Avett Brothers – Murder in the City (Intro)

I was knocked out by the Avett Brothers’ The Second Gleam EP so I was pleased to see the Avetts get picked up by ukers like Ken, krabbers and Adelle.

I was challenged by Tim to come up with a tab for the intro. Since there are two fingerpicked guitars playing the intro, it’s obviously an impossible task. So I couldn’t resist.

Here’s my stab at it.

avett brothers ukulele tab


UPDATE: Here’s a version of the tab with the fingering and the chord shapes I’m holding down:

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  1. cardboardfrog April 9th, 2009 10:31 pm

    i am absolutely loing this song and the tab, cheers woodshed

  2. LonnaB April 9th, 2009 10:54 pm

    Right on! More hippie music, please :)

    Thanks Woodshed.

  3. Woodshed April 10th, 2009 7:15 am

    cbf: Thanks!

    Lonna: There do seem to be quite a few Grateful Dead uke covers cropping up on YouTube. Although most of them are from adellethegreat.

  4. krabbers April 10th, 2009 8:07 am

    wow thanks for the name check. i absolutely love this song. i have done it live a couple of time and it chokes me up everytime

    i just wish people would listen to the words while i am playing it

  5. Woodshed April 10th, 2009 8:26 am

    You’re welcome, krabbers. The lyrics on this one are great – give me goose-bumps every time.

  6. Luke April 10th, 2009 8:16 pm

    Great song! My friends liked the Avett Brothers, but i had no idea who they were. This part looks harder than it actually is, but is still a finger twister!

  7. Tim April 11th, 2009 2:22 am

    Thanks again! I saw the Avetts 7 times during my year long 50th birthday celebration, and the absolute finest moment of all those shows was the first time I heard Murder in the City played, at the Kent Stage in Ohio in March 2008. I’ve been playing a chords-only version for the last year, now it feels complete.

  8. todd April 11th, 2009 3:48 am

    absolutely gosh darn beautiful song……….!!!!!

    yes, as you say, ‘chill inspiring’ eh?



  9. Woodshed April 12th, 2009 1:15 pm

    Tim: That’s some commitment! I wish they’d tour over here.

    todd: Agreed!

  10. Armelle April 13th, 2009 7:58 pm

    Thanks so much for this post ! I didn’t know the Avett Brothers.
    When I heard Murder in the City I was hooked by the intensity and the emotion in the song. I checked out for other songs on YouTube and I liked them so much I bought The Second Gleam EP.

    I enjoyed the ukulele versions of Murder in the City too.

    I haven’t tried to play the intro yet, I’ve been too busy listening.
    I am a bit afraid to murder their beautiful song (in the countryside though, I don’t live in the city) :-)

  11. Woodshed April 15th, 2009 9:50 pm

    Glad you liked it, Armelle.

  12. sam April 19th, 2009 3:31 am

    If anybody here is on the east coast, Myrtle Beach, SC specifically, the Avett Brothers are playing at the House of Blues on July 17th.

    Oh and nice tabs Woodshed :).

  13. Woodshed April 19th, 2009 6:57 pm

    Thanks for the info, Sam.

  14. Tim April 28th, 2009 12:52 pm

    TAB on 4/26 at the New Orleans Jazz Fest

  15. blake July 11th, 2009 4:42 am

    hey you should do “die die die”

  16. johnny September 13th, 2010 5:46 am

    i can’t be sure, but it sounds like you forgot the second 2 in the third bar, should be right before the last 1, maybe i’m imagining it. great tab though, i love your fingerpicking tabs

  17. Jenna September 30th, 2010 10:32 pm

    Wish I was good enough to play this…
    But this song is great. So is the rest of their stuff. Check them out


  18. Woodshed October 2nd, 2010 11:01 pm

    Jenna: I agree, they’re a really great band.

  19. Nate December 24th, 2010 1:39 am

    This one is one of my favorites…still working on playing it tho…Thanks!

  20. kim April 9th, 2011 8:08 am

    oh my god, the avett brothers are my favorite band of all time, this is one of my favorite songs, and i’m buying a uke now lol

  21. Zachary November 9th, 2011 10:59 pm

    More Avett Brother covers. This one is awesome! Maybe even more Tallest Man on Earth?

  22. Paulina February 8th, 2012 4:44 am

    Where can I find the chords so I can play the rest of the song?
    Excellent site by the way; it has been indispensable since I got my uke last March.

  23. Woodshed February 8th, 2012 8:43 am

    Paulina: Have you tried Ultimate Guitar?

  24. Ma4d0ne November 30th, 2012 6:37 pm

    This song is amazing! Although I haven’t figured it out on my uke, could you maybe share with me finger numbers in order to play the intro more smoothly…?
    I’d really appreciate it :)

  25. Woodshed December 1st, 2012 10:42 am

    Ma4d0ne: I’ve added it to the post.

  26. Oren May 19th, 2013 11:50 pm

    Is this in standard tuning?

  27. Woodshed May 21st, 2013 4:41 pm

    Oren: Yes.

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