‘I Wish I Was a Girl’

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And you watch the sky receding, and you spin to see the traffic rising up, and it’s so quiet, and you’re surprised, and then you wake …


Transcribed by Neil Oxtoby : erraticretaliator@hotmail.com
Don’t quote me on any of the lyrics.
I tabbed this a long time ago, as well.
Standard Tuning
INTRO:
Riff 1:
E-|——-7—————7——————————————
B-|–9–9–7———9–9–7—————————————–
G-|-9-9————-9-9———–9-8h9-9-9-9-8–8-6-4-6/9-9-9-9-9—
D-|——————————————————————
A-|——————————————————————
E-|——————————————————————
Bend &
slide
E-|——-7—————7——————————————-
B-|–9–9–7———9–9–7————————————7-9~\-
G-|-9-9————-9-9————-8h9-9-9-9-8–8-6-4-6/9-9-9-9-9—-
D-|——————————————————————-
A-|——————————————————————-
E-|——————————————————————-

VERSE 1:
E Esus4
The devil¹s in the dreaming
E
He tells you I¹m not sleeping in my hotel room alone
E Esus4
With nothing to believe in
E
You dive in to the traffic rising up and it¹s so quiet
You¹re surprised and then you wake

PRE-CHORUS 1:
Abm A
For all the things you¹re losing
E
You might as well resign yourself to try and make a change
Abm A
I¹m going down to Hollywood
B E A
They¹re gonna make a movie from the things that they find crawling
B
round my brain

CHORUS 1: (second guitar with Riff 2)
Riff 2:
E-|——-7—————7——————————————–
B-|–9–9–7———9–9–7————————————-7–9~-
G-|-9-9————-9-9————-8h9-9-9-9-8-9-9-9-9-8h9-9-9-9–9—
D-|——————————————————————–
A-|——————————————————————–
E-|——————————————————————–

E-|——-7—————7————————————–
B-|–9–9–7———9–9–7————————————-
G-|-9-9————-9-9——————————————
D-|————————————————————–
A-|————————————————————–
E-|————————————————————–

A B E B A
I wish I was a girl so that you could believe me
B E B
And I could shake this static every time I try to sleep
A B E B
I wish for all the world that I could say,
E F#m A B
³Hey, Elizabeth, you know, I¹m doing alright these days²

BREAK: (one guitar only) (x denotes palm mute)
E Esus4 E Esus4 E
E-|–0–0–0x–0‹0x–0–0-0x–0-0x–0–0–0x–0-0x—0–0–0x–0-0x—-
B-|–0–0–0x–0-0x–0–0-0x–0-0x–0–0–0x–0-0x—0–0–0x–0-0x—-
G-|–1–1–1x–1-1x–2–2-2x–2-2x–1–1–1x–2-2x—1–1–1x–1-1x—-
D-|–2–2–2x–2-2x–2–2-2x–2-2x–2–2–2x–2-2x—2–2–2x–2-2x—-
A-|–2–2–2x–2-2x–2–2-2x–2-2x–2–2–2x–2-2x—2–2–2x–2-2x—-
E-|–0–0–0x–0-0x–0–0‹0x–0-0x–0–0–0x–0-0x—0–0–0x–0-0x—-

VERSE 2: Same pattern as verse 1.
The devil’s in the dreaming
You see yourself descending from a building to the ground
You watch the sky receding
You spin to see the traffic rising up and it’s so quiet
You’re surprised and then you wake

PRE-CHORUS 2:
For all the things I¹m losing
I might as well resign myself to try and make a change
But I¹m going down to Hollywood
They¹re gonna make a movie from the things that they find crawling round my brain

CHORUS 2 (second guitar Riff 2)

Then to INTERLUDE:
E-|——————|-
B-|–9—9—7—7—|-
G-|—-9—9—9—9-|-
D-|——————|- Play 8 times
A-|——————|- Vocals enter half way through pattern (@ the *)
E-|——————|- End on Ab note (ninth fret ­ B string)

4th time
In one of these dreams,
6th time
you forgive me
8th time
It makes me think of
E A
the bad decisions that keep you at home
E Esus4
How could anyone else have changed?
E A
All these wrong conclusions that leave you alone
E A
How could everyone rearrange?
E A
How could everyone else have changed?
F#m A
What I see I believe

PRE-CHORUS 3:
E-|——————|———————–|-
B-|–9—9—9—9—|-9/10—10—10—10—|-
G-|—-9—9—9—9-|——9—-9—-9—-9-|-
D-|——————|———————–|-
A-|——————|———————–|-
E-|——————|———————–|-
* **
*For all the things I¹m losing
**I might as well
E
resign myself to try and make a change
Abm A
Well I¹m going down to Hollywood
B B A
They¹re gonna make a movie from the things that they find crawling
B
round my brain

CHORUS 3: (second guitar with Riff 3)
Riff 3:
E-|——-7—————7—-|-
B-|–9–9–7———9–9–7—|-
G-|-9-9————-9-9——–|-
D-|—————————-|-
A-|—————————-|-
E-|—————————-|-

E-|—7–11p7-11-12-7—11p7-11-12-7—11p7-11-12-7—11p7-11-12—-|-
B-|—————————————————————–|-

E-|——-7—————7————
B-|–9–9–7———9–9–7———–
G-|-9-9————-9-9—————-

END: (second guitar plays lead)
A Abm F#m
A Abm F#m
A E B
But I can¹t sleep at night…
A E B
No I can¹t sleep at night…
A E B
Well I can¹t sleep at night…
A E B
Well I can’t sleep at night…


The devil’s in the dreamin’
He tells you I’m not sleepin’
In my motel room alone
With nothing to believe in
You dive into the traffic rising up
And it’s so quiet
You’re surprised and then you wake
For all the things you’re losing
You might as well resign yourself to try and make a change
And I’m going down to Hollywood
They’re gonna make a movie from the things
That they find crawling around my brain

I wish I was a girl
So that you could believe me
And I could shake this static every time I try to sleep
I wish for all the world
That I could say
Hey, Elizabeth, you know I’m doing all right
These days

The devil’s in the dreamin’
You see yourself descending
From the building to the ground
And you watch the sky receding
And you spin to see the traffic
Rising up and it’s so quiet
And you’re surprised and then you wake
For all the things I’m losing
I might as well resign myself to try and make a change
And I’m going down to Hollywood
They’re gonna make a movie from the things
That they find crawling round my brain

I wish I was a girl
So that you could believe me
And I could shake this static every time I try to sleep
I wish for all the world
That I could say
Hey, Elizabeth, you know I’m doing all right
These days

And in one of these dreams
You forgive me
It makes me think of the bad decisions
That keep you at home
How could anyone else have changed
But these are wrong conclusions
That leave you alone
How could everyone rearrange
How could everyone else have changed
What I see
I believe

For all the things I’m losing
I might as well resign myself to try and make a change
And I’m going down to Hollywood
They’re gonna make a movie from the things
That they find crawling round my brain
(chorus) Well I can’t sleep at night (4X)

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