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You’re Gonna Go Far, Kid

The Offspring


Strum Guide

Verse Strum:

 

D D

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Main Strum (most parts except verses):

D D D D D D D D

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Fast Strum:

..  .. 

DUD DUD  Strums under dots are

1 + 2 +  palm-muted

Transition Strum:

 

D   D   D

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

Verse 1:

 A5

Show me how to lie

                     F5
You're getting better all the time

                C5
And turning all against the one

       G5
Is an art that's hard to teach

    A5
Another clever word

                    F5
Sets off an unsuspecting herd

                C5
And as you step back into line

     G5
A mob jumps to their feet

Pre-Chorus:

w/palm mute:

           A5
Now dance, fucker, dance

                F5
Man, he never had a chance

       C5
And no one even knew

          G5
It was really only you

 

w/palm mute:

                    F5 (2)
And now you steal away

              D5 (2)
Take him out today

        F5 (2)
Nice work you did

                             E5
You're gonna go far, kid

 

w/transition strum:

/ G - - - /

 

Chorus:
            A5
With a thousand lies

            F5
And a good disguise

            C5
Hit 'em right between the eyes

           G5 (fast strum last 2 beats)
Hit 'em right between the eyes

                A5
When you walk away

                F5
Nothing more to say

             C5
See the lightning in your eyes

              G5 (fast strum last 2 beats)       A5 (hold)
See 'em running for their                  lives

 

Verse 2:
  A5
Slowly out of line

                       F5
And drifting closer in your sights

              C5
So play it out I'm wide awake

           G5
It's a scene about me

            A5
There's something in your way

                         F5
And now someone is gonna pay

                 C5
And if you can't get what you want

           G5
Well it's all because of me


Pre-Chorus

                    F5 (2)
And now you'll lead the way

              D5 (2)
Show the light of day

          F5 (2)
Nice work you did

                             E5
You're gonna go far, kid

w/transition strum:

  G

Trust, deceived!

Chorus, play the last line like this:

              G5 (fast strum last 2 beats)               / A5 (hold) - E5 (hold) - /
See 'em running for their                          lives

 

Instrumental:

/ F5 (high) - - - / C5 - - - / E5 - - - /

/ A5 (fast strum) - G5 (fast strum) - /

/ F5 (high) - - - / C5 - D5 - / E5 (high)- - - / E5 (low) - G5 - /

 

          A5 (hold 7)

Now dance, fucker, dance
He never had a chance
And no one even knew
It was really only you

So dance, fucker, dance
I never had a chance
It was really only you

w/transition strum:

/ G - - - /


Final Chorus:

            A5
With a thousand lies

            F5
And a good disguise

            C5
Hit 'em right between the eyes

           G5 (fast strum last 2 beats)
Hit 'em right between the eyes

                A5
When you walk away

                F5
Nothing more to say

             C5
See the lightning in your eyes

              G5 (fast strum last 2 beats)      
See 'em running for their

 

    A5
Clever alibis

         F5
Lord of the flies
            C5
Hit 'em right between the eyes

           G5 (fast strum last 2 beats)
Hit 'em right between the eyes

                A5
When you walk away

                F5
Nothing more to say

             C5
See the lightning in your eyes

              G5 (fast strum last 2 beats)         A5 (hold)
See 'em running for their                   lives


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