Afghan Whigs

Afghan Whigs - You My Flower guitar tab

you my flower


song: dulli

tabs: mcclure


Bit of a tricky son of a bitch is this song as it’s in 7/8 time I believe,

which in this song anyway means alternating bars of 4/4 and 3 /4 .

To get the feel right, just sing along with the track:‘1 2 3 4, 1 2 3’ until

you’re in time, then translate it into your strumming. Maybe this is obvious

but it took me a while to get it right.

So the main progression is :

Bar count 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 1 2 3 4 1 2 3

Em7 G Cadd9 Cadd9

The chords being as follows : Em7 = 022033

G = 320033

Cadd9 = X32033

For the bass you could either follow the root notes and/or play one of

John’s best basslines :

Em7 G Cadd9





Once you get the hang of it, it may be more authentic to play it all on

the low E string to get the right feel of sliding into all the notes like

it sounds on the record.

Anyway you play the Em7, G, Cadd9 progression 4 times as an intro before

the vocals.


Same Em7, G, Cadd9 progression 8 times as per the intro over these lyrics :

Em7 G Cadd9

so what YOU make me hard

if i was harder now i would crack into a million things

things i didn't really need

things i didn't really need but how i wanted so

what a nice dream

didn't want to wake up so i kept it dark all the time

dark enough so not to see

but not as dark as the plans that YOU have for me


Basically a bit of a jam on the G chord. I play it by alternating

between a G and a G5 chord :

G - 1 2 3 4 1 2 3

G5 - 1 2 3 4 1 2 3

G - 1 2 3 4 1 2 3

G5 - 1 2 3 4 1 2 3

i.e. G = 320033 and G5 = 3X0033


Same Em7, G, Cadd9 progression 8 times as per the intro over these lyrics :

Em7 G Cadd9

so what YOU made me smile

i had smiled at lesser things before i ever thought of YOU

before i thought my soul was mine

now i think about me only when i can find the time


As before


Remembering to keep up the time changes for each chord as before it’s :

F= 133211 Em=022000

flowers all around

put your lover in the ground

flowers everywhere

G G= 355433 (to make it a little easier)

yeah yeah yeah

F Em

nowhere YOU can be found

i have put YOU in the ground

nowhere is everywhere

Em Em

Em Em

for YOU

my flower

Em Em


Sorry folks, no solo transcription as I’m nowhere near Rick’s league, but

if you fancy having a go it’ll be in Em (E F# G A B C D I think) over 8 lots

of the Em G Cadd9 progression.


Same Em7, G, Cadd9 progression 4 times as per the intro over these lyrics,

except a little quieter (turn yer distortion off if applicable!) :

Em7 G Cadd9

better get myself a drink

better get a couple so i can look YOU straight in the face

tell YOU that i think of YOU

almost as much as YOU think of YOU


Just one 7/8 run through of the G chord this time (distortion back on

electric people!)


Pretty much as before with an extra riff that I haven’t yet worked out,

playing the chorus progression to fade out with some more top notch soloing

from Rick. If you work this out please post it!

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