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The song:  Killing an Arab
The group:  The Cure

[Disclaimer:  This song is based on the book 'The Stranger'
by Albert Camus and is not meant to express anti-Arab sentiments.
The Cure has issued statements stating that they resent its
use as such.]

[Intro]
e|-7/8\7-5-7----7-8/11-8-7/8\7-5-7-----------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------5-------4-------3---|
E|-------------------------------------7-7---7\6-6---6\5-5-----|

e|-------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------2-------1-------0-------------------------------------|
E|-5\4-4---4\3-3---3\2-2---2\1-1-4-1---------------------------|

Bass part starts [note: I don't particularly agree with this
bass line but it's what is in the book.  Opinions, anyone?]:

e|-------------------------------------------------------------|
B|-------------------------------------------------------------|
G|-------------------------------------------------------------|
D|-------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-0----0-0--0--0--0-1-1-------0----0-0--0--0--0-1-1-----------| etc.

At the same time, the guitar:

e|-6-7-6-3-6-3-2-3-2-0-2-0---0---------------------------------|
B|-------------------------4---4-1-4-1-0-1-0---0---------------|
G|-------------------------------------------2---2-0-2-0---0---|
D|-------------------------------------------------------4---4-|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------|

e|---------------------------------------0---0-2-0-2-3-2-3-6-3-|
B|---------------------------1---1-4-1-4---4-------------------|
G|---------------2-0-2-4-2-4---4-------------------------------|
D|-2-1-2-4-5-4-5-----------------------------------------------|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-6-3-7--|
B|--------|
G|--------|
D|--------|
A|--------|
E|--------|

************************************

| /  Slide up
| \  Slide down

************************************

[Lyrics start]

[Verse 1]
Standing on the beach with a gun in my hand
Staring at the sea, staring at the sand
Staring down the barrel at the Arab on the ground
See his open mouth but I hear no sound

[Chorus]
I'm alive [Bass part moves up to the A string]
I'm dead
I am the Stranger [Bass moves back down to low E string]
Killing an Arab

[Verse 2]
I can turn and walk away or I can fire the gun
Staring at the sky, staring at the sun
Whichever I choose it amounts to the same
Absolutely nothing

[Chorus]
I'm alive [Bass part moves up to the A string]
I'm dead
I am the Stranger [Bass moves back down to low E string]
Killing an Arab

[Verse 3]
Feel the steel butt jump Smooth in my hand
Staring at the sea, staring at the sand
Staring at myself reflected in the eyes
Of the dead man on the beach

[Chorus]
I'm alive [Bass part moves up to the A string]
I'm dead
I am the Stranger [Bass moves back down to low E string]
Killing an Arab

            
            
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a_rush_of_blood 404 Nov 20, 2005 12:48 AM

based on the albert camus novel the outsider... why dont you take it up with one of the greatest men of the 20th century dickhead

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MiScHiEf BrEw 353 Oct 22, 2006 11:55 AM

actually the book was called "the stranger." and what the song is about is the climax of the book.

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