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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #

Date: Mon, 17 Nov 1997 15:20:49 +0000
From: EBarohn 
Subject: TAB:"Here Comes My Girl" by TOM PETTY and the HEARTBREAKERS

Written by: T.P. & Mike Campbebell/Album: "Damn The Torpedoes"?MCA

The main progression for the INTRO and VERSE of the song goes like
Use a 1st finger barre at 2nd fret, move (not slide) it up to 4th fret.
When you play it with the song, you'll get the feel of it:

  A                   B/A            Amaj7               B/A

  You know, sometimes, I don't know why
  B/A                               Amaj7       B/A
  But this whole town just seems so hopeless
A                                             B/A
  I ain't really sure but it seems I remember the good times
                         Amaj7             B/A
  Were just a little bit more in focus
A                                   B/A
  But when she puts her arms around me
       Amaj7               B/A
  I can somehow rise above it
A                                      B/A
  Yeah man when I got that little girl standing right by my side
                 Amaj7                        B/A
  You know I can tell the whole wide world to shove it

                    E      A                  E      A
  Hey here comes my girl        Here comes my girl
F#m            B (normal B chord)
  Yeah and she looks so right She is all I need tonight

VERSE 2:Every now and then I get down to the end of a day
    	I'll just have to stop, ask myself, "What've I done?"
		It just seems so useless to have to work so hard
		And nothin' ever really seem to come from it
		And then she looks me in the eye, says, "We gonna last forever,"
		And man, you know I can't begin to doubt it
		No, because this feels so good and so free and so right
		I know we ain't never goin' change our minds about it

CHORUS and then BREAK (see bottom)

VERSE 3:Yeah every time it seems there ain't nothin' left no more
		I find myself havin' to reach out and grab hold of somethin'
		Yeah, I just catch myself wanderin', waitin', worryin'
		About some silly little things that don't add up to nothin'
		And then she looks me in the eye, says, "We gonna last forever,"
		And man, you know I can't begin to doubt it
		No, because this feels so good and so free and so right
		I know we ain't never goin' change our minds about it

(the ending is just the first and last measures of the VERSE: A to B/A)

BREAK: This break repeats three times, and the fourth time just
       continues the same vamp on the E and A strings, to VERSE 3.

  F#5                                                        The numbers
E-------------------------------------0-|                o------|     on this
B------------------------0^2^0--------2-| F#5-------------------| | | | | | |   chord diagram
G-------------------------------3-----3-------------------------|      T | | | 1 |  (and E9 below)
D----------------------------------4--4-------------------------|      | | | 2 | |   represent the
A-4--4--4-4-4-4-4--4--4---------------4-------------------------|      | 3 4 | | |    finger used.
E-2--2--2-2-2-2-2--2--2---------------2-------------------------|                  "T" means

The '^' means hammer on the first time, and pull off the second time.
When pulling off, sort of flick the B string so it rings clearly.

Also, the E in the CHORUS can be played with an E9 in the middle:

  E     E9    E                                         o       o
|                 |              Use the            E9: | | | 1 | |
| /   / /   / / / |     "down/down/up/up/down/up"       | 2 3 | | 4
|                 |               strum.                | | | | | |
  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

                    "If I was sad, well, I'm happy now"

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jimbopo 692 Oct 29, 2008 06:35 PM

Where's the slide on the A-String at the start that I hear (and throughout the verses)? And aren't there two guitars? I hear one at a whole ovtave higher than what you posted. And what about the pattern during the chorus? You've included the lyrics, which is nice, but you're missing other things. Good structure and well explained but it seems incomplete. *** to even out the *****. Correct the tab before somebody posts another and you just might have a great tab.

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tukk04 111 Mar 17, 2013 08:35 AM

This is the main part Tom played, the second guitar (Mike's part) was a small-body Rickenbacker 12-string, which adds the fullness of a second guitar, plus the sound of a guitar being played an octave higher and natural chorusing. Basically the person who made this tab should label it as Tom's part.

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grangeramp 10 Jun 18, 2015 07:37 AM

There's a Youtube video - search for "Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Classic Albums: Damn The Torpedoes, The Rickenbacker 12-string" to see how Mike played his parts. The guitar story is very interesting as well. :D

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