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Song:      Wake Me Up When September Ends
Artist:    Green Day
Album:     American Idiot
Tabbed by: Dan Benz (DanSumthing@wi.rr.com)

This is a great song from an incredible album. I heard the intro to this
and I had to tab the whole thing.  Easily my best tab, it took me a long 
time because I wanted to get every note right. 

For the acoustic verse and bridge, I tabbed each note out the way it's 
played on the album, but if you'd rather just play the chords, they're
written above the tablature. See below for chord fingerings.

C    - |x32010|   Em - |022000|   
Cm   - |x35543|   Bm - |x24432|   
G    - |3x0033|   D  - |xx0232| 
G/Gb - |200033|    

__________________________________________________||
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Edit (7/28/05) :                                  ||
                                                  ||
     Changed this                To this          ||
e| |----0-----0-----|     e| |----------------|   ||
B| |----1-1---1---1-|     B| |----5-----5-----|   ||
G| |--0-------0-----|     G| |----5-5---5---5-|   ||
D| |----------------|     D| |--5-------5-----|   ||
A| |3-------3-------|     A| |3-------3-------|   ||
E| |----------------|     E| |----------------|   ||
                                                  ||
In Verse 1, playing the bar chord version of the  ||
C chord makes it much easier to transition to     ||
the Cm chord that follows it.                     ||
__________________________________________________||
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{Intro (acoustic)
{e| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{B| |----3-----3-----|----3-----3-----|----3-----3-----|----3-----3-----|
{G| |--0-----0-------|--0-----0-------|--0-----0-------|--0-----0-------|
{D| |5-----5---------|5-----5---------|5-----5---------|5-----5---------|
{A| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{E| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|

{Verse 1
{e| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{B| |----3-----3-----|----3-----3-----|----3-----3-----|----3-----3-----|
{G| |--0-----0-------|--0-----0-------|--0-----0-------|--0-----0-------|
{D| |5-----5---------|4-----4---------|2-----2---------|0-----0---------|
{A| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{E| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{
{    C                Cm               G                G
{e| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{B| |----5-----5-----|----4-----4-----|----3-----3-----|----3-----3-----|
{G| |----5-5---5---5-|--5---5---5---0-|----0-0---0---0-|----0-0---0---0-|
{D| |--5-------5-----|--------5-----0-|--0-------0-----|--0-------0-----|
{A| |3-------3-------|3---------------|----------------|----------------|
{E| |----------------|----------------|3-------3-------|3-------3-------|
                                                   
Repeat Verse 1 except final measure, then              G       G/Gb     
                                          play         |----3-----------|
                                               this >  |----3-------3-0-|
                                                    >  |----0-0-----0---|
                                                    >  |--0-------------|
                                                       |----------0-----|
                                                       |3-------2-------|
Bridge
     Em               Bm               C                G       G/Gb 
 e| |----------------|----------------|----0-----0-----|----3-----------|
 B| |----0-----0-----|----3-----3-----|----1-1---1-----|----3-------3-0-|
 G| |----0-0---0-----|----4-----4-----|--0-------0---0-|----0-0-----0---|
 D| |--2-------2---0-|--4---4-------4-|--------------0-|--0-------------|
 A| |----------------|2-------2-------|3-------3-------|----------0-----|
 E| |0-------0-------|----------------|----------------|3-------2-------|
                  
     Em               Bm               C                D 
 e| |----------------|----------------|----0-----0-----|----2-----2-----|
 B| |----0-----0-----|----3-----3-----|----1-1---1-----|----3-3---3-----|
 G| |----0-0---0-----|----4-----4-----|--0-------0---0-|--2---2---2---0-|
 D| |--2-------2---0-|--4---4-------4-|----------------|0-------0-------|
 A| |----------------|2-------2-------|3-------3-------|----------------|
 E| |0-------0-------|----------------|----------------|----------------|

Repeat Verse 1

Repeat Intro

W/Distortion,
Play 2 measures of Intro, then play
the first 4 measures of Verse 1

{Chorus
{    C                Cm               G5
{e| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{B| |5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|----------------|----------------|
{G| |5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|----------------|----------------|
{D| |5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
{A| |3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
{E| |----------------|----------------|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|

Play the first 4 measures of Verse 1, then,

     C                Cm               G5                       G5/Gb
 e| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
 B| |5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|----------------|----------------|
 G| |5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|----------------|----------------|
 D| |5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
 A| |3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
 E| |----------------|----------------|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|3-3-3-3-2-2-2-2-|

Distorted Bridge
     E5               Bm               C5               G5      G5/Gb 
 e| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
 B| |----------------|----3-----------|----------------|----------------|
 G| |----------------|4-4-4-4-4-4-4-0-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0-|----------------|
 D| |2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|4-4-4-4-4-4-4-0-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0-|
 A| |2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-0-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0-|
 E| |0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|----------------|----------------|3-3-3-3-2-2-2-0-|

