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Tabbed by Allen Gregory
allengregory167@hotmail.com

The Killers - When You Were Young

Standard Tuning EADGBe

Chords Used

E    – (022100)
F#   - (244322)
G#m  – (466444)
B    – (799877)
E5   - (x799xx)
D#m5 – (x688xx)
C#m5 – (x466xx)
Bm5  - (x244xx)
B5   - (799xxx)
A#5  – (688xxx)
G#5  - (466xxx)
F#5  - (244xxx)
C#m  - (446654)
B7   - (779877)
Intro Chord  - (xx xx 11 13 12 14) (Thanks To Jason Baumal)

Riffs Used:

Intro Riff/Chorus Riff-(played where there is a * - mainly between 'when you * were young')

e-------------16-14----|------16-14-------|
B----------12-------11-|---12-------------|
G-------13-------------|13----------13----|
D----------------------|------------------|
A----------------------|------------------|
E----------------------|------------------|

Riff 2 - (played where there is a **)
e-------------16-14----11----|------16-14-------|
B----------12-------11----12-|---12-------------|
G-------13-------------------|13----------13----|
D----------------------------|------------------|
A----------------------------|------------------|
E----------------------------|------------------|


Intro - Intro Chord - (strum down once then release pressure from fingers to mute out 
chord do this for the top two strings too) and strum down
down, down up down up - sounds better when on an amp and distorted)

E F# G#m B E x2 (with Intro Riff over the top)


    E                  F#     G#m
You sit there in your heart-ache
    B              E
Waiting on some beautiful boy to
 E                F#       G#m
To save you from your old ways
 B
You play forgiveness
E
Watch it now here he comes


    E                       F# G#m
He doesnt look a thing like Je-sus
        B
But he talks like a gentleman
 E
Like you imagined
              F#  G#m     B    E
When you*were  young


 E
Can we climb this mountain
 F#     G#m
I dont know
 B               E
Higher now than ever before
 E                           F#      G#m
I know we can make it if we take it slow
 B
Let's take it easy
 E
Easy now,  watch it go


 E                             F#  G#m
We're burning down the highway sky-line
         B
On the back of a hurricane
 E
That started turning
                F#  G#m     B    E
When you*were    young
                F#  G#m     B    E
When you**were   young


       E            F#       G#m
And sometimes you close your eyes
              B                      E
And see the place where you used to live
                F#  G#m     B     E
When you were    young


Solo 1 (E,F#,G#m,B,E over the top)

e--------11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11------|
B-----------------------------------------------------7-9--|
G----------------------------------------------------------|
D----------------------------------------------------------|
A----------------------------------------------------------|
E----------------------------------------------------------|

e-------------16-14----|------16-14-------|
B----------12-------11-|---12-------------|
G-------13-------------|13----------13----|
D----------------------|------------------|
A----------------------|------------------|
E----------------------|------------------|

(Fill section:- E5, D#m5, C#m5, Bm5, B5, A#5, G#5, F#5
- strum down 3 times for E5, D#m5 and C#m5 and once for the rest of the fill section)

              C#m
They say the devil's water It ain't so sweet
    C#m                      G#m
You dont have to drink right now
                      B7
But you can dip your feet
                         F#
Every once in a little while

E,F#,G#m,B,E x2 (or play bass line on the E string:
-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-2-2-2-4-4-4-4-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0 x2)


Solo 2 (E,F#,G#m,B,E over the top) x 2

e--------11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11------|
B-----------------------------------------------------7-9--|
G----------------------------------------------------------|
D----------------------------------------------------------|
A----------------------------------------------------------|
E----------------------------------------------------------|

e--------\14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14------|
B------------------------------------------------------7--9-|
G-----------------------------------------------------------|
D-----------------------------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------------------------|
E-----------------------------------------------------------|


     E                F#    G#m
You sit there in your heart-ache
 B                 E
Waiting on some beautiful boy to
 E                F#       G#m
To save you from your old ways
 B
You play forgiveness
 E
Watch it now Here he comes


    E                       F# G#m
He doesnt look a thing like Je-sus
       B
But he talks like a gentleman
 E
Like you imagined
              F# G#m
When you were young
 B
(talks like a gentleman)
 E
(like you imagined)
 E            F#  G#m     B    E
When you*were young

                                  F#   G#m    B   E
I said he doesnt*look a thing like Jesus
                           F#   G#m           B   E
He doesn't**look a thing like Jesus
                          (Fill section - see below)
But more than you'll ever know

(Fill section:- E5, D#m5, C#m5, Bm5, B5, A#5, G#5, F#5
- strum down 3 times for E5, D#m5 and C#m5 and once for the rest of the fill section)

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HurricaneSG wrote on December 23 2006, 08:34 pm

I love this song

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cheezwinkle wrote on January 7 2007, 07:36 pm

great tab! good work

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Bozjoarmstrong wrote on January 12 2007, 10:25 am

Fantastic tab-especially on the main riff-ive searched everywhere for a correct one.

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