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21St Century Breakdown Tab

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21st Century Breakdown
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Tunings:

Well this depends. I think most people would use standard, but I use it in Half-
Step Down tuning (a semitone lower than standard) Because you can do the normal 
chords instead of power chords.
I'll tab Half-Step-Down.

(In the fast palm mute bit in the interlude, do downstrokes. That's how to do it.)

This song is really long to tab out.

**************
Intro:
**************

Piano transcribed to guitar:

Eb||-2-------------------------||
Bb||-3-2~----------------------||
Gb||-2-2~----------------------||
Db||-0-2~----------------------||
Ab||---0~----------------------||
Eb||---------------------------||

Repeat that a couple of times, and then it gets into the epic song.

                               x2
Eb||-----22-3-2---|-------------||
Bb||-3-3-33-3-3-x-|-2-2-x-3-333-||
Gb||-2-2-22-2-2-x-|-2-2-x-0-000-||
Db||-0-0-00-0-0-x-|-2-2-x-0-000-||
Ab||--------------|-0-0-x-2-222-||
Eb||--------------|-------3-333-||

***************
Verse:
***************

Born into nixon I was rasied in hell,
Eb||-----22-3-2---|-------------||
Bb||-3-3-33-3-3-x-|-2-2-x-3-333-||
Gb||-2-2-22-2-2-x-|-2-2-x-0-000-||
Db||-0-0-00-0-0-x-|-2-2-x-0-000-||
Ab||--------------|-0-0-x-2-222-||
Eb||--------------|-------3-333-||

A welfare child where the teamsters dwell,
Eb||-----22-3-2---|-------------||
Bb||-3-3-33-3-3-x-|-2-2-x-3-333-||
Gb||-2-2-22-2-2-x-|-2-2-x-0-000-||
Db||-0-0-00-0-0-x-|-2-2-x-0-000-||
Ab||--------------|-0-0-x-2-222-||
Eb||--------------|-------3-333-||

The last one born and the first one to run,
Eb||-----22-3-2---|-------------||
Bb||-3-3-33-3-3-x-|-2-2-x-3-333-||
Gb||-2-2-22-2-2-x-|-2-2-x-0-000-||
Db||-0-0-00-0-0-x-|-2-2-x-0-000-||
Ab||--------------|-0-0-x-2-222-||
Eb||--------------|-------3-333-||

My town was blind from the reinfery sun.
Eb||-----22-3-2---|-------------||
Bb||-3-3-33-3-3-x-|-2-2-x-3-333-||
Gb||-2-2-22-2-2-x-|-2-2-x-0-000-||
Db||-0-0-00-0-0-x-|-2-2-x-0-000-||
Ab||--------------|-0-0-x-2-222-||
Eb||--------------|-------3-333-||

**************
Pre Chorus
**************

My generation is zero,

-------------
Guitar One:
-------------

Eb||------------------------------------||
Bb||------------------------------------||
Gb||-4444-444--12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12--||
Db||-4444-444--12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12--||
Ab||-2222-222--10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10--||
Eb||------------------------------------||

-------------
Guitar Two:
-------------

Eb||-----------------|--------------------------||
Bb||---4-----4-------|-----12--------10-11-10-x-||
Gb||-----4-----4-----|--------12-----10-10-10-x-||
Db||-------------4---|--------------------------||
Ab||-2-----2-------2-|-10---------10------------||
Eb||-----------------|--------------------------||

I never made it as a working class hero,

-------------
Guitar One:
-------------

Eb||--------------------||
Bb||--------------------||
Gb||-4444-444-----------||
Db||-4444-444--555--7-7-||
Ab||-2222-222--555--7-7-||
Eb||-----------333--5-5-||

-------------
Guitar Two:
-------------

Eb||------------------|----------||
Bb||---4------4-------|----------||
Gb||-----4------4-----|----------||
Db||--------------4---|-555--7-7-||
Ab||-2------2-------2-|-555--7-7-||
Eb||------------------|-333--5-5-||

