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What's Up?  4 Non Blondes

Subject: 4 Non Blondes: What's Up
Hahn Huang (hahn@jhunix.hcf.jhu.edu)
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* What's Up? * 4 Non Blondes *
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Chord progression goes like this throughout the entire song
[A] [Bmin] [D] [A] v v v v v v v ^ v v v v ^
The rhythm goes like this: 4 8 8 4 8 8 8 8 8 4 8 8 8 This is a little crude
but listen to the song to get the exact rhythm. There's a little more
swing to it than how I wrote it. The apostrophe represents a dotted note
(in this case, a dotted quarter note).
The first A is like this: 5-- the second A is: o--
[5--] [3--] 
[-6-] [3--] 
[--7]x [3--]x
x x
The Bmin is: 2-- the D is: 2--
[-3-] [-3-] 
[--4] [2--] 
[--4]x [--4]x
x x
The progression is easy to play if you treat them all as bar chords.
Just leave your forefinger on the second fret over strings 1,2,3,and 4
except for the second A where you have to slightly raise your finger so that
the E string is open. Slide down from the first A to the Bmin.
[Verse 1] 
[A] 25 years of my life and still
[Bmin] Tryin' to to get up that great big hill of
[D] Hope, for a destination. [A]
[A] I realized quickly when I knew I should
[Bmin] That the world was made up of this brotherhood of
[D] Man, for whatever that means. [A]
[Cborus] 
And so I cry sometimes, when I'm lying in bed
just to get all out, what's in my head, then
I, I am feeling, a little peculiar.
And so I wake in the morning, and I step outside
And I take a deep breath, and I get real high, and
I, scream from the top of my lungs, "What's going on?"
And I say, "Hey yeah yeah hey, hey yeah yeah."
I said, "Hey, what's going on?"
And I say, "Hey yeah yeah hey, hey yeah yeah."
I said, "Hey, what's going on?"
[Verse 2] 
[A] And I try, oh my god, do I try
[Bmin] I try all the [D] time, in this institution. [A]
[A] And I pray, oh my god, do I pray
[Bmin] I pray every single [D] day, for a revolution. [A]
[Cborus and last four lines of tbe cborus are repeated 2x more] 
[Verse 3] 
25 years of my life and still
Tryin' to get up that great big hill of
Hope, for a destination
If anyone sees any mistakes in here, please feel free to post corrections
(I'd like to know them myself).
Date: Tue, 08 Apr 1997 22:05:02 +0100
From: Denis
What's Up? - 4 Non Blondes
 
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[Laboriously typed up by Mardi Gras(TNT)] 
[Transcribed by TNT SBWE] 
Recommended Chord Positions:
A(5th) 577655
Bm x24432
D xxO232
A xO222O
Asus xO22OO (Asus is a transition chord)
Intro: Rhythm guitar chord progression is A(5th) Bm D A Asus
It is repeated throughout only that the A(5th)'s are replaced with just the open A!
Lead (electric) guitar part: (Check with the track when to join in)
[E]  
[B]G 7/9 9 9 9 2 2 2~~~
D 7~~~~~ 7 7\ 4 2 4 4 2 4 4
[A]  
[E]  
[E]  
[B]G 2 [3] 2 4/6 2~~~
D 7~~~~~ 2 4 2 4
[A]  
[E]  
Verse 1:
The lead guitar now plays a variation of the intro:
[E]  
[B]G 2 2 2~~~
D 7 7\ 4 2 4 4 2 4 4
[A]  
[E]  
[E]B 2 2~~~
[G] [2] [4] [4]  
[D]  
[A]  
[E]  
[A] 25 years and my life is still
[Bm]Tryin' to get up that great big hill of hop[D]e
For a desti[A]nation
I [A]realised quickly when I knew I should
That the wo[Bm]rld was made up of this brotherhood of Ma[D]n
For whatever that me[A]ans
Pre Chorus:
And so I cry sometimes when I'm lying in bed
Just to get it all out, what's in my head
And I, I am feeling, a little peculiar
And so I wake in the morning and I step outside
And I take a deep breath and I get real high
And I, scream from the top of my lungs,
"What's going on?"
Chorus:
And I say, "Hey yeah yeah hey, hey yeah yeah"
I said "Hey! What's goin' on?"
And I say, "Hey yeah yeah hey, hey yeah yeah"
I said "Hey! What's goin' on?"
Interlude:
Oooh ohh... etc
Verse 2:
And I try, oh my God do I try
I try all the time
In this institution
And I pray, oh my God do I pray
I pray every single day, for a revolution
Pre Chorus: (As before)
Chorus: (As before, but x2)
Interlude: (As before)
Verse 3:
25 years and my life and still
Tryin' to get up that great big hill of hope
For a destination

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