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Basket Case Chords

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Green Day - Basket Case from the Album Dookie 1994
Right, so I'm not boasting but I have looked plenty of places for the correct way 
to play this song an' so far I haven't found single accurate tab.
So I'm give you the correct way... Part from the outro I'm not 100% sure about 
that but erm it sounds good enough to me :) So this tab is pretty much 99% right. 
There are always two places that you can play power chords on the neck and its 
proven in this song but this is the exact way Billie Joe plays it :) TUNING HALF-STEP DOWN
                         Chords used [In Order of "appearance"]:  
                          E     B5(2)   C#5     G#5     A5(2)
                        |G:-9|   |D:-9|  |G:-6|  |D:-6|  |D:-7|
                        |D:-9|   |A:-9|  |D:-6|  |A:-6|  |A:-7|
                        |A:-7|   |E:-7|  |A:-4|  |E:-4|  |E:-5| 
                        #######################################
                        
                          A     B5      E(3)      D#5     E
                       |B:-2|  |G:-4|   |B:-4|    |G:-8| |e:-0|  
                       |G:-2|  |D:-4|   |G:-4|    |D:-8| |B:-0|  
                       |D:-2|  |A:-2|   |A:-2|    |A:-6| |G:-1|  
                       |A:-0|                            |D:-2|
                                                         |A:-2|
                                                         |E:-0|

                      E(4)[An open E chord but on 7th fret]
                     |e:-0| That's all the chords :)
                     |B:-0|
                     |G:-6|
                     |D:-7|
                     |A:-7|
                     |E:-0|

THERE IS ALSO ONE OCTAVE IN THE BRIDGE TIS THIS:  |G:-6|
                                                  |D:-4|X
                                                  |A:-4|
        
INTRO: (Palm mute)                                             
E            B5(2)
Do you have the time

C#5             G#5
To listen to me whine

A5(2)             E               B5(2)
About nothing and everything all at once

E        B5 (2)
I am one of those 

C#5          G#5
melodramatic fools

A5(2)           E                B5(2)
Neurotic to the bone no doubt about it...

[PRE-CHORUS PM TO "I THINK I'M CRACKING UP"]

A           B5               E(3)
Sometimes I give myself the creeps....

A            B5                    E(3)
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me....

A                   B5         
It all keeps adding up....

  E      D#5      C#5
I THINK I'M CRACKING UP!

A5(2)     B5(2)
Am I just paranoid

B5(2)                E B5 C#5  B5 x2               
Or am I just stoned?


Verse:

E           B5
I went to a shrink

   C#5        G#5
To analyse my dreams

    A                E(3)                   B5
She says its lack of sex that's bringing me down

E         B5
I went to whore 
   C#5              G#5
He said my life's a bore

   A               E(3)                 B5
So quit my whining cos its bringing her down



A5          B5(2)            E
Sometimes I give myself the creeps....

A5           B5(2)                   E
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me....

A5                  B5(2)         
It all keeps adding up....

  E      D#5      C#5
I THINK I'M CRACKING UP!

A5(2)     B5(2)
Am I just paranoid

B5(2)            E B5 C#5  B5 x4               
A YEAH HUH HUH                Go Go!

pm.........
A           B5
Grasping to control
            [BRIDGE] (HIT THE CHORDS QUITE HARD)
            E    B5     C#5   G#5   A   E(3) B5 
So I better hold ooooon


E    B5    octave   G#5   A   E(3) B5...........
           |G:-6|
           |D:-4|X
           |A:-4| 

PRE-CHORUS PM TO "I THINK I'M CRACKING UP"]

A           B5               E(3)
Sometimes I give myself the creeps....

A            B5                    E(3)
Sometimes my mind plays tricks on me....

A                   B5         
It all keeps adding up....

  E      D#5      C#5
I THINK I'M CRACKING UP!

A5(2)     B5(2)
Am I just paranoid
              [OUTRO]
B5(2)         E(4)  G#5    E(4)   A5(2)  E(2)  B5(2) x3              
Or am I just stooooooooooooooooned

(Then finish on) /slide finger down E6th string then A E(3)B5 
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Blue Nose! wrote on December 9 2008, 10:35 pm

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Adam_Harrison9 wrote on March 24 2009, 09:03 pm

There's one chord too much in the outro. You don't need the second E(2)

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Blue Nose! wrote on December 1 2009, 08:24 pm

I know this can seem confusing to people, but it is 100% accurate.
You don't have to use all the chords mentioned, as I said.
This is just the exact way Billie Joe plays it.
The actual song only has 5 Notes. But a power chord can be played in two or more places on a guitar.
E,B,C#,G#, and A are the only chords in the song
(excluding the outro)

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