Unemployed Boyfriend
As recorded by Everclear on "SFAAM #1: Learning How to Smile"
Tabbed by Jason P (jasonsevercleartabs@hotmail.com) and Hugh Yik (hyik@nb.sympatico.ca)

VERSION 1 - Tabbed by Jason P

"Hi, this is Peggy, leave a nice message or I'll kill ya"
"Hey Peggy it's me. You are never gonna believe what happened to me today"

!!!!NOTE!!!! - The third chord in the following riff (which is also used throughout
the tab) may well be wrong. There's about half a million suggestions for it down at the bottom 
of the tab, with the most recent at the bottom, including the word from Art himself, but anyway 
have a look and decide for yourself
    G       C9      Bm      C9
e|--3-3-3-3-3-------7-7-7-7-3--------------------| 
B|--3-3-3-3-3-------7-7-7-7-3--------------------|
G|--0-0-0-0-0-------7-7-7-7-0--------------------|
D|--0-0-0-0-2-------9-9-9-9-2--------------------|
A|--2-2-2-2-3-------9-9-9-9-3--------------------|
E|--3-3-3-3---------x-x-x-x----------------------|
"I am sitting at the unemployment office, waiting on my 

    G       C9      Bm      C9     G/B G/A
e|--3-3-3-3-3-------7-7-7-7-3-----3-3--3---------| 
B|--3-3-3-3-3-------7-7-7-7-3-----3-3--3---------|
G|--0-0-0-0-0-------7-7-7-7-0-----0-0--0---------|
D|--0-0-0-0-2-------9-9-9-9-2-----2-0--0---------|
A|--2-2-2-2-3-------9-9-9-9-3-----3-2--0---------|
E|--3-3-3-3---------x-x-x-x----------------------|
loser of a caseworker in one of those nasty chairs"

    G       C9      Bm      C9
e|--3-3-3-3-3-------7-7-7-7-3--------------------| x2
B|--3-3-3-3-3-------7-7-7-7-3--------------------|
G|--0-0-0-0-0-------7-7-7-7-0--------------------|
D|--0-0-0-0-2-------9-9-9-9-2--------------------|
A|--2-2-2-2-3-------9-9-9-9-3--------------------|
E|--3-3-3-3---------x-x-x-x----------------------|
"And out from nowhere this total stranger walked right up to me
Sits down then leans over and says something like, "This is going to sound a 
little obsessive""

    G       C9      Bm      C9     G/B G/A
e|--3-3-3-3-3-------7-7-7-7-3-----3-3--3---------| x4 
B|--3-3-3-3-3-------7-7-7-7-3-----3-3--3---------|
G|--0-0-0-0-0-------7-7-7-7-0-----0-0--0---------|
D|--0-0-0-0-2-------9-9-9-9-2-----2-0--0---------|
A|--2-2-2-2-3-------9-9-9-9-3-----3-2--0---------|
E|--3-3-3-3---------x-x-x-x----------------------|
This is gonna sound a little obsessive, this is gonna sound a little bit strange
I have one thing to say before I turn and I walk away
This is gonna sound a little impulsive, this is gonna sound a little insane
I know you don't know me yet, but you and I, we will be together someday 

   A
e|-5-5-5-5----------5-5-5-5----------------------| x2
B|-5-5-5-5----------5-5-5-5----------------------|
G|-0-0-0-0----------0-0-0-0----------------------|
D|-0-0-0-0----------0-0-0-0----------------------|
A|-4-4-4-4----------4-4-4-4----------------------|
E|-5-5-5-5----------5-5-5-5----------------------|
Someday, I know
I know that I sound like I'm on drugs, listen to me when I say

