You Can’t Always Get What You Want

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want Tab

Main rhythm guitar: acoustic in OPEN E TUNING, CAPO 8!

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tempo: medium ballad–about 104 b.p.m.

E tuning, low to high: E B E G# B E

Chords: () = chord with capo
E B E G# B E
E add 9 0 0 2 0 0 0 (C add 9) (or call it “add 2”?)
A 0 2 0 1 2 0 (F)
F# 2 2 2 2 2 2 (D)
E 0 0 0 0 0 0 (C)
F#sus 2 2 2 3 2 2 (Dsus)
B7sus x 2 1 0 0 0 (G7sus)

(Note: unwilling to tune up to open E? Tuning to open D instead? You’ll
find this hard to play (capo 10) unless you’ve got a cut-away.
I suggest tuning to open E-flat instead (1/2 step/one fret down from E,
1 up from D) it doesn’t put undue strain on the neck and you won’t break
the G string–it stays G. The you can capo 9 and get to open C, or if that’s
still hard to finger, capo to 8 and play it in B)


This song is built around the following 2 bar lick:

opening |
flourish | E add 9 (=C add 9) A (=F)

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pull-off hammer-on

this pattern repeats throughout the song
with slight (mostly rhythmic) variations–listen to recording for rhythm


Full structure: lyrics, chords–in capoed tone, measures (|)

(Opening: choir sings 1st verse, chorus)

C add9 | F x 4, with French horn intro.

| C add 9 | F
I saw her today at the reception,
| C add 9 | F
a glass of wine in her hand
| C add 9 | F
I knew she was gonna meet her connection,
| C add 9 | F
at her feet was a footloose man

| C add 9 | F
You can’t always get what you wa-ant x 3
| D (see fill #1 below) | F | C | F
but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need

Verse 2:
I went down to the demonstration, to get my fair share of abuse
Singing, “we’re gonna vent our frustration,
if we don’t we’re gonna blow a 50 amp fuse”


Verse 3 (add 4 extra C add 9, F’s–twice as long):

I went down to the Chelsea Drug Store, to get your prescription filled
I was standing in line with Mr. Jimmy, and man did he look pretty ill
We decided we would have a soda, my favorite flavor–cherry red
I sung my song to Mr. Jimmy,
and he said one word to me and that was “dead”

I said to him…

Interlude, with brief electric solo and choir:

Dsus| C | F | Dsus| G7sus| then an instrumental chorus with last line sung

(If you don’t have a choir handy–I seem to have misplaced mine right at the
moment–or a lead guitarist, try changing the rhythm to rapid strumming)

Verse 4: (back to standard pattern/rhythm)

I saw her today at the reception, in her glass was a bleeding man
She was practiced at the art of deception,
I could tell by her bloodstained hands

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Chorus 3 times, then repeat and fade on C add 9, F with choir


Fill #1, last line of chorus, first time only:

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h.o. h.o.

Electric for lead is in standard tuning, using C7 scale
play 8th fret C, F barre chords during chorus

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