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Alice Cooper Tablature: Wish You Were Here

Wish You Were Here

Words and music by Alice Cooper, Dick Wagner and Bob Ezrin
From the album Goes To Hell (1976)
Transcribed by Brian Gaddis

  b= bend   rb= release bend   x= mute   \= slide down   ~~= vibrato


   Rhythm figure one (w/wah pedal)
E-|--------x--x------------------------x------------------x--x----------------|
B-|--------x--x--x---------------x--x--x--x--x------------x--x--x-------------|
G-|--5--5--------x--x--5---5--5--x--x-----x--x--5---5--5--------x--x--5-------|
D-|-----------------x---------------------------x------------------x----------|
A-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|


E-|--------------------x--x----------------x--x-----------------------------x-|
B-|--------x--x-----x--x--x--x------x------x--x--x-----------------x--x--x--x-|
G-|--5--5--x--x--x--x--------x--5---x-5--5-------x--x--5---x-5--5--x--x--x----|
D-|--------------x--------------x-------------------x-------------------------|
A-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|


E-|--x----------------x--x------------------------x--x------------------------|
B-|--x--x-------------x--x--x---------------x--x--x--x--x---------------------|
G-|-----x--5----5--5--------x--x--5---5--5--x--x--------x--5---5--5-----------|
D-|--------x-------------------x---------------------------x------------------|
A-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|


   Main rhythm
   w/Rhyhtm fig. one
   Guitar one
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|--8\----10--8\----8\----10--8\----8\----10--8\----8\----10--8\-------------|
D-|--8\----10--8\----8\----10--8\----8\----10--8\----8\----10--8\-------------|
A-|--6\--------------6\--------------6\--------------6\-----------------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  |                                                                           |
  |Guitar two                                                                 |
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|--------10--8-----------10--8-----------10--8-----------10--8--------------|
G-|--8\----10--8-----8\----10--8-----8\----10--8-----8\----10--8--------------|
D-|--8\--------------8\--------------8\--------------8\-----------------------|
A-|--6\--------------6\--------------6\--------------6\-----------------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|


   Verses (w/Main rhythm)
   1. "I bought some postcards. Thought it'd be funny. I would have sent a
       souvenir but they took all my money. It's pretty warm down here but
       it ain't sunny." (Go to Chorus)

   2. "I tried to phone you. I tried to call you. Long distance operators,
       they only stall you. Besides the damn rates are so high they just
       apall you."  (Go to chorus, then go to Bridge)

   3. "Can't get a ticket to get me home, dear. They just don't have too
       many flights from twilight zone, dear. So, don't forget to feeed
       my cats, Spot and Jerome, dear."  (Go to chorus two)

   4. "Seen all the sights here. I'm getting lonely. I'd show you all the
       film I took if they would only let me go home, dear sincerely."
       (Go to End)


   Chorus
   "And I'm having a  hell of a  time, my dear. Wish you were here."
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|-------------------5----5--5--3-----2--------3----2------------------------|
D-|---------------------------------------5--------------5--------------------|
A-|---------3--3---3------------------------------------------3---------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|


   "Having a  hell of a  time, my dear. Wish you were here."
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|-----------5----5--5--3-----2--------3----2--------------------------------|
D-|-------------------------------5--------------5----------------------------|
A-|-3--3---3------------------------------------------3-----------------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|


                     w/Rhyhthm fig. one
   Guitar one                                     Go to chorus two
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|------------------8\----10--8\----8\----10--8\-----------------------------|
D-|------------------8\----10--8\----8\----10--8\-----------------------------|
A-|------------------6\--------------6\---------------------------------------|
E-|---6-----------------------------------------------------------------------|
  |                                                                           |
  |Guitar two                                                                 |
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|------------------------10--8-----------10--8------------------------------|
G-|------------------8\----10--8-----8\----10--8------------------------------|
D-|------------------8\--------------8\---------------------------------------|
A-|------------------6\--------------6\---------------------------------------|
E-|---6-----------------------------------------------------------------------|



   Bridge w/Rhythm fig. one (Go to verse three after this.)
             "Started out a  nice vacation.  Left the station right on time.
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|--------8---------------10~~------------10~~---------------8-8-8-----------|
G-|--------8---------------10~~------------10~~---------------8-8-8-----------|
D-|-----------------------------------------------------------8-8-8-----------|
A-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-|-6-------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  |                                                                           |
  |Guitar two                                                                 |
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|-----------------------------------------------------------8---------------|
G-|--------8---------------10~~------------10~~---------------8---------------|
D-|--------8---------------10~~------------10~~---------------8---------------|
A-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-|-6-------------------------------------------------------------------------|


      "Now it's turned to  your frustration. I'm just a prisoner in time."
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|11---------------------13~~--------------13~~---------------------8--------|
G-|-8-8-8-----------------10~~--------------10~~---------------------8--------|
D-|-8-8-8------------------------------------------------------------8--------|
A-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-|------------------------------------------------------------------------6--|
  |                                                                           |
  |Guitar two                                                                 |
E-|11-11-11-------------13-13~~----------13-13~~-----------------11-11-11-----|
B-|11-11-11-------------13-13~~----------13-13~~-----------------11-11-11-----|
G-|-8--8--8-------------10-10~~----------10-10~~------------------8--8--8-----|
D-|-8--8--8-------------10-10~~----------10-10~~------------------8--8--8-----|
A-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-|------------------------------------------------------------------------6--|





