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My Generation guitar tab

My Generation
By The Who
>From My Generation, 1965
Written by Pete Townshend 1965 TRO-Devon Music, Inc. 

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transcribed by
litgo@aol.com
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For recorded version, tune down whole step (DGCFAD)

Chord (shape with tuning down; shape for stage versions in std tuning)
G  (A)                 x022xx
G/F  (A/G)             3x22xx
Gsus4/F  (Asus4/G)     x04230
G7  (A7)               x05250
[solo chords]
G5  (A5)               57xxxx
G6  (A6)               59xxxx
G7  (A7)               5 10xxxx
[first modulation]
A  (B)                 x244xx
A/G  (B/A)             x044xx
[third verse; second modulation]
Bb  (C)                x355xx
Bb/Ab  (C/Bb)          6x55xx
[outro]
C  (D)                 xx0232
Csus4/Bb (Dsus4/C)     x30033
C/Bb  (D/C)            x30230

[note: for stage versions, song is played in key of A (progressing up) 
in standard tuning and without final verse -- A, A/G; B, B/A; D, D/C --
using above voicings]

[intro]

|G G G G |G/F G/F G/F G/F |G G G G |G/F G/F G/F G/F | 

[verse]
||:G            |              |G  G     G    G |G/F G/F G/F G/F  :||
   People try to put us d-down 
                               (Talkin' 'bout my gen-er--a---tion)
Just because we get around (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
Things they do look awful c-c-cold (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
I hope I die before I get old (Talkin' 'bout my generation)

[chorus]
               |G   Gsus4|G7/F   Gsus4/F   |G   Gsus4|G7/F Gsus4/F|
This is my generation       this is my generation, baby
               |---------|-----------------|---------|------------|
               |----2-3--|--5-5-5/3--------|---2---3/|5-5---3/3-3-|
               |----2-2--|2-2-2-2----------|---2---2/|2-2---2/2-2-|
               |------4--|5-5------4-------|2------4/|5-5---4/4-4-|
               |0--------|-----------------|0-----0--|------------|
               |---------|-----------------|---------|------------|

[repeat verse]
Why don't you all f-fade away 
                     (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
Yeah, and don't try and dig what we all s-s-say 
                                          (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
I'm not trying to cause a big s-s-sensation 
                                 (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
I'm just talkin' 'bout my g-g-g-generation 
                               (Talkin' 'bout my generation)

[repeat chorus]
       |G   Gsus4|G7/F      Gsus4/F|G   Gsus4|G7/F  Gsus4/F|
My generation       this is my generation, baby
       |---------|----0------------|---------|---0---------|
       |----2-3--|-/5-5--5-5--5--3-|---2---3-|/5-5----3-3--|
       |----2-2--|--2-2--2-2-2-2-2-|2--2---2-|-2-2----2-2--|
       |----2-4--|-/5------------4-|2------4-|/5-5----4-4--|
       |0--------|-----------------|0--------|---0---------|
       |---------|-----------------|---------|-------------|

[bass solo]          (F bass     )                      (F bass     )
|G5 |   |G5 G5 G6 G6 |G7 G7 G6 G6 |G5  |   |G5 G5 G6 G6 |G7 G7 G6 G6 |
|---|---|0-----------|------------|----|---|0--0--0--0--|0--0--0-----|
|---|---|------------|------------|----|---|5--5--x--7--|8--8--8--7--|
|2--|---|5^----2--2--|2--2--2-----|----|---|6--6--x--7--|9--9--9--7--|
|2--|---|------------|------------|2---|---|------------|------------|
|0--|---|------------|------------|0---|---|------------|------------|
|---|---|------------|------------|----|---|------------|------------|

                      (F bass     )                     (F bass     )
|G5  |   |G5 G5 G6 G6 |G7 G7 G6 G6 |G5 |   |G5 G5 G6 G6 |G7 G7 G6 G6 |
|0---|---|------------|------------|---|---|----8-------|------------|
|5---|---|---7^-7-5---|---7^-7-5---|---|---|8/10-----10\|5-----------|
|6---|---|---7^-7-5~--|---7^-7-5~--|---|---|------------|5-7^^7/5----|
|----|---|------------|------------|---|---|------------|---------7-5|
|----|---|0-----------|0-----------|0--|---|------------|------------|
|----|---|------------|------------|---|---|------------|------------|

                  (F bass           )                 (F bass          )
|G5 G5 Gsus4 Gsus4|G7 G7 Gsus4 Gsus4|G5 G5 Gsus4 Gsus4|G7 G7 Gsus4 Gsus4
|--0--------------|-----------------|--------------5--|----------------|
|-----------------|5--8--5-----8----|---5-------------|5---8-----------|
|------5---5-5-7^-|7^----7^\--------|6--7^------7-----|7^\-7-5^----2---|
|7--7----7--------|-----------------|7----------------|----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|----------------|

