Wish You Were Here chords by Pink Floyd


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Wish You Were Here | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| Em7 | G5 G | Em7 | G5 G | Em7 |
| A7sus4 | Em7 | A7sus4 | G5 | G5 G |
| Em7 | G5 G | Em7 | G5 G | Em7 |
| A7sus4 | Em7 | A7sus4 | G5 |

Verse 1

| C/G | D/F# |
So, so you think you can tell,
| Am | G |
heaven from hell, blue skies from pain.
| D/F# | C |
Can you tell a green field, from a cold steel rail,
| Am | G |
a smile from a veil, do you think you can tell.

Verse 2

| C/G | D/F# |
Did they get you to trade, your heroes for ghosts?
| Am | G |
Hot ashes for trees, hot air for a cool breeze.
| D/F# | C |
Cold comfort for change, did you exchange,
| Am | G |
a walk-on part in the war, for a lead role in a cage.

Instrumental

| Em7 | G5 G | Em7 | G5 G | Em7 |
| A7sus4 | Em7 | A7sus4 | G5 | G5 G |

Chorus

| C/G | D/F# |
How I wish, how I wish you were here.
| Am | G |
We’re just two lost souls, swimming in a fishbowl, year after year.
| D/F# | C |
Running over the same old ground, what have we found,
| Am | G |
the same old fears, wish you were here.

Outro

||: Em7 | G5 G | Em7 | G5 G | Em7 |
| A7sus4 | Em7 | A7sus4 | G5 | G5 G :||


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Wish You Were Here Chords: Learn the progressions!


Wish You Were Here 8 step by step guitar lessons

It’s hard to imagine a more epic acoustic guitar song than Wish You Were Here by British psychedelic rockers Pink Floyd.

Even the hammer-on licks are classics, repeated many times since.

Copied by hundreds of other famous songs in progression, chord shapes, and especially guitar style, it is compulsory to learn how to play Wish You Were Here note for note.

In the course, we’ll study those iconic licks in great depth using TAB and play-along loops, we even play the vocal melody, analyzing what intervals the melody is using over each chord.

As great as this is, what I find the most interesting is how unbelievably simple and repetitive Wish You Were Here’s strumming pattern is, it doesn’t change!

The vocal melody is very, very syncopated which means that the extremely basic strumming relaxes the listener.

The chords being so simple also helps, the verse and chorus chords are just IV/5 – V/3 – II – I, and then when repeated, just switch the first two chords over, like this:

| C/G | D/F# | Am | G |
| D/F# | C | Am | G |

In the preview lesson above, this is what I discuss in depth. There’s a loop to practice along with in the playlist.

Here’s what Wish You Were Here’s strumming looks like using rhythm slashes, notice how incredibly simple it is to accommodate for the syncopated vocal melody.

Wish You Were Here strumming chords and vocal melody rhythm

In the course, we next look at the intro, instrumental, and outro which is the legendary chord riff and licks.

We start on chord VI, then pivot to chord I. By changing the bass note we then go IIsus4 – I instead, like this:

||: Em7 | G5 G | Em7 | G5 G | Em7 |
| A7sus4 | Em7 | A7sus4 | G5 | G5 G :||

For the next few steps we make sure you know all your minor pentatonic shapes before we study the intro licks and move them around the fretboard to learn more.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson series (members only): Wish You Were Here 8 step-by-step guitar lessons with TAB.

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.

Wish You Were Here followed Dark Side Of The Moon

Wish You Were Here is the title track from Pink Floyd’s 1975 studio album.

To attempt a follow-up of 1973’s Dark Side Of The Moon is not a job any band would like but Pink Floyd certainly delivered with Wish You Were Here.

This album dealt with the original singer, Syd Barrett’s mental state. Both Shine On You Crazy Diamond and Wish You Were Here are directly written about Syd.

Recorded at Abbey Road studios (the same studio as The Beatles used), Wish You Were Here was completed over 6 months, working long hours on a set schedule four days a week.

The material came from ideas the band had come up with during touring Dark Side Of The Moon.

If you want to find out more about Pink Floyd, many books have been written, perhaps the best one is Inside Out, by the band’s drummer Nick Mason.



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