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Sympathy   Goo Goo Dolls

  I AM VERY CONFUSED! It seems to ME as though the people who write tabs for these sites don’t actually play them to make sure they’re right….cuz EVERY sympathy tab I’ve seen is wayyy WRONG.  So I took it upon myself to write a very correct one.

Here’s the scoop – In performance, Johnny plays some funky tuning with a 2nd fret capo, but that only sounds right with the other guitars behind him, not on his own. 
THIS tab will be perfect for solo play, and sounds awesome. 
Correct lyrics, too. Sheesh.
Goo Goo Dolls – Sympathy – Album GutterFlower     Tabbed by Marty Sedek 2002
^ = slide
h = hammer
Tuning:  Eb/ Ab/ Eb/ Ab/ Ab/ Eb 

Intro and Verses:

Eb / ---------0-0-0--- -0-0-0------0-0-0----0---0-0
Ab/  ---------0-0-0---- 0-0-0------0-0-0----0---0-0
Ab/ ----------0-0-0---- 0-0-0------0-0-0----0---0-0
Eb/  ---------5-5-5-----0-0-0------2-2-2--- 0---0-0
Ab/----- 2^-- 5-5-5-----4-4-4------2-2-2----0---0-0
Eb/     --------xxxxx-----xxxxx-xxxxxx----xxxxxx

Stranger than you sympathy
And this is my apology
I’m killing myself from the inside out
And now my fears have pushed you out


Eb / - 0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-----0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0
Ab/  11^12-12-12----0-0-0-0-0-----0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0
Ab/ -- 0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-----0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0
Eb/  - 0-0-0-0-0----7-7-7-7-7-----4-h5-5-5-5---4-4h-5-5-5
Ab/--- 0-0-0-0-0----7-7-7-7-7-----5-5 -5-5-5---5-5- 5-5-5
Eb/     -----xxxxxxxxx xxxxxxx xx  xxxxxx         xxxxxx

And I wished for things that I don’t need
All I wanted
And what I chased won’t set me free
It’s all I wanted
And I get scared but I’m not crawlin’ on my knees
Oh –


Eb / ------0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0------0-0-0-0
Ab/  ----- 0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0------0-0-0-0
Ab/ -------0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0------0-0-0-0
Eb/  ----- 0-0-0-0-0----7-7-7------5-5-5-5
Eb/ -------2-2-2-2-2     xxxxxx       xxxxxx

Yeah – Everything all’s wrong yeah
Everything’s all wrong –

Chorus lead-out

Eb / ------0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0-0------0-0-0-0-0---^---0-0
Ab/  ----- 0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0-0------0-0-0-0-0---^---0-0
Ab/ -------0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0-0------0-0-0-0-0---^---0-0
Eb/  ----- 0-0-0-0-0----5-5-5-5-5-5-5------7-7-7-7-7---^---9-9---*9-7-5
Ab/--------0-0-0-0-0----5-5-5-5-5-5-5------7-7-7-7-7---^-- 9-9
Eb/ -------2-2-2-2-2     xxxxxx       xxxxxx       xxxxx       xxx    xxx

Yeah, where the hell did I think I was *( 9-7-5)*

Back to Verse 2

And stranger than your sympathy
I take these things so I don’t feel
I’m killin’ myself from the inside out
And now my head’s been filled with down

And it’s hard to lead the life you choose
All I wanted
When all your luck’s run out on you
It’s all I wanted
And I can’t see when all your dreams are comin’ true

Oh yeah, It’s easy to forget, n’ yeah
Till you choke on the regrets- yeah
Who the hell did I think I was

Verse 3

Stranger than your sympathy
And all these thoughts you stole from me
Now I’m not sure when I belong
Nowhere’s home and I’m all wrong


Eb / ------0-0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-0-0-----0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0
Ab/  ----- 0-0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-0-0-----0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0
Ab/ -------0-0-0-0-0-0-- 0-0-0-0-0-0---- 0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0
Eb/  ----- 0-0-0-0-0-0---0-0-0-0-0-0-----0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0
Eb/ -------2-2-2-2-2-2---4-4-4-4-4-4-----5-5-5-5-5----7-7-7-7-7-7

And I was in love with things I tried to make believe I was
Eb / ------0-0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0-----0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0----0-0-0
Ab/  ----- 0-0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0-----0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0----0-0-0
Ab/ -------0-0-0-0-0-0-- -0-0-0-0-0-0---- 0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0----0-0-0
Eb/  ----- 0-0-0-0-0-0--- 0-0-0-0-0-0-----0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0----0-0-0
Ab/--------0-0-0-0-0-0--- 0-0-0-0-0-0-----5-5-5-5-5----9-9-9----7-7-7
Eb/ -------2-2-2-2-2-2--- 4-4-4-4-4-4-----5-5-5-5-5----9-9-9----7-7-7

And I wouldn’t be the one to kneel before the dreams I wanted

Eb / ------0-0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0--- 0-0-0-0-0-0
Ab/  ----- 0-0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0--- 0-0-0-0-0-0
Ab/ -------0-0-0-0-0-0-- -0-0-0-0-0-0----0-0-0-0-0-0--- 0-0-0-0-0-0
Eb/  ----- 4-4-4-4-4-4----5-5-5-5-5-5----4-4-4-4-4-4----5-5-5-5-5-5
Eb/ --------xxxxxxxxx		xxxxxx	xxxxxx    xxxxxx xxx

And all the talk and all the lies were all the empty things disguised as –

Eb / ----0-0-0-0-0--^---0-0
Ab/  ----0-0-0-0-0--^---0-0
Ab/ -----0-0-0-0-0--^---0-0
Eb/  ----7-7-7-7-7---^--9-9---*9-7-5
Ab/------7-7-7-7-7---^- 9-9
 Eb/ --------xxxxxxxxx

Back to intro

Stranger than your sympathy
Stranger than your sympathy
Mmm mmmm Mmmm hmmm.

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