A Vast Filthy Prison

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"A Vast Filthy Prison" – 6:44

Originally released on (A) Senile Animal, 2006.

Lyrics

Take care of my princess
Take her cuz we live alone
If you weren't so simple
I would never come along


Raise your hand to heaven
Now raise the one thats half alive
You said you'd give a fortune
If you could have it everynight


The world is full of evil
Now which of those are one of you
Where is my one true angel
With her golden wings so open


Some would call it heaven
He would call it bravery
I would call it neither
I would call it thievery

Meaning

An excrept from an interview says following about this song:

The final song on the album is entitled ‘A Vast Filthy Prison’. While the title might suggest a somewhat Gnostic perspective on the world, perhaps inspired by the work of science fiction author Philip K. Dick (who coined the phrase ‘Black Iron Prison’ in his mindblowing semi-autobiographical novel ‘Valis’) it is in fact an oblique summary of Buzz’s philosophy of self-determination. “It’s about a prison for the self. It’s something you’ve built. You’re now in it and it’s beyond your imagination. You can’t blame the world for it. Basically it’s about desperation and being stingy. Demanding things while looking like you’re being benevolent, but you’re really not. That’s as close as I can come to where it’s actually at.” Buzz warms to this theme. “We are personally responsible for our own destiny. You have to make things happen on your own terms. If you’re gonna sit around and wait for somebody else or the government to do it for you, you’re an idiot. People who wanna sit there and blame the way the world is for all their woes, I have no hope for them. Most of these people can’t even pick a good band to listen to, let alone comment on what’s going on in the outside world. Or monied celebrities trying to tell me what I should do with my money? Fuck that. They should all be hanging by their necks. ‘Save Africa!’ First, find Africa! ‘Save Tibet!’ Fuck Tibet! Find it on the map, now tell me why you care about it. Fuck that, I have no interest. If there are celebrities involved and they have some interest in it, then that is exactly why I am not interested in it. Brad Pitt talking about Africa... fuck that. Fuck Africa. If he’s involved there’s gotta be something wrong.”

Guitar Tab

Intro   x2
e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
b---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
g---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
d--1---1-1h2---2------------------------------------------------------------------
a--2---2-2-----2------------------------------------------------------------------ 
e--0---0-0-----0------------------------------------------------------------------
e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
b---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
g---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
d--1---1-1h2---2------------------------------------------------------------------
a--2---2-2-----2------------------------------------------------------------------
e--0---0-0-----0------------------------------------------------------------------
e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
b---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
g---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
d--5---5-5--7---2-----------------------------------------------------------------
a--5---5-5--7---2-----------------------------------------------------------------
e--3---3-3--5---0-----------------------------------------------------------------
e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
b---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
g---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
d--5---5-5--7---2-----------------------------------------------------------------
a--5---5-5--7---2-----------------------------------------------------------------
e--3---3-3--5---0-----------------------------------------------------------------
Verse  (like intro, with lyrics)
e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
b---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
g---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
d--1---1-1h2---2------------------------------------------------------------------
a--2---2-2-----2------------------------------------------------------------------ 
e--0---0-0-----0------------------------------------------------------------------
 take care of my princess....