    G       C9      Bm      C9     G/B G/A
e|--3-3-3-3-3-------7-7-7-7-3-----3-3--3---------| x4 
B|--3-3-3-3-3-------7-7-7-7-3-----3-3--3---------|
G|--0-0-0-0-0-------7-7-7-7-0-----0-0--0---------|
D|--0-0-0-0-2-------9-9-9-9-2-----2-0--0---------|
A|--2-2-2-2-3-------9-9-9-9-3-----3-2--0---------|
E|--3-3-3-3---------x-x-x-x----------------------|
Ever since when I first saw you, sitting on your car outside
You asked for a cigarette, I couldn't stop staring at your eyes
Ever since when I first saw you, looking bored in that plastic chair
With the lights in the office around you
Those blond streaks they look so pretty in your black hair

   A
e|-5-5-5-5----------5-5-5-5----------------------| x2
B|-5-5-5-5----------5-5-5-5----------------------|
G|-0-0-0-0----------0-0-0-0----------------------|
D|-0-0-0-0----------0-0-0-0----------------------|
A|-4-4-4-4----------4-4-4-4----------------------|
E|-5-5-5-5----------5-5-5-5----------------------|
You look cool and alternative with that disaffected stare
Yeah you want people to think that you just don't care

    G     Em  D             C       D
e|------------2-2-2--(x3)-|-------------| x2
B|------------3-3-3-------|-------------|
G|--------0---2-2-2-------|-5-5-5-5-7-7-|
D|--5-5---2---0-0-0-------|-5-5-5-5-7-7-|
A|--5-5---2---------------|-3-3-3-3-5-5-|
E|--3-3---0---------------|-------------|
Yeah you can be with me `cause I just might be the one
Who will treat you like you're perfect Who will always make you come
Yeah you can be with me Yes I will always let you win
I will never be like those other guys
I will never be your unemployed boyfriend

    G       C9      Bm      C9
e|--3-3-3-3-3-------7-7-7-7-3--------------------| x2
B|--3-3-3-3-3-------7-7-7-7-3--------------------|
G|--0-0-0-0-0-------7-7-7-7-0--------------------|
D|--0-0-0-0-2-------9-9-9-9-2--------------------|
A|--2-2-2-2-3-------9-9-9-9-3--------------------|
E|--3-3-3-3---------x-x-x-x----------------------|
"Can you believe he said that to me. To me, of all people
I can't even remember the last time a guy took me out on a date
  and actually paid for it"

    G       C9      Bm      C9     G/B G/A
e|--3-3-3-3-3-------7-7-7-7-3-----3-3--3---------|  
B|--3-3-3-3-3-------7-7-7-7-3-----3-3--3---------|
G|--0-0-0-0-0-------7-7-7-7-0-----0-0--0---------|
D|--0-0-0-0-2-------9-9-9-9-2-----2-0--0---------|
A|--2-2-2-2-3-------9-9-9-9-3-----3-2--0---------|
E|--3-3-3-3---------x-x-x-x----------------------|
This is gonna sound a little bit out there
This is gonna sound a litle insane

    G       C9       G
e|--3-3-3-3-3--------3-3-3-3-3-3---------| 
B|--3-3-3-3-3--------3-3-3-3-3-3---------|
G|--0-0-0-0-0--------0-0-0-0-0-0---------|
D|--0-0-0-0-2--------0-0-0-0-0-0---------|
A|--2-2-2-2-3--------2-2-2-2-2-2---------|
E|--3-3-3-3----------3-3-3-3-3-3---------|
But I keep having the same dream
You will be the mother of my children someday

   A
e|-5-5-5-5----------5-5-5-5----------------------| x10
B|-5-5-5-5----------5-5-5-5----------------------|
G|-0-0-0-0----------0-0-0-0----------------------|
D|-0-0-0-0----------0-0-0-0----------------------|
A|-4-4-4-4----------4-4-4-4----------------------|
E|-5-5-5-5----------5-5-5-5----------------------|
I heard you sleep with that obnoxious guy
I know he was in that famous band
You look so sad when you are with him
Yes I never see him reach to hold your hand

