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BAD TO THE BONE

As recorded by George Thorogood & The


(From the 1981 Album BAD TO THE BONE)
Transcribed by Patrick Mabry (transferred Words an
to powertab by Slaya) Arranged
Destroyer

See performance notes

P =`102
A Intro
Moderate Rock Shuffle
G5 C G5 B 5 G5 `
C G5 B 5 G5 C G5 B 5 `

Ie 12
8
(w/slide)
k V V VVV V PR V V j k V V VVV V PR V V k j k V V VV V PR V
VV VPV V VV VPV V VV VPV
1

Gtr I (elec. w/dist.)

T 5 5
A 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 0 5 0 2 3
0 0 5 0 2 3* 0 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 0 5 0 2 3
B
sl. sl. sl.

` b ` `
* Slide 3rd-fret note 1/4 sharp throughout song
G5 C G5 B 5 F 5 G5 C G5 B 5 E5 F5 G5 C G5 B5

VV VV cV VV VV VV VV VV cV R
Ie VV k j k V V VV V VggVV WW V V V VV V VV VV VV VV V VV PP VV
V V V V V
5

(quick slide) (grad. slide)


[[[[[[
T 12 (12)
0 0 0 5 0 3 11 0 12 (12) 0 0 5 0 3 0 9 (9) 10 (10) 12 0 5 0 2 3
A 0 0 0 5 0 3 11 0 12 (12) 0 0 5 0 3 0 9 (9) 10 (10) 12 0 5 0 2 3
B
sl. sl. sl. sl. sl.

b B`5 b `
V V V V V c PPPgggVVV VV VV WWW
G5 F 5
G5 C G5 F F G5 C G5 B 5

ggVV VV VV V V V f VV V PR V V V c
8 e
I VV V V P V VV z VV f VV VV VV
[[ [[[[[[[[[[[
12
T 12 10 11 (11) 12
0 11 (11) 12 12 12 (12) 0 5 0 2 3 0 10 11 (11) 12 0 5 0 3
A 0 11 (11) 12 12 (12) 0 5 0 2 3 0 10 11 (11) 12 0 5 0 3
B
sl. sl. sl. sl. sl.

T
B Verses

TT
Ie VV j
G5 N.C.

10

T
A 0
0
B

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`
cV R
N.C. G5 C G5 B5

14
Ie VV V VV PP VV
This bar rests full measure 1st time
T
0 5 0 2 3
A 0 5 0 2 3
B
sl.

C Chorus
1.
To Coda
To Dbl. Coda
`
cV R cV cV
G5 C G5 B5 G5 C G5 G5 C G5 N.C.

Ie VV j VV V VV PP VV VV j VV V VV VV VV j VV V VV R
P V
17

T
0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 3 0 0 5 0
A 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 3 0 0 5 0
B 2 3
sl. sl.

` ` `
cV R cV R cV R
G5 C G5 B5 G5 C G5 B5 C G5 B5

20
Ie VV j VV V VV PP VV VV j VV V VV PP VV VV j VV V VV PP VV
T
0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
A 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
B
sl. sl. sl.

D 2nd Chorus

` 2.
` `
cV R cV R cV R
G5 C G5 B5 G5 C G5 B5 G5 C G5 B5

23
Ie VV j VV V VV PP VV VV j VV V VV PP VV VV j VV V VV PP VV
T
A 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
B
sl. sl. sl.

` ` `
c c c
G5 C G5 B5 G5 C G5 B5 G5 C G5 B5

j R j R R
26
Ie VV VV VV VV PP VV VV VV VV VV PP VV UU VV VV VV PP VV
T
0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
A 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
B
sl. sl. sl. sl. sl.

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E 1st Guitar Solo


` ` `
VVVVV
G5 C G5 B5 G5 F5 G5 C G5 B5 G5 F G5 C G5 B5

VVV VVV cV R VV VV VV VV VV VV V R gV V
gV V V V
V V V V f VV V PR V
29
Ie WW VV VV V VV PP VV VV VV V VV PP VV V V V P V
[[[ [
12
T 12(12) 12
A 0 12(12) 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 10(10) 12 12(12) 0 5 0 2 3 0 11(11) 12 12 12 (12) 0 5 0 2 3
0 12(12) 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 10(10) 12 12(12) 0 5 0 2 3 0 11(11) 12 12 (12) 0 5 0 2 3
B

B`5 B`5
B`5 G5 G5 B`5 G5 B`5 B`5 B`5 G5 C G5 B`5 G5 Fb
sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl.

c R Vc
G5 G5

cR R R cV cR R bP cf V R gVcgVV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV
32
I VV P V P V P V VV VV V VV V VV P V P V P V VV VV V VV PP VV
e P V P V P V V P V P V P V
V u
[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[
T 2 3
A 0 2 3 2 3 2 3 0 0 5 0 3 0 2 3 2 3 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 11 11(11)12 12 12 12 12 12
0 2 3 2 3 2 3 0 0 5 0 3 0 2 3 2 3 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 11 11(11)12 12 12 12 12 12
B
sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl.

