The Rolling Stones - You Can't Always Get What You Want Chords

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No chord
Standard guitar tuning:
E
A
D
G
B
E
Capo on 8 fret

E B

E GB

E

C E: 0 0 2 0 0 0 F A: 0 2 0 1 2 0 (occasionally hammering the 5th string) D F#: 2 2 2 2 2 2 In the Steel Wheels tour he uses his trusty 5-string-open-G-tuned Telecaster. (Obviously Keith's a closet banjo player. Gee...wouldn't an electric banjo version of "Honkey Tonk Women" be interesting . But I digress...) I'm not really sure how he's playing it in the video, but it looks/sounds like he's barring 8-10-12-9-8-8 for the Cadd9. After all that, the song itself is just pounding out the chords:

C F C

F

I Csaw her today at the receFption A Cglass of wine in her haFnd I Cknew she was gonna meet her conneFction AtC her feet was a footlooFse man

Chorus

YoCu can't always get what you Fwant YoCu can't always get what you Fwant YoCu can't always get what you Fwant BuDt if you try sometimes, YoFu might find YoCu get what you neFed... C ahhhhhhh,F yeah..... I went down to the demonstration, To get my fair share of abuse. Singing "we're gonna vent our frustration, And if we don't we're gonna blow a 50-amp fuse." You can't always get what you want, You can't always get what you want, You can't always get what you want, But if you try sometimes well you might find You'll get what you need. I went down to the Chelsea drugstore To get your prescription filled. I was standing in line with Mr. Jimmy, And man, did he look pretty ill. We decided that we would have a soda, My favorite flavor, cherry red. I sung my song to Mr. Jimmy, And he said one word to me, and that was "dead," I said to him: You can't always get what you want, You can't always get what you want, You can't always get what you want, But if you try sometimes you just might find You'll get what you need, ...oh yes

Instrumental

You'll get what you need--yeah, oh baby. I saw her today at the reception, In her glass was a bleeding man. She was practiced at the art of deception, Well I could tell by her bloodstained hands. You can't always get what you want, You can't always get what you want, You can't always get what you want, But if you try sometimes you just might find You just might find You'll get what you need.

GA

YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT Original studio recording: Rolling Stones, "Let It Bleed" album (London Records, 1969) tempo: medium ballad--about 104 b.p.m. E aEdd 9 B 0 E0 2 A0 0 B0 E(C add 9) (or call it "add 2"?) A 0 2 0 1 2 0 F F# 2 2 2 2 2 2 D E 0 0 0 0 0 0 C F#sus 2 2 2 3 2 2 Dsus B7sus x 2 1 0 0 0 G7sus This song is built around the following 2 bar lick: opening |
flourish | E add 9 (=C add 9)             A (=F)
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-2--0-------0----0---0---0---0--0-0-0-0-|--0--0--2--2--2-------------
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-2--0----|--0----0---0---0---0--0-0-0-0-|--1--1--1--1--1-------1-----
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-2--0----|--2------------2------2---2---|--0--0--0--0--0-------0-----
---------|--0------------0--------------|--2--------------0--2-------
---------|--0------------0--------------|--0----------------------0--
pull-off hammer-on this pattern repeats throughout the song with slight (mostly rhythmic) variations--listen to recording for rhythm Full structure: lyrics, chords--in capoed tone, measures (|) C add9 | F x 4, with French horn intro.

Verse

C add 9 | I sFaw her today at the reception, C add 9 | a gFlass of wine in her hand C add 9 | I kFnew she was gonna meet her connection, C add 9 | at Fher feet was a footloose man

Chorus

C add 9 | YouF can't always get what you wa-ant x 3

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butF if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need

Verse 2

I went down to the demonstration, to get my fair share of abuse Singing, "we're gonna vent our frustration, if we don't we're gonna blow a 50 amp fuse"

Chorus

Verse 3

add 4 extra C add 9, F's--twice as long): I went down to the Chelsea Drug Store, to get your prescription filled I was standing in line with Mr. Jimmy, and man did he look pretty ill We decided we would have a soda, my favorite flavor--cherry red I sung my song to Mr. Jimmy, and he said one word to me and that was "dead" I said to him...

Chorus

Interlude, with brief electric solo and choir: Dsus| C | F | Dsus| G7sus| then an instrumental chorus with last line sung (If you don't have a choir handy--I seem to have misplaced mine right at the moment--or a lead guitarist, try changing the rhythm to rapid strumming)

Verse 4

I saw her today at the reception, in her glass was a bleeding man She was practiced at the art of deception, I could tell by her bloodstained hands Chorus 3 times, then repeat and fade on C add 9, F with choir Fill #1, last line of chorus, first time only:
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B.o. B.o. Notes: Chelsea Drug is (was) a real drug store in south London--rock musician, fan and junkie hang-out in 60's, 70's, 80's, maybe still. Mr. Jimmy is clearly Jimi Hendrix Enjoy!