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/ The Cure / Staring At The Sea (The Singles) (1986) / Killing An Arab guitar tab

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:

-7/8\7-5-7----7-8/11-8-7/8\7-5-7-----------------------------
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-----------------------------------------5-------4-------3---
-------------------------------------7-7---7\6-6---6\5-5-----


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-------2-------1-------0-------------------------------------
-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?]:

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-0----0-0--0--0--0-1-1-------0----0-0--0--0--0-1-1----------- etc.

At the same time, the guitar:

-6-7-6-3-6-3-2-3-2-0-2-0---0---------------------------------
-------------------------4---4-1-4-1-0-1-0---0---------------
-------------------------------------------2---2-0-2-0---0---
-------------------------------------------------------4---4-
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---------------------------------------0---0-2-0-2-3-2-3-6-3-
---------------------------1---1-4-1-4---4-------------------
---------------2-0-2-4-2-4---4-------------------------------
-2-1-2-4-5-4-5-----------------------------------------------
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-6-3-7--
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Lyrics start:

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

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
(Repeat chorus)

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
(Repeat chorus)

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Mark Schnitzius
schnitzi@eola.cs.ucf.edu
Univ. of Central Florida


The Cure albums
2004 The Cure
2000 Bloodflowers
1996 Wild Mood Swings
1992 Wish
1989 Disintegration
1987 Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
1986 Staring At The Sea (The Singles)
1985 Head on the Door
1984 Japanese Whispers
1982 Pornography
1981 Faith
1980 Boys Don't Cry
1980 Seventeen Seconds
1979 Three Imaginary Boys
Staring At The Sea (The Singles) tabs
01Killing An Arab tabbass tab
0210:15 Saturday Night tabbass tab
03Boys Don't Cry tabbass tab
04Jumping Someone Else's Train tabbass tab
05A Forest tabbass tab
06Play For Today tabbass tab
07Primary tabbass tab
08Other Voices tabbass tab
09Charlotte Sometimes tabbass tab
10The Hanging Garden tabbass tab
11Let's Go To Bed tabbass tab
12The Walk tabbass tab
13The Lovecats tabbass tab
14The Caterpillar tabbass tab
15In Between Days tabbass tab
16Close To Me tabbass tab
17A Night Like This tabbass tab

 

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