Led Zeppelin

The Lemon Song

Led Zeppelin

bass Advanced advanced

save to print version add songbook text version e-mail correct tuner
chordsukulelecavacokeyboardtabbassdrumsharmonicaflute Guitar Pro
close

there isn't a video lesson for this song

chords

The Lemon Song

Year: 1969 - Album: Led Zeppelin II

	  		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! 
		  

Full key step upFull key step up
Half key step upHalf key step up
Half key step downHalf key step down
Full key step downFull key step down
hide glossary

See also:

bass The Who - Squeeze Box bass Led Zeppelin - Ten years gone bass Pink Floyd - Hey You bass Pink Floyd - Another Brick In The Wall - Part II bass Led Zeppelin - How Many More Times bass Led Zeppelin - Stairway to heaven (acustico)
e-chords

Other versions:

bass Led Zeppelin - The Lemon Song
auto scroll beats size up size down change color hide chords drawings
tab show chords e-chords YouTube Clip e-chords hide all tabs e-chords go to top tab

share