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~Title:     Even In His Youth
Artist:    Nirvana;  lyrics and music by Kurt Cobain. 
Recording: 2nd track on the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" CD single.  Also known 
              as "Smells Like a Teenage Single".  Previously unreleased. 
Tab:       1.0   by Peter Jay Salzman   psalzman@stars.sfsu.edu 
Beat:      Allegro, about 144 bpm. 
Sound:     Not Cobain's standard sound, which is why this tune is interesting.
              Very distorted with the mids turned up super duper (ie 10) and 
              lows turned up also.  A very muddy distortion with lots of 
              harmonics giving it an almost pipe organ sound. A very Marshall 
              sound, but in the OPPOSITE sense of Hendrix who had the treble
              turned high.

Intro: Feedback on 12 fret, 1st string (high E). 

The following riff is the vamp and verse.  For those who want to do it
just like the recording, vamp the 2 measures 2 times, then drums enter
on the third time.  Vocals enter on the fifth repeat.

    C           G       G#      G       C           G       G#      G
    ^       ^       ^       ^           ^       ^       ^       ^       
    1       2       3       4           1       2       3       4

On the 5th repeat of the above riff, continue the riff and start vocals
as shown: 

1         2         3         4         
C             G          G#        G    
                    Ev   en   in   his  
youth.              Ev   en   in   his
youth.              Ev   en   in   his  
youth               he was    noth ing. 
                    Kept his  bo   dy   
clean.              Kept his  bo   dy
clean.              Kept his  bo   dy   
clean               going     no   where.
                    Da   dy   was  a    
shamed.             Da   dy   was  a 
shamed.             Da   dy   was  a    
shamed              he was    some thing.
                    Strippedhimof  his  
name.               Strippedhimof  his  
name.               Familynamewassomething. 

Chorus:  all power chords.  repeat 1st measure 4 times.   after playing
the 2nd measure (the B) go back to start of the song.  go through the
whole thing twice. 

    E       C       G       D           B 
    ^       ^       ^       ^           ^       ^       ^       ^
    1       2       3       4           1       2       3       4 

chorus (1st time around):                  chorus (2nd time around): 
  1st line is truly incomprehensible.        1st line incomprehensible 
  I've got nothing left to prove             I've got nothing left to prove
  If I die far away                          If I die far away 
  Hope I don't come back again.              Hope I don't come back the same. 

After the chorus is done the 2nd time, go back and play the verse part.
The song fades from here while Kurt just sang "even his youth   even in
his youth   even in his youth  even in his youth".   If you can't fade
gracefully (I'm not good at it myself), chop it off at the C.

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feesk8ordie wrote on June 19 2004, 12:00 am

Does anyone know what version of the song the tabber has, cos my version has different lyrics??? I got mine off the Outcesticide Volume 5 CD.

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guitarghetto wrote on December 17 2004, 12:00 am

it sounds like "If i die, before I wake"...

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NIrvana_267 wrote on May 19 2006, 07:58 am

this doesnt sound llike even in his youth

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