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Boys Don't Cry
                                   By The Cure
                           From the album Boys Don't Cry


Tabbed by: Emily S. (TheFigurehead)
Guitar tab
Tuning- Standard

Key:
h - Hammer on
p - Pull off

[Intro]

e|-----------------------------------------|
B|------2------3------5------7----7--5--3--|
G|------2------4------6------7----7--6--4--|
D|------2------4------6------7----7--6--4--|
A|------0------2------4------5----5--4--2--|
E|-----------------------------------------|


[0:06-Riff 1] (played after intro, and at the chorus):

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

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

Chords playing in background of Riff 1:
e|----------------------------------------------------|
B|------2--2-22---3--3-33---5--5-55---7--77-7--5--3---|
G|------2--2-22---4--4-44---6--6-66---7--77-7--6--4---|  Play 2X
D|------2--2-22---4--4-44---6--6-66---7--77-7--6--4---|
A|------0--0-00---2--2-22---4--4-44---5--55-5--4--2---|
E|----------------------------------------------------|


Because it was too hard to tab the rhythm/strumming exactly, you will have
to listen to the song to figure out the rhythm and timing of the intro/verse/chorus
chords. I think the way I play it in my YouTube video 
( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6d2oPVVEvr0 )
is pretty close to what is actually played, and I just like to play it that way. But you can
play it however you like. Its really not too hard to figure out anyways.

When playing the rhythm, keep in mind that between the louder strums
there are a lot of softer notes that aren't exactly palm mutes, but
Robert Smith just brushes the pick over the strings strumming up and
down while keeping his fingers lightly pressed on the frets.


0:18- After Intro and Riff 1/chords
e|----------------------------------------------------|
B|------2--2-22---3--3-33---5--5-55---7--77-7--5--3---|
G|------2--2-22---4--4-44---6--6-66---7--77-7--6--4---|
D|------2--2-22---4--4-44---6--6-66---7--77-7--6--4---|
A|------0--0-00---2--2-22---4--4-44---5--55-5--4--2---|
E|----------------------------------------------------|
                                            ^  ^  ^
0:22- You can do the same ending as before--------- or this one that goes with the Bass 
(I played it like this in my vid. Either way it works)


0:22-Variation ending
e|-------------|
B|---7---------|
G|---7--9--11--|
D|---7--9--11--|
A|---5--7--9---|
E|-------------|


0:23 [Verse 1]

e|---------------------------------------------|
B|------2--2-22---3--3-33---5--5-55---7--7-77--|
G|------2--2-22---4--4-44---6--6-66---7--7-77--|
D|------2--2-22---4--4-44---6--6-66---7--7-77--|  Play 2X
A|------0--0-00---2--2-22---4--4-44---5--5-55--|
E|---------------------------------------------|
"I would say I'm sorry if I thought that it would change your mind.
 But I know that this time I have said too much, been too unkind..."

0:35-
e|--------------------------------------------|
B|----5--5-55----3--3-33----5--5555--3--3-33--|
G|----6--6-66----4--4-44----6--6666--4--4-44--| Play 2X
D|----6--6-66----4--4-44----6--6666--4--4-44--|
A|----4--4-44----2--2-22----4--4444--2--2-22--|
E|--------------------------------------------|
"I try to laugh about it, cover it all up with lies.
 I try to laugh about it, hiding the tears in my eyes..."


0:45- Riff 1 is playing at the same time as this:
e|----------------------------------------------------|
B|------2--2-22---3--3-33---5--5-55---7--77-7--5--3---|
G|------2--2-22---4--4-44---6--6-66---7--77-7--6--4---|  Play 2X
D|------2--2-22---4--4-44---6--6-66---7--77-7--6--4---|
A|------0--0-00---2--2-22---4--4-44---5--55-5--4--2---|
E|----------------------------------------------------|
 "Cause boys, don't cry"
  Boys don't cry"


0:58- [Verse 2]

e|---------------------------------------------|
B|------2--2-22---3--3-33---5--5-55---7--7-77--|
G|------2--2-22---4--4-44---6--6-66---7--7-77--|
D|------2--2-22---4--4-44---6--6-66---7--7-77--|  Play 2X
A|------0--0-00---2--2-22---4--4-44---5--5-55--|
E|---------------------------------------------|
 "I would break down at your feet and beg forgiveness, plead with you.
  But I know that it's to late and now there's nothing I can do....

e|--------------------------------------------|
B|----5--5-55----3--3-33----5--5555--3--3-33--|
G|----6--6-66----4--4-44----6--6666--4--4-44--| Play 2X
D|----6--6-66----4--4-44----6--6666--4--4-44--|
A|----4--4-44----2--2-22----4--4444--2--2-22--|
E|--------------------------------------------|
"So I try to laugh about it, cover it all up with lies.
 I try to laugh about it, hiding the tears in my eyes, cause..."

