The Cramps guitar tabs

Lots of fun songs by this band.  Really easy to play and experiment with, most of which are very Halloween-sounding both in terms of lyrical content and musically.



The Cramps - I Was a Teenage Werewolf

Album: Song the Lord Taught Us

This is one of those songs that kicked off psychobilly.  This is a very easy song, one that you could learn the night before your Halloween party or whatever.

In this song there are
Intro, 0:00 - 0:30

|--3--3--0------0------------|--3--3--0-----0-------------|
|-----------3---0------------|-----------3--0-------------|
|---------------1------------|--------------1-------------|
|---------------2------------|--------------2-------------|
|---------------2------------|--------------2-------------|
|---------------0------------|--------------0-------------|

|--3--3--0------3------------|--3--3--0-----0-------------|
|-----------3---2------------|-----------3--0-------------|
|---------------2------------|--------------1-------------|
|---------------2------------|--------------2-------------|
|---------------0------------|--------------2-------------|
|---------------0------------|--------------0-------------|

|--3--3--0------2~-----------|--3--0----------------------|
|-----------3---4~-----------|-------3--0-----------------|
|---------------4~-----------|-------------3-2-0----------|
|---------------4~-----------|--------------------2-0-2~--|
|---------------2~-----------|----------------------------|
|---------------2~-----------|----------------------------|

Verse 1, 0:28-0:56

|---------------0~-----------|---------------0~-----------|
|---------------0~-----------|---------------0~-----------|
|---------------1~-----------|---------------1~-----------|
|---------------2~-----------|---------------2~-----------|
|---------------2~-----------|---------------2~-----------|
|--3--3--0--3---0~-----------|--3--3—0-—3----0~-----------|

|---------------0~-----------|---------------0~-----------|
|---------------2~-----------|---------------0~-----------|
|---------------2~-----------|---------------1~-----------|
|---------------2~-----------|---------------2~-----------|
|---------------0~-----------|---------------2~-----------|
|--3--3--0--3---0~-----------|--3--3—0-—3----0~-----------|

|---------------2~-----------|--3--0----------------------|
|---------------4~-----------|-------3--0-----------------|
|---------------4~-----------|-------------3-2-0----------|
|---------------4~-----------|--------------------2-0-2~--|
|---------------2~-----------|----------------------------|
|--3--3--0--3---2~-----------|----------------------------|

Verse 3, 0:56-1:20

Here are the sections of ‘Intro’ and ‘Verse 1’ played together (so there are at least 2
at that moment, plus one for the feedback guitar.


Solo introduction 1:46-1:56
At 1:46, where they introduce the solo, just hammer like a geek on the E chord. Like this:

|---------------0-0-0-0-0-0--|--0-0-0-0-0-0---------------|
|---------------0-0-0-0-0-0--|--0-0-0-0-0-0---------------|
|---------------1-1-1-1-1-1--|--1-1-1-1-1-1---------------|
|---------------2-2-2-2-2-2--|--2-2-2-2-2-2---------------|
|---------------2-2-2-2-2-2--|--2-2-2-2-2-2---------------|
|--3--3—-0-—3---0-0-0-0-0-0--|--0-0-0-0-0-0---------------|

|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-------|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-------|
|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-------|--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-------|
|--1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-------|--1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-------|
|--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-------|--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-------|
|--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-------|--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-------|
|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-------|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-------|


Then the chord A:

|--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--------|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--------|
|--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--------|
|--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------|--1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1--------|
|--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------|--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------|
|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--------|--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------|
|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--------|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--------|

|--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--------|
|--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--------|--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------|
|--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--------|--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------|
|--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4--------|--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------|
|--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--------|
|--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--------|

|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--------|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--------|
|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--------|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--------|
|--1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1--------|--1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1--------|
|--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------|--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------|
|--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------|--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------|
|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--------|--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--------|

Verse 3:

Back to section ‘Verse 2’

BEWARE:
Some live versions of this song by the Cramps are played a semi-note higher (so in the
of F instead of the ‘studio-version-E’). The chords would be E -> F, B -> Bb and B -> C.
You can choose between these three options, if you wanna play the live version:
1.    Play it in the key of F (with chords F, Bb and C). The single note’s would be a
bit harder because the 0-notes become 1-notes, which will ask more action by your fingers.
2. Use a capo, set it on the 1st fret, and play the studio-version.
3. Tune your guitar-strings up one semi-tone (be careful, there is more pressure on the
so they break much easier), and play the studio-version.



