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WHATSHERNAME

WHATSHERNAME©1967 PEPAMAR Music Corp
Stookey/Dixon/Kniss- Neworld Media Music Publishers ASCAP

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Although these chords may seem a little intimidating, after you study them for a few minutes you will see that they follow a logical pattern. There are only three things that you need to know as you tackle Whatshername:

1. The order of the lines are 1A, 1B, 2A, 2B, 3A, 3B, 4A, 4B, 5 through 10.

2. As you move from 1A through 4B you will start each section 1 fret lower in pitch than the previous set. For example, 1A starts with a barre on the 5th fret. After you finish 1B and begin again at 2A you will play the same chord, but on the 4th, fret, the next time through you will play it barred on the 3rd fret, and finally (when you begin 4A) you will be barred on the 2nd fret. Noel describes the process more technically by saying “as you progress through the opening section you modulate downwards one-half step each time through”.

3. The actual names of the chords are not as important as your smooth transition from one to the next, so practice your barre. A few of the chords will remain nameless because nobody, not even Noel, was able to name them!

The chord changes occur on the bold words or syllables.

ebm7 ab7 dbmaj7 dbm7 ebm7 ab7 dbmaj7 1A Jimmy Mc-Gregor, hey, Jimmy, come here! Jimmy you son of a gun!
----------->use the same fingerings but barre one fret lower than the previous line 2A How’s the preacher? How's Don, did he go back to school? (No kidding, I thought he was gay!)
----------->use the same fingerings but barre one fret lower than the previous line 3A Oh, well, she couldn’t make it, she gets pretty tired, She started her last month to-day
----------->use the same fingerings but barre one fret lower than the previous line 4A Oh, and yeah while I think of it, do you re-member, (not for my-self, for a friend).
am7 d7 bm7 em7 am7 d7 dm7g7
1B What ‘cha been doin’? How long has it been? Hell, seven years if it’s been one.
----------->use the same fingerings but barre one fret lower than the previous line 2B Who me? Oh, I’m great! I’m a father you know. Yeah, two of‘em and one on the way
----------->use the same fingerings but barre one fret lower than the previous line 3B I only came up for a couple of minutes, Be-lieve me, I wish I could stay
----------->use the same fingerings but barre one fret lower than the previous line 4B A girl that I brought here, be-fore I got married. A couple of times at the end.
amaj7 am7 d7b5 gmaj7 gm7 fmaj7 db7gm7unk1 5 Whatshername? She hardly knew me; now her name means something to me. I wonder if she ever got over me?

amaj7 am7 d7b5 gmaj7 gm7 fmaj7db7 6 Anyway I should be flattered for yesterday at least I mattered. Where did it go?

GUITAR / BASS INTERLUDE amaj7 am7 d7b5gmaj7 gm7 fmaj7db7 gm7c7 fmaj7unk2 fm7 unk3 ebmaj7
7 Jimmy I tell you we’re two lucky guys. You’ve got every-thing that you’ve planned.

ebm7 ab7 dbmaj7 em a7 cm7f7bm7e7 8 And all things con-sidered, I’ve done fairly well. I mean God’s honest truth, man, I love Ruth and
amaj7 am7 d7b5 gmaj7 gm7
9 Whatshername. I thought I knew her, Whatshername? What happened to her.

fmaj7unk2 db7 gm7unk1fmaj_plus
10 I don’t know why I’ll never for-get Whatshername.

 

 

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