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Killing An Arab Tab

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#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
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From uunet!wupost!darwin.sura.net!cs.ucf.edu!schnitzi Tue Aug 18 15:32:09 PDT 1992
Article: 1644 of alt.guitar.tab
Newsgroups: alt.guitar.tab
Path: nevada.edu!uunet!wupost!darwin.sura.net!cs.ucf.edu!schnitzi
From: schnitzi@cs.ucf.edu (Mark Schnitzius)
Subject: TAB: The Cure, "Killing an Arab"
Message-ID: 
Sender: news@cs.ucf.edu (News system)
Organization: University of Central Florida
Distribution: alt
Date: Tue, 18 Aug 1992 02:13:51 GMT
Lines: 90

By request.....

The song:  Killing an Arab
The group:  The Cure

[Disclaimer:  This song is based on the book 'The Stranger'
by Albert Camus and is not meant to express anti-Arab sentiments.
The Cure has issued statements stating that they resent its
use as such.]

Intro:

-7/8\7-5-7----7-8/11-8-7/8\7-5-7-----------------------------|
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-------2-------1-------0-------------------------------------|
-5\4-4---4\3-3---3\2-2---2\1-1-4-1---------------------------|

Bass part starts [note: I don't particularly agree with this
bass line but it's what is in the book.  Opinions, anyone?]:

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-0----0-0--0--0--0-1-1-------0----0-0--0--0--0-1-1-----------| etc.

At the same time, the guitar:

-6-7-6-3-6-3-2-3-2-0-2-0---0---------------------------------|
-------------------------4---4-1-4-1-0-1-0---0---------------|
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---------------2-0-2-4-2-4---4-------------------------------|
-2-1-2-4-5-4-5-----------------------------------------------|
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-6-3-7--|
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Lyrics start:

Standing on the beach with a gun in my hand
Staring at the sea, staring at the sand
Staring down the barrel at the Arab on the ground
See his open mouth but I hear no sound

Chorus:
I'm alive [Bass part moves up to the A string]
I'm dead
I am the Stranger [Bass moves back down to low E string]
Killing an Arab

I can turn and walk away or I can fire the gun
Staring at the sky, staring at the sun
Whichever I choose it amounts to the same
Absolutely nothing
(Repeat chorus)

Feel the steel butt jump Smooth in my hand
Staring at the sea, staring at the sand
Staring at myself reflected in the eyes
Of the dead man on the beach
(Repeat chorus)

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Mark Schnitzius
schnitzi@eola.cs.ucf.edu
Univ. of Central Florida
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##_Guitar-newb wrote on September 14 2004, 12:00 am

I DO NOT LIKE THE NAME OF THIS SONG...ARABS ARE OUR FRIENDS

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a_rush_of_blood wrote on November 20 2005, 05:48 am

based on the albert camus novel the outsider... why dont you take it up with one of the greatest men of the 20th century dickhead

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MiScHiEf BrEw wrote on October 22 2006, 03:55 pm

actually the book was called "the stranger." and what the song is about is the climax of the book.

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