1:20- Riff 1 is playing at the same time as this:
e|----------------------------------------------------|
B|------2--2-22---3--3-33---5--5-55---7--77-7--5--3---|
G|------2--2-22---4--4-44---6--6-66---7--77-7--6--4---|  Play 2X
D|------2--2-22---4--4-44---6--6-66---7--77-7--6--4---|
A|------0--0-00---2--2-22---4--4-44---5--55-5--4--2---|
E|----------------------------------------------------|
 "Boys, don't cry"
  Boys don't cry"


1:32- [Verse 3]

e|-----------------------------------------------------|
B|------2--2-22---3--3-33---5--5-55---7--7-77----------|
G|------2--2-22---4--4-44---6--6-66---7--7-77----------|
D|------2--2-22---4--4-44---6--6-66---7--7-77--  Play--| 2X
A|------0--0-00---2--2-22---4--4-44---5--5-55----------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------|
 "I would tell you that I loved you, if I thought that you would stay
  But I know that it's no use and you've already gone away..."

1:43-
e|-----------------------------------------------------12-12-12-12-12-12--|
B|----9---9--9-9----10---10--10-10---9---9--9-9--10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10--|
G|----9---9--9-9----11---11--11-11---9---9--9-9--11-11-9 -9 -9 -9 -9 -9---|
D|----9---9--9-9----11---11--11-11---9---9--9-9--11-11-11-11-11-11-11-11--|
A|----7---7--7-7----9----9---9--9----7---7--7-7--9--9--9 -9 -9 -9 -9 -9 --|
E|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
 "Misjudged your limits, Pushed you too far..."

e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|----9---9--9-9----10---10--10-10----7---7--7-7----9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9--|
G|----9---9--9-9----11---11--11-11----7---7--7-7----9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9--|
D|----9---9--9-9----11---11--11-11----7---7--7-7----9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9--|
A|----7---7--7-7----9----9---9--9-----5---5--5-5----7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7--|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
 "Took you for granted, Thought that you needed me more, more, more..."


1:54- [Verse 4]

e|---------------------------------------------|
B|------2--2-22---3--3-33---5--5-55---7--7-77--|
G|------2--2-22---4--4-44---6--6-66---7--7-77--|
D|------2--2-22---4--4-44---6--6-66---7--7-77--|  Play 2X
A|------0--0-00---2--2-22---4--4-44---5--5-55--|
E|---------------------------------------------|
 "Now I would do most anything to get you back by my side
  But I just keep on laughing, hiding the tears in my eyes..."

2:05- Riff 1 is playing at the same time as this:
e|----------------------------------------------------|
B|------2--2-22---3--3-33---5--5-55---7--77-7--5--3---|
G|------2--2-22---4--4-44---6--6-66---7--77-7--6--4---|  Play 3 times
D|------2--2-22---4--4-44---6--6-66---7--77-7--6--4---|
A|------0--0-00---2--2-22---4--4-44---5--55-5--4--2---|
E|----------------------------------------------------|
 "Boys, don't cry"
  Boys don't cry
  ...Boys don't cry"


2:23-Ending Chords
e|-----------------------------------------------------------|
B|--2------------3-------------5----------7-----7--5--3--2---|
G|--2------------4-------------6----------7-----7--6--4--2---|
D|--2------------4-------------6----------7-----7--6--4--2---|
A|--0------------2-------------4----------5-----5--4--2--0---|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|

2:23-Ending Riff (played at same time as Ending Chords):
e|------------------------------------2-4-5---2h5p2----------|
B|--2--222-3-5---2--222--3-5---5--555--------------5--3--2---|
G|-----------------------------------------------------------|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------|


Thats it. Not too difficult of a song to play. Since there are two guitars
at certain parts, just play the part that you want, or switch back and forth. This was 
my first tab!
Enjoy! Any questions or comments, message me on Ultimate Guitar
( TheFigurehead ) This was my first tab, so I hope its alright!



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| h  Hammer-on
| p  Pull-off

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shoopdawhoop 10 Dec 21, 2008 01:01 PM

really good!
this one is perfect, the rest so far didnt sound quite right
thank you!

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JacobTheMe 143 Aug 22, 2009 08:51 AM

This great.

5/5.

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