Goo Goo Muck - The Cramps

Tabbed by:David Smith

e|---------2----2--2---------------2----2--2------------------------------------|
B|--0--0---3----3--3----0--0--0----3----3--3------------------------------------|
G|--1--1---2----2--2----1--1--1----2----2--2------------------------------------|
D|--2--2---0----0--0----2--2--2----0----0--0------------------------------------|
A|--2--2----------------2--2--2-------------------------------------------------|
E|--0--0----------------0--0--0-------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---0-1-2-0---0--2-2-2------------------------------------------------------|
A|-2---------2----------2----------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------0--3-3--5-5--3--0--3-3-5-5-5--3----------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------2--2--2--------------------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-----------|
G|--4--4--4-----2--2--2------0-2-2b-222r-0-------------4-4-4-4-4-4-----------|
D|--4--4--4-----2--2--2----2---------------2-0-------------------------------|
A|--2--2--2-----0--0--0------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|--3b-3b-3b-3b-3-3-3-3-3-3-3------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2--------0----0----0----0----0-------------------|
G|--------------------------------3b---3b---3b---3b---3b---------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--4--2--0------------4--2--0--2--0-----------------------------------------|
G|-----------2--0--2-----------------2--0------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------2v2v2v2v2v------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|




Human Fly - The Cramps
From the album "Off the Bone"

Tabbed by Graeme Beech

INTRO

e|--------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------|
D|--7-7-6-6-5-5-4-4-3-3-2-2-1-1---------------------------|
A|------------------------------5-5-4-4-3-3-2-2-1-1--0*---|
E|--------------------------------------------------------|

 *0 about 16 times (near the end the reverb/delay effect is added)

e|------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------0-0-3-3-(x4)----------------------------------------|
A|-0-0-3-3-(x8)--------------0-0-3-3-(x4)-------------0-0-3-3-(x4)--|
E|----------------------------------------0-0-3-3-(x4)--------------|


VERSE

e|-----------|
B|-----------|
G|-----------|
D|-----------|
A|--0-0-3-3--| through verse lyrics (x12)
E|-----------|

Well I'm a human fly that's spelled F L Y
I say buzz buzz buzz and it's just because
I'm a human fly and I don't know why

(A|--0--)
I got ninetysix tears and ninety six eyes

e|-----------------|
B|-----------------|
G|-----------------|
D|-----------------|
A|-----------------|
E|--0-0-0-0-0-2-4--|

REPEAT VERSE TAB

I got a grabage brain it's driving me insane
And I don't like the rat so push that pesticide
And baby I won't care 'cos baby I don't scare
'Cos I'm a reborn maggot using germ warfare
(rock it)

e|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|----------------------5-4-3-2-------------------5-4-3-2---------------|
D|-----------------------------------5-4-3-2-------------------5-4-3-2--|
A|-----------------5-------------------------5--------------------------|
E|--0-0-0-0-0-2-4--------------5--------------------------5-------------|

e|-----------------------------|
B|-----------------------------|
G|-----------------------------|
D|-----------------------------|
A|---------------0-0-3-3-(x4)--|
E|--0-0-3-3-(x4)---------------|


REPEAT VERSE TAB

I'm a human fly and that's spelled F L Y
I say buzz buzz buzz and it's just because
I'm an unzipped fly and I don't know why
And I don't know why but I say

e|----------|
B|----------|
G|----------|
D|----------|
A|-0-0-3-3--| (x12)
E|----------|

bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
bah tonight and I say bzzzzz
I keep right and I say bzzzzz
But I don't know why

Oh I just don't know why

e|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------7-7-6-6-5-5-4-4-3-3-2-2-1-1------------------------|
E|--0-0-0-0-0-2-4------------------------------5-5-4-4-3-3-2-2-1-1-0--|



Sunglasses After Dark - The Cramps

Tabbed by: L.A.M.F. 77'


Intro Riff:
      G    A    E      G    A    B      G    A    B
e|----3----5----0------3----5----7------3----5----7------------------------|
B|----3----5----0------3----5----7------3----5----7------------------------|
G|----4----6----1------4----6----8------4----6----8------------------------|
D|----5----7----2------5----7----9------5----7----9------------------------|
A|----5----7----2------5----7----9------5----7----9------------------------|
E|----3----5----0------3----5----7------3----5----7------------------------|

e|----14--14--12----14--14--12----14--14--12----14--14--12----12--10--10---|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
                                                B        G    A    B
e|----12--10--10----12--10--10----12--10--10----7--------3----5----7-------|
B|----------------------------------------------7--------3----5----7-------|
G|----------------------------------------------8--------4----6----8-------|
D|----------------------------------------------9--------5----7----9-------|
A|----------------------------------------------9--------5----7----9-------|
E|----------------------------------------------7--------3----5----7-------|
      G    A    B      B    E    B    E
e|----3----5----7------7----7----7----7----14--14--12----14--14--12--------|
B|----3----5----7------7----9----7----9------------------------------------|
G|----4----6----8------8----9----8----9------------------------------------|
D|----5----7----9------9----9----9----9------------------------------------|
A|----5----7----9------9----7----9----7------------------------------------|
E|----3----5----7------7---------7-----------------------------------------|

e|----14--14--12---14--14--12---12--12--10---12--12--10--12-12-10-12-------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
      B      G    A    B      G    A    E
e|----7------3----5----7------3----5----0----------------------------------|
B|----7------3----5----7------3----5----0----------------------------------|
G|----8------4----6----8------4----6----1----------------------------------|
D|----9------5----7----9------5----7----2----------------------------------|
A|----9------5----7----9------5----7----2----------------------------------|
E|----7------3----5----7------3----5----0----------------------------------|

That's all you need to know to play this song...Just listen for what chords you're
to play during what part of the song.



