Violent Femmes – Breakin Up tab ver. 2

Date: Sat, 6 Jan 1996 17:03:01 -0500
From: Bryson Meunier 
Subject: TAB:"Breakin' Up" by violent femmes

        For this song I worked out the electric solo and then went back and
did my best on the acoustic lead-in. I'm pretty sure that the solo is
correct(although extraordinarily easy) but I'm not certain about the
lead-in. So even if it's not exactly the way that Gordon plays it,it sounds
pretty close. You be the judge. If you work out a different way of playing
it, or if you just have questions or comments, e-mail me at

                     "Breakin' Up"(Gordon Gano)

Performed by the violent femmes on "New Times"(1994).
Guitar solo and lead-in transcribed by Bryson Meunier

chorus(acoustic)- "...easy to do" "...easy to do" E------------------------------|--8--7---5-------------| B-------3---------------x6-x5--|------------6-6-6-5----| G---5--------5--2--------------|------------5-5-5-4----| D------------------5-----------|------------7-7-7-6----| A------------------------------|-----------------------| E------------------------------|-----------------------|
"...breakin up..." "It's easy to do you know I"
A E------------------------------------------------------| B--2-2-2--------7--5--7--5--------6--6--6--5--5-5-5p0--| G--2-2-2--------7--5--7--5--------5--5--5--4--4-4-4p0--| D--2-2-2--------------------7--5--7--7--7--6--6-6-6p0--| A------------------------------------------------------| E------------------------------------------------------|
"Break up... Time I Break up with you
A Fm Em E--------------1--1--1--1------0-----------------------| B----2-2-2-2---1--1--1--1------0-----------------------| G----2-2-2-2---1--1--1--1------0-----------------------| D----2-2-2-2---3--3--3--3---2--2-----------------------| A--------------3--3--3--3---2--2-----------------------| E--------------1--1--1--1---0--0-----------------------|
Guitar 2(played overtop of last acoustic chord(Em)) (distorted electric) A(volume swell) E------------------------------------------------------| B-------------------------------2~~~~~~~~~~~~----------| G-------------------------------2~~~~~~~~~~~~----------| D-------------------------------2~~~~~~~~~~~~----------| A------------------------------------------------------| E------------------------------------------------------|
Guitar solo(flip pickup switch to top position)- (guitar 2) E------------------------------------------------------| B----2-----2-5---5-4---5\4--2~~~~~~~--2-5~~~\\12~~--2--| G----2-----2-5---5-4---5\4--2~~~~~~~--2-5~~~\\12~~--2--| D------------------------------------------------------| A------------------------------------------------------| E------------------------------------------------------|
E------------------------------------------------------| B---2-5---5-4--5\4--2----2-5~~~~~~\\12~~~\14~~~~~~~~~b-| G---2-5---5-4--5\4--2----2-5~~~~~~\\12~~~\14~~~~~~~~~b-| D------------------------------------------------------| A------------------------------------------------------| E------------------------------------------------------|
Symbols used in transcription- x = make percussive sound with fretting hand p = pull-off ~ = let ring \ = slide ~b = bend gradually Lyrics: Now every once in awhile There's a crack in my smile Dark voices are talking to me Dark voices tell me the way It's supposed to be They said "Breakin' up" They said it's hard to do But what they say about Breakin Up You know it's just not true Breakin Up, it's easy to do Breakin' Up, it's easy to do Why if you know Why'd you have to go And leave me on the floor 'Bout as sick as a dog I'm feeding my face Like a bleary-eyed hog Why'd it have to stop When it's just begun Why'd it have to stop With so much good undone Chorus(3x) You know I break up every time I Break up with you (guitar solo) Please consider posting the chords for the verse if you know them. Thanks. Enjoy the tab!
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