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This video is a guitar lesson for “Say It Ain’t So” by Weezer. It includes chords, tabs, and strumming pattern – showing how to play this song in standard tuning on an acoustic guitar.
- 0:00 Playthrough
- 1:55 About this lesson
- 3:24 Chords used
- 5:37 Chord progression timing
- 6:01 Main riff
- 11:38 Verse strum, reggae style
- 13:27 Verse strum, full chords
- 15:16 Chorus
- 17:21 Bridge
Chords w/ lyrics
INTRO (play twice, then let E chord ring) E –––4–––––4–x–x–––4–––––––––––––––––––––––5–x–x–––0–––––––––––––––– B –––4h5–––5–x–x–––4–––––––––––––0–––––––––5–x–x–––0–––––––––––––––– G –––4–––––4–x–x–––5–––––––––––5–––––5/6–––6–x–x–––1–––––––––––9\––– D –––4h6–––6–x–x–––6–––––––––6–––––––6/7–––7–x–x–––2–––––––––––9\––– A –––4–––––––––––––6–––––––6–––––––––6/7–––––––––––2––––––9h11–––––– E –––––––––––––––––4–––4–––––––––––––4/5–––––––––––0–––0–––––––––––– C#m G# A E INTERLUDE C#m G# A E ...Oh yeah................... C#m G# A E ...Alright................... VERSE C#m G# A E Somebody's Heine'..... is crowding my icebox C#m G# A E Somebody's cold one... is giving me chills C#m G# A E Guess I'll just close... my eyes INTERLUDE C#m G# A E ...Oh yeah...... alright..... C#m G# A E Feels good...... inside...... VERSE C#m G# A E ....Flip on the telly...... wrestle with Jimmy C#m G# A E ....Something is bubbling behind my back C#m G# A E The bottle is ready to blow... CHORUS C#m G# A E ...........Say it ain't so C#m G# A E ...Your drug is a heartbreaker C#m G# A E ...........Say it ain't so C# G# A E ...My love is a life taker VERSE C#m G# A E I can't confront you... I never could do C#m G# A E That which might hurt you... so try and be cool C#m G# A E When I say... this way-- is a water slide away from me C#m G# A E That takes you further every day... so be cool CHORUS C#m G# A E ...........Say it ain't so C#m G# A E ...Your drug is a heartbreaker C#m G# A E ...........Say it ain't so C# G# A E ...My love is a life taker BRIDGE (use power chords) B B/Bb E G ...Dear Daddy... I write you... in spite of years of silence B B/Bb E G ...You've cleaned up... found Jesus... things are good or so I hear B B/Bb E G ...This bottle... of Stephen's... awakens ancient feelings B B/Bb E G ...Like father... stepfather... the son is drowning in the... C#m G# A E C#m G# A E Flood--------- yeah yeah... yeah yeah... (repeat main chord progression, solo as desired) CHORUS C#m G# A E ...........Say it ain't so C#m G# A E ...Your drug is a heartbreaker C#m G# A E ...........Say it ain't so C# G# A E ...My love is a life taker
Most of the song, except for the bridge, uses these 4 chords in this order (repeating):
E ||––––4––– ––––4–––– ––––5–––– ––––0–––– B ||––––5––– ––––4–––– ––––5–––– ––––0–––– G ||––––6––– ––––5–––– ––––6–––– ––––1–––– D ||––––6––– ––––6–––– ––––7–––– ––––2–––– A ||––––4––– ––––6–––– ––––7–––– ––––2–––– E ||–––––––– ––––4–––– ––––5–––– ––––0–––– C#m G# A E
The timing is generally as follows. Note this is a group of 3 beats, then 5 beats, then 3 beats, then 5 beats. As opposed to all measures being 4 beats equally.
C#m G# A E / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / / 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
The chorus is the only section (which uses these chords) that violates this timing principle just above.
Play this twice. The final time you play it, let the final E-major chord ring.
