Whyd You Only Call Me When Youre High - Arctic Monkeys
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Tabs and lyrics
Tunning: Standard (E A D G B e)
Artist: Arctic Monkeys
Song: Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
Album: AM (2013)


[Intro/Verse]
(Palm Muted)

e|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|
G|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-------4-5---5---|-2-----4-2-------|
E|-2---------------|-------------0---|


[Chorus]
(Palm Muted)

e|-------------------------------------|
B|-------2-3-5-3-2-------2-------------|
G|---2-4-----------4-2-4---4-2---------|
D|-4---------------------------4-2-----|
A|-------------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------------|


[Verse]
(w. Jamie's bit in the background)\

e|------------|
B|--14\7------|
G|------------|
D|------------|
A|------------|
E|------------|


[Middle 8]

D Bm
F#m D Bm
And I can't see you here, wondering where I might
F#m D Bm
It sorta feels like I'm running out of time
F#m D Bm
I haven't found what I was hoping to find
C#
You said you gotta be up in the morning, gonna have an early night
And you're starting to bore me, baby, why'd you only call me when you're high?


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Tunning: Standard (E A D G B e)
*-------------------------------------PLEASE NOTE-------------------------------------*
*-This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the song.-*
*-------You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research.-------*
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Released at August 11th 2013 as the third single from the Arctic Monkeys fifth studio
album "AM", "Why'd you only call me when you're high?" reached top ten spots in
US Alternative Songs Chart, US Rock Airplay, Scotland Official Chart, UK Singles and
#1 in the UK Indie Chart, where it stayed for only 1 week.

Tabbed by Pelusteriano
Contact at my UG profile
Lyrics by Alex Turner (Official album lyrics)
Music by Arctic Monkeys
Key of A major
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NOTE: This tab is based on the previous work done by some UG users
Dredawg's chord version - http://goo.gl/dJMnta
DanBrown93's GuitarPro version - http://goo.gl/VNb947
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CHORDS (low to high, in order of appearance)
F#m 244222 D XX0232 Bm X24432 E 022100 C# X4666X


[Intro]

Gtr. 1 - Alex Turner
Palm mute all along this riff
e|| -----------|------------- ||
B|| -----------|------------- ||
G||o-----------|-------------o||
D||o-----------|-------------o||
A|| ----4-5--5-|-2---4-2----- ||
E|| -2---------|----------0-- ||X2


[Verse 1]

F#m D Bm E F#m D Bm E
e|| -----------|-------------|-----------|------------- || In live acoustic performances the final E chord
B|| -----------|-------------|-----------|------------- || is not played, also, Alex plays one tone down
G||o-----------|-------------|-----------|-------------o|| (Em, C, Am -optional D-), you can take a look
D||o-----------|-------------|-----------|-------------o|| in this link: http://goo.gl/KzLgRD
A|| ----4-5--5-|-2---4-2-----|----4-5--5-|-2---4-2----- ||
E|| -2---------|----------0--|-2---------|----------0-- ||X2

F#m D Bm E
The mirror's image tells me it's home time
F#m D Bm E
But I'm not finished 'cause you're not by my side
F#m D Bm E
And as I arrived I thought I saw you leaving, carrying your shoes
F#m D Bm E
Decided that once again I was just dreaming of bumping into you


[Pre-chorus]

F#m D Bm E F#m D Bm E
e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-------4-5---5---|-2-----4-2-------|-------4-5---5---|-2-----4-2-------|
E|-2---------------|-------------0---|-2---------------|-------------0---|
|
|Gtr. 2 - Jamie Cook
e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-------2-3-5-3-2-|-----------------|-------2-3-5-3-2-|-----------2-----|
G|---2-4-----------|-4-2---2-4-2-----|---2-4-----------|-4-2---2-4-------|
D|-4---------------|-----4-------4-2-|-4---------------|-----4-------4-2-|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|

F#m D Bm E F#m
Now it's three in the morning and I'm trying to change your mind
D Bm E F#m
Left you multiple missed calls and to my message, you reply


[Chorus]

F#m D Bm E F#m D Bm E
e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
G|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
D|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
A|-------4-5---5---|-2-----4-2-------|-------4-5---5---|-2-----4-2-------|
E|-2---------------|-------------0---|-2---------------|-------------0---|
|
| stop
e|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
B|-------2-3-------|-----------------|-------2-3-5-3-2-|-----------------|
G|---2-4-----------|-4-2---2-4-2-----|---2-4-----------|-4-2---2-4-2-----|
D|-4---------------|-----4-------4-2-|-4---------------|-----4-------4-2-|
A|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|
|Overdub delay guitar plays this notes every two bars over the G string
G|----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------18\\\\11-|

D Bm E
Why'd you only call me when you're high?
F#m D Bm E
High, why'd you only call me when you're high?