    G     Em  D             C       D
e|------------2-2-2--(x3)-|-------------| x3
B|------------3-3-3-------|-------------|
G|--------0---2-2-2-------|-5-5-5-5-7-7-|
D|--5-5---2---0-0-0-------|-5-5-5-5-7-7-|
A|--5-5---2---------------|-3-3-3-3-5-5-|
E|--3-3---0---------------|-------------|
Yeah you can be with me, Yes I will treat you like a queen
I will go to all those chick-flick movies that I really don't want to
  see
Yeah you can be with me, No I will never let you down
I will never make out with your girlfriend
When I know you're not around
Yes you can be with me Yeah I just might be the one
Who will treat you like your special I will always make you come

    G     Em  D             C                      D
e|------------2-2-2--(x3)-|-----------------------------|
B|------------3-3-3-------|-----------------------------|
G|--------0---2-2-2-------|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-7-7-|
D|--5-5---2---0-0-0-------|-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-7-7-|
A|--5-5---2---------------|-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-5-5-|
E|--3-3---0---------------|-----------------------------|
You can be with me Yes I will always let you win
I will never be like those other guys
I will never be like those other guys
I will never be your unemployed boyfriend

    G       C9      Bm      C9
e|--3-3-3-3-3-------7-7-7-7-3--------------------| x1
B|--3-3-3-3-3-------7-7-7-7-3--------------------|
G|--0-0-0-0-0-------7-7-7-7-0--------------------|
D|--0-0-0-0-2-------9-9-9-9-2--------------------|
A|--2-2-2-2-3-------9-9-9-9-3--------------------|
E|--3-3-3-3---------x-x-x-x----------------------|
"Can you believe this?  I mean can this be for real?"

    G       C9      Bm      C9     G/B G/A
e|--3-3-3-3-3-------7-7-7-7-3-----3-3--3---------| x2 
B|--3-3-3-3-3-------7-7-7-7-3-----3-3--3---------|
G|--0-0-0-0-0-------7-7-7-7-0-----0-0--0---------|
D|--0-0-0-0-2-------9-9-9-9-2-----2-0--0---------|
A|--2-2-2-2-3-------9-9-9-9-3-----3-2--0---------|
E|--3-3-3-3---------x-x-x-x----------------------|
"Then he take my hand, writes down his number, and just walks away.
I mean.....wow.  But you know, the weird thing is, he actually is kinda cute" 

    G       C9      Bm      C9
e|--3-3-3-3-3-------7-7-7-7-3--------------------| x1
B|--3-3-3-3-3-------7-7-7-7-3--------------------|
G|--0-0-0-0-0-------7-7-7-7-0--------------------|
D|--0-0-0-0-2-------9-9-9-9-2--------------------|
A|--2-2-2-2-3-------9-9-9-9-3--------------------|
E|--3-3-3-3---------x-x-x-x----------------------|
"in a real intense way....kinda like Perry Farrell, you know intense
but sensitive.  Anyway, I told my bitchy sister about it and she just 
laughed at me.  I told her I was really excited about this, that I have a 
really good feeling about this guy.....I told her that this could be the guy"

VERSION 2 - Tabbed by Hugh Yik

CHORDS
    G C9 Em9 A D C Em
e|--3-3--2---5-2-0-0--|
B|--3-3--0---5-3-1-0--|
G|--0-0--0---0-2-0-0--|
D|--0-2--2---0-0-2-2--|
A|--2-3--2---4---3-2--|
E|--3----x---5-----0--|

INTRO
G       C9      Em9      C9 (X2) THEN A|--3-2-0-|
                                      
G       C9      Em9      C9  THEN A|--3-2-0-| (X4)
This is gonna sound a little obsessive, .....

"A" THEN "A|--4-5-4--|"(JAM 4 TIMES)
  Someday, I know
  I know that I sound like I'm on drugs,.....


G       C9      Em9      C9  THEN A|--3-2-0-| (X4)
  Ever since when I first saw you,......


"A" THEN "A|--4-5-4--|"(JAM 4 TIMES)
  You look cool and alternative.......


