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SANTERIA by Sublime
Transcribed by Jeremy Roswell (

I got sick of asking for the tab so I bought the CD and here's my 
rendition of Sublime's "Santeria".  The lyrics in the CD insert are slightly 
different from what Bradley actually sings so I changed them below to 
get as close as I could to the actual words sung.  All the chords should be 
barred.  The E on the 7th fret, the Ab on the 4th, the Dbm also on the 4th 
and the B on either the 2nd or more conveniently the 7th.  The chords in the 
song might all be power chords, I'm not really sure.  I put the chords along 
with the first verse and chorus so you could get the idea.  Each chord is 
strummed and muted four times in the verses.  The chorus riff I have included 
below is not exactly accurate as is my intro but they are pretty close.  I'll
try and get the solo later but I'm not sure I can do it with my acoustic.


        E                       Ab
e--------------------    e----------------
b--------------------    b---4------------
g-----9-------9-9----    g-----5----------
d---9---9---------9--    d-------6--------
a-7-------7-7-------7    a-----------6-2-4
e--------------------    e-4-------4------

        Dbm                     B
e--------------------    e---2------------
b-----------5--------    b-----4----------
g-----6-------6------    g-------4--------
d---6---6-------6----    d----------------
a-4-------4----------    a-2-------2------
e--------------------    e----------------

E, Ab, Dbm, B

Verse 1:
             E                        Ab                
I don't practice santeria I ain't got no crystal ball

     Dbm                            B
I had a million dollars but I'd, I'd spend it all

     E                                 Ab
If I could find that Heina and that Sancho she's found

            Dbm                      B 
Well I'd pop a cap in Sancho and I'd   slap her down


A        B             E   Dbm
All I really wanna know my baby

A        B            E   Dbm      A
All I really wanna say I can't define

       B            E    Dbm
It's love that I need 

A          B
But my soul will have to

Verse 2:    
Wait 'till I get back, find a Heina of my own
Daddy's gonna love one and all
I feel the break, feel the break, feel the break
And I gotta live it up
Oh yeah, uh huh, well I swear that I


All I really wanna know my baby
All I really wanna say I can't define
That love will make it go
My soul will have to...



All I really wanna say my baby
All I really wanna say is I've got mine
And I'll make it yes I'm comin' up
Tell Sanchito that if

Verse 3:

He knows what is good for him he best go run and hide
Daddy's got a new 45
And I won't think twice to stick that barrel straight down Sancho's throat
Believe me when I say that I've got something for his punk ass


Well I really wanna know my baby
What I really wanna say is there's just one way back
And I'll make it
yeah my soul will have to wait

Chorus Riff:

  A       B       E       Dbm

From: Henry Nicholson <>


As close as I could come to it at least. Oh, well, I think I 
did a damn good job on it, but you don't have to. Toy with it
some and try to make it sound better. The intro was all I got, 
but it was worth it anyway. Have fun...



..let the last note ring until the verse breaks in with
abunch of chords and such. 


From Thu May  8 14:15:29 1997
Date: Mon, 24 Mar 1997 13:36:17 -0800 (PST)
From:  chris  adkins <>
Subject: tab: "santeria" by sublime


^’transcribed & written by chris adkins (

^’the last guy who tabbed this didnt get all of it, but he
did get some parts. he tried. they have programs for that, i
think. anyway, i got most of the solo here and other
^”revisions^‘ , but if you have the audacity to complain about
my work, you can flame me at on with
tha^“ tab.

^’this is obviously a 2- guitar song, but if you have just 
yourself, than start w/ g1, play g2 during the verse and
then switch back for the solo and choruses. for the
choruses, you might want to try to throw in some extra bass
notes (by playing the roots of the chord shape used for the
riff) for a fuller sound if you only have one guitarist. if
you are playing w/ a bassist, don^“t bother...
^’std tuning
^’intro- guitar 1- clean elec.- let ring throughout
 E5  Ab

 Dbm   B

^’verse- guitar 2- clean elec. hits whole chord on each 
beat and unfret left hand immediately producing a 
quarter-note staccato (choppy) rhythm.
 E        Ab Dbm     B
|/ / / / |/ / / / |/ / / / |/ / / / |

^’chorus- guitar 2, using the same strumming method as in
the verse, repeats the following-
 A   B    E   Dbm
|/ / / / |/ / / / |

 -guitar 1 repeats this riff.