[Verse 2]

(overdub guitar keeps playing)
F#m D Bm E
e|| -------------------------|------------------------- ||
B|| -------------------------|------------------------- ||
G||o-------------------------|-------------------------o||
D||o-------------------------|-------------------------o||
A|| ----------4--5-----5-----|-2--------4--2----------- ||
E|| -2-----------------------|-------------------0----- ||
|
| w/reverb
e|| -------------------------|------------------------- ||
B|| -------------------------|----------14-15-14----14- ||
G||o-------------------------|-------------------16----o||
D||o-16-16-16-16-16-16-16-16-|-16-16-16----------------o||
A|| -------------------------|------------------------- ||
E|| -------------------------|------------------------- ||X4

F#m D Bm E F#m
Somewhere darker, talking the same shite
D Bm E
I need a partner(high)well are you out tonight?
F#m D Bm E
It's harder and harder to get you to listen, more I get through the gears
F#m D Bm E F#m
Incapable of making alright decisions and having bad ideas


[Pre-chorus and Chorus]

(overdub notes stop)

F#m D Bm E F#m D Bm E
e|| -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------- ||
B|| -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------- ||
G||o-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------o||
D||o-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------o||
A|| -------7-5---5---|-2-----4-2-------|-------4-5---5---|-2-----4-2------- ||
E|| -2---------------|-------------0---|-2---------------|-------------0--- ||
|
|
e|| -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------- ||
B|| -------2-3-5-3-2-|-----------------|-------2-3-5-3-2-|----------------- ||
G||o---2-4-----------|-4-2---2-4-2-----|---2-4-----------|-4-2---2-4-2-----o||
D||o-4---------------|-----4-------4-2-|-4---------------|-----4-------4-2-o||
A|| -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------- ||
E|| -----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------- ||X2

F#m D Bm E F#m
Now it's three in the morning and I'm trying to change your mind
D Bm E F#m
Left you multiple missed calls and to my message, you reply

D Bm E
Why'd you only call me when you're high?
F#m D Bm E (overdub notes, only one time)
High, why'd you only call me when you're high? G|-16\\\\\11-|


[Breakdown]

(lead rhythm plays half Bm & D and whole F#m chords with reverb)
(acoustic rhythm plays eighth strums)

Bm D F#m Bm
And I can't see you here, wondering where I might
D F#m Bm
It sorta feels like I'm running out of time
D F#m Bm D
I haven't found what I was hoping to find
C# (one strum)
You said you gotta be up in the morning, gonna have an early night
C# (one strum)
And you're starting to bore me, baby, why'd you only call me when you're high?


[Guitar solo]

(played by Jamie, Alex plays fills)

D F#m D F#m
e|-------------------------|------------------|-------------------------|-------------------|
B|-14-17-15-14-------------|-14vvv------------|-14-17-15-14-------------|-------------------|
G|-------------14-16-14-16-|------------------|-------------14-16-14-16-|-------------------|
D|-------------------------|------------------|-------------------------|-16vvv-------------|
A|-------------------------|------------------|-------------------------|-------------------|
E|-------------------------|------------------|-------------------------|-------------------|
|
| this note enters one beat before
e|-------------------------|------------------|-------------------------|-------------------|
B|-------------------------|------------------|-------------------------|-------------------|
G|-------------------------|-------14-16br----|-------------------------|-----16br-16-14----|
D|(16)---------------------|----16---------16-|-(16)--------------------|----------------16-|
A|-------------------------|------------------|-------------------------|-------------------|
E|-------------------------|------------------|-------------------------|-------------------|

D F#m D F#m
e|-------------------------|------------------|-------------------------|-------------------|
B|-14-17-15-14-------------|-14vvv------------|-14-17-15-14-------------|-------------------|
G|-------------14-16-14-16-|------------------|-------------14-16-14-16-|-------------------|
D|-------------------------|------------------|-------------------------|-16vvv-------------|
A|-------------------------|------------------|-------------------------|-------------------|
E|-------------------------|------------------|-------------------------|-------------------|
|
|
e|-------------------------|------------------|-------------------------|-------------------|
B|-------------------------|------------------|-------------------------|-------------------|
G|-------------------------|------------------|-------------------------|-------------------|
D|-(16)--------------------|-------14-16br-14-|-(14)--------------------|-------14-18br-----|
A|-------------------------|----16------------|-------------------------|----16-------------|
E|-------------------------|------------------|-------------------------|-------------------|


[Outro]
|1. |2.
D F#m D F#m
e|| -------------------------|----------------|-------------------------|----------------- ||-------|
B|| -14-17-15-14-------------|-14vvv----------|-14-17-15-14-------------|----------------- ||-------|
G||o-------------14-16-14-16-|----------------|-------------14-16-14-16-|-----------------o||-------|
D||o-------------------------|----------------|-------------------------|-16vvv-----------o||-16b---|
A|| -------------------------|----------------|-------------------------|----------------- ||-------|
E|| -------------------------|----------------|-------------------------|----------------- ||-------|
|
|
e|| -------------------------|----------------|-------------------------|----------------- ||
B|| -------------------------|----------------|-------------------------|----------------- ||
G||o\11----------------------|-(11)--------16\\\11----------------------|-(11)--------16\\o||
D||o(18)---------------------|----------------|-------------------------|-----------------o||
A|| -------------------------|----------------|-------------------------|----------------- ||
E|| -------------------------|----------------|-------------------------|----------------- ||X2

D F#m
Why'd you only ever phone me when you're high?
D F#m
Why'd you only ever phone me when you're high?
D F#m
Why'd you only ever phone me when you're high?
D
Why'd you only ever phone me when you're... High?


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Song info
Whyd You Only Call Me When Youre High
Arctic Monkeys
2001
  • Rock
  • Indie Rock
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