The Boys Of Summer

Don Henley

Tom: C
Transcribed by Larry WHittaker (*) ***** TUNE TO E FLAT FOR THIS SONG ***** Otherwise the chorus chords will not work. Key: H - Hammer-On P - Pull-Off ^F - Full Bend ^H - Half Bend / - Slide up \ - Slide down ~ - Vibrato Use a clean standard tone with chorus effect for chord richness and make good use of neck and bridge pickup switching. A few leads use the bridge pickup with distortion. I have loved this song ever since it was release and since none of the tabs I found were exactly accurate, I decided to give it a go. Please mail me if you find anything that needs changing. Thanks. Intro ***** USE NECK PICKUP ***** e------|--|-----------|--|------- B------|--|-----------|--|------- G-7/9~-|--|-----7-----|--|-----7- D------|--|-7/9---9~--|--|-7/9--- A------|--|-----------|--|------- E------|--|-----------|--|------- e|---|--|--P-------|--|---P----P---------| B|---|--|-8-5------|--|-10-8--8-5--------| G|---|--|-----7/9~-|--|-----------7--7/9-| D|9~-|--|----------|--|------------------| A|---|--|----------|--|------------------| E|---|--|----------|--|------------------| e---P---------| B-12-10~------| G-------------| D-------------| A---------7\--| E-------------| Verse The rhythm played underneath the verse is simply an easy A7 arpeggio (Once each per line - 8x total) |---------PM----------| e------------------------------| B-----0-0----------0--0--------| G---------2-2--------2---------| D-2-2----------2-2-------------| A------------------------------| E------------------------------| (Conversely it can be played even easier if you wish - I play this) |---------PM-----------| e------------------------------| B------------------------------| G------------------------------| D-----9-9-7-7------9-7-9-------| A-7-7----------7-7-------------| E------------------------------| Nobody on the road Nobody on the beach I feel it in the air The summer's out of reach Empty lake, empty streets The sun goes down alone I'm drivin' by your house Though I know you're not at home Chorus (eh, close enough for government work - arpeggiate as you like)
Play 2x ***** Switch to BRIDGE PICKUP ***** Dsus4 G D | D D C(add9) e-3-3-----2---3-2---2-0-----0-0--- B-3--3----3---3-3---3--3----3--3-- G-0---0---2---2-2---2---2---0---0- D-0-------0---0-0---0-------2----- A-X-------------------------3----- E-3------------------------------- G D Dsus4 D But I can see you, your brown skin shining in the sun D You got your hair combed back and C(add9) your sunglasses on, baby G D Dsus4 D I can tell you my love for you will still be strong D C(add9) After the boys of summer have gone ***** Switch to NECK PICKUP ***** P e------|---|---------------|---|- B------|---|---------------|---|- G-7-9~-|---|--H--7---P-H---|---|- D------|---|-7-9----9-7-9--|---|- A------|---|---------------|---|- E------|---|---------------|---|- e|---------|---|-10-7-----|---|-------| B|---------|---|------10--|---|-------| G|--7-9-7~-|---|----------|---|-------| D|/9-------|---|----------|---|--7\---| A|---------|---|----------|---|-------| E|---------|---|----------|---|-------| Repeat Verse I never will forget those nights I wonder if it was a dream Remember how you made me crazy? Remember how I made you scream Now I don't understand what happened to our love But babe, I'm gonna get you back (Distorted fill near end of verse) ***** Switch to BRIDGE PICKUP ***** I'm gonna show you what I'm made of e-------------------------------- B-------------------------------- G-----------12-12^H------12-14^F- D-----------12-12^H--/14--------- A-------------------------------- E-------------------------------- e|12----| B|------| G|------| D|------| A|------| E|------| Repeat Chorus I can see you- Your brown skin shinin' in the sun I see you walkin' real slow and you're smilin' at everyone I can tell you my love for you will still be strong After the boys of summer have gone Bridge: (Simple open string G chord arpeggio - This rings better) |----------PM--------------| e-0-0-----------0--0-------------- B-----3-3--------3----3---3------- G---------0-0-----0----0---0------ D--------------------------------- A--------------------------------- E--------------------------------- || e|-----| B|-----| G|-----| D|-----| A|-----| -----| (Conversely it can be played even easier if you wish) |---------PM-------------------| E-------------------------------- B-------------------------------- G-9-9--7-7--0-0--9-7-0-9--7-0--7- D-------------------------------- A-------------------------------- E-------------------------------- | E|------| B|------| G|0-----| D|------| A|------| ------| Interlude (May be played as what's comfortable to you but these are the notes sounded) P P H P |------DISTORTION------| e-10-7------||---P-----||-5-3-5-3- B------10~~-||-12-10~~-||--------- G-----------||---------||--------- D-----------||---------||--------- A-----------||---------||--------- E-----------||---------||--------- e|--3--P-----H---||-------------- B|5---5-3---3-5--||-----8---8-10- G|--------4------||/9-9---9------ D|---------------||-------------- A|---------------||-------------- E|---------------||-------------- e|----------| B|10^F------| G|-----9-9~-| D|----------| A|----------| E|----------| Repeat Verse: (The seagull sounds may be a synth effect but can be created by scraping the pick against the higher strings with a delay effect. A metal pick works even better, i.e. a dime) Out on the road today, I saw a Dead Head sticker on a Cadillac A little voice Inside my head said, "Don't look back. You can never look back." I thought I knew what love was What did I know? Those days are gone forever I should just let them go but- Repeat Chorus: (2X) I can see you- Your brown skin shinin' in the sun You got that top pulled down and that radio on, baby And I can tell you my love for you will still be strong After the boys of summer have gone I can see you- Your brown skin shinin' in the sun You got that hair slicked back and those Wayfarers on, baby I can tell you my love for you will still be strong After the boys of summer have gone Outro: (Perhaps played by two guitars (2 tracks), but very easily done with one.) (The first time through play the first bar, and 2nd time play the 2nd bar) e-7--7~-----7--7~----7--7~----||- B--10--8-8~--10--8-8~-10--8-8~||- G-------7---------7--------7--||- D-----------------------------||- A-----------------------------||- E-----------------------------||- ||--1st bar--| |---------2nd bar- e|7------------||------------------H B|-10-8~-8-7---||--H-8-H-8-H-8--H-8- G|----------7~-||-7-9-7-9-7-9--7-9-- D|-------------||------------------- A|-------------||------------------- -------------||------------------- -------| --P-----| 10-8-P--| ----9-7-| --------| --------| --------|
Composição: Don Henley / Mike CampbellColaboração e revisão:

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