[third verse; modulate to A]

||:A                    |A    A    A    A |A/G A/G A/G A/G :|| 
     Why don't you all f-fade away 
                        (Talk-in' 'bout my gen--e--ra--tion)
Yeah, and don't try and d-dig what we all s-s-say 
                                           (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
I'm not trying to cause a b-big s-s-sensation 
                                       (Talkin' 'bout my generation)
I'm just talkin' 'bout my g-generation 
                           (Talkin' 'bout my generation)

[third chorus]
               |A     |Asus4/G         |A     |Asus4/G        |
This is my generation,  this is my generation, baby
               |------|----------------|------|---------------|
               |-7-7-7|---7---7---7----|-7-7-7|---7---7---7---|
               |-8-8-8|/9-9-9-9-9-9-9--|-8-8-8|/9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
               |-9-9-9|---9-9-9-9-9-9--|-9-9-9|---9-9-9-9-9-9-|
               |------|----------------|------|---------------|
               |7-----|----------------|7-----|---------------|

|A       |Asus4/G         |A      |Asus4/G        |
My  my my             generation    my my my 
|--------|----------------|-------|---------------|
|-7---7-7|---7---7---7----|-7--7-7|---7---7---7---|
|-8---8-8|/9-9-9-9-9-9-9--|-8--8-8|/9-9-9-9-9-9-9-|
|-9---9-9|---9-9-9-9-9-9--|-9--9-9|---9-9-9-9-9-9-|
|--------|----------------|-------|---------------|
|7-------|----------------|7---7-7|---------------|

[fourth verse; modulate to Bb (note: omitted in stage versions)]  
|Bb Bb Bb Bb|Bb/Ab Bb/Ab Bb/Ab Bb/Ab |
 My       my my                  generation

|Bb Bb Bb Bb|Bb/Ab Bb/Ab Bb/Ab Bb/Ab |

|Bb           |           |Bb Bb    Bb   Bb|Bb/Ab Bb/Ab Bb/Ab Bb/Ab |
 People try to put us d-down 
                          (Talkin' 'bout my gen---er----a-----tion)
|Bb           |           |Bb Bb    Bb   Bb|Bb/Ab Bb/Ab Bb/Ab Bb/Ab |
 Just because we g-g-get around 
                          (Talkin' 'bout my gen---er----a-----tion)
|Bb                |         |Bb Bb    Bbsus4 |Bb7/Ab Bbsus4/Ab |
Things they do look awful c-c-cold 
                             (Talkin' 'bout my gener--ation)
                             |----------------|-----------------|
                             |5--5-----6-6--6-|8-8----6-6-6-----|
                             |5--5-----5-5--5-|5-5----5-5-5-----|
                             |5--5-----7-7--7-|8-8----7-7-7-----|
                             |----------------|-----------------|
                             |----------------|-----------------|

|Bb                |              |Bb Bb    Bbsus4 |Bb7/Ab Bbsus4/Ab |
Yeah, I hope I die before I get old 
                                  (Talkin' 'bout my gener--ation)
                                  |----------------|-----------------|
                                  |5--5-----6-6--6-|8-8----6-6-6-----|
                                  |5--5-----5-5--5-|5-5----5-5-5-----|
                                  |5--5-----7-7--7-|8-8----7-7-7-----|
                                  |----------------|-----------------|
                                  |----------------|-----------------|

[fourth chorus]
               |Bb        |Bbsus4/Ab               |Bb      |Bbsus4/Ab |
This is my generation,              this is my generation, baby
               |----------|------------------------|--------|----------|
               |8--8--8/8-|--8--8--8--8--8--8--8---|--------|----------|
               |9--9--9/9-|9/10-10-10-10-10-10-10--|---%----|----%-----|
               |10-10-1010|--10-10-10-10-10-10-10--|--------|----------|
               |----------|------------------------|--------|----------|
               |8--8------|------------------------|--------|----------|

|Bb     |Bbsus4/Ab |Bb      |Bbsus4/Ab    |
My  my my m-my generation 

[modulate to C for finale]
                   x4
||:C   |Csus4/Bb  :||

|C    |    Bb/C|C    |   Bb/C|C   |Bb/C  |Bb/C   |Bb/C   |

|C ***|* Bb/C|C ****|*  Bb/C|
*Toggle pickup selector back and forth

                                                               3
||:C               |(Bb/C)      |C               |(Bb/C)      :||
                      This is my generation         This is my...
  (Talkin' 'bout my generation) (Talkin' 'bout my generation)

|C               |Bb/C        |C               |Bb/C            |C
   This is my generation                         This is my generation
(Talkin' 'bout my generation) (Talkin' 'bout my generation)

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