The Smiths – I Don’t Owe You Anything

Underrated track from the eponymous debut. Has a kind of sixties ballad/torch song feel to it with the major 7th chord stabs throughout.

I’ve transcribed based upon the way that Marr played this song in 1983 on the Troy Tate album version, which is more or less the same as a live cut but at a slower tempo. I think it sounds better played a bit quicker and so the video reflects that.


For the audio, it’s my Gretsch G5125 with DeArmond ‘Dynasonic’ pickups, into a DAW via the Amplitube 4 plugin, using Fender Twin & JC120 simulations.

I also assembled a basic backing track and included Andy Rourke’s bass parts, which given the space in the arrangement are really prominent on this track.


Click the image below to view the tab on Ultimate Guitar.

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