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                   When You Were Young - The Killers
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Tabbed by:  cdmoser
Email:  cdmoser@gmail.com

So there are a bunch of tabs for this song but I haven't seen one that got the opening 
or the verse lead right.
I spent a lot of time on this and think it's pretty complete.
Try to keep the open G string ringing where appropriate.

Tune a half-step down.

Intro:
eb|--10---|
Bb|--10---|
Gb|--0----|  Play this opening chord with a quick upstroke and then
Db|--10---|  volume swell w/distortion
Ab|--8----|
Eb|--x----|

     mute the strings near the 1st fret for the Radiohead ka-chunk
     |
eb|--x-x--------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb|--x-x-----1--------3-----5------8--------1-------------------------------|
Gb|--x-x-----0--------0-----0------0--------0-------------------------------|
Db|--x-x-----3-x8-----5-x4--7-x4---10-x8----3-x8----------{x2}--------------|
Ab|--x-x-----3--------5-----7------10-------3-------------------------------|
Eb|--x-x-----1--------3-----5------8--------1-------------------------------|
             F        G     Am     C        F

eb|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb|-------10-8--------------10-8--------------------------------------------|
Gb|-------------7-----------------------------------------------------------|
Db|--7h10--------------7h10-------7---7-7-7-7-//----let ring with delay-----|
Ab|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
     Lead riff:

Gb|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Db|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab|-------------------------------------3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3---------------------|
Eb|---1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1--3-3-3-3--5-5-5-5------------------1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1----|

    Just the bass during verse "you sit there in your heartache..."

eb|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb|-------10-------12---13------15-------10---------------------------------|
Gb|-------0--------0----0-------0--------0-------(let the open g ring)------|
Db|-----10------12----14------17--//---10-----------------------------------|
Ab|----8-------10----12------15---//--8-------------------------------------|
Eb|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
    Verse lead:
    enter guitar on "he doesn't look a thing like jesus..."

eb|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb|-----1-----3----5-----8------1-------------------------------------------|
Gb|-----0-----0----0-----0------0---------(synth plays the lead riff)-------|
Db|-----3-x8--5-x4-7-x4--10-x8--3-x8----------------------------------------|
Ab|-----3-----5----7-----10-----3-------------(play once)-------------------|
Eb|-----1-----3----5-----8------1-------------------------------------------|

   "...when you were young"  (Chorus 1)

Gb|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Db|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab|-------------------------------------3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3---------------------|
Eb|---1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1--3-3-3-3--5-5-5-5------------------1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1----|

  Verse 2: bass line  "can we climb this mountain..."

eb|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Gb|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Db|---101010101010--12121212--14141414--1717171717--10101010----------------|
Ab|---8-8-8-8-8-8---10101010--12121212--1515151515--8-8-8-8-----------------|
Eb|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

   guitar follows bass riff, palm muted

eb|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb|-------10-------12---13------15-------10---------------------------------|
Gb|-------0--------0----0-------0--------0-------(let the open g ring)------|
Db|-----10------12----14------17--//---10-----------------------------------|
Ab|----8-------10----12------15---//--8-------------------------------------|
Eb|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

   guitar on "we're burning down the highway skyline..."

eb|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb|-----1-----3----5-----8------1-------------------------------------------|
Gb|-----0-----0----0-----0------0---------(synth plays the lead riff)-------|
Db|-----3-x8--5-x4-7-x4--10-x8--3-x8----------------------------------------|
Ab|-----3-----5----7-----10-----3-------------(play twice)------------------|
Eb|-----1-----3----5-----8------1-------------------------------------------|

   "...when you were young"  (Chorus 2)

eb|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb|-------10-------12---13------15-------10---------------------------------|
Gb|-------0--------0----0-------0--------0----------------------------------|
Db|-----10------12----14------17--//---10-----------------------------------|
Ab|----8-------10----12------15---//--8-------------------------------------|
Eb|-------------------------------------------------------------------------|