VV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV V V V VV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV V V V V VVV VVV VVV VVV VVV VVV VV V V V V V


G5 N.C. G5 N.C. G N.C.

35
Ie
[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[ let ring [[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[ [[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[
let ring

12 12 12
T 12 12 12 12 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
A 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
B

G Fb F B`5 `
sl.

V
VV VV VV VV VV VV VV V V V VV VVggVVf f VV VV PP VV VVV VVV VV VV VVV
G5 N.C. G5 G5 E5 G5 C G5 B5

VV VV cV R
38
Ie z VV PP VV WW VV VV V VV PP VV
z
[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[
let ring [[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[
12
T 12 12 12 12 12
A 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 0 2 3 0 9 (9) 0 0 5 0 2 3
12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 10 10 10 12 12 12 12 12 12 0 2 3 0 9 (9) 0 0 5 0 2 3
B
sl. sl. sl. sl. sl.

` S G5
F 3rd Chorus
D.S. al Coda
` `
c c c
G5 C G5 B5 C G5 B5 G5 C G5 B5

R j R j R
41
Ie UU VV VV VV PP VV VV VV VV VV PP VV VV VV VV VV PP VV
T
0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
A 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
B
sl. sl. sl.

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` `
c V c V
G5 C G5 B5 G5 C G5 B5

j R R
44
Ie VV VV V VV PP VV UU VV V VV PP VV
T
0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
A 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
B
sl. sl. sl. sl.

G Sax Solo
G5 C G5 ` G5
B5 C G5 B`5 G5 C G5 B`5

V VVVVVVV V V V VV VV V k PV V V VV VVVVV V
8va 8va

Ie k z u
u u u u u
46

Gtr II [[[[[
T 15 17 15 17 17 18 17 (17) 15 17 15 15 17
A 12 12 12 12 14 12 12 16 16 16 16 12
14 14 14
B
sl. H P sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. H P sl. sl.

cV R cV R cV R
Ie UU VV V VV PP VV UU VV V VV PP VV UU VV V VV PP VV
Gtr I

T
A 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
B
sl. sl. sl.

G5 C G5` G5 B5 C G5 B`5 G5 C G5 B`5

V V VV k V V V V V V V V V V k Vu V V V V V V V W k Vu
8va 8va

49
Ie u
\\\\\\\\\ [[[[[[[
15 12 12 15 12 13
T 15 11(11) 12 15 15 11(11) 12 15
A 15 14 12 12 12 12 12
14
B
sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl.

cV R cV R cV R
Ie UU VV V VV PP VV UU VV V VV PP VV UU VV V VV PP VV
T
A 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
B
sl. sl. sl.

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G5 Dm C G5 C G5 B5 ` G5 C G5 B5 `
V VVVVV V V k V V V VVVV j kW V W V
8va 8va 15ma

52
Ie u u u
[[[[ \\\ O(22) M\\\\\\\\\(22)
Full Full
tr
15 12 12 10 12 (13) 12 (12)12(12)12 22
T 15 11(11)12 15
A
B
sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl.sl. sl.sl.

V VV VV VV VV V V VV R V VV VV cV R cV R
Ie VV V V VV P VV V V V V VV V VV PP VV UU VV V VV PP VV

let ring
3 3 3 3 3 5 5
T 3 3 3 3 3 5
A 0 5 0 2 4 0 12(12) 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
0 5 0 0 12(12) 0 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
B
sl. sl. sl. sl.

G5 C G5 B5 ` G5 C G5 B5 ` G5 C G5 B5 `
V V V VV cV
8va 8va

V V VV V k P VV V VV VVVVV
Ie z u u u u V V V
u
55

\\\\\\\\\
T 18 17 15 17 17 18 17 (17) 15 17 15 15 17
A 16 16 16 12 15 14 12 5 3
14 5 5
B
sl. sl. sl. sl. H P sl. sl. sl. sl. sl.sl. sl. sl.

cV R VVV VVV cV R cV R
Ie UU VV V VV PP VV WW VV VV V VV PP VV UU VV V VV PP VV
T 12(12)
A 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 12(12) 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
0 0 5 0 2 3 0 12(12) 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
B
sl. sl. sl. sl.

H 2nd Guitar Solo


G5 C G5 C G5 B5 ` G5 G5 G5 C G5 B5 `
V V V V V V V V V RV cV RV cV R
58 e
I VV VV V V P VV gV V V V V V V f V VV V VV V W
PP V VV VV V W VV VV V VV PP VV
[
Gtr I
M FullM FullM FullM
Full [[[[[[[
T 6 (6) 6 (6) 6 (6) 6 (6)
A 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
0 0 5 0 4 (4) 5 4 (4) 5 3 0 5 0 2 3 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
B
sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl.

