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Back Against The Wall - Cage the Elephant

Play the two lowest bass notes and the fourth string of
the chord in the verse as shown in the intro

chords: G# 466544
        F# 244322
        F#(9) x9-11-11-11-9 (A shape, ninth fret.)
        B(7) 799877 (E shape, seventh fret)
        B x24442
        C# x46664

|---------|

[Intro]

    G#     F#  F(9)# C#  B
e|-------------------------|
B|-------------11----6---4-|
G|--5------3---------------|
D|-------------11----6---4-|
A|--6------4---9-----4---2-|
E|--4------2---------------| X4 (listen to song for rhythm)

for the second two bars of the intro a second guitar plays this
play it to this beat 1--2--3--4
      G#     
e|---------|
B|-----4---|
G|----5----|
D|---6-----|
A|--6------|  
E|---------|  X2

Then during the first bar of the verse about a fourth of a bar before the
 singer sings the second guitar plays this one time and make it sound sort
 of dramatic as a simple downstroke like 1-2-3-4 but half the speed of the
 other part.(if its confusing play the song and listen you'll hear it)

    G#
e|---------|
B|--4------|
G|--5------|
D|--6------|
A|--6------|  
E|---------| X1


[Verse 1]
(play the chords like you did in the intro)
(for best effect use slight delay if electric)

G#              F#         
   Tonight I'll have a look
    F#(9)  C#      B7     G#
And try to find my face again
       F#            F#(9)
Buried beneath this house`
   C#      B7       G#
My spirit screams and dies again
F#         F#(9)
Out back a monster wears
   C#       B7         G#
A cloak of Persian leather
F#         F#(9)
Behind the TV screen
C#          B7        G#
I've fallen to my knees
 

[Chorus]

(All chords in the post chorus and chorus are down strokes, with a quick up
 in between.)
(also if you have trouble following the beat just use down 
strokes till you get use to it enough to get the rest.)

              G#
I said you've got me where you want me again!
    B(7)           C#
And--I can't turn away
    G#                      F#                C#
I'm hanging by a thread and I'm feeling like a fool
    G#                        B(7)          C#
I'm stuck here in between the shadows of my yesterday
    G#    
I want to- get away
  F#          C#
I need to- get away


[Verse 2]

G#         F#      
   Blanket of silence
F#(9)            C#       B7        G#
makes me want to sink my teeth in deep
         F#
Burn all the evidence
  F#(9)  C#    B7     G#
of fabricated disbelief
F#            F#(9)      C#        B7         G#
Pull back the curtains took a look into your eyes
 F#           F#(9)        C#           B7      G#
My tongue has now become a platform for your lies


[Chorus 2]

              G#
I said you've got me where you want me again!
    B(7)           C#
And--I can't turn away
    G#                      F#                C#
I'm hanging by a thread and Im feeling like a fool
    G#                        B(7)          C#
I'm stuck here in between the shadows of my yesterday
    G#    
I want to- get away
  F#          C#
I need to- get away


[Post-Chorus 1]

G#      F#
Now-- you know
B7                C#               G#
Yeah, you got my back against the wall
F#       B7             C#             G#
Oh gosh, I aint got no other place to hide
F#                 B7         C#
chained down, like a sitting duck
                 G#
Just waiting for the fall
F#                 B7           C#           G#
You know, yeah you got my back against the wall


[Verse 3]

 G#         F#
Deep in the jungle
F#(9)          C#       B7      G#
Camouflaged by all the fallen leaves
        F# 
A hand holds up the sky
F#(9)  C#    B7     G#
While shamefully I make my plea
     F#   
The alters callin'
F#(9)    C#        B7         G#
But my legs won't seem to stand
     F#
Guess I'm a coward
F#(9)    C#        B7       G#
Scared to face the man I am


[Chorus 3]

              G#
I said you've got me where you want me again!
    B(7)           C#
And--I can't turn away
    G#                      F#                C#
I'm hanging by a thread and Im feeling like a fool
    G#                        B(7)          C#
I'm stuck here in between the shadows of my yesterday
    G#    
I want to- get away
  F#          C#
I need to- get away


[Post-Chorus 2]

G#      F#
Now-- you know
B7                C#               G#
Yeah, you got my back against the wall
F#       B7             C#             G#
Oh gosh, I aint got no other place to hide
F#                 B7         C#
chained down, like a sitting duck
                 G#
Just waiting for the fall
F#                 B7           C#           G#
You know, yeah you got my back against the wall


[Riff 1]

(4 bars)
(just a guess it goes like this):
e|--------------------------|
B|--------------------------|
G|--------------------------|
D|-----------6666--8888-----|
A|--6666666-----------------|  X2
E|--------------------------|


[Solo 1]

(I don't know what it is) 
(guessing in the g scale) 
this is a rough improvisation but it sounds alright if you tweak it hey its better than 
nothing!
(use this as sort of a outline for what notes are in it or maybe 
you should try a pentatonic on the 6th or 4th frets i don't know)


my best advise is listen to the song and improve it, best you can using 
these notes and you'll be set

e|--------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------66b8-6h86h86h8(v)hold---|
D|-----------6b6b--88b------------------------|
A|--6b6p6b6p----------------------------------|  
E|--------------------------------------------|

e|--------------------------------------------|
B|--------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------|
D|-----------6b6b--88----44b6-4h64h64h6(v)hold|
A|--66666666----------------------------------|  
E|--------------------------------------------|
e|--------------------------------------------|

B|--------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------8(v)-6(v)---------------|
D|-----------8(v)-6(v)------------------------|
A|--66666666----------------------------------|  
E|--------------------------------------------|

B|--------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------4(v)-6(v)---------------|
D|-----------4(v)-6(v)------------------------|
A|--66666666----------------------------------|  
E|--------------------------------------------|


[Outro 1]

G#      F#
Now-- you know
B7                C#               G#
Yeah, you got my back against the wall
F#       B7             C#             G#
Oh gosh, I aint got no other place to hide
F#                 B7         C#
chained down, like a sitting duck-
                 G#
Just waiting for the fall
F#                 B7           C#           G#
You know, yeah you got my back against the wall.....

End however you want to i think G# works fine.
It's a fun song and all the other tabs didn't help out so i hope this one 
did!



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| h  Hammer-on
| p  Pull-off
| b  Bend 
|(v) Vibrato 

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Sean1708 72 Oct 24, 2009 06:56 AM

The arpeggio in the intro is A-6 D-6 B-4 E-4

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Middlest0rm 10 Mar 25, 2010 07:42 PM

Excellent tab!! Keep up the good work!!

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nfrench7fold 120 Apr 29, 2010 05:19 PM

The solo you have here is comeletely off. To me anyway..

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