Teenage Dirtbag chords by Wheatus


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Teenage Dirtbag | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: E5 B5 | E5 Asus2 :||

Verse 1

| E5 B5 | E5 Asus2 |
Her name is Noelle, I have a dream about her.
| E5 B5 | E5 Asus2 |
She rings my bell, I got gym class in half an hour.
| E5 B5 | E5 Asus2 |
Oh, how she rocks, in Keds and tube socks.

Bridge 1

| C#m Asus2 | B5 |
But she doesn’t know who I am.
| C#m Asus2 | B5 |
And she doesn’t give a damn about me.

Chorus 1

| E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 |
‘Cause I’m just a teenage dirtbag, baby.
| E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 |
Yeah, I’m just a teenage dirtbag, baby.
| E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 | E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 |2/4 A5 B5 |
Listen to Iron Maiden, baby, with me. Oo-o-o-oo-o-oh.

Instrumental 1

||: E5 B5 | E5 Asus2 :||

Verse 2

| E5 B5 | E5 Asus2 |
Her boyfriend’s a dick and he brings a gun to school.
| E5 B5 | E5 Asus2 |
And he’d simply kick, my ass if he knew the truth.
| E5 B5 | E5 Asus2 |
He lives on my block and he drives an IROC.

Bridge 2

| C#m Asus2 | B5 |
But he doesn’t know who I am.
| C#m Asus2 | B5 |
And he doesn’t give a damn about me.

Chorus 3

| E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 |
‘Cause I’m just a teenage dirtbag, baby.
| E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 |
Yeah, I’m just a teenage dirtbag, baby.
| E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 | E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 |2/4 A5 B5 |
Listen to Iron Maiden, baby, with me. Oo-o-o-oo-o-oh.

Chorus tag 1

| E Asus2 | E Asus2 | E Asus2 | C#5 G#5 A5 B5 |
Oh yeah, dirtbag. No, she doesn’t know what she’s missing.
| E Asus2 | E Asus2 | E Asus2 | C#5 G#5 A5 B5 |
Oh yeah, dirtbag. No, she doesn’t know what she’s missing.

Instrumental 2

| E5 B5 | E5 Asus2 |

Verse 3

| E5 B5 | E5 Asus2 |
Man, I feel like mold, it’s prom night and I am lonely.
| E5 B5 | E5 Asus2 |
Lo and behold, she’s walking over to me.
| E5 B5 | E5 Asus2 |
This must be fake, my lip starts to shake.

Bridge 3

| C#m Asus2 | B5 |
How does she know who I am?
| C#m Asus2 | B5 |
And why does she give a damn about me?

Chorus 4 (Breakdown)

| E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 |
I’ve got two tickets to Iron Maiden, baby.
| E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 |
Come with me Friday, don’t say maybe
| E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 | E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 |2/4 A5 B5 |
I’m just a teenage dirtbag baby like you. Oo-o-oo-oh

Chorus tag 2

| E Asus2 | E Asus2 | E Asus2 | C#5 G#5 A5 B5 |
Oh yeah, dirtbag. No, she doesn’t know what she’s missing.
| E Asus2 | E Asus2 | E Asus2 | C#5 G#5 A5 B5 |
Oh yeah, dirtbag. No, she doesn’t know what she’s.

Outro

| E B5 | E5 Asus2 | E B5 | E5 (A G#) | (F# G# F#) E |
Missing, ah oh, oh.



Teenage Dirtbag Chords: Learn the progressions


Teenage Dirtbag guitar lesson + TAB T

Teenage Dirtbag uses simple chords and progression to get into your mind. Let’s analyze each chord progression to find out how ideas are recycled.

The intro, verse, and instrumental sections are all I – V – I – IV, with power chords and a sus2, like this:

||: E5 (I) B5 (V) | E5 (I) Asus2 (IV) :||

The bridge starts on chord VI, and then goes to IV – V, like this:

| C#m (VI) Asus2 (IV) | B5 (V) |

The chorus goes back to chord I and adds a turnaround riff, like this:

| E5 (I) A5 (IV) | B5 (V) C#5 (VI) G#5 (III) |

The characteristic turnaround has a 2/4 bar in it.

| E5 A5 | B5 C#5 G#5 |2/4 A5 B5 |

The chorus tag section finally uses the full triad for the E chord as it goes like this:

||: E (I) Asus2 (IV) :|| x3
| C#5 (VI) G#5 (III) A5 (IV) B5 (V) :||

The outro slows down and is compulsory to memorize!

| E B5 | E5 Asus2 | E B5 | E5 (A G#) | (F# G# F#) E |

As Teenage Dirtbag was recorded using an acoustic guitar going through amps, this tune works using the same part no matter if you play it on your own using an acoustic, or in a band with an electric – very unusual!

Members get the TAB for all sections which looks like this for the verse, intro, and instrumental sections.

Teenage Dirtbag chords and TAB for the intro, verse, and instrumental sections.

Notice how the chords are played on two strings, and then three. This makes the part feel more varied and works well to imitate the layered guitars on the original recording.

This trick is used to an even bigger extent in other sections, all aiming to create the best part for playing Teenage Dirtbag on one guitar, in a band, or on the acoustic.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Teenage Dirtbag – Guitar Lesson with TAB.

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Teenage Dirtbag was inspired by a teenage satanic ritual murder!

Released in 2000, Teenage Dirtbag was the lead single from Wheatus‘ debut album.

An enormous success worldwide, it made the band famous overnight. Recorded in Brendan’s mother’s basement, only the mixing and mastering were done in a professional setting.

In the charts, Teenage Dirtbag performed best in Australia, Austria, and Belgium, where it reached #1. A further ten countries had it in the top 10, including the U.K. (2) and U.S. (7).

The idea for the tune came from Brendan at the age of 10, walking around in AC/DC T-shirts, being a little rebel while simultaneously a murder committed by another teen in a satanic ritual, also wearing an AC/DC T-shirt.

This caused the people around him to view him as if he were the same as the murderer when he was just a regular teenager, hence the line: I’m just a Teenage Dirtbag!

I met the band in 2003 when they were touring the U.K. At the time, Teenage Dirtbag was so big they played it three times in every gig. Their message was very bitter as they kept telling everyone: never sign a major record deal!

Wheatus never managed to follow their huge hit with another big tune. They still play it at gigs, and so do party bands, more than two decades after the initial release.



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Wheatus

Wheatus wrote Teenage Dirtbag.

Brendan B. Brown grew up playing Iron Maiden and AC/DC tunes, contemplating the hardship of Western white male teenage years first-hand.

As Wheatus‘ guitarist, singer, and songwriter he managed to sum this up perfectly in his massive tune Teenage Dirtbag.


Wheatus on the web

Listen to Wheatus on Spotify.


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This article on Teenage Dirtbag’s chords was written by Dan Lundholm. Discover more about him and how learning guitar with Spytunes has evolved.

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