- "That was a riff I'd been playing around with for a few days before. Really nasty, in open D. I didn't know the lyrics but I knew the song was gonna be called 'Meat Is Murder' so it all just came together in the take."
"I think 'Meat Is Murder' is in open G tuning,or open D,it might have a capo on the second fret."
- Johnny Marr
Until reading the above quote, I had no idea that this song was played in an open tuning. I haven't investigated any live performances to see if he played it in standard tuning as well, but I know he tuned his les paul up to E when playing Headmaster Ritual.
I haven't ever seen a tab for the song in open D, and I haven't seen anyone on youtube play it this way. Maybe someone will pick it out[edit: buckleyboyben has done it, video below]?
However, I do have a good Guitar Pro tab of this, and I have uploaded it here.
Here are the scans from the Complete Chord Dictionary:
Here are the scans from the Meat Is Murder songbook:
Thanks to Ted Maul for these scans.
Also, there are a few versions on youtube, in standard tuning. Oscar80It did a really great job with this cover, in my opinion:
Also, backinnyc did a short snippet on his 12 string Rickenbacker:
buckleyboyben has done a cover of the live version, in open D with a capo on the second fret:
FREDJE433 does a very short snippet of the intro, in DADGAD: