Wish You Were Here chords by Pink Floyd

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Wish You Were Here | Chords + Lyrics


| 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.


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


| 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.


||: 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.

Here’s the first lick of the intro, you can learn it using the play-along TAB loop above.

Wish You Were Here Intro Lick 1.

We look at all licks from the intro like this, later down the course, we even put these all over the neck.

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 syncopated, which makes the extremely basic strumming important as it 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, switch the first two chords over, like this:

| C/G (IV/5) | D/F# (V/3) | Am (II) | G (I) |
| D/F# (V/3) | C (IV) | Am (II) | G (I) |

In the course, we at all sections in great detail using play-along loops. For the intro chords, we start on chord VI, then pivot to chord I. By changing the bass note we then go IIsus4 – I instead, like this:

||: Em7 (VI) | G5 (I) G | Em7 | G5 G | Em7 |
| A7sus4 (II) | Em7 | A7sus4 | G5 | G5 G :||

As well as studying all of Wish You Were Here’s sections, we also make sure you know all your minor pentatonic shapes, you’ll need this to move them around the fretboard.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson series: Wish You Were Here – Guitar Lessons with TAB.

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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Pink Floyd wrote Wish You Were Here.

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David Gilmour wrote Wish You Were Here.

David Gilmour is an English musician, best known as the lead guitarist, primary singer, and one of the main songwriters in the band Pink Floyd.

Known for his melodic ability and fantastic tone, David Gilmour has always been considered one of the truly great British guitar players.

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