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Song: Cruel to be kind
Artist: Nick Lowe
Composers: Nick Lowe & Ian Gomm
Album: Labour of lust

Tabbed by DJ ('DiddyD' on ultimateGuitar.com)
26th Feb 2013

Here's a link to Nick playing an acoustic version:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bovQQMXZwTo

In the video Nick plays G7sus4 with the first shape shown, his thumb
appears to be muting the bottom string. I prefer either of the other
2 voicings options below, which will give you a bottom G root.
For the live video coda Nick ends with an F, G and Cmaj7, the original
record just went into a fade-out, so in the suggested coda I show a
sequence I personally prefer to play. The Dm7/G sounds more interesting
than a G major, and, personally, Nick's Cmaj7 ending sounds a bit too
mellow to me, so I end it with a C major.

C   = 332010    G7sus4 = x55565 or 353533 or 330011
G/B = x20003    G7     = 353433 or 320001
F/A = x03211    Dm     = xx0231
G   = 355433    Am     = x02210
Em  = 022000    A      = x02220
F   = 133211    A7     = x02020
                Dm7/G  = 300211

^ = Emphasise the down beat

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[Intro]
     C             G/B           F/A             G
||:  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  / |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  :|| [x2]


[Verse 1]
  G                  C                    Em
| /  /  /  / |   Oh, I can't take another  ...heartache,
            F                   G7sus4
Though you say you're my friend, I'm at my wits end,
C                        Em
   You say your love is   ...bona fide,
                F          Em   Dm                           F
But that don't  ...coin - cide   ...with the things that you do,
           Em             F        G7sus4
And when I ask you to be nice, you say...


[Chorus]
              F           G    Em             Am
You gotta be cruel to be kind, in the right measure,
  F          G            Em        Am  Am
Cruel to be kind, it's a very good sign,
                                    ^    ^
  F          G     Em           Am       G7sus4
Cruel to be kind, means that I love you, baby------------------------!
                                              (Babe------------------!)
                                                  (You gotta be cruel!)

     G7                   C     G/B          F/A           G
You gotta be cruel to be kind! | /  /  /  / | /  /  /  / | /  /  /  / |


[Verse 2]
        C                   Em
Well, I do my best to under - ...stand, dear,
           F               G7sus4
But, you still mystify, and I wanna know why,
C                    Em
    I pick myself up  ...off the ground,
            F            Em       Dm                 F
To have you ...knock me back down  ...again and a - gain,
           Em                F        G7sus4
And when I ask you to ex - plain, you say...


[Chorus]
              F           G    Em             Am
You gotta be cruel to be kind, in the right measure,
  F          G            Em        Am   Am
Cruel to be kind, it's a very good sign,
                                    ^    ^
  F          G     Em           Am      G7sus4
Cruel to be kind, means that I love you, baby-----------------------!
                                             (Babe------------------!)
                                                 (You gotta be cruel!)
     G7                   C
You gotta be cruel to be kind!


[Bridge]
C                A       A7
   Oo, oo -oo !  Oo, oo, oo!

     F     G        Em    Am Am
||:  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  :|| [x3]
                          ^  ^
 G7sus4
| /_/ /_/ /_/ /_/ | /_/ /_/ /_/ /_/ | /_/ /_/ /_/


[Verse 3]
        C                   Em
Well, I do my best to under - ...stand, dear,
           F               G7sus4
But, you still mystify, and I wanna know why,
C                    Em
    I pick myself up ...off the ground,
             F           Em        Dm                 F
To have you  ...knock me back down  ...again and a - gain,
           Em                F        G7sus4
And when I ask you to ex - plain, you say...


[Choruses]
              F           G    Em             Am
You gotta be cruel to be kind, in the right measure,
  F          G            Em        Am
Cruel to be kind, it's a very good sign,
  F          G     Em           Am      G7sus4
Cruel to be kind, means that I love you, baby-----------------------!
                                             (Babe------------------!)
                                                 (You gotta be cruel!)

     G7                   F          G        Em             Am 
You gotta be cruel to be kind-----------, oh, in the right measure,
                       (Cruel to be kind!)

   F          G           Em          Am  Am    F           G
                  It's a very, very, very good sign------------,
(Cruel to be kind!)                    ^   ^  (Cruel to be kind---!)

    Em           Am      G7sus4
It means that I love you, baby--------------------------!
                               (Babe--------------------!)
                                     (You gotta be cruel!)

     G7                   F          G       Em            Am
You gotta be cruel to be kind----------, oh, in the right measure,
                       (Cruel to be kind!)

   F           G              Em           Am  Am    F           G
                  Yes, it's a very, very, very good sign------------,
(Cruel to be kind!)                         ^   ^  (Cruel to be kind!)

    Em           Am      G7sus4
It means that I love you, baby-------------------------!
                              (Babe--------------------!)
                                    (You gotta be cruel!)

[Suggestion for coda]
     G7                   F   Dm7/G      C
You gotta be cruel to be kind--------------!
                       |  /  /  /  /  |  /  ||

            
            
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maguri [tm] 32,648 Apr 27, 2013 08:49 AM

Good stuff!

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Ozoz22 10 Nov 28, 2013 10:25 AM

The F should be x33211 and the G x55433. The Dm7/G's should all be replaced with D9 th's played x54555. That chord played with an open D string sounds like it is in the song some as well. Also, all the C chords are played 332010. And in the bridge along with the oo, oo, oo vocals it is an A played x02220, not an A7.

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Ozoz22 10 Nov 29, 2013 06:43 AM

Correction to my correction above... The D7/G chords should all be replaced with a modified D9 th that is played with an open A string as follows
X04555

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