e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
b---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
g---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
d--1---1-1h2---2------------------------------------------------------------------
a--2---2-2-----2------------------------------------------------------------------
e--0---0-0-----0------------------------------------------------------------------
  take her cuz we live alone....
e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
b---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
g---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
d--5---5-5--7---2-----------------------------------------------------------------
a--5---5-5--7---2-----------------------------------------------------------------
e--3---3-3--5---0-----------------------------------------------------------------
    if you weren't so simple....
e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
b---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
g---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
d--5---5-5--7---2-----------------------------------------------------------------
a--5---5-5--7---2-----------------------------------------------------------------
e--3---3-3--5---0-----------------------------------------------------------------
  i would never come along...
Verse  x2
Riff 1
e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
b---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
g---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
d--9-9-9-9-9-9-9---7--4-4--4/5--5-5-5-5-5-5-5--2----------------------------------
a--7-7-7-7-7-7-7---5--2-2--2/3--3-3-3-3-3-3-3--0---2-2------2-2-------------------
e--------------------------------------------------0-0------0-0-------------------
   . . . . . .                  . . . . . .                 . .
e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
b---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
g---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
d--9-9-9-9-9-9\4--4-4--4-4-4--2---------------------------------------------------
a--7-7-7-7-7-7\2--2-2--2-2-2--0---2-----------------------------------------------
e---------------------------------0-----------------------------------------------
   . . . . . .
Intro  x1
play at the same time:
e--------3------------------------------------------------------------------------
b-----3-----5---------------------------------------------------------------------
g--4------------------------------------------------------------------------------
d---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
a---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
e--------3------------------------------------------------------------------------
b-----3-----5---------------------------------------------------------------------
g--4------------------------------------------------------------------------------
d---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
a---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
b--5b---5b-5b--5r--5--------------------------------------------------------------
g---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
d---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
a---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
b--5b---5b-5b--5r--5--------------------------------------------------------------
g---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
d---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
a---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Verse x1
Riff 1
e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
b---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
g---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
d--9-9-9-9-9-9-9---7--4-4--4/5--5-5-5-5-5-5-5--2----------------------------------
a--7-7-7-7-7-7-7---5--2-2--2/3--3-3-3-3-3-3-3--0---2-2------2-2-------------------
e--------------------------------------------------0-0------0-0-------------------
   . . . . . .                  . . . . . .                 . .
e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
b---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
g---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
d--9-9-9-9-9-9\4--4-4--4-4-4--2---------------------------------------------------
a--7-7-7-7-7-7\2--2-2--2-2-2--0---2-----------------------------------------------
e---------------------------------0-----------------------------------------------
   . . . . . .
Riff 1 
e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
b---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
g---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
d--9-9-9-9-9-9-9---7--4-4--4/5--5-5-5-5-5-5-5--2----------------------------------
a--7-7-7-7-7-7-7---5--2-2--2/3--3-3-3-3-3-3-3--0---2-2------2-2-------------------
e--------------------------------------------------0-0------0-0-------------------
   . . . . . .                  . . . . . .                 . .
e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
b---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
g---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
d--9-9-9-9-9-9\4--4-4--4-4-4----9--7---10-9---------------------------------------
a--7-7-7-7-7-7\2--2-2--2-2-2----7--5---8--7---------------------------------------
e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
   . . . . . .
Outro
e---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
b---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
g---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
d---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
a--2-2--2-2--2-2----2-2--2-2--2-2----2-2--2-2--2-2--------------------------------
e--0-0--0-0--0-0----0-0--0-0--0-0----0-0--0-0--0-0--------------------------------
   . .  . .  . .    . .  . .  . .    . .  . .  . .
play a couple of times
end

by bcreep

Bass Tab

h = hammer on
p = pull off
b = bend
b^r = bend up then release
pm = palm mute
<?> = harmonic
/ = slide up 
\ = slide down
x = muted note/dead note
x// = pick scrape (in direction of slashes)

Standard Tuning: EADG
Played with a pick.

Clean, no FX:

Riff 1 (Intro) - 0:42
G----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D--------7-9--------------------7-9------------------------------------|
A------------7-9-9b^r---------------7-9-7-6----------------------------|
E-7----------------------7-------------------3----3-00----3----3-00----|

G----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D--------7-9--------------------7-9------------------------------------|
A------------7-9-9b^r---------------7-9-7-6----------------------------|
E-7----------------------7-------------------3----3-00----3----3-00----| 

Vocals Enter

Riff 1 x3

Riff 2 - 2:54

G----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D----------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--5-----------------------------------7-7-7-7-7-7-------------------|
E------------------7-7--7-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8--5--00--00-------------7-7--7-7-7-5-0--0-|
  |pm.........................................................................|  ^play just before Riff 1.

Riff 1 - 3:13 
G----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D--------7-9--------------------7-9------------------------------------|
A------------7-9-9b^r---------------7-9-7-6----------------------------|
E-7----------------------7-------------------3----3-00----3----3-00----|

Vocals Enter

G----------------------------------------------------------------------|
D--------7-9--------------------7-9------------------------------------|
A------------7-9-9b^r---------------7-9-7-6----------------------------|
E-7----------------------7-------------------3----3-00----3----3-00----| 

Riff 2 - 4:02 

G--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D--------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--5-----------------------------------7-7-7-7-7-7-----------------|
E------------------7-7--7-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8--5--00--00-------------7-7--7-7-7-5-0--|
  |pm.........................................................................|

G------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D------------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--5-----------------------------------7-7-7-7-7-7------------7-5/8-7--|
E------------------7-7--7-8-8-8-8-8-8-8-8--5--00--00-------------7-7--7-7-7----------|
  |pm.....................................................................| 

Riff 3 (Outro) - 4:38

G---------------|
D---------------|
A---------------| x11
E-00-00-00------|
  |pm....|

*Drum beat changes (it's an odd time signature).

by Melvins_bassman11