CHORUS RIFF
    G     Em  D    
e|--3-3-3--0--2-2-| (X3)
B|--3-3-3--0--3-3-|
G|--0-0-0--0--2-2-|
D|--0-0-0--2--0-0-|
A|--2-2-2--2------|
E|--3-3-3--0------|
Yeah you can be with me ......

THEN
    C       D
e|--0-0-0-0-2-2-|
B|--1-1-1-1-3-3-|
G|--0-0-0-0-2-2-|
D|--2-2-2-2-0-0-|
A|--3-3-3-3-----|
E|--------------|

G       C9      Em9      C9 (X2) THEN A|--3-2-0-|


G       C9      Em9      C9  THEN A|--3-2-0-|
This is gonna sound a little bit out there.......

  G       C9                    Em9
I keep having the same dream.......

THEN JAM "A" a BUNCH OF TIMES
THEN TO THE CHORUS RIFF  AND THEN THE REST IS THE SAME YADA YADA YADA.....

Suggestion by Mike Mastro (mike_mastro@hotmail.com)

I was looking at some of your  Everclear tabs and the intro to unemployed 
boyfriend is a little off. The first and second chord is right ( G & c9 ) as 
well as the fourth (back to the C9) but the third one has to go. It had me 
for a little while but i knew it was an Em of some sort. Try playin an open 
Em and the 1st string on the 2nd fret together then go to the C9. I'm pretty 
sure thats it.

Suggestion by Kevin Ferguson (fergu106@pilot.msu.edu)
   
(Kevin had a similar suggestion to Mike; He thought the third chord was wrong
 and suggested the chord below.)
 
e|-0-|
B|-7-|
G|-0-|
D|-7-|
A|-7-|
E|-x-|
 
Its a messed up chord, but to me it sounds perfect with the record!

Suggestion by Bradley Ordner (ordz007@hotmail.com)

    Intro
		 * Let Ring         * Let ring
    e|--3-3-3-----3--------0-0-0-----3----------------|
    B|--3-3-3-----3--------0-0-0-----3----------------|
    G|--0-0-0-----0--------0-0-0-----0----------------|
    D|--0-0-0-----2--------2-2-2-----2----------------|
    A|--2-2-2-----3--------2-2-2-----3-------3-2-0----|
    E|--3-3-3-----------------------------------------|

Suggestion by Kyd Burdette (kburde@bellsouth.net)

Hey....that chord in the song that everyone is in such an uproar over is
as follows:
    X54055   NOT    X99777

Suggestion from Hugh Yik (hyik@nb.sympatico.ca) 

Hey Jason!
I noticed many ppl adding suggestions on your site for this tab the
third chord .  I used to think its was some sorta "B" or "D" too? but i
figured it is a "Em9"  as shown below-->

e|--2--|
B|--0--|
G|--0--|
D|--2--|
A|--2--|
E|--X--|

I'm almost certain that that is the correct chord.
Peace - hugh

Suggestion from Scott Ryan (electra@iprimus.com.au)

Hey buddy, My name is Scott Ryan from Tasmania, Australia and i have 
figured out the exact chord for the song.
Instead of that Bm you have tabbed it is actually this.

e|-7-|
B|-7-|
G|-0-|
D|-6-|
A|-7-|
E|-0-|

it is absolutely perfect
seeya
Scott Ryan

Suggestion from "Moo The Magic Cow" (moothemagiccow@zdnetonebox.com)

I saw all the chords for the intro down on the bottom, and only one made it close,
the 076077 at the very bottom. I worked along with this (totally by ear, I heard 
the song earlier today, it was stuck in my head and i wanted to learn it) and took 
out my electric and messed with it. You can tell the note on the D string
is off, and the one on the high E sticks out too much. This is what I've
done, please evaluate it and see what sounds closest of everyone's interpretation:

EADGBe
x7x075

P.S. A lot of the chords near the top of the end are way off. 

