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I streamlined the intro for solo acoustic guitar, and made the chords as neat as possible. Was this info helpful? Yes No
BY THE WAY - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Standard Tuning (EADGBe)

This is an acoustic adaptation of the song.  On the recording, the intro was done by both 
Frusciante and Flea.   Here, I have the first line playing the entire 5th chord to substitute 
the bass, but once the lyrics start it's as John plays by himself.  The recording has John 
playing on the low strings, but I've brought it up to make it easier for a solo acoustic guitar.


F  - 133211
C  - x35553
Dm - x57765
Am - x02210
Bb - x13331


e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|-
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|-
G|--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5----------------------------------|-
D|--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2--|-
A|----------------------------------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--|-
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|-
   ( ... )

e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|-
B|----------------------------------------------------------5-5-3-3--|-
G|-------------------------------------------------------------------|-
D|--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-----------------2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2----------|-
A|------------------3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3----------------------------------|-
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|-
    Standin'  ...   show    ...     light on ...  heavy    glow

e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|-
B|-------------------------------------------------------------------|-
G|--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5---------------------------------2-2-2-2-2-2-0-0--|-
D|------------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-2-0-0--|-
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------|-
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|-
    By  the  way, I tried to say I'd be there  ...  waitin' for    

e|----------------------------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--|-
B|------------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5--|-
G|------------------5-5-5-5-5-5-5-5----------------------------------|-
D|--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--------------------------------------------------|-
A|--3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3--------------------------------------------------|-
E|-------------------------------------------------------------------|-
    Dani    ....    songs to me ... marquee     ...    overload   


(N/C)
.....

Dm           Dm          Dm       Dm
Steak knife, card shark, con job, boot cut

Dm
Skin that flick she's such a little DJ
Dm
Get there quick by street but not the freeway
Dm
Turn that trick to make a little leeway
Dm
Beat that mic but not the way that we play

Dm       Dm          Dm        Dm
Dogtown, blood bath, rib cage, soft tail


F                           C
Standing in line to see the show tonight
              Dm      
And there's a light on heavy glow
F            C
By the way I tried to say 
    Am       Bb
I'd be there waiting for


(N/C)
.....


Dm          Dm         Dm         Dm
Black jack, dope dick, pawn shop, quick pick

Dm
Kiss that dyke, I know you want to hold one
Dm
Not on strike, but I'm about to bowl one
Dm
Bite that mic, I know you never stole one
Dm
Girls that like a story, so I told one

Dm         Dm         Dm         Dm
Song bird, main line, cash back, hard top


F                           C
Standing in line to see the show tonight
              Am      
And there's a light on heavy glow
F            C
By the way I tried to say 
    Am       
I'd be there waiting for
F                        C 
Dani the girl is singing songs to me
            Am
Beneath the marquee of her soul
F            C
By the way I tried to say
    Am
I'd be there waiting for


Dm ... Dm ... Dm ... Dm ...

Dm
Ooh, ah, guess you never meant it
Dm
Ooh, ah, guess you never meant it
Dm
Ooh, ah, guess you never meant it
Dm
Ooh, ah, guess you never meant it
Dm
Ooh, ah, guess you never meant it
Dm
Ooh, ah, guess you never meant it
Dm
Ooh, ah, guess you never meant it
Dm
Ooh, ah


F                           C
Standing in line to see the show tonight
              Dm      
And there's a light on heavy glow
F            C
By the way I tried to say 
    Am       Bb
I'd be there waiting for
F                        C 
Dani the girl is singing songs to me
            Dm
Beneath the marquee of her soul
F            C
By the way I tried to say
  Am       Bb
I know you from before

F                           C
Standing in line to see the show tonight
              Dm      
And there's a light on heavy glow
F            C
By the way I tried to say 
    Am       Bb           Dm
I'd be there waiting for

            
            
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