Just What I Needed

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Just What I Needed Tab

Intro
Scratchy E

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E B
I don’t mind you coming here
C#m G#
Wasting all my time
E B
‘Cause when you’re standing oh so near
C#m G#
I kind of lose my mind, yeah
E B
It’s not the perfume that you wear
C#m G#
It’s not the ribbons in your hair
E B
I don’t mind you coming here
G# A
And wasting all my time

E B C#m G#
E B C#m A

E B
I don’t mind you hanging out
C#m G#
And talking in your sleep
E B
It doesn’t matter where you’ve been
C#m G#
As long as it was deep
E B
You always knew to wear it well and
C#m G#
You look so fancy I can tell
E B
I don’t mind you hanging out
G# A
And talking in your sleep
E B A C#m B
I guess you’re just what I needed
E B A C#m
I needed someone to feed
E B A C#m B
I guess you’re just what I needed
E B A C#m
I needed someone to bleed E B C#m G#
(Guitar solo)
E B C#m A
(Guitar solo)
E B C#m G#
(Guitar solo)
E B C#m G#
(Guitar solo)
E B
I don’t mind you coming here
C#m G#
Wasting all my time
E B
‘Cause when you’re standing oh so near
C#m G#
I kind of lose my mind, yeah
E B
It’s not the perfume that you wear
C#m G#
It’s not the ribbons in your hair
E B
I don’t mind you coming here
G# A
And wasting all my time
Chorus
Chorus

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C#m
So feed me
E B C#m G#

E B C#m A
You’re just what I needed
E B C#m G#

E B C#m A
You’re just what I needed E B C#m G#

E B C#m A
You’re just what I needed E B C#m G#
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah A B C#m

Learn To Play The Cars: Just What I Needed Guitar Chords

the cars just what i needed guitar chordsOriginally released in 1978, “Just What I Needed” by The Cars has been a long lasting new wave rock hit. It has appeal across a relatively broad spectrum of music fans. Those that are into what new wave ultimately became in the 80s, straight ahead rock fans, and even die hard pop hit fans all have something to sink their teeth into with this song. While its most famous element might be the keyboard melody weaving itself in and out of various breaks, guitar still has a strong presence given its driving rhythm and occasional lead playing. Continue on to start learning how to play it!

True to the punk roots of new wave music circa 1978, Just What I Needed revolves around 4 power chords that move around in box patterns, where the next chord is often a fifth or third below the last. That means its root is three to five notes lower (or higher in other cases) than the one you’re starting from. This was originally popularized by The Kinks with songs like You Really Got Me. It was later common in punk music, especially that of popular acts like The Ramones.

Just What I Needed starts out with some eighth note down picking on an E power chord, with your root on the 7th fret of the A string. You can opt for the lower open E power chord if you have a taste for heavier rock music. E, B (a fifth below on the 7th of the E), C sharp (which is a third below the E, but played starting on the 4th fret of A), and G sharp (a fifth below the C) comprise the chord progression found in the verses, and ultimately the rest of the song.

The verses are very dynamic, with new layers of guitars coming in on the studio version as it progresses. To mimic the effect on a single guitar, pick quietly with slightly muted strings at first, and gradually lift your palm off of the strings. Pick more aggressively (albeit in a controlled enough manner not to go outside the bounds of the tempo) as the section goes along to create a crescendo effect that sets up the keyboard lead perfectly. In the last measure before the keyboard does come in, change your third chord to the C sharp, and then slide up into A to end out the riff.

Now you have the basic skeleton of the song outside of the chorus. The rhythmic style becomes a bit jumpier here, so getting use to the change might take some time. E, B, A, C sharp, and B is the primary chord progression here. Outside of the E (still played starting on the 7th fret of the A), you should play the other three power chords with their roots on the bottom E string. Each one is only two frets apart, allowing you to easily slide between them without having to lift your hand from the fret board. Outside of the solos, this is everything you need to get started with the song!