--3h4--0--0--4--x--5--x--5--6--7------------|

 

 

G|---------------------------7--9--9--9--7-------------------------|

D|----------6--x-7--x--8--9-----------------x-9--x-7--5h6----------|

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

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

 

 

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

D|-------------------------------4--x-5--x-6--7--7-----------------|

A|----------4--x--5--x--6--7--7---------------------4--5-----------|

E|----5--5---------------------------------------------------------|

 

 

G|--------------------------7---9---9---7--------------------------|

D|--------6--x--7--x--8--9-----------------x--9---7--6--7----------|

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

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

 

 

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

D|----9---7--------------------------------------------------------|

A|------------9--8--7---5------------------------7-----------------|

E|--------------------------7--6--5--------------------------------|

 

Whew!

 

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