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Guns N' Roses - There Was a Time
Album: Chinese Democracy (2008)
Transcribed by Jon Malmin (jogusmal@hotmail.com)

There doesn't seem to be any transcriptions of this song in standard E tuning. 
I find that for an acoustic version, E tuning is far better and makes it easier too,
since the song is in B minor and that's an easy key to play in.
(Chord instructions are at the bottom of the page, for those interested)

Intro: Bm  F#m  E  Bm  Bm6

Bm        
Broken glass and cigarettes
A
Writin' on the wall
           E
It was a bargain for the summer
       B
And I thought I had it all
          Bm
I was the one who gave you everything
    A
The one who took the fall
             E
You were the one who would do anything
    B
The one who can't recall
          Bm
Where she was while she was sleepin'
    A
In another women's bed
        E
Or the doctor's or the lawyer's
        B
Or the stranger that she met
           Bm
If there's nothing I can gain from this
    A
Or anything at all
             E
It'd be the knowledge that you gave me
        E
When I thought I'd heard it all

[Chorus]
          E           Fmaj7#11
It was a long time for you
    G6    E           Fmaj7#11
It was a long time for me
      G6   E              Fmaj7#11    
It'd be a long time for anyone but
E         Fmaj7#11       G6
Looks like it's meant to be

[Same chords as last verse]
Social class and registers
Cocaine in the hall
All the way from California
On the way to your next call
To those non-negotiations
To simulate a cause
For the betterment of evils
And your ways around the laws
That keep you up and sitting pretty
On a pedestal or bed
And now you're sleeping like an angel
Near the man who you give head
If there's somethin' I can make of this
Or anything at all
It'd be the devil hates a loser
And you thought you had it all

[Chorus]
It was the wrong time for you
It was the wrong time for me
It was the wrong time for anyone but
Looks like I'm 'bout to see for myself

D             C#m
If I could go back in time
        E7
To the place in my soul
There all alone
G                 F#
Lonely teardrops, ooh
             Bm
Are callin' you
    A                        G
But I don't want to know it now
               F#m
Cause knowin' you
                       E    E7
It won't change a damn thing
                Bm     Bm6
But there was a time

Solo backing:
Bm  A  E  Bm (x2)
Bm  F#m  E  E7
Bm  A  E  E7

Bm
Yeah there was a time
A
Didn't wanna know it all...
E
Didn't wanna know it all...
    (E7)
And I don't wanna know it now (Repeat once more)

[Gtr. melody backing]
Bm  A  E  E7

Bm          A            E 
I would do anything for you
There was a time
Bm          A            E
I would do anything for you
Bm          A            E       
I would do anything for you
There was a time

(Just keep playing Bm, A, E, (E7) throughout the rest of the song, with the
long solo and the crazy coda)

Well, that's it for this song! Cheers y'all!
Chords used:

A:           B:           Bm:          Bm6:         C#m:         D:
x-0-2-2-2-0  x-2-4-4-4-2  x-2-4-4-3-2  x-2-0-1-0-x  x-4-6-6-5-4  x-x-0-2-3-2
E:           E7:          Fmaj7#11:    F#:          F#m:         G:
0-2-2-1-0-0  0-2-2-1-3-0  1-3-3-2-0-0  2-4-4-3-2-2  2-4-4-2-2-2  3-2-0-0-3-3
G6:       
3-5-5-4-0-0

            
            
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