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` ` ` ` ` ` ` ` `
c c c
G5 B G5 B G5 B 5 G5 C G5 B G5 B G5 B G5 B G5 C G5 B G N.C. G5 C G5 B

R R
61
Ie VV VV VV VV VV PP VV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV R V V PR V V VV VV VV PP VV
VVV P
T
A 0 3 0 3 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 3 0 3 0 3 0 3 0 0 5 0 3 0 0 0 5 0 2 3
0 3 0 3 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 3 0 3 0 3 0 3 0 0 5 0 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
B 0 2 3
0 0 0 2 3
sl. sl. sl.
sl.

b ` ` `
c V R ggcggWWWW VVV VVVVVV
G N.C. G5 C G5 B5 G N.C. G5 C G5 B5 G5 F G5 C G5 B 5

cV R V V V V f VV V V
Ie VV R R V V
V V V
V PP VV VV
R R V V
V V V
V PP VV VV
u V VV
V V
64

VV P VV P VV P VV P
[[[
11 (11) 12
T 11 (11) 12
A 0 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 11 (11) 12 0 5 0 3
0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 11 (11) 12 0 5 0 3
B 0 2 3 0 2 3
0 0 2 3 0 0 2 3
sl. sl. sl. sl. sl.
sl. sl.

b ` `
gcgWWW VVV VVV VVV
G5 F G C G5 C N.C. G5 C G5 B5 N.C. G5 C G5 B5

g V V V f VV V PR V }} }} }} }} }} }} c R }} }} }} }} }} }} }} } c R
67
Ie VV gW V
u V V P V }} }} VV VV VV PP VV } VV VV VV PP VV

Y[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[
YYYYYYY Y[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[
YYYYYYY
Gtr III * Gtr I Gtr III Gtr I

[[[
11 (11) 12 x x x x x x x x x
T 11 (11) 12 x x x x x x x x x x x x x
A 0 11 (11) 12 0 5 0 2 3 x x x x x 0 5 0 2 3 x x 0 5 0 2 3
0 11 (11) 12 0 5 0 2 3 x x 0 5 0 2 3 x 0 5 0 2 3
B
sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl.
* Yank slide around recklessly over pickups in specified rhythm.

G5 N.C. G5 C G5 B5 ` G5 N.C. G5 C G5 B 5 ` Dm

}} }}} } }} } }} }} }} cV R }} }} }} }} }} }} }} }} }} V V bPP VV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV
70
Ie VV VV V VV PP VV VV VV V VV V z

Y[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[
YYYYYYY Y[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[
YYYYY
Gtr III Gtr I Gtr III Gtr I

x x x x x x x x x x 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
T x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
A 0 x x x 0 5 0 2 3 0 x x x 0 5 0 3
0 0 5 0 2 3 0 x x 0 5 0 3
B
sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl.

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` D.S.S. al Dbl. Coda


`
VV VV cV
Dm G5 C G5 B5 G5 C G5 B 5

VVVVVVVVVVVV VVVVVVVVVVVV R
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Ie V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V V WW VV VV V VV PP VV UU cV V R
VV V V PP VV
3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
T 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
A 0 12(12) 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0
0 12(12) 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
B 0 5 2 3
sl. sl. sl.

SS
I 4th Chorus
` ` ` `
cV R cV R cV R cV R
G5 C G5 B 5 G5 C G5 B 5 G5 C G5 B 5 G5 C G5 B 5

77
Ie VV j VV V VV PP VV VV j VV V VV PP VV VV j VV V VV PP VV VV j VV V VV PP VV
T
A 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
B
sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl.

J Outro Guitar Solo


` b G5 B`5 `
RV V V V V V VVVV c
G5 C G5 B5 G5 Dm G5 C G5
C G5 B5 G5 F

VV VV cV RV P R gV V V V V f VV V PR V
81
Ie WW VV VV V VV PP V VV bP V V V V V VV f VV VV PP VV VVg V V V V V P V
[[[
2 3 3 3 3 3 5 12
T 2 3 3 3 3 0 12(12)
A 0 12(12) 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 11(11) 12 12 0 5 0 2 3
0 12(12) 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 11(11) 12 12 0 5 0 2 3
B

b
sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl. sl.

cgVVV VV VVV VVV VVV VVV VVV VVV VV VV VV VV VV V V VV VV VV VV VV VV VV VV V


G5 F G5

g g V V V V V V u V V V V V V V
84
Ie VV u u u u u u u
u
[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[ [[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[ [[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[
12
T 11 (11) 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
A 0 11 (11) 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
0 11 (11) 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
B

Fb G ` `
sl.

V
VV VV VV VV V V VV R VV VV VV VV VV V c
G5 G5 C B5 G5 C G5 B5

cV R
87
Ie V Vu V Vu bbPP VV V V V
u
V V VV
u
VV U
U VV V VV PP VV
u
[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[ [[[[[[[[[[[[
12
T 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 (12) 5
12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 (12) 5 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
A 12 12 12 12 11 12 12 12 12 12 (12) 5 3 0 0 5 0 2 3
B 11 12
sl. sl. sl. sl. sl.

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` rit.
c
G5 C G5 B5 G5 N.C. Dmadd11 G5

cV R c c c gVVgVV f VV VV VV
1
Ie UU VV V VV PP VV VV V V V VgV V V u VV VV VV VV j
Y
1 2 3
T 1 2 3
A 0 0 5 0 2 3 0 0 0
0 0 5 0 2 3 0 3 3 2 2 1 1 0 0 0
B
sl.

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