What's Inside A Girl? - The Cramps

E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----2------2--------2-2-------2-2--------2-2---------2-2--------2-2--|
A|0------0------0-0-------0-0--------0-0--------0-0---------0-0--------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------5-5--4-4--1-1---------------------------|
G|-----------------2-2-------------------2-2-2-0-2-2-2-2---------|
D|---------2-2---------------------------------------------------|
A|--0-0----------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------5-5--4-4--1-1-----------------3-3--1-1--3-3--1-1-3-3-3-3-3-3-1-1--|
G|--2-2-----------------2-2-2-0-2-2-2-2-------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------5-5--4-4--1-1-----------------------------------1-1-3-3-3-1-3-3-1-|
G|--2-2-----------------2-2-2-0-2-2-2-2----------0-0--2-2-------------------|
D|----------------------------------------------2-2-------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

VERSE
The verse follows this pattern A D A E A then repeats.
Here are the riffs to play for each.

A RIFF

E|-----------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------------------------|
G|-----------------------------------------|
D|-----2-2------2-2-----2-2------2-2-------| (repeat till change to D )
A|--0--------0--------0---------0----------|
E|-----------------------------------------|

D RIFF

E|--------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------|
G|-----2-2----2-2------1-1--0-0---------------|
D|--0------0--------0--------------3-3--------| (from here go back to A, then
A|--------------------------------------------| from A to E)
E|--------------------------------------------|

E RIFF

E|-------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------|
A|--1/2-2-2--------------1/2-2-2-------------|
E|-------------3--0-0-0-------------0-0-0-0--|

Repeat Cycle (ADAEA)
Play Intro
Play Verse


BRIDGE
----------
whatcha got, whatcha got....
(for this part just play this progression with power chords A D A E A)

Play VERSE
Play BRIDGE

BREAK/SOLO
---------------
A riff
E|----------------------------------------------------|
B|----------------------------------------------------|
G|--2-2-2--0-0--2-2-2--0-0--2-2-2--0-0--2-------------|
D|--2-2-2--0-0--2-2-2--0-0--2-2-2--0-0--2-------------| (X2)
A|----------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------|

D riff
E|-----------------------------------------|
B|--3-3-3--1-1--3-3-3--1-1--3-3-3--1-1--3--|
G|--2-2-2--0-0--2-2-2--0-0--2-2-2--0-0--2--|
D|-----------------------------------------| (repeat A riff,
A|-----------------------------------------| then go
E|-----------------------------------------|  to E riff)

E riff
E|--------------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------------|
G|-----------1-1---1--1---1--1-----2-2--2-2--2-2----|
D|------2----2-2---2--2---2--2-----2-2--2-2--2-2----|
A|----2------2-2---2--2---2--2-----0-0--0-0--0-0----|
E|--0-----------------------------------------------|

Play BRIDGE


Thats all! Herese the song structure

INTRO
VERSE
INTRO
VERSE
BRIDGE
VERSE
BRIDGE
SOLO
BRIDGE



Bikini Girls With Machine Guns - The Cramps

e|--------------------------------------------------|
B|----10~-------if you have a wammy bar-------------|
G|-----9~----------use it for this part-------------| play this
D|-----7~-------------------------------------------| and let ring
A|--------------------------------------------------| about 8x
E|--------------------------------------------------|


e|---5-5-5-5---5-5-5-5---5-5-5-5---7-7-7-7---------------|
B|---7-7-7-7---5-5-5-5---7-7-7-7---9-9-9-9---------------|
G|---7-7-7-7---6-6-6-6---7-7-7-7---9-9-9-9---------------|
D|---7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7---9-9-9-9---------------|
A|---5-5-5-5---7-7-7-7---5-5-5-5---7-7-7-7---------------|
E|-------------5-5-5-5-----------------------------------|

pretty much you repeat the above twice then it goes onto the solo

e|-5h0-a few times--10h0-0-9h0-0-8h0-0-7h0-0-do this part twice-|
B|---i think she occasionally plays this string open------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-5h0-a few times--12h0-0-11h0-0-10h0-0-9h0---|
B|---------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------|


e|--10h0-0-9h0-0-8h0-0-7h0-0-------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------|


