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Intro:
Bb   F   Dm   C
Bb   F   Dm   Am

Chorus:
            Bb                     F
Had to have high, high hopes for a living
                 Dm                           C
Shooting for the stars when I couldn't make a killing
              Bb                      F
Didn't have a dime but I always had a vision
           Dm         Am
Always had high, high hopes

            Bb                     F
Had to have high, high hopes for a living
            Dm                     C
Didn't know how but I always had a feeling
            Bb                F
I was gonna be that one in a million
           Dm         Am
Always had high, high hopes

Verse 1:
     Bb
Mama said
F
Fulfill the prophecy
Dm
Be something greater
C
Go make a legacy
Bb
Manifest destiny
F
Back in the days
          Dm          Am
We wanted everything, wanted everything

     Bb
Mama said
F
Burn your biographies
Dm
Rewrite your history
C
Light up your wildest dreams
Bb                F
Museum victories, everyday
          Dm          Am
We wanted everything, wanted everything

Pre-Chorus:
    F               A           Dm         Bbm
Mama said don't give up, it's a little complicated
         F          A             Dm              Bbm
All tied up, no more love and I'd hate to see you waiting

Chorus:
            Bb                      F
Had to have high, high hopes for a living
                 Dm                           C
Shooting for the stars when I couldn't make a killing
              Bb                      F
Didn't have a dime but I always had a vision
           Dm         Am
Always had high, high hopes

            Bb                     F
Had to have high, high hopes for a living
            Dm                     C
Didn't know how but I always had a feeling
            Bb               F
I was gonna be that one in a million
           Dm         Am
Always had high, high hopes

Verse 2:
     Bb
Mama said
F
It's uphill for oddities
Dm
The stranger crusaders
C
Ain't ever wannabes
Bb
The weird and the novelties
F
Don't ever change
          Dm                 Am
We wanted everything, wanted everything

Bb             F
Stay up on that rise
                Dm                  C
Stay up on that rise and never come down
Bb              F
Stay up on that rise
                Dm                 
Stay up on that rise and never come down

Pre-Chorus:
F                    A          Dm           Bbm
Mama said don't give up, it's a little complicated
         F             A            Dm            Bbm
All tied up, no more love and I'd hate to see you waiting
             F                        A                       Dm   Bbm
They say it's all been done but they haven't seen the best of me
         F            A                            Dm    Bbm
So I got one more run and it's gonna be a sight to see

Chorus:
            Bb                     F
Had to have high, high hopes for a living
                 Dm                           C
Shooting for the stars when I couldn't make a killing
              Bb                      F
Didn't have a dime but I always had a vision
           Dm         Am
Always had high, high hopes

            Bb                     F
Had to have high, high hopes for a living
            Dm                     C
Didn't know how but I always had a feeling
            Bb               F
I was gonna be that one in a million
           Dm         Am
Always had high, high hopes

            Bb                     F
Had to have high, high hopes for a living
                 Dm                           C
Shooting for the stars when I couldn't make a killing
              Bb                      F
Didn't have a dime but I always had a vision
           Dm         Am
Always had high, high hopes

            Bb                     F
Had to have high, high hopes for a living
            Dm                     C
Didn't know how but I always had a feeling
            Bb               F
I was gonna be that one in a million
           Dm         Am
Always had high, high hopes
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56 Comments

  1. I am 12 and a super beginner! I found the strumming pattern that worked for me was the traditional DDUUDU. Except for the pre-chorus I just used D.

  2. Love this song! Tysm <33333

  3. DDUDD works but I prefer DDXDU except for the pre-chorus where I did one downstrum

  4. jon_walkers_flip_flops

    I you want the sirius XM performance sound then transpose it to -3 and put a capo on the first fret. It also works better for people who have a softer or alto-tenor voice.

  5. I really like this version

  6. jon_walkers_flip_flops

    For the whole song i strum with a “DDUDD”. In the verses I make the strums a bit softer though. The pre-chorus part where it says “mama said don’t give up it’s a little complicated ect.” I finger pick the C string, then the E string, then the A string, then the E string again per each chord in that little section.

  7. D- D U D D sounds pretty neat to me!

  8. for a n esier version try +7

  9. A lot of people still ask for strumming pattern even when it clearly says that your not supposed to ask for it.

  10. the first part of the intro has the same chords and progression as forest by twenty one pilots.

  11. STRUMMING PATTERN
    DDUDD
    You’re welcome folks

  12. I’d use C instead of Am in the pre-chorus, and also a Bb instead of Bbm on the first line in the pre-chorus but Bbm on the second one, but other than that great tab!!

  13. Brendon Urie's forehead

    This is a great version of this song!

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