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"A Good woman is hard to find" by Mark Sandman, as recorded by his band Morphine
This is an academic, but not exact note for note transcription in tablature form, for 2 string slide bass guitar, by James Möbius. This Page is still a work in progress but I thought I'd post what I had now, since it's enough information to learn the song from, I just need to format it in the same detailed way as the other transcriptions I have posted to complete it.

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Tuning: CG Slide bass played with a pick, and a metal slide, for best effect. If you don't own a 2 string bass, you can play this on a 4 or 5 using the 2 highest strings, retuned, you will find the action too low to use a slide without fret buzz, to solve this problem some people dedicate an old 4 string bass for slide, moving the D and G strings to the center position and installing something to raise the nut 1/4". I made my own 2 string slide bass from scratch, you can see that project on this page: the Bat Bass



/ = slide up \ = slide down
CG tuning, the song is basically all played on the low C string. Holding the pick closer to the neck than the bridge will get you closer to the tone Mark had on this recording. This transcription is a work in progress.

opening riff
G-----------------------------------------------------------------|
C--0--2-3--7----0--2-3--7--6--5-6--2--5--3-5--3-(alt is 7)-----|

transition riff before verse
G-----------------------------------------------------------------|
C-0--/3--2-0--2--5-3---0--/3--2-0--2--5-3---------------------|

verse 1
G-----------------------------------------------------------------|
C--5---0-----5-----0-----5------0-------------------------------|

chorus
G-----------------------------------------------------------------|
C--0---(2)--0----------------------------------------------------|

verse 2
G-----------------------------------------------------------------|
C--5---0-----7-----0-----5------0-------------------------------|

extra bit
G-----------------------------------------------------------------|
C--0--2----5-5---3-----0--2----5-5---3------------------------|

there are variants to the intro at the outro. roughly:
G------------------------------------------------------------------|
C-0--/3--7-6---5-3-0--/3--7-6---5-3----------------------------|

A good woman is hard to find

Lyrics:

She painted a bull's eye on my mind
No matter how I moved her aim was never high
I guess that was what I needed at the time

A good woman is hard to find
A good woman is hard to find
A good woman is hard to find
A good woman is hard to find

She was heavy, on the back beat
See played me just like a tambourine
Well, she took me to church, prayed till it hurt

A good woman is hard to find
A good woman is hard to find
I'll live to love another one more time
A good woman is hard to find

She was a helluva woman, from a helluva town
She took me all the way, it was a long way down
She makes me wonder, wonder, all day long
Can a good woman ever be found? Can a good woman never be found?

She was beauty and adventure
She seemed so glad to be alive
I want to be happy but not all the time

A good woman is hard to find
A good woman is hard to find
I'll live to love another one more time
A good woman is hard to find

She wrapped me up, saved me for later
Left me no way to penetrate her
Guess that was what I needed at the time

A good woman is hard to find
A good woman is hard to find
I'll live to love another one more time
A good woman is hard to find

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