• Tommy the Cat by Primus
  • Tabbed by Jim Wade
  • This tab is set up for the 6 string version on Sailing the Seas of Cheese, but besides some of the transitional fills, most of it can be played on a four (Suck on This and Rhinoplasty) Please keep in mind that these are just two of the versions of the main riff, and feel free to bastardize it at will.
  • VERSE
  •           P      P   P
  • C --------------------------|
  • G -4------------------------|
  • D -4------3\5h---5---5------|
  • A -2-------------------5/4h-|
  • E ---3\5h------X---X--------|
  • B --------------------------|
  •      S         S   S   S
  • VARIENT
  •           P      P   P   P
  • C -------------------------|
  • G -4-----------------------|
  • D -4------3\5h---5---5---0-|
  • A -2-----------------------|
  • E ---3\5h------X---X-------|
  • B -------------------------|
  •      S         S   S
  • About halfway through the guitar solo, Les moves the riff up an octave and adds a slide like this
  •              P        P    P                     P
  • C -----------------------------------|---------------------14\
  • G -16--------------------------------|-16------------------14\
  • D -16--------15\17h---17---17--------|-16--------15\17h----12\
  • A -14-------------------------17/16h-|-14--------------------
  • E ----15\17h--------X----X-----------|----15\17h-------------
  • B -----------------------------------|-----------------------
  •       S             S    S    S           S      
  • The final chord in that bar represents the first chrord of the slide/rundown. Maintain that power chord and slide it down the neck while fan strumming the string furiously.
  • The version of this song that is on Rhinoplasty features “The Awakening” by the Reddings, which Les recorded for the Holy Mackerel album. Tab for it is available here.
  • LYRICS
  • "I remember as it were a meal ago"

    Said Tommy the Cat as he reeled back to clear whatever foreign
    matter may have nestled its way into his mighty throat.
    Many a fat alley rat had met its demise while staring point
    blank down the cavernous barrel of this awesome prowling machine. Truly a wonder of nature this urban predator.
    Tommy the cat had many a story to tell, but it was a rare occasion such as this that he did.

    "She came slidin' down the alleyway like butter drippin' off a hot biscuit. The aroma, the mean scent, was enough to arouse
    suspicion in even the oldest of Tigers that hung around the hot
    spot in those days. The sight was beyond belief. Many a head
    snapped for double even triple, takes as this vivacious feline made her way into the delta of the alleyway where the most virile of the young tabbys were known to hang out. They hung in droves. Such a multitude of masculinity could only be found in One place... and that was O'malley's Alley. The air was thick with cat calls (no pun intended) but not even a muscle in her neck did twitch as she sauntered up into the heart of the alley. She knew what she wanted. She was lookin' for that stud bull, the he cat. And that was me.
    Tommy the Cat is my name and I say unto thee...

    “Say baby do you wanna lay down by me"