*************
Chorus:
*************

21st Century Breakdown
Eb||------------------------||
Bb||-3-3-x-2-2-x-3-3333-333-||
Gb||-2-2-x-2-2-x-0-0000-000-||
Db||-0-0-x-2-2-x-0-0000-000-||
Ab||-------0-0-x-2-2222-222-||
Eb||-------------3-3333-333-||

I once was lost and never was found
Eb||------------------------||
Bb||-3-3-x-2-2-x-3-3333-333-||
Gb||-2-2-x-2-2-x-0-0000-000-||
Db||-0-0-x-2-2-x-0-0000-000-||
Ab||-------0-0-x-2-2222-222-||
Eb||-------------3-3333-333-||

I think I'm losing what's left of my mind
Eb||------------------------||
Bb||-3-3-x-2-2-x-3-3333-333-||
Gb||-2-2-x-2-2-x-0-0000-000-||
Db||-0-0-x-2-2-x-0-0000-000-||
Ab||-------0-0-x-2-2222-222-||
Eb||-------------3-3333-333-||

To the 20th Century deadline..

*************
Post Chorus:
*************

---------------
Guitar One:
---------------
                               x2
Eb||-----22-3-2---|-------------||
Bb||-3-3-33-3-3-x-|-2-2-x-3-333-||
Gb||-2-2-22-2-2-x-|-2-2-x-0-000-||
Db||-0-0-00-0-0-x-|-2-2-x-0-000-||
Ab||--------------|-0-0-x-2-222-||
Eb||--------------|-------3-333-||

---------------
Guitar Two:
---------------

After first repeat of guitar one:

Eb||-------------------------------------||
Bb||-------------------------------------||
Gb||--7-11-14--11-14-11-14--16-14-13-12--||
Db||--0--0--0---0--0--0--0---0--0--0--0--||
Ab||-------------------------------------||
Eb||-------------------------------------||


-----------------------------------

Verse 2, Pre Chorus 2, And Chorus 2 are the same guitar parts.

*************
Interlude:
*************

--------------
Guitar One:
--------------
                   x4
Eb||----------------||
Bb||----------------||
Gb||-2~-------------||
Db||-2~-------------||
Ab||-0~-------------||
Eb||----------------||

--------------
Guitar Two:
--------------

After second repeat of guitar one:
                                                         x4
Eb||----------------|----------------------------------------||
Bb||----------------|----------------------------------------||
Gb||----------------|----------------------------11----------||
Db||-7-7-/-11-11-11-|-14-14--11-11-11--14-14-14---0-12-11-10-||
Ab||-0-0----0--0--0-|--0--0---0--0--0---0--0--0------0--0--0-||
Eb||----------------|----------------------------------------||


*******************
Interlude Part II.
*******************


We are the class of, the class of 13,
Eb||---------------------------------||
Bb||----3~---------------------------||
Gb||-2~-2~---------------------------||
Db||-2~-0~---------------------------||
Ab||-0~------------------------------||
Eb||---------------------------------||

-------------
Guitar Two:
-------------

(All the way through this part)

Eb||----------------|----------------------------------------||
Bb||----------------|----------------------------------------||
Gb||----------------|----------------------------11----------||
Db||-7-7-/-11-11-11-|-14-14--11-11-11--14-14-14---0-12-11-10-||
Ab||-0-0----0--0--0-|--0--0---0--0--0---0--0--0------0--0--0-||
Eb||----------------|----------------------------------------||


Born in the era of humility,
Eb||---------------------------------||
Bb||----3~---------------------------||
Gb||-2~-2~---------------------------||
Db||-2~-0~---------------------------||
Ab||-0~------------------------------||
Eb||---------------------------------||

We are the desperate in the decline,
Eb||---------------------------------||
Bb||----3~---------------------------||
Gb||-2~-2~---------------------------||
Db||-2~-0~---------------------------||
Ab||-0~------------------------------||
Eb||---------------------------------||

Raised by the bastards of 1969!
Eb||--------------------------------||
Bb||--------------------------------||
Gb||-2~-----------------------------|| 
Db||-2~-777-777-777-777-------------||
Ab||-0~-777-777-777-777-------------||
Eb||----555-555-555-555-------------||
P.M.    ... ... ... ...

