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Killing an Arab   The Cure

 
 
 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-
 -------------------------------------------------------------
 -------------------------------------------------------------
 
 ---------------------------------------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


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