• DMV by Primus
  • Tabbed by ?. Taken from Guitar World, March 1994.

    This song is mostly played by alternating left and right hand
    tapping.  Those notes which are tapped with the fingering hand (left) have been marked with a "L" above the staff, while the notes that tapped with the plucking hand (right) have been marked with a "R". I have also included the rhythmic pattern with a "4" representing a quarter note, a "8" representing an eighth note, etc..
                          
    MAIN RIFF
         
        L  R  R  L  R  R  R  L  R     R
    C ------------------------------------------------|
    G --------------19----------18----18--------------|
    D -----18----------18-----------------------------|
    A --------17----------17--------------------------|
    E ------------------------------------------------|
    B --15-------15----------15-----------------------|
        16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 8     8    -4 REST-

    The chorus is made up of two finger patterns. We all know how Les
    likes to play with his songs, so it's true with this song. Les likes
    to play with muted notes, rhythmic patterns, and adding or taking away notes here and there; but he pretty much sticks to these two finger patterns:
     
    CHORUS part 1

              L  L        L  L
              L  L        L  L
              R  R        R  R
    C ---------------------------|
    G --------18-18-------18-18--|
    D --------17-17-------17-17--|
    A --------10-10-------10-10--|
    E ---------------------------|
    B ---------------------------|
      -4 rest-8  8-4 rest-8  8

    This is played 2-4 times before switching to:

    CHORUS part 2


        R  R  R  R              R  R  R  R   
        R  R  R  R  L     L     R  R  R  R  L     L
    C ---------------------------------------------------|
    G --18-18-18-18-------------18-18-18-18--------------|
    D --17-17-17-17-------------17-17-17-17--------------|
    A --------------??----??----------------??----??-----|
    E ---------------------------------------------------|
    B --------------??----??----------------??----??-----|
        16 16 16 16 8     8     16 16 16 16 8     8
     
     
    Before I get into the variations on the ways that this portion is
    played, I'll discuss the way that it should be played. First, the
    length of the chorus is up to you. But remember a few things: the
    begining choruses are shorter than the later choruses. If you are
    playing a shorter chorus, play the first portion of the chorus about 4 times, and the second portion of the chorus about 4 times. As the
    chorus grows in length decrease the number of times you play the first part as you increase the number of times you play the second. In the song,by the last chorus, the first finger pattern is hardly noticeble (I would say don't play it at all the last verse), while he plays the second pattern quite a number of times. Also, play the chorus with a kind of a build-up feeling.

    Now onto the variations of the second portion of the chorus. Regarding the 18/17 notes on the G and D strings: Alot of the time these notes are played in a mute-mute-mute-played style, such as:
     
    G -X--X--X--18-|
    D -X--X--X--17-|
     
    and occasionally:
     
    G -18-X--X--18-|          G -X--X--X--X--|
    D -17-X--X--17-|    or    D -X--X--X--X--|
     
    Now, about the question marks. I don't know how to write proper
    computer tab, so please bear with me. In the earlier choruses these
    8th notes are played:
     
    A ---------10---11\-|  or  A ---------10---10\-|
     
     
    But as the song progresses he starts to starts to play these notes as:
     
     
    B ---------8----8(\)*-|   or   B --------8**--3-|
    *note- about half of time he plays this slide
    **note- occasionally he plays 8 slurred-slide 3
           
     
    I'm not even going to touch the outro, but i will tell you how to play one more thing. If anyone was wondering what the third verse (the slower, quieter one) was, all he's basically doing is playing whole note Ds at the 3rd fret on the low B string with muted taps on the G string. Regarding these taps, Guitar World instructs to "tap and quickly mute strings over pick-up w/right hand".

    LYRICS
  • I've been to hell. I spell it... I spell it DMV
    Anyone that's been there knows precisely what I mean
    Stood there and I've waited and choked back the urge to scream
    And if I had my druthers I'd screw a chimpanzee

    call it pointless

    When I need relief I spell it THC
    Perhaps you may know vaguely what I mean
    I sit back and smoke away huge chunks of memory
    As I slowly inflict upon
    myself a full lobotomy
                              
  • call it pointless
                                        
  • Barbecues, tea kettles, gobs of axle grease
    There comes a time for every man to sail the seas of cheese
    Now, life's a bowl of bagel dogs,
    but there are unpleasantries
    Cold toilet seats, dentist chairs
    and trips to DMV
                                        
  • call it pointless

    I've been to hell. I spell it... I spell it DMV
    Anyone that's been there knows precisely what I mean
    I've stood in line and waited near an hour and fifteen
    And if I had my druthers I'd screw that chimpanzee
                                        
  • call it pointless