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Many of Taylor Swifts song uses the G chord. This is the only version that uses a G chord formation on a high 9th capo. If you listen to the original, a banjo seems to be playing the rhythm, but this is actually a guitar with a high capo. Was this info helpful? Yes No
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 Mean by Taylor Swift
Tabbed by P.Yabao
(Manila, Philippines)
 
Most country songs use 'drone' strings that do not change, a lot are on the G chord formation
as many of Taylor songs are, so I raised the capo to 9th and transposed all to follow a G chord drone. 
This in turn becomes the very same key as the original song. Your guitar will also sound like a banjo 
because of the high capo and that makes it sound like the original. Have fun! 

Standard
E A D G B E
Capo on 9th fret

Em7/G:  022033
Dsus4:  xx0233
Cadd9:  x32033
G:      320033
2Dsus4: 540055
2Cadd9: 870088

*The chorus uses 2 variations of Dsus4 and Cadd9 (with a 2-suffix), this is a G chord form
that is moved higher to the 5th and 8th fret (relative to capo). If your guitar does not have
a cutout on the body and you cannot reach these frets, use the original Dsus4 and Cadd9 instead. 
    
[Verse] 
Em7/G         Dsus4                         Cadd9
You, with your words like knives and swords
                     Cadd9
And weapons that you use against me 
Em7/G         Dsus4                Cadd9
You, have knocked me off my feet again
       Cadd9
Got me feelin' like a nothin'
Em7/G              Dsus4                     Cadd9
You, with your voice like nails on a chalk board
           Cadd9
Callin' me out when I'm wounded
Em7/G    Dsus4             Cadd9
You, pickin' on the weaker man
 
[Pre-Chorus]
     Dsus4                    G        Cadd9   Dsus4
Well you can take me down with just one single blow
    Cadd9 
But you don't know, what you don't know
 
[Chorus] 
G       Dsus4       Em7/G               Cadd9 
Someday I'll be livin in a big ol' city 
    G          2Dsus4                2Cadd9
And all you're ever gonna be is mean
G       Dsus4       Em7/G                     Cadd9
Someday I'll be big enough so you can't hit me 
    G          2Dsus4                2Cadd9
And all you're ever gonna be is mean
                 G
Why you gotta be so mean?
 
*intermission hammering chords 

      G -- Open -- hammer on G chord
e|-----3-----0-------------h3--------------3--------|
b|-----3-----0-------------h3--------------3--------|
g|-----0-----0--------------0--------------0--------|
d|-----0-----0--------------0--------------2--------|
a|-----2-----0-------------h2--------------2--------|
e|-----3-----0-------------h3-----3---2----x--------|
       G                   G             Em7/G
                                        You, with your...
           
[Verse]
Em7/G             Dsus4                                                  
You, with your switching sides and
     Cadd9                       Cadd9
Your wild fire lies and your humiliation
Em7/G         Dsus4                   Cadd9                               
You, have pointed out my flaws again
      
As if I don't already see them
Em7/G            Dsus4                                          
I walk with my head down
          Cadd9                                                     
tryin' to block you out 
         Cadd9
'cause I never impress you
Em7/G       Dsus4                Cadd9
I just wanna feel okay again

[Pre-Chorus]
Dsus4                                                            
I bet you got pushed around
Em7/G        Cadd9   Dsus4                                                
Somebody made you cold
Dsus4
But the cycle ends right now 'cause
Cadd9
You can't lead me down that road                                                         
Cadd9
And you don't know what you don't know
 
[Chorus] 
G       Dsus4    Em7/G            Cadd9 
Someday I'll be livin in a big ol' city 
G          2Dsus4                2Cadd9
And all you're ever gonna be is mean
G           Dsus4        Em7/G          Cadd9
Someday I'll be big enough so you can't hit me 
    G          2Dsus4                2Cadd9
And all you're ever gonna be is mean
                                      G
Why you gotta be so mean?

*Use hammer chord riff

[Instrumental]
G (2 measures)
 
[Bridge] 
            Dsus4
And I can see you years from now in a bar
Em7/G              Cadd9        Dsus4
Talkin' over a football game
Dsus4
With that same big loud opinion
Em7/G            Cadd9     Dsus4
But no one's listening
Dsus4
Washed up and ranting about the 
Em7/G    Dsus4   Cadd9    
same old bitter things
Dsus4                                Em7/G Dsus4     Cadd9  
Drunk and rumblin' all about how I can't sing
                      G  Dsus4  Cadd9
But all you are is mean
Cadd9              G           Dsus4         Cadd9
All you are is mean, and a liar, and pathetic
    Cadd9                 G         Dsus4         Cadd9         Cadd9
And a low-life and mean, and mean, and mean, and mean
 
[Chorus] 
*(slow)
G       Dsus4                     Cadd9 
Someday I'll be livin in a big ol' city 
    G          Dsus4                Cadd9
And all you're ever gonna be is mean...yeahh

*(back with rhythm)

G       Dsus4      Em7/G                 Cadd9
Someday I'll be big enough so you can't hit me 
    G          2Dsus4                2Cadd9
And all you're ever gonna be is mean
                                      G
Why you gotta be so.. Someday
 Dsus4      Em7/G          Cadd9 
I'll be livin in a big ol' city 
    G          2Dsus4                2Cadd9
And all you're ever gonna be is mean
G       Dsus4       Em7/G               Cadd9
Someday I'll be big enough so you can't hit me 
    G          2Dsus4                2Cadd9
And all you're ever gonna be is mean
                   G
Why you gotta be so mean 

            
            
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