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/ The Cure / Wish (1992) / A Letter To Elise guitar tab

                           A Letter to Elise
                           -----------------

Fingerpicked intro

E--0-0-0-0-------------------
B----------2-2-2-0h2-2-------
G----------------------------     (Do this three times)
D----------------------------   (then play the next line)
A----------------------------
E----------------------------

E----------------------------
B-0h2-3-3--3-3-3-3s2-----0---
G--------------------2-2-----
D----------------------------
A----------------------------
E----------------------------


A                                    E
Oh Elise it doesn't matter what you say
                                F#m
I just can't stay here every yesterday
                     D
Like keep on acting out the same the way we act out
A                               E
Every way to smile, forget, and make-believe we never needed
F#m                  D
Any more than this, any more than this

Oh Elise it doesn't matter what you do
I know I'll never really get inside of you
To make your eyes catch fire the way they should
The way the blue could pull me in
If they only would, if they only would
At least I'd lose this sense of sensing something else
That hides away

From me and you there're worlds to part
With aching looks and breaking hearts
And all the prayers your hands can make
Oh I just take as much as you can throw
And then throw it all away
Oh I throw it all away
Like throwing faces at the sky                                        
                            E
Like throwing arms round yesterday I stood and stared
   F#m
Wide-eyed in front of you
        E
And the face I saw looked back
          F#m
The way I wanted to
       E                             F#m
But I just can't hold my tears away the way you do


  G                     F#m
Elise believe I never wanted this

I thought this time I'd keep all of my promises

I thought you were the girl always dreamed about

But I let the dream go, and the promises broke

And the make-believe ran out...



Oh elise it doesn't matter what you say
I just can't stay here every yesterday
Like keep on acting out the same
The way we act out
Every way to smile, forget,
And make-believe we never needed
Any more than this
Any more than this

And every time I try to pick it up
Like falling sand
As fast as I pick it up
It runs away through my clutching hands
But there's nothing else I can really do
There's nothing else
I can really do at all...

*****************************************************************************

                        A Letter To Elise (tab)
                        -----------------

  	/=slide		h=hammeron
b(x)r=bend till it sounds like fret x and then release

Intro

Bass
---------------------------------|---------------------------------------|
---------------------------4-4-4-|--2--2-2-2---2-2--2-2-2-2/7-7-7--------|
---0--0-0-0--0-0--0-0-0-0--------|---------------------------------------|
---------------------------------|---------------------------------------|


---------------------------------|---------------------------------------|
---------------------------------|---------------------------------------|
--4---4-4-4---4-4--4-4-4-4-4-7-7-|--0--0-0-0---0-0---0-0-0-0-0--4-4------|
---------------------------------|---------------------------------------|

Acoustic twelve-string guitar
(since this is all on the A string, I will save space by not typing out a
full tab)

A---2-4-4-2-4-4-2-4---2-4---------|-------------%-------------|

A---2-4-4-2-4-4-2-4---2-4---2-4-4-|-5--5-5-5--5-5--4--2--0--2-|

Play these two parts once, then repeat and add these next two parts on top

Guitar
E--5------------------5--|--------------------------|
B-----------5------5-----|-5------------5--------5--|
G--------4------4--------|---------4--4-----4--4----|

E-2------------------2---|-----------------------------|
B----5-------5-----5-----|--5--5-------5-------5-----3-|
G-------4--4-----4-------|--------4--4----4--4----4----|

Xylophone sound (for guitar)
E--0-0-0-0-----------------|---------------------------|
B----------2--2-2--0-2--2--|-------------%-------------|
G--------------------------|---------------------------|

E--0-0-0-0---------------------|----------------------------------|
B----------2--2-2--0-2--2--0-2-|---3---3-3-3--3-3-3-2-----------0-|
G------------------------------|-------------------------2---2----|

Play all four patterns twice through; on the end of the second begin the
vocals ("Oh Elise it doesn't matter...")