*********************
Interlude Part III.
*********************

--------------
Guitar One:
--------------
                              x4
Eb||---------------------------||
Bb||---------------------------||
Gb||-7-77777-77777-77777-77777-||
Db||-7-77777-77777-77777-77777-||
Ab||-5-55555-55555-55555-55555-||
Eb||---------------------------||

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Guitar Two:
--------------
                                                         x4
Eb||----------------|---------------------------------------||
Bb||----------------|---------------------------12----------||
Gb||-7-7-/-11-11-11-|-14-14--11-11-11--14-14-14--0-14-12-11-||
Db||-0-0----0--0--0-|--0--0---0--0--0---0--0--0-----0--0--0-||
Ab||----------------|---------------------------------------||
Eb||----------------|---------------------------------------||

***********************
Interlude Part IV.
***********************

My name is no one the long lost son,
Born on the 4th of July,
Eb||------------------|-------------------------------||
Bb||------------------|-------------------------------||
Gb||-7-77777-7777-----|-7-77777-7777------------------||
Db||-7-77777-7777-5-7-|-7-77777-7777--777-777-777-777-||
Ab||-5-55555-5555-5-7-|-5-55555-5555--777-777-777-777-||
Eb||--------------3-5-|---------------555-555-555-555-||
P.M.                                  ... ... ... ...

(You repeat this guitar part alot of times, but different lyrics)

************************
Interlude Part V.
************************

I praise liberty, the "Freedom to Obay",
Eb||------------|---------------|------------|---------------||
Bb||------------|---------------|------------|---------------||
Gb||------------|-7-7777-7-7777-|------------|-7-7777-7-7777-||
Db||-5-5555-5-7-|-7-7777-7-7777-|-5-5555-5-7-|-7-7777-7-7777-||
Ab||-5-5555-5-7-|-5-5555-5-5555-|-5-5555-5-7-|-5-5555-5-5555-||
Eb||-3-3333-3-5-|---------------|-3-3333-3-5-|---------------||

It the song that strangles me,
Eb||------------|---------------||
Bb||------------|---------------||
Gb||------------|-7-7777-7-7777-||
Db||-5-5555-5-7-|-7-7777-7-7777-||
Ab||-5-5555-5-7-|-5-5555-5-5555-||
Eb||-3-3333-3-5-|---------------||

Well don't cross the line       x4
Eb||-----------------------------||
Bb||-----------------------------||
Gb||----7------------------------||
Db||-55-7-7----------------------||
Ab||-55-5-7----------------------||
Eb||-33---5----------------------||


-------------
Guitar One:
-------------
                  x8
Eb||---------------||
Bb||---------------||
Gb||-2~------------||
Db||-2~------------||
Ab||-0~------------||
Eb||---------------||

-------------
Guitar Two:
-------------

Eb||----------------|----------------------------------------||
Bb||----------------|----------------------------------------||
Gb||----------------|----------------------------11----------||
Db||-7-7-/-11-11-11-|-14-14--11-11-11--14-14-14---0-12-11-10-||
Ab||-0-0----0--0--0-|--0--0---0--0--0---0--0--0------0--0--0-||
Eb||----------------|----------------------------------------||

                                       |-----------------|
                                       |      x2         |
Eb||----------------|------------------|-----------------||
Bb||----------------|------------------|-----------------||
Gb||----------------|------------------|-----------------||
Db||-7-7-/-11-11-11-|-14--14-14-14-14--|-17~-17-17-17-17-||
Ab||-0-0----0--0--0-|--0---0--0--0--0--|--0~--0--0--0--0-||
Eb||----------------|------------------|-----------------||

*************
Solo:
*************

-------------
Guitar One:
-------------

Eb||----------------------|----------||
Bb||----------------------|----------||
Gb||----------------------|--------7-||
Db||----------------------|--------7-||
Ab||-5~-5-4~--4--2~--2-0~-|--------5-||
Eb||----------------------|-3~--6~---||

