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We're Going To Be Friends

The White Stripes

from the album White Blood Cells released in 2001

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Lyrics

Intro

G (with picking tab shown below)

Verse

G Fall is here, hear the yell G Back to school, ring the bell C Brand new shoes, walking blues G Climb the fence, books and pens

Chorus

D C9 G I can tell that we are gonna be friends D C9 G I can tell that we are gonna be friends Walk with me, Suzy Lee Through the park and by the tree We will rest upon the ground And look at all the bugs we found Safely walk to school without a sound Safely walk to school without a sound Here we are, no one else We walked to school all by ourselves There's dirt on our uniforms From chasing all the ants and worms We clean up and now it's time to learn We clean up and now it's time to learn Numbers letters, learn to spell Nouns and books and show-and-tell Playtime we will throw the ball Back to class, through the hall Teacher marks our height against the wall Teacher marks our height against the wall

Bridge

C G We don't notice any time pass C G We don't notice anything A We sit side by side in every class C Teacher thinks that I sound funny D But she likes the way you sing Tonight I'll dream, while I'm in bed When silly thoughts go through my head About the bugs and alphabet And when I wake tomorrow I'll bet That you and I will walk together again I can tell that we are gonna be friends Yes, I can tell that we are gonna be friends (end on G6 and let ring)

Notes & Tabs

Guitar Chords Used

Here are the basic guitar chords used to play this song. In the album version (both the White Stripes version and the Jack Johnson version) these are picked in a distinct pattern, which I'll show through tabs in the next section. Of course, if you're feeling creative you can make the song your own and play these chords in any fashion you please.

e-|----3----0----2----0----0----0----
B-|----0----1----3----2----3----0----
G-|----0----0----2----2----0----0----
D-|----0----2----0----2----2----0----
A-|----2----3---------0----3----2----
E-|----3------------------------3----
       G    C    D    A    C9   G6 

Tablature for the Picking Pattern

As you'll no doubt hear in the recorded version of the song, a very distinctive picking pattern is used to play through the chords. As far as such patterns go, this is very straightforward and a great song to learn if you're new to picking strings in this manner (whether with your fingers or using a pick).

Intro
e-|-----------------------------------
B-|------------0-------0-------0------
G-|----0---0---0---0-------0-------0--
D-|-----------------------------------
A-|-----------------------------------
E-|--3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3----
     G 
Verse
e-|-----------------------------------|-------------------|--------------------
B-|----0-------0-------0-------0------|----1-------1------|----0-------0-------
G-|--------0-------0-------0-------0--|--------0-------0--|--------0-------0---
D-|-----------------------------------|-------------------|--------------------
A-|-----------------------------------|--3---3---3---3----|--------------------
E-|--3---3---3---3---3---3---3---3----|-------------------|--3---3---3---3-----
     G                                   C                   G
    "Fall is here, hear the yell..."
Chorus
e-|----2--------------|-------------------|-
B-|--------3---3---3--|--------0-------0--|-
G-|-------------------|----0-------0------|-
D-|--0---0------------|-------------------|-  ...repeat
A-|----------3---3----|-------------------|-
E-|-------------------|--3---3---3---3----|-
     D       C9          G 
    "I can tell that we are gonna be friends..."

You'll apply this general pattern to the bridge section, as well (which introduces an A chord). Finally, note that Jack White plays this general pattern quite freely throughout the song -- and often will playfully stray from the exact tabs shown here. I don't know him personally, but I would wager he would encourage you to approach this as a child at play and not be too constrained by any dogmatic guitar tab. Have fun!

Playing the Jack Johnson Version

Jack Johnson has a popular cover of this song (from the Curious George soundtrack) and plays it using different chords, and a slightly different pattern. If you want to see how he plays it, you're in luck! Here you go. Aside from the key change, he also introduces an alternating bass note for each chord. Again, if you're new to finger picking and like this song -- learn both versions.

Intro
e-|-----------2------------2-------------2-------------2---
B-|-----3------------3-------------3-------------3---------
G-|--------2------------2-------------2-------------2------
D-|--0------------0-------------0-------------0------------
A-|--------------------------------------------------------
E-|--------------------------------------------------------
     D 
Verse
e-|--------2-------2-------2-------2--|--------3-------0--|--------2-------2---
B-|----3-------3-------3-------3------|----0-------0------|----3-------3-------
G-|------2-------2-------2-------2----|------0-------0----|------2-------2-----
D-|--0-------0-------0-------0--------|-------------------|--0-------0---------
A-|-----------------------------------|-------------------|--------------------
E-|-----------------------------------|--3-------3--------|--------------------
     D                                   G                   D 
    "Fall is here, hear the yell..."
Chorus
e-|--------0--------0--|--------3--------3--|-
B-|----2--------0------|----3--------3------|-
G-|------2--------0----|------2--------2----|-
D-|--------------------|--0--------0--------|-  ...repeat
A-|--0-----------------|--------------------|-
E-|-----------3--------|--------------------|-
     A        G6          D 
    "I can tell that we are gonna be friends..."

Videos

Recommended Video Lesson

The always wonderful Marty Schwartz has done a truly terrific video tutorial showing how to play this song. I highly recommend watching this lesson if you want to get a visual/spoken walkthrough of how exactly to play this song. He breaks each section of the song down quite nicely, showing beginner and more advanced ways to approach the song.



Official Music Video

If you want to listen and watch the official White Stripes album version as you play this song, here you go. Spoiler: Meg wakes up at the very end.



Jack Johnson Version

Here is a fan video featuring the Jack Johnson version of this song, with a photo montage to fit the song's mood. Again, listening and learning this version at the same time is a great way to practice your picking skills using slightly different chords.



Chord Progressions

Intro

| G . . . | . . . . |

Verse

"Fall is here, hear the yell..."
| G . . . | . . . . | C . . . | G . . . |

Chorus

"I can tell that we're gonna be friends..."
| D . C . | G . . . | D . C . | G . . . |   x 2

Bridge

"We don't notice any time pass..."
| C . . . | G . . . | C . . . | G . . . |
| A . . . | . . . . | C . . . | D . . . |

Song Info

Song: We're Going To Be Friends
Artist: The White Stripes
Album: White Blood Cells
Year: 2001
Label: XL

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My name is David Potsiadlo, and I created Songnotes to share my collection of guitar tabs, chords, and lyrics for my favorite songs.

Since I started playing guitar over 10 years ago, I've often been frustrated by the preponderance of mediocre and incomplete song tabs littered across the internet. To combat this, I started keeping my own collection of notes for each song I learn -- always taking the extra time to make sure accuracy and completeness are never compromised. Years later, my collection grew to the point where I knew I had to share it online with fellow aspiring musicians.

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