Suggestion from Dustin Weaver (dustinweaver@hotmail.com)

Anyway, I wanted to clear up this mess with the third chord in the intro 
of Unemployed Boyfriend. None of the chords listed are right, and some aren't even close.
The chord is: 075077
Just the G shape with a slight modification!
Thanks.
-dustin

Suggestion from Sam Bass (gish001@hotmail.com)

hey jason,
          my name's sam from england, i was looking over your everclear tabs 
the other day and i noticed all that confusion over the main riff to 
unemployed boyfriend, well i'm here to set the record straight they're all 
wrong, the song is actually played as follows:

g5  3x0033    c9  x32033    em9  x7x077    c9  x32033

that's how it's done, that other guy said the third chord should be played   
  x75077,    that's acceptable but not the proper way ,  the problem with 
that being if the d or g string goes slightly out of tune you get that weird 
echoe-y sound from where the strings aren't vibrating at the exact same 
pitch,   i'm so certain i'll state my reputation on it ,  not that i have 
one but maybe i'll gain one from proving those that came before me wrong. 

Suggestion from Clint (MCLEAN1983@aol.com)

Ok, all of them are wrong. Yeah yeah, it's been said by everyone else. But, I 
have a good source though: official song book! The closest anyone came to the 
chord was Scott Ryan with 076077. But that's still not right. The chord shown 
in the song book is as follows:

e|-7-|
B|-7-|
G|-0-|
D|-x-|
A|-7-|
E|-x-|

Kind of like a C9, moved up a few frets. With the exception of asking Art 
himself, this is as close as you'll get.
-Clint

UPDATE 1/2/02 - I sent you an email awhile ago about the chord that everyone is bickering 
about in this song and I said this was as close as you could get to asking Art himself...well, I 
did at a concert this last summer and he said that is the chord that he uses. 
If the others wish to argue with the guy that wrote the song, it's their 
right!
-Clint


Suggestion from Noahharpham@aol.com

everybody seems to have put in their two cents, so I'll put in mine. That chord nobody 
can seem to figure out, (even the "OFFICIAL" songbooks can be wrong) is this

e--2
b--3
g--0
d--X
a--2
e--x

Suggestion from Ashton Bailey (ashton_bailey@hotmail.com)

I'm sick of all the different ideas for unemployed boyfriend, they are all wrong, I wrote to art, and he said

"first chord is a G
next C9
then in the same shape of the G move to the 7th fret
then back to C9"

so in tab

     G       C9      B something  C9
e|--3-3-3-3-3-------7-7-7-7-3--------------------|
B|--3-3-3-3-3-------7-7-7-7-3--------------------|
G|--0-0-0-0-0-------0-0-0-0-0--------------------|
D|--0-0-0-0-2-------0-0-0-0-2--------------------|
A|--2-2-2-2-3-------6-6-6-6-3--------------------|
E|--3-3-3-3---------7-7-7-7----------------------|

there, it sounds fine to me, so post it at the top of the suggestions !!!, I 
have a live version of it too, and it sounds the same. So post it !

Suggestion from Mike (LeadGtr4FB@aol.com)

 For "Unemployed Boyfriend" the chord is nothing hard at all. Its 
just like the move from G to C by moving the index and middle fingers each 
down one string but go one more to make an F. I'm not sure what the chord is 
called but it's easy and when played with the album it sounds perfect or very 
close to perfect at least.

e|-3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3---|
b|-3-3-3-3---3-3-3-3---|
g|-0-0-0-0---2-2-2-0---|
d|-0-0-0-2---3-3-3-2---|
a|-2-2-2-3---------3---|
e|-3-3-3---------------|

Suggestion by Shawn Bertke (theman_0666@yahoo.com)

Hello, 
I'm an avid viewer of your Everclear site and I noticed that there was alot of confusion on the second
chord of "Unemployed Boyfriend" Your troubles are over, because I figured it out. It's actually x75x50,
I'm 100% positive that this is correct. I hope this helps out. Keep up the good work.

Shawn Bertke


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