-------------
Guitar Two:
-------------

Eb||----------------------------------------||
Bb||-17b-17b--17-17b-17--15-------17-15-----||
Gb||-------------------------------------15-||
Db||----------------------------------------||
Ab||----------------------------------------||
Eb||----------------------------------------||

Eb||----------------------------------||
Bb||-16-------------------------------||
Gb||----17-12~-12--14b-12--14-11------||
Db||-----------------------------12v~-||
Ab||----------------------------------||
Eb||----------------------------------||

*************
Outro:
*************

Dream, America Dream, I can't even sleep,
From the light's early dawn,
Eb||-----------------------||
Bb||-----------------------||
Gb||-7~-6~--------------7~-||
Db||-7~-7~-9~-7~-5~--8~-7~-||
Ab||-5~-4~-9~-7~-5~--8~-5~-||
Eb||-------7~-5~-3~--6~----||

--------------
Guitar One:
--------------

Scream, America Scream, Believe what you see,
From Heroes And Cons?

Eb||---------------------||
Bb||---------------------||
Gb||-7~-7~---------------||
Db||-7~-7~-9~-7~-5~--8---||
Ab||-5~-4~-9~-7~-5~--8---||
Eb||-------7~-5~-3~--6---||

--------------
Guitar Two:
--------------

Eb||-----------------|------------------|-----------------||
Bb||---------5-------|----------5-------|---------3-------||
Gb||-----7-----7-----|-----7------7-----|-----4-----4-----||
Db||---7---7-----7---|---7---7------7---|---4---4-----4---||
Ab||-5-------------5-|-4--------------4-|-2-------------2-||
Eb||-----------------|------------------|-----------------||

Eb||-----------------------||
Bb||---------2-3-2-x-------||
Gb||-----2---2-2-2-x-------||
Db||---2---2----------5~-8-||
Ab||-0----------------5~-8-||
Eb||------------------3~-6-||

***************
Lyrics:
***************

(Verse:)

Born into Nixon I was raised in hell,
A welfare child where the teamsters dwelled,
The last one born and the first one to run,
My town was blind from refinery sun.

(Pre Chorus:)

My generation is zero,
I never made it as a working class hero.

(Chorus:) 

21st Century Breakdown, I once was lost and never was found,
I think I'm losing what's left of my mind,
To the 20th Century Deadline.

(Verse 2:)

I was made of poison and blood,
Condemnation is what I understood.
Videogames from the towers fall,
Homeland security could kill us all.

(Pre Chorus:)

My generation is zero,
I never made it as a working class hero.

(Chorus:)

21st Century Breakdown, I one was lost and never was found,
I think I'm losing what's left of my mind,
To the 20th Century Deadline.

(Interlude:)

We are the class of, the class of 13,
Born in the era of humility,
We are the desperate in the decline,
Raised by the bastards of 1969!

My name is no one the long lost sun,
Born on the fourth of July.

Raised in an era of heroes and cons,
That lept me for dead or alive.

I am a nation a worker of pride,
My debt to the status quo.

The scars on my hands and the means to an end,
Is all that I have to show.

I swallowed my pride and I choked on my faith,
I've given my heart and my soul.

I've been to the edge and I throw the bouquet,
Of flowers lept over the grave.

I sat in the waiting room waisting my time,
And waiting for judgment day..

I praise liberty, the "freedom to obey",
It's the song that strangles me,
Well Don't Cross The Line.

(Outro:)

Dream, America Dream,
I can't even sleep,
From the light's early dawn.

Scream, American Scream,
Believe what you see,
From Heroes and Cons.
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MusicMan24 1,114 Sep 07, 2009 03:53 PM

This song isn't in E Flat

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Gibson970 542 Sep 10, 2010 02:15 AM

Yes it is Musicman... Not sure why the bad ratings th other tabs are not correct, this one is.... This sounds pretty muchh exact to me and from watching live performances of this song looks to be the most correct....

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darknis 74 Oct 01, 2012 01:27 AM

This is correct!!!!!!!!!!!1

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