   Chorus two (after verse three)
   "And I'm having a  hell of a  time, my dear. Wish you were here."
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|-------------------5----5--5--3-----2--------3----2------------------------|
D-|---------------------------------------5--------------5--------------------|
A-|---------3--3---3------------------------------------------3---------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|


   "Having a  hell of a  time, my dear. Wish you were here."
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|-----------5----5--5--3-----2--------3----2--------------------------------|
D-|-------------------------------5--------------5----------------------------|
A-|-3--3---3------------------------------------------3-----------------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|


   "Having a  hell of a  time, my dear. Wish you were here."
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|-----------5----5--5--3-----2--------3----2--------------------------------|
D-|-------------------------------5--------------5----------------------------|
A-|-3--3---3------------------------------------------3-----------------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|

                                                            (Go to verse four)
E-|--x--x----------------x--x-----------------x--x----------------------------|
B-|--x--x--x-------------x--x--x--------------x--x--x-------------------------|
G-|--------x--x----------------x--x-----------------x--x----------------------|
D-|-----------x-------------------x--------------------x--x-------------------|
A-|-------------------------------------------------------x-------------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|




   END
       "I'm having a  hell of a  time, my dear. Wish you were here."
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|-------------------5----5--5--3-----2--------3----2------------------------|
D-|---------------------------------------5--------------5--------------------|
A-|---------3--3---3------------------------------------------3---------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|


   (Repeat this four more times)
   "Having a  hell of a  time, my dear. Wish you were here."
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|-----------5----5--5--3-----2--------3----2--------------------------------|
D-|-------------------------------5--------------5----------------------------|
A-|-3--3---3------------------------------------------3-----------------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|



   (Play this twice)
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|-----------8-----------10--8\------------8-----------8--10/11\10-----------|
G-|-----------8-----------10--8\------------8-----------8--10/11\10-----------|
D-|-----------8-----------10--8\------------8-----------8--10/11\10-----------|
A-|-----------6------------8--6\------------6-----------6---------------------|
E-|--8--8--8-----8--8--8----------8--8--8------8--8--8------------------------|



E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|--5--5-5p3p0---------------------------------------------------------------|
D-|--------------1---------1h3-3-3-3-3p1-----------1-------x-------------x-x--|
A-|-----------------3---3-----------------3--1--------3----x-------------x-x--|
E-|---------------------------------------------3--------x----x-x--x-x-x------|
  |                                                                           |
  |Overdubbed guitar (May not be there)                                       |
E-|--8--8-8p6-----------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|-----------8--4---------4h6-6-6-6-6p4-----------4--------------------------|
G-|-----------------5---5-----------------5--3--------5-----------------------|
D-|---------------------------------------------5-----------------------------|
A-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|


   (Repeat this two more times)
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|--0--5-5-5p3p0-------------------------------------------------------------|
D-|----------------1---------1h3-3-3-3-3p1-----------1------------------------|
A-|-------------------3---3-----------------3--1--------3---------------------|
E-|-----------------------------------------------3---------------------------|
  |                                                                           |
  |Overdubbed guitar (May not be there)                                       |
E-|-----8-8-8p6---------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|--8----------8--4---------4h6-6-6-6-6p4-----------4------------------------|
G-|-------------------5---5-----------------5--3--------5---------------------|
D-|-----------------------------------------------5---------------------------|
A-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|


E-|---8-----------------6------------------1----------------------------------|
B-|---8-----------------6------------------1----------------------------------|
G-|---9-----------------7------------------2----------------------------------|
D-|--10-----------------8------------------3--------------------6-------------|
A-|--10-----------------8------------------3--------------------6-------------|
E-|---8-----------------6------------------1--------------------4-------------|


E-|----------------------18---------------------------------------------------|
B-|--18rb--16-------18b------18b---18rb--16------13---------------------------|
G-|------------17----------------------------17-------------------------------|
D-|--------------------------------------------------15p13------12--13--12----|
A-|---------------------------------------------------------15-------------11-|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  |                                                                           |
  |Rythm guitar                                                               |
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D-|--10-------------8--------------3--------------6---------------------------|
A-|--10-------------8--------------3--------------6---------------------------|
E-|---8-------------6--------------1--------------4---------------------------|


   (Play this three times)
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|------------------8-------------10-------------8---------------------------|
D-|--10--10-10-10-10---10-10-10-10----10-10-10-10---10-10-10-10---------------|
A-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
  |                                                                           |
  |                                                                           |
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D-|--10\--------------------------------------------10\-----------------------|
A-|--10\--------------------------------------------10\-----------------------|
E-|---8\---------------------------------------------8\-----------------------|


E-|-11--8--11--8------8-|----------------------|------------------|-----------|
B-|---------------11----|-11--8--11--8------8\-|-6--4--6--4-----4-|-----------|
G-|---------------------|---------------10-----|-------------5----|5--3--5--3-|
D-|---------------------|----------------------|------------------|-----------|
A-|---------------------|----------------------|------------------|-----------|
E-|---------------------|----------------------|------------------|-----------|


E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
B-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G-|-----3-----5--------5--5--5--3--2------3--2--------------------------------|
D-|--5-----5--------------------------5---------5-----------------------------|
A-|-----------------3------------------------------3--------------------------|
E-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|