^’solo- guitar 1 played with guitar 2 playing verse rhythm-
 -this is an approximation, some parts are ^”iffy^‘ and sound 
decent cuz i filled in the fast parts that i couldn^“t exactly
transcribe with other notes from the soloing scale that Brad
uses (major penatonic in E).
 for the last part of the chorus before the solo hit an E5
before playing the solo itself. 
 by the way, the end of each line of tab does not mean the
end of the measure...


 the first part under the ^”*====*^‘ i^“m unsure about, and the
second part under the ^”*====*^‘ is definetely wrong, but it 
doesn^“t sound too bad.

^’outro- guitar 1, subtituting an E5 for the last part of the 
final chorus, the plays smoothly with a ^”slowing down^‘ feel-

 Eb5  Db5  B5   A5   B5  E?
|/    /    /    /   |/   /     ~~~ <--w/bar

^’chord shapes used-

fingers-   1 3 3 3 1       1 3 4 2 1 1          1 3 4 2 1 
      E |X-7-9-9-9-7|  Ab |4-6-6-5-4-4|  Dbm |X-4-6-6-5-4|

   1 3 4 2 1 1      1 3 4 2 1 1      1 3 1
      B |7-9-9-8-7-7|  A  |5-7-7-6-5-5|  E?  |0-7-9-7-X-X|

^’that^“s all folks, and if you want the lyrics, Jeremy  Roswell
got them, so get ^—em from him.

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solo for Santeria by Sublime
by Jeremy Roswell

Ok here is the long awaited solo of Santeria.  It is very close to the
actual solo but I know there are a few mistakes.  The main problem I had
was trying to figure out the downward and upward scales that Bradley plays 
really fast.  I wrote them out as best as I could but I know they're missing
several notes.  I have found that just sliding down the strings sounds good
but I don't think this is how it's really played.



After this is just leads back into the chorus.

From Thu May 15 17:00:38 1997
Date: Thu, 01 May 97 19:59:48 -0500
From: Henry Nicholson <>
Subject: more

Not too long ago I sent in an entry giving the 
tablature for Sublime's SANTERIA. It included
the opening and the chorus. In this entry, I
will make one very slight correction to the 
chorus, but as a bonus, I am giving you the 
verse chord progession, and that solo we've all
grown to know and love ALL FOR THE LOW, LOW
PRICE OF (three monthly installments of) 

Sublime's   SANTERIA!!!!

Chorus corrections:
..played three times, then repeat
the first eight notes once.

Verse chord Progession (palm muted)

   E A D G B E
   X_X_______X              X_X________
Am |_|_|_|_1_| 1st fret  Ab |_|_1_1_1_|
   |_|_2_3_|_| 2            |_|_|_|_|_|              
   |_|_|_|_|_| 3            |_|_|_|_|_|
   |_|_|_|_|_| 4            |_|_|_|_|_4 
   |_|_|_|_|_| 5            |_|_|_|_|_|

   X_X_X______              X_X________
D  |_|_|_|_|_|          F#9 |_|_|_|_|_|
   |_|_|_2_|_1              |_|_|_|_|_|
   |_|_|_|_3_|              |_|_|_1_|_|
   |_|_|_|_|_|              |_|_2_|_|_3
   |_|_|_|_|_|              |_|_|_|_4_|

Just so no one is confused about chord reading, 
I'll explain it all:

-The strings are as marked above the A-minor chord.

-The "X's" above the strings signify to muffle that string.

-The frets (also as marked above A-minor) start at the
first (at the top) and go to five (at the bottom). 

-The numbers on each fretted string are to tell what
fingers to use:
1-index finger
2-middle finger
3-ring finger
So the F-sharp 9 Chord in stantard tab form would be:

..and finally, the solo:
(right after he says "My soul will have to...")



[Chorus continues]


SLIDING  / is for sliding up(5/7) and \ is to slide
         down (7\5)
BENDS/RELEASE   ' is a quarter step bend (1/2 fret)
                ^ is a half step bend (1 fret)
                v is to release from a bend
HAMMERON/PULLOFF   h is to hammer on(5h7) and
                   p is to pull off(7p5)

the solo's a little hard to get down at first, but
it fet's easier after a while.


Matt the Freshman, you read this whole thing?

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