Your One-Stop Source For
Music Lyrics
Bass and Guitar Tabs
and More...
Music Lyrics Bass and Guitar Tabs

 

The Tabs Are Below

Learn To Read Tab
Chords Handbook
Corrections & Additions
Get Official Tab
Gavin Degraw tabs @ 911Tabs

Title: I Don't Want To Be

Artist: Gavin Degraw

Album: Chariot

Tuning: Standard (EADGBe)

 

Tabbed by: Ethan Austen (scarletmobius@hotmail.com)

 

Author's note: Most of the tabs for this song I've found so far seem to indicate

that I Don't Want To Be is played in the key of A. I find it odd how these tabs

weren't immediately corrected, seeing as if you play them along with the

CD (or Gavin in concert for that matter) you'll be a half step too high. So I've

rewritten the song here in the key of G#.

 

 

Intro Section (can be played on bass guitar throughout verse):

e|----------------------------|

B|----------------------------|

G|----------------------------|

D|----------------------------|

A|-1-3--1-3--1-3--1-3--1-1-3--|

E|----------------------------|

 

 

Verse Section:

e|---------|

B|---1---3-|

G|-3-0---3-|

D|-3-----3-| x 8

A|---------|

E|---------|

 

Repeat the above section 8 times. As represented, the above diads are A# and C.

The chord is A#.

 

 

Chorus Section:

e|-4-6-1-3-1|

B|-4-8-3-4-3|

G|-5-8-3-5-3|

D|-6-8-3-5-3|

A|-6-6-1-3-1|

E|-4--------|

 

The four chords above are:

(445664) = G# (establishing key of the song)

(68886-) = D#

(13331-) = A#

(34553-) = C#m

 

The strumming pattern can simply be to strum the first three chords four times

each, then the last chords two times each, such that:

 

G#,G#,G#,G#,D#,D#,D#,D#,A#,A#,A#,A#,C#m,C#m,A#,A#

 

Obviously, move advanced guitar technique may be incorperated into this formula.

 

 

Bridge Section:

e|---|

B|---|

G|-0-|

D|-0-|

A|---|

E|-3-|

 

The chord above is a 5 chord, however the actual chord expressed in the

song is Gm. It sounds best in this form when played on guitar. It can be played

like the chorus with rhythmic strumming.

 

 

Bridge Outro:

e|-------| e|-6-1-|

B|-1-----| B|-8-1-|

G|-0-3-2-| G|-8-2-|

D|---3-2-| D|-8-3-|

A|-3-1-0-| A|-6-3-|

E|-------| E|---1-|

 

More 5 chords for you. They are C, A#, A. They are played once each per bar, and

in chops, like if one would strike piano keys hard once per 5 chord.

 

The chords in the final bridge outro section are D# (like in the chorus) and F.

 

 

 

The Chords WITH the lyrics.

 

(Verse One)

Cm A# Cm A#

I don't need to be anything other -than a prison guard's son

Cm A# Cm A#

I don't need to be anything other -than a specialist's son

Cm A# Cm A# Cm

I don't have to be anyone other -than the birth of two souls in one

A# Cm D#

Part of where I'm going... -is knowing where I'm coming from

 

 

(Chorus)

G# D# A# C#m A#

I don't want to be anything other than what I've been trying to be lately

G# D# A# C#m A#

All I have to do is think of me and I have piece of mind

G# D# A#

I'm tired of looking 'round rooms wondering what I've got to do-

C#m A# G#

-or who I'm supposed to be

G# D# A# G#

I don't want to be anything other than me

 

 

(Verse Two)

Cm A# Cm A# Cm

I'm surrounded by liars -everywhere I turn

Cm A# Cm A# Cm

I'm surrounded by imposters -everywhere I turn

Cm A# Cm A# Cm

I'm surrounded by identity crisis -everywhere I turn

Cm A# Cm D#

Am I the only one who noticed? I can't be the only one who's learned

 

 

(Chorus)

 

(Bridge)

Gm

Can I have your attention please?

Gm

If you're not like this and that, you're gonna have to leave

 

(Bridge Outro)

C A# A

I came from the mountain

C A# A

The crust of creation

C A# A Cm D#

My whole situation---made from clay to stone

F

And now I'm telling everybody

 

(Chorus)

 

 

 

And that's about it. It's not a complicated song, but the message is strong

and it's extremely well written. Don't let the fact that the Warner Bros.

corporate hobgoblin snagged it for their new Dawson's Creek rehash series

"One Tree Hill" deter you from playing or learning this song. Have fun.

 

If I screwed up with any of this, contact me and I'll try to fix it.

 

~EA

 

 

Return to my Gavin Degraw tabs page

The Tablature is Copyright its respective owners.

Sign Up For My Newsletter
Subscribe | Unsubscribe

Site Map | Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Media Kit | Submissions/Corrections

Website © 2000-2014 mattsmusicpage.com. All rights reserved.

Legal & DMCA: Matt's Music Page has been providing lyrics and tabs in a legal way, paying royalties each year to a few organizations. Then, all lyrics and tabs were removed from the site. Now, there's a new owner to the site, which purchased it August 26, 2014, and he is in negotiation to obtain licensing from BMI at the moment. If you have a specific DMCA request -- please do not hesitate to contact me via the contact button on top. I will do my very best to keep this site fully legal.

Get our toolbar!