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"Bottoming Out"
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album _Legendary Hearts_
(Lou Reed, 1983)

written by Lou Reed
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        I'm cruising fast on a motorcycle
        down this winding country road
        And I pass the gravel at the foot of the hill
        where last week I fell off

        There's still some oil by this old elm tree
        and a dead squirrel that I hit
        But if I hadn't left, I would have struck you dead
        so I took a ride instead

        Bottoming out
        bottoming out
        Bottoming out
        bottoming out

        My doctor says she hopes I know
        how lucky I can be
        after all it wasn't my blood
        mixed in the dirt that night

        But this violent rage, that turned inward
        can not be helped by drink
        And we must really examine this and I say
        I need another drink

        Bottoming out
        bottoming out
        Bottoming out
        bottoming out

        I'm tearing down Route 80 East
        the sun's on my right side
        I'm drunk, but my vision's good
        and I think of my child bride
        And on the left in shadows I see
        something that makes me laugh
        I aim that bike at that fat pothole
        beyond that underpass

        Bottoming out
        bottoming out
        Bottoming out
        bottoming out

        Bottoming out
        bottoming out
        Bottoming out
        bottoming out



* Lou Reed: standard-tuning



intro   {A}{A}{F#m}{F#m}
        {Bm}{Bm}{E}{E}
        {A}{A}{F#m}{F#m}
        {Bm}{Bm}{E}{E}

        {A}{A}{F#m}{F#m}   (I'm cruising fast on a motorcycle ...)
        {Bm}{Bm}{E}{E}     (- pass the gravel at the foot of ...)

        {A}{A}{F#m}{F#m}   (There's still some oil by this old ...)
        {Bm}{Bm}{E}{E}     (- I hadn't left, I would have ...)

chorus  {A}{A}{F#m}{F#m}   (- out, bottoming out, Bottoming -)
        {Bm}{Bm}{E}{E}     (- out, bottoming out)

        ....

chorus  {A}{A}{F#m}{F#m}   (- out, bottoming out, Bottoming -)
        {Bm}{Bm}{E}{E}     (- out, bottoming out, Bottoming -)

chorus  {A}{A}{F#m}{F#m}   (- out, bottoming out, Bottoming -)
        {Bm}{Bm}{E}{E}     (- out, bottoming out)

ending  {A}{A}{F#m}{F#m}
        {Bm}{Bm}{E}{E}
        {A}{A}{F#m}{F#m}
        {Bm}{Bm}{E}{E}
        ... repeat and fade out




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* Robert Quine: D-tuning
(all the strings downtuned a whole-tone)

 1d ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from e to d)
 2A ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from B to A)
 3F ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from G to F)
 4C ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from D to C)
 5G ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from A to G)
 6D ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from E to D)



intro   {B}{B}{G#m}{G#m}
        {C#m}{C#m}{F#}{F#}
        {B}{B}{G#m}{G#m}
        {C#m}{C#m}{F#}{F#}
        
        {B}{B}{G#m}{G#m}     (I'm cruising fast on a motorcycle ...)
        {C#m}{C#m}{F#}{F#}   (- pass the gravel at the foot of ...)

        {B}{B}{G#m}{G#m}     (There's still some oil by this ...)
        {C#m}{C#m}{F#}{F#}   (- I hadn't left, I would have ...)

chorus  {B}{B}{G#m}{G#m}     (- out, bottoming out, Bottoming -)
        {C#m}{C#m}{F#}{F#}   (- out, bottoming out)

        ....

chorus  {B}{B}{G#m}{G#m}     (- out, bottoming out, Bottoming -)
        {C#m}{C#m}{F#}{F#}   (- out, bottoming out, Bottoming -)

chorus  {B}{B}{G#m}{G#m}     (- out, bottoming out, Bottoming -)
        {C#m}{C#m}{F#}{F#}   (- out, bottoming out)

coda    {B}{B}{G#m}{G#m}
        {C#m}{C#m}{F#}{F#}
        {B}{B}{G#m}{G#m}
        {C#m}{C#m}{F#}{F#}
        ... repeat and fade out




* riff (all the strings downtuned a whole-tone)

     {B}                {B}
*1d ----0---0----2---------0---0----2------
*2A --4---4--------------4---4-------------
*3F --4------------4-----4------------4----
*4C ---------------------------------------
*5G ---------------------------------------
*6D ---------------------------------------

 {G#m}              {G#m}
----0---0----2---------0---0----2------
--4---4--------------4---4-------------
--4------------4-----4------------4----
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---------------------------------------

 {C#m}              {C#m}
----0---0----2---------0---0----2------
--4---4--------------4---4-------------
--4------------4-----4------------4----
---------------------------------------
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 {F#}               {F#}
----0---0----2---------0---0----2------
--4---4--------------4---4-------------
--4------------4-----4------------4----
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* riff - another pattern (all the strings downtuned a whole-tone)

     {B}                {B}
*1d ----0---0--------------0---0-----------
*2A --4---4------4-------4---4------4------
*3F --4------------4-----4------------4----   ...
*4C ---------------------------------------
*5G ---------------------------------------
*6D ---------------------------------------




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transcribed by Shiroh KOUCHI (wildside@mx21.tiki.ne.jp)
http://ww21.tiki.ne.jp/~wildside/
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