     E5               Bm               C5               D5            
 e| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
 B| |----------------|----3-3-3-3-3---|----------------|----------------|
 G| |----------------|4-4-4-4-4-4-4-0-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
 D| |2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|4-4-4-4-4-4-4-0-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
 A| |2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
 E| |0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|----------------|----------------|----------------|

 e| |----------------|------------3---|----------------|----------------|
 B| |----3-----3-----|----3-----3-----|----3-----3-----|----3-----3-----|
 G| |--0-----0-------|--0-----0-------|--0-----0-------|--0-----0-------|
 D| |5-----5---------|4-----4---------|2-----2---------|0-----0---------|
 A| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
 E| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|

     C                Cm               G5                       G5/Gb
 e| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
 B| |5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|----------------|----------------|
 G| |5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|----------------|----------------|
 D| |5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
 A| |3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
 E| |----------------|----------------|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|3-3-3-3-2-2-2-2-|

{Solo 
{Guitar1                                
{e| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{B| |----12----12--12|----12----12--12|----13----13--13|1515151515151515|
{G|/|1212--1212--12--|1111--1111--11--|1212--1212--12--|1212121211111111|
{D| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{A| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{E| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{
{e| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{B| |----12----12--12|----12----12--12|----13----13--13|1515151515151515|
{G| |1212--1212--12--|1111--1111--11--|1212--1212--12--|1212121212121212|
{D| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{A| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{E| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{
{e| |----------------|----------------|----------------|
{B| |1515151515151515|1515151515151515|1515151515151515|
{G| |1111111111111111|1212121212121212|1111111111111111| Go to the next
{D| |----------------|----------------|----------------| Guitar1 section
{A| |----------------|----------------|----------------|
{E| |----------------|----------------|----------------|

{Guitar2 (Rhythm Guitar) during the Solo
{    E5               Bm               C5               G5      G5/Gb 
{e| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{B| |----------------|----3-----------|----------------|----------------|
{G| |----------------|4-4-4-4-4-4-4-0-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0-|----------------|
{D| |2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|4-4-4-4-4-4-4-0-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-0-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
{A| |2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-0-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
{E| |0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|----------------|----------------|3-3-3-3-2-2-2-2-|
{
{    E5               Bm               C5               D5            
{e| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{B| |----------------|----3-----------|----------------|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
{G| |----------------|4-4-4-4-4-4-4-0-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
{D| |2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|4-4-4-4-4-4-4-0-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
{A| |2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|----------------|
{E| |0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{
{    D5            
{e| |----------------|----------------|----------------|
{B| |3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
{G| |2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-|
{D| |0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
{A| |----------------|----------------|----------------|
{E| |----------------|----------------|----------------|

Guitar2 (still w/distortion)
     G
 e| |3---------------|
 B| |3---------------|
 G| |0---------------|
 D| |----------------|
 A| |----------------|
 E| |----------------|

{Guitar1 (clean/acoustic)
{e| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{B| |----3-----3-----|----3-----3-----|----3-----3-----|----3-----3-----|
{G| |--0-----0-------|--0-----0-------|--0-----0-------|--0-----0-------|
{D| |5-----5---------|5-----5---------|5-----5---------|5-----5---------|
{A| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{E| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{
{e| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{B| |----3-----3-----|----3-----3-----|----3-----3-----|----3-----3-----|
{G| |--0-----0-------|--0-----0-------|--0-----0-------|--0-----0-------|
{D| |5-----5---------|4-----4---------|2-----2---------|0-----0---------|
{A| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
{E| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|

W/Distortion for the rest of the song,
Play the Chorus, 

Play the first 4 measures of Verse 1, 

Repeat the Chorus 2X,

End with:
     C                Cm               G5
 e| |----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
 B| |5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|----------------|----------------|
 G| |5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|----------------|----------------|
 D| |5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|5---------------|
 A| |3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|5---------------|
 E| |----------------|----------------|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|3---------------|
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Bubkus123 wrote on October 13 2004, 12:00 am

Hey, sweet tab, man. The acoustic parts sound exactly like the album.

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BoucheDag wrote on October 13 2004, 12:00 am

Holy croch! This tab is kickass. It's hella accurate.
Like the second measure of the distorted bridge is this:
e| |----------------|
B| |----3-----------|
G| |4-4-4-4-4-4-4-0-|
D| |4-4-4-4-4-4-4-0-|
A| |2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-|
E| |----------------|
If you listen to the CD, that's how it is, they only play 3 on the
B string that one time. All tabs should put the little things like
that in there.

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