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The Strokes - New York City Cops
Is This It? / Hard To Explain Single
Tabbed by Johnlennon1984


Note: This song was removed from the album shortly after 
its release due to Sep. 11 and replaced with its B-side, 
"When It Started". When the track lineup changed, so did 
the album cover. It is now a picture of the big bang 
theory. The Strokes perform this song live differently than 
on the original album version. This is the album version.

Guitar 2
Played by Albert Hammond, Jr.

[Intro]
e|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-12/5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3--0-3--0-3--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3--0-3--0-3---|

e|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3--0-3--0-3--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3--0-3--0-3------|

[Verse 1]
e|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3--0-3--0-3--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3--0-3--0-3------|
Here in the streets so mechanised
Rise to the bottom of the meaning of life
Studied all the rules didn't want no part
But I let you in just to break this heart

e|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3--0-3--0-3--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3--0-3--0-3/12---|
Even though it was only one night
It was fucking strange


[Verse 2]
e|-------------------------12-----------12-12--------------------|
B|-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-13-12--13-13-13-12-12--13-13-13-0--------|
G|-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-12--14-14-14-12-12--14-14-14-0--------|
D|-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-14-12--14-14-14-12-12--14-14-14-0--------|
A|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12--12-12-12-12-12--12-12-12-0--------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|
Nina's in the bedroom

e|-------------------------10--------------10-10-----------------|
B|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-10h12--12-12-12-10-10h12--12-12-12-0--|
G|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-10h12--12-12-12-10-10h12--12-12-12-0--|
D|-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-10h12--12-12-12-10-10h12--12-12-12-0--|
A|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-----10-10-10-10-10-----10-10-10-0--|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|
She said time to go now                                    but

e|-----------------5----------5-5--------------------------------|
B|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-5h7--7-7-7-5-5h7--7-7-7-0---------------------|
G|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-5h7--7-7-7-5-5h7--7-7-7-0---------------------|
D|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-5h7--7-7-7-5-5h7--7-7-7-0---------------------|
A|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5----5-5-5-5-5----5-5-5-0---------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|
Leavin' it ain't easy                      I

e|---------------------------------|
B|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
G|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
D|-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
A|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-|
E|---------------------------------|
Got to let go
Oh I got to let go          and the

[Pre-Chorus]
e|-------------------------------------|
B|-12----12----12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|
G|-12----12----12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|
D|-12----12----12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|
A|-10----10----10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-|
E|-------------------------------------|
Hours they ran slow
I said everynight she just can't stop sayin'

[Chorus]
e|-8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8----------------|
B|-8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8----------------|
G|-9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10---------------|
D|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10---------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|
New York City cops
New York City cops 

e|-8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8----------------|
B|-8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8----------------|
G|-9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10---------------|
D|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10---------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|
New York City cops
They ain't too smart

e|-8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8----------------|
B|-8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8----------------|
G|-9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10---------------|
D|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10---------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|
New York City cops
New York City cops 

e|-8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8----------------|
B|-8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8--8----------------|
G|-9--9--9--9--9--9--9--9--10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10---------------|
D|-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10-10---------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------|
New York City cops
They ain't too smart

Guitar Solo
e|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
B|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
G|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
D|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|

e|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
B|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|
G|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-4-|
D|-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-7-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------|
                                                              Well

Post-Guitar Solo
e|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3--0-3--0-3--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3--0-3--0-3------|
Kill me now, 'cause I let you down
I swear one day we're gonna leave this town.               Stop.

Drum Solo
e|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|----...WAIT...-------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------15/-|
                                                         Yes I'm

Post-Drum Solo
e|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3--0-3--0-3--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3--0-3--0-3------|
Leavin' 
'Cause it just won't work
They act like Romans
But they dress like Turks

e|---------------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------------------------------------------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------------------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3--0-3--0-3--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-3--0-3--0-3/12---|
Sometime, in your prime
See me, I like the summertime but, hey

[Verse 2 Again]
Nina's in the bedroom
She said time to go now
But leavin' it ain't easy
I got to let go
I got to let go
Oh!

[...And Again Just With Different Lyrics:]
Trapped in an apartment
She would not let them get her
She wrote it in a letter
I got to come clean
The authorities they've seen
Darling I'm

[Then Comes The Pre-Chorus]
Somewhere in between
I said everynight every night, she just can't stop sayin'

[Then The Chorus]
New York City cops
New York City cops 
New York City cops
They ain't too smart
New York City cops
New York City cops 
New York City cops
They ain't too smart

And Then Play And Hold This Chord
e|-8--------------|
B|-8--------------|
G|-9--------------|
D|-10-------------|
A|----------------|
E|----------------|

The Song's Over Now!



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/ = slide from one note to the next
h = hammer-on the next note

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SK84L1FE 10 Jun 12, 2003 08:00 PM

Excellent tab!!! ive been looking all over for a decent tab of this song!! one things missing tho: the solo. GREAT JOB AND KEEP TABBING!!!

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randizzle 10 Jul 05, 2006 11:19 PM

nice!! but your missing the solo. other than that, its perfect.

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boredloserkid1 10 Dec 18, 2006 02:18 PM

no solo???

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