Driven

Background and Commentary

The piece is a cautionary tale about drunken driving and emphasizes the theme of communication.—Robert Telleria, Merely Players

“‘Driven’ is just from a bass player’s point of view. I wrote that somg with three tracks of bass. I brought it to Alex and said, ‘Here’s the song; I did three tracks of bass, but I just did that to fill in for the guitar,’ and he said, ‘Let’s keep it with the three basses.’ So, I said, ‘I love you.'” (Canadian Musician, 1996)—Geddy in Merely Players

“‘Driven” was the third of five singles released from Test For Echo and reached #3 on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart. When played live, Geddy would often insert a short bass solo. Examples of this can be found on the official live albums Different Stages and Rush in Rio from the Test For Echo and Vapor Trails tours, respectively.”—Wikipedia

Lyrics

Driven up and down in circles
Skidding down a road of black ice
Staring in and out storm windows
Driven to a fool’s paradise

It’s my turn to drive
But it’s my turn to drive

Driven to the margin of error
Driven to the edge of control
Driven to the margin of terror
Driven to the edge of a deep, dark hole

Driven day and night in circles
Spinning like a whirlwind of leaves
Stealing in and out back alleys
Driven to another den of thieves

But it’s my turn to drive
But it’s my turn to drive

Driven in, driven to the edge
Driven out, on the thin end of the wedge
Driven off, by things I’ve never seen
Driven on, by the road to somewhere I’ve never been

But it’s my turn to drive
But it’s my turn to drive

The road unwinds towards me
What was there is gone
The road unwinds before me
And I go riding on

But it’s my turn to drive
But it’s my turn to drive

Tablature

By Shawn Pollard

Excerpted from Ultimate Guitar.

~Drop D tuning~

Intro
E————————————————————-|
B————————————————————-|
G————————————————————-|
D————————————————————-|
A-3p0-0-5p0-3p0-0-5p0-3p0-3p0-3p0-0-5p0-0-6p0-6p0-6p0-5p0-3p0-|
D————————————————————-|

E—————————————————–|
B—————————————————–|
G—————————————————–|
D—————————————————–|
A-3p0-0-5p0-3p0-0-5p0-3p0-3p0-3p0-0-5p0-0-6p0-6p0-6p0-|
D—————————————————–|
repeat some numer of times

Verse
F G Am Am F G repeat
E-1 E-3 E-0-|
B-1 B-0 B-1-|
G-2 G-0 G-2-|
D-3 D-0 D-2-|
A-0 A-2 A-0-|
D-0 D-3 D-0-|
strumming pattern- Down Up Down Up

End verse on D
E-2
B-3
G-2
D-0
A-x
D-x
Chorus
E——————————————————————-|
B——————————————————————-|
G——————————————————————-|
D-0—————————————————————–|
A-0-2-3-3-3-3-5-3-5-7-7-7-7-7-5-7-3-3-3-3-5-3-2-0—2—————|
D-0-2-3-3-3-3-5-3-5-7-7-7-7-7-5-7-3-3-3-3-5-3-2-0—2-3-3-3-3-5-7-7-|

For complete tab, go to Ultimate Guitar.

Tutorial

“Driven” guitar cover

“Driven” bass cover

“Driven” drum cover

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