E ||–––4–––––4–x–x–––4–––––––––––––––––––––––5–x–x–––0–––––––––––––––––– B ||–––4h5–––5–x–x–––4–––––––––––––0–––––––––5–x–x–––0–––––––––––––––––– G ||–––4–––––4–x–x–––5–––––––––––5–––––5/6–––6–x–x–––1–––––––––––9\––––– D ||–––4h6–––6–x–x–––6–––––––––6–––––––6/7–––7–x–x–––2–––––––––––9\––––– A ||–––4–––––––––––––6–––––––6–––––––––6/7–––––––––––2––––––9h11–––––––– E ||–––––––––––––––––4–––4–––––––––––––4/5–––––––––––0–––0–––––––––––––– C#m G# A E
Verse chords, full strum
E –|–––4––––––––––4––––––––––––––––5–––––––––––0––––––––––––––––|– B –|–––5––x––x––––4––––––––––––––––5–––––––––––0––––––––––––––––|– G –|–––6––x––x––––5––x––x––x––x––––6––x––x–––––1––x––x––x––x––––|– D –|–––6––x––x––––6––x––x––x––x––––7––x––x–––––2––x––x––x––x––––|– A –|–––4––x––x––––6––x––x––x––x––––7––x––x–––––2––x––x––x––x––––|– E –|––––––––––––––4––x––x––x––x––––5––x––x–––––0––x––x––x––x––––|– C#m G# A E
Repeat this same progression:
"...Say it ain't so..." E ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B ||––(5)––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G ||–––6––6–––x–x–x–x–––(5)––––––––––––––(6)––––––––––(1)––––––––––––––––– D ||–––6––6–––x–x–x–x––––6––6––x–x–x–x––––7––7––x–x––––2––x–x–x–x–x–x–x––– A ||–––4––4–––x–x–x–x––––6––6––x–x–x–x––––7––7––x–x––––2––x–x–x–x–x–x–x––– E ||–––––––––––––––––––––4––4––x–x–x–x––––5––5––x–x––––0––x–x–x–x–x–x–x––– C#m G# A E
If you want, you can add that final riff at the end:
E -|–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B -|––(5)––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G -|–––6––6–––x–x–x–x–––(5)––––––––––––––(6)––––––––––(1)–––––––––––––9\–– D -|–––6––6–––x–x–x–x––––6––6––x–x–x–x––––7––7––x–x––––2–––x–x––––––––9\–– A -|–––4––4–––x–x–x–x––––6––6––x–x–x–x––––7––7––x–x––––2–––x–x–––9h11––––– E -|–––––––––––––––––––––4––4––x–x–x–x––––5––5––x–x––––0–––x–x–0–––––––––– C#m G# A E
You can also emulate the sloppy electric guitar wail, by leaving the top two strings open:
"...Say it ain't so..." E –|––––––––––0–0––––––––––––––0–0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B –|––––––––––0–0––––––––––––––0–0–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G –|–––6––6––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––(6)––––––––––(1)––––––––––––––––– D –|–––6––6––––––––––––––6––6–––––––––––––7––7––x–x––––2––x–x–x–x–x–x–x––– A –|–––4––4––––––––––––––6––6–––––––––––––7––7––x–x––––2––x–x–x–x–x–x–x––– E –|–––––––––––––––––––––4––4–––––––––––––5––5––x–x––––0––x–x–x–x–x–x–x––– C#m G# A E
The final time you play the progression, it’s good to let all the chords sound loudly.
"...My love is a life taker..." E –|––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B –|––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G –|–––6––6––6––6–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––9––9––9––9––9–––––– D –|–––6––6––6––6––––––6––6––6––6––6–––––7––7––7––––––9––9––9––9––9–––––– A –|–––4––4––4––4––––––6––6––6––6––6–––––7––7––7––––––7––7––7––7––7–––––– E –|–––––––––––––––––––4––4––4––4––4–––––5––5––5––––––0––0––0––0––0–––––– C#m G# A E
Repeat this progression:
"Dear Daddy... I write you... in spite of years of silence..." E ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|– B ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|– G ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|– D ||–––9––9––x––9–––––8––8––x––8–––––2––2––x––2––––––5––5––x––5––––|– A ||–––9––9––x––9–––––9––9––x––9–––––2––2––x––2––––––5––5––x––5––––|– E ||–––7––7––x––7–––––6––6––x––6–––––0––0––x––0––––––3––3––x––3––––|– B B/Bb E G
I’m pretty sure Weezer plays it more like this. Me, I don’t prefer this fashion, hence the version above. Ultimately, it’s the same notes –– take your pick.
E ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|– B ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|– G ||–––4––4––X––4–––––4––4––X––4–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|– D ||–––4––4––x––4–––––4––4––x––4–––––2––2––x––2––––––5––5––x––5––––|– A ||–––2––2––x––2–––––1––1––x––1–––––2––2––x––2––––––5––5––x––5––––|– E ||–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––0––0––x––0––––––3––3––x––3––––|– B B/Bb E G
Verse strum, reggae style
If you want to emulate the second guitar on the album version, play this – where you’re emphasizing these chord shapes on the up-strum. The other (lead) guitar can play the main riff on top of this and it sounds very nice.
E –|–––x––4––x––4––x––4––x––4––x––5––x––4––x––4––x––4–––|– B –|–––x––5––x––4––x––4––x––4––x––5––x––5––x––5––x––5–––|– G –|–––x––6––x––5––x––5––x––5––x––6––x––4––x––4––x––4–––|– D –|–––x––6––x––6––x––6––x––6––x––7––x––6––x––6––x––6–––|– A –|––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|– E –|––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––|– C#m G# A E
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