Wish You Were Here

Words & Music:

George Roger Waters & David Gilmour (Pink Floyd)


This is one of the most transcribed songs I've found.  Official transcriptions can be found in the April 2007 issue of Acoustic Guitar, the Pink Floyd issue of Guitar Legends (specials put out by Guitar World) and the December 2001 issue of Guitar World.  Enjoy!


Em7  G  Em7  G  Em7    A7sus4  Em7  A7sus4  G  [each chord=1 measure]


C                        D                 Am                   G

So, so you think you can tell, heaven from hell, blue skies from pain?

                     D                        C                  Am

Can you tell a green field, from a cold steel rail; smile from a veil?


Do you think you can tell?


                    C                     D

Did they get you to trade your heroes for ghosts?

              Am                    G

Hot ashes for trees?  Hot air for a cool breeze?


Cold comfort for change?

              C                            Am                       G

And did you exchange a walk-on part in the war for a lead role in a cage


Em7  G  Em7  G  Em7    A7sus4  Em7  A7sus4  G  [each chord=1 measure]


C                               D

How I wish, how I wish you were here.

           Am                                     G

We're just two lost souls swimming in a fishbowl, year after year.

G                                 C

Running over the same old ground, what have we found?

             Am                   G

The same old fears, wish you were here.


Em7  G  Em7  G  Em7    A7sus4  Em7  A7sus4  G  [each chord=1 measure]


Keep the D note on the B string constant in the Em7, G & A7sus4 chords:

Em7    = 0 2 2 0 3 3

G      = 3 2 0 0 3 3

A7sus4 = x 0 2 0 3 3


Opening walk-up lick is:

G -------------|---

D -----------0-|-2-  [to Em7 chord]

A --0-h.o.-2---|---

E 3------------|---


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