   "and sometimes you close your eyes
    and you see the place where you used to live..."

eb|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb|--1--3---15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15------------------------|
Gb|--0--0---------------------------------------------12-12-12-/-14-14-14-14-|
Db|--3--5--------------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab|--3--5--------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb|--1--3--------------------------------------------------------------------|

  "...when you were young"

eb|---------17-15------------------------17-15-----------------------------|
Bb|---------------15-17-13-------------------------------------------------|
Gb|--14h17------------------------14h17--------14---------{1x}-------------|
Db|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab|------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb|------------------------------------------------------------------------|

eb|------------------------3-----------------------------------------------|
Bb|------------------------3-----------------------------------------------|
Gb|--10--9--7--5----5-4-2--0-----------------------------------------------|
Db|--10--9--7--5----5-4-2--0-----------------------------------------------|
Ab|--8---7--5--3----3-2-0--x-----------------------------------------------|
Eb|------------------------3-----------------------------------------------|
    Breakdown

              Dm
They say the Devil's water it ain't so sweet
    F                         Am
You don't have to drink right now
Em                   Am
But you can dip your feet in
G
Every once in a little while...

eb|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb|--8~~8~~8~~~~~~~~~~15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15-15---------------------------|
Gb|-(faintly)---------------------------------------------12-12-12-12-/-14-14-14-14-|
Db|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

eb|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb|-18-18-18-18-18-18-18-18-18-18-18-18-18-18-18-18---------------------------------|
Gb|------------------------------------------------12-12-12-12-/-14-14-14-14-14-14--|
Db|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|

Final Chorus:
  Run through the F-G-Am-C-F chorus progression twice

   "you sit there in your heartache..."  F-G-Am-C-F
   "to save you from your old ways..."   F-G-Am-C-F

  Until
   "he doesn't look a thing like jesus..."
eb|--------------------------------------------------------------|
Bb|----(palm mute chords as synth takes over)---------11---------|
Gb|---------------------------------------------------00---------|
Db|--5555555555555555555555555-10101010-9-7777777-5-3333---------|
Ab|--5555555555555555555555555-10101010-9-7777777-5-3333---------|
Eb|--3333333333333333333333333-8-8-8-8--7-5555555-3-1111---------|

  Then back to the F-G-Am-C-F one more time.

eb|---------17-15-------------------17-15------------------------|
Bb|---------------15---------------------------------------------|
Gb|--14h17-------------------14h17--------14----------{1x}-------|
Db|--------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab|--------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb|--------------------------------------------------------------|
     Lead part at the end:

eb|---------17-15---------------------17-15----------------------|
Bb|---------------15-17-13---------------------------------------|
Gb|--14h17----------------------14h17--------14-------{2x}-------|
Db|--------------------------------------------------------------|
Ab|--------------------------------------------------------------|
Eb|--------------------------------------------------------------|

eb|------------------------3-------------------------------------|
Bb|------------------------3-------------------------------------|
Gb|--10--9--7--5----5-4-2--0----End on G-------------------------|
Db|--10--9--7--5----5-4-2--0-------------------------------------|
Ab|--8---7--5--3----3-2-0--x-------------------------------------|
Eb|------------------------3-------------------------------------|
    Breakdown

"But more than you'll ever know..."

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ls311 100 Apr 02, 2007 07:11 PM

5 stars. exactly how it should be played, good job.

play the opening chord like this. yours is off a tad.

eb |-11-||
Bb |--9-||
Gb |-10-||
Db |-10-||
Ab |----||
Eb |----||

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dbruneau 10 Jan 15, 2008 10:05 AM

this is the best one there, 5

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ROCK N' Roll :) 10 May 27, 2008 07:03 PM

I think this is easier and sounds almost the same... but urs is fine. Great tab i LOVE IT!!!
E-----5-3--
B--------0-
G-0-2--->2

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