Under the vocals, play the intro twelve-string pattern and this bass part:

---------------------------------|-------------------------------|
-----------------------------4-4-|-6--6-6-6----6-6---6-6-6-6-6-7-|
--0--0-0-0---0-0--0-0-0-0-0------|-------------------------------|
---------------------------------|-------------------------------|

--------------------------------|----------------------------------|
--4--4-4-4---4-4--4-4-4-4-4-7---|---0--0-0-0---0-0--0-0-0-0-0-4-4--|
--------------------------------|----------------------------------|
--------------------------------|----------------------------------|

Repeat these, then do the four intro patterns again twice through; then do
the second verse with only the second bass part. Go straight into the third
verse ("From me and you..."), adding the intro electric pattern on top.

Bridge

At "Yesterday I stood and stared...", begin these two patterns:

Bass
(one string only)

D--2--2-2-2--2-2---2-2-2-2/7-7-7---|--4--4-4-4--4-4--4-4-4-4-4-7-7--|

Guitar (with echo)
(two strings only)

G--4----------4-4----4----4----|---4/6------2-2----------------------|
D------------------------------|------------------4---4---4-4--------|

Repeat these two patterns three times, then go to these patterns
at "Elise, believe I never wanted this..."

Bass

D--5--5-5-5---5--5--5-5-5-5-5-5-5-|--4--4-4-4---4-4---4-4-4-4-4-7-7--|

Guitar

G--------2----2---2-----2-|--------2---------2-----2-|
D--5--5-----5--------5----|--4--4------4--4------4---|

Repeat these four times; then begin the guitar solo

Solo

(continue playing the bridge bass line underneath 2 1/2 times through, then
last measure of intro bass pattern, followed by three times through intro
bass pattern, then 1 1/2 times through first verse bass pattern)
(add xylophone sound aprt over last four measures)

(tabbed using only the necessary strings)

G----6/7--7--6-7--9-----9-----7-6--|--6/7--7--6-7--7------9--9---|
D------9--9-------9-----9----------|----------------------9--9---|

G----6/7--7/9--9-9--9/11--11-11--11/13--13-13---|
D--------------9-9--------12-12---------14-14---|

G----13/14-14--14--14-14/11--11--11/6--6-6-----|
D----------16--16--16-16-----------------------|

G---6/7-7--7/9---9-----9-9-9/11--11-11-11----|

G--13/14-14--14---14--14/11---11-11-11-11-11-|

G---11/13--13-13-13/14-14-14-14/16-16-16-16/14-14-|

B---------------12/14-14-14-14/15----14-14--|
G---14/16-16-16-----------------------------|

B---12/14-14-14-14--12-14-(12)-14-14------14-14-|

B---14/15-15-15-15--15-15-15-14-----14-----12-12-12-|

B---12/14-14---14---14-14---14--14/12/10--10-10-|

B---10/9-9--9/7-7-7-----7--7--5--|--5/7-7-7-7/5-5-5/3--3/2-2-2-|

B---0h2-3---3--3-3---2--0------0---|------------------------------|
G---------------------------2------|---4-4-6---6---4-6-------4-4--|

G----4-4-6----6---4--6-------6--|--4--6--6b(7)r--6---6--|

G----6/7-7-7-7/9-9-9-9/11-11-11---11-11-|

Coda

Go into the fourth verse right at the end of the solo. Play all four intro
patterns underneath. After the verse is over continue with them twice more,
and end like this:

Acoustic twelve-string                  (hold for whole measure)
------------------------------------|--0--------------------------|
------------------------------------|-----------------------------|
--------------------------2---------|-----------------------------|
-----------4------------------------|-----------------------------|
-----5------------------------------|-----------------------------|
------------------------------------|-----------------------------|



The Cure albums
2004 The Cure
2000 Bloodflowers
1996 Wild Mood Swings
1992 Wish
1989 Disintegration
1987 Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me
1986 Staring At The Sea (The Singles)
1985 Head on the Door
1984 Japanese Whispers
1982 Pornography
1981 Faith
1980 Boys Don't Cry
1980 Seventeen Seconds
1979 Three Imaginary Boys
Wish tabs
01Open tabbass tab
02High tabbass tab
03Apart tabbass tab
04From the Edge of the Green Deep Sea tabbass tab
05Wendy Time tabbass tab
06Doing The Unstuck tabbass tab
07Friday I'm In Love tabbass tab
08Trust tabbass tab
09A Letter To Elise tabbass tab
10Cut tabbass tab
11To Wish Impossible Things tabbass tab
12End tabbass tab

 

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