e|-5h0-5h0-0-4h0-0-3h0-0-2h0-0-0-1-1-3-3-------------------|
B|---------------------------0-0-1-1-3-3----10-------------| let the last
G|-------------------------------------------9-------------| note ring out
D|-------------------------------------------7-------------|  7x
A|---------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------|
   
e|---5-5-5-5---5-5-5-5---5-5-5-5---7-7-7-7---------------|
B|---7-7-7-7---5-5-5-5---7-7-7-7---9-9-9-9---------------|
G|---7-7-7-7---6-6-6-6---7-7-7-7---9-9-9-9---------------|
D|---7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7---9-9-9-9---------------|
A|---5-5-5-5---7-7-7-7---5-5-5-5---7-7-7-7---------------|
E|-------------5-5-5-5-----------------------------------|


e|---5-5-5-5---5-5-5-5---5-5-5-5---5-5-5-5---5-5-5-5---7-7-7-7----|
B|---7-7-7-7---5-5-5-5---7-7-7-7---5-5-5-5---7-7-7-7---9-9-9-9----|
G|---7-7-7-7---6-6-6-6---7-7-7-7---6-6-6-6---7-7-7-7---9-9-9-9----|
D|---7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7---7-7-7-7---9-9-9-9----|
A|---5-5-5-5---7-7-7-7---5-5-5-5---7-7-7-7---5-5-5-5---7-7-7-7----|
E|-------------5-5-5-5-------------5-5-5-5------------------------|

e|-5h0-a few times------------------5~----------| if you have a wammy bar
B|----------------------------------0~----------| you can use it on this last
G|----------------------------------------------| note
D|----------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------
|


Surfin' Dead - The Cramps

INTRO:
(-------------------------------------------------------------)
(-------------------------------------------------------------)
(-------------------------------------------------------------)
(-------------------------------------------------------------)
(-2~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~--2-7~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~--7-2~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~)
(-------------------------------------------------------------)

(-------------------------------------------------------------)
(-------------------------------------------------------------)
(-------------------------------------------------------------)
(-------------------------------------------------------------)
(--2-9--9-7--7-2----------------------------------------------)
(-------------------------------------------------------------)

VERSE/CHORUS:
(---7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-2-2-2-2---------------------------) Repeat this
(--7-7-7-7-9-9-9-9-7-7-7-7-2-2-2-2----------------------------) a lot.
(-------------------------------------------------------------)
(-------------------------------------------------------------)
(-------------------------------------------------------------)
(-------------------------------------------------------------)

SOLO:
(----------------------------12--12-9------12--12-9----------------------)
(--12-12-12-12--------9-12-9----------12-9----------12-9-----------------)
(--------------9-9-11------------------------------------9999999977777777)
(------------------------------------------------------------------------)
(------------------------------------------------------------------------)
(------------------------------------------------------------------------)

(--------------------------------------------)
(--------------------------------------------)
(--------------------------------------------)
(--------------------------------------------)
(--9--9-7--7-2~~~~~~~~~~~~-------------------)
[ Tab from: http://www.guitaretab.com/c/cramps/103913.html ]
(--------------------------------------------)
(--------------------------------------------)
(--------------------------------------------)
(--4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-) Repeat a lot.
(--2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-)
(--------------------------------------------)

Repeat Intro and or Verse/Chorus.

(-------------------------------------------)
(-------------------------------------------)
(-------------------------------------------) Repeat a lot.
(-------------------------------------------)
(--2--2~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~)

Ah, my favorite brain soup -
Cream of nowhere

Ooh baby, your asphalt eater hung ten
The hoedads and gremmies say you reached top end
So do the dead, through the lights
The surfin' dead, oooh make it tight
The livin' dead now baby lose their heads
Now baby, doin' the dead

Yeah you're a high-rev hauler with all four on the floor
But your a-bone's busted and you're through the door
So do the dead, juice the Coupe
Come on the livin' dead, ooh you're in the soup
The livin' dead now baby, like I said now baby, do the dead

Your carburetor don't carb, got a hammer down this
Your generator gens but your pistons don't work
Do the dead, run for ten
The surfin dead, c'mon turn it in
The livin' dead insist, it's the latest twist, do the dead
Run run run run, now do it

Stay sick!

You square brains out there better beware

Oh this phantom driver down in the ground
You better plant 'em right or they'll come around
Move out baby, move that mound
Or they'll dig it up and they'll shut you down
So c'mon, aw c'mon, aw c'mon . . .

Now life is short and it's filled with stuff
So let me know baby when you've had enough
Oh do the dead, turn blue
Yeah the surfin' dead, as dead as you
There's nothing on the radio when you're dead
There's nothing at the movie show when you're dead
There's nowhere left for you to go when you're dead
Do the dead, yeah do the dead
Do the dead, surfin' dead
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