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Welcome to this Iris Guitar Tutorial by the Goo Goo Dolls! I must admit when I was first learning guitar this song always gave me trouble because i didn’t know what to do with the alternative tuning and the song structure seemed confusing. However now I know better! It’s actually an extremely simple song when broken down. In this lesson i’ll teach you 2 different ways of playing this 90’s classic.

  1. Standard(ish) tuning version – for those who don’t want to fully detune their guitar this is the best option, it will only require you to detune the high e string. But even if you don’t want to do that you could just avoid playing the high e string when strumming.
  2. Alternate tuning version – BDDDDD is the tuning for this studio version which is the exact way Johnny Rzeznik from the Goo Goo dolls plays it. In this tuning the song is much much simpler to play and sounds stunning. By detuning you might risk snapping strings though, so be careful!

Enjoy! Like this #iris video by #googoodolls and subscribe to the channel for more #guitartutorials videos in the future!

-Dave Tran (Your online guitar teacher 😁)

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        STANDARD-ish VERSION    Tune high E string down to a D
------------------------------------------------------------------------

[Intro x2]
d|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
B|-3----------------|-2----------------|-2--3-------| 
G|-2----------------|-2----------------|-2--2-------| 
D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------|  
A|-2----------------|-2----------------|-2--2-------| 
E|------------------|------------------|------------| 
   D  –  D  U  D  U | D  –  D  U  D  U | D  U  D  U 

d|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
B|-3----------------|-3----------------|-3--3-------| 
G|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
D|-0----------------|-4----------------|-4--0-------| 
A|-2----------------|-2----------------|-2--2-------| 
E|-3----------------|-3----------------|-3--3-------|
   D  –  D  U  D  U | D  –  D  U  D  U | D  U  D  U 

[Verse]
        D       Em7         G
And I'd give up forever to touch you
         Bm7           Asus4       G
'Cause I know that you feel me somehow
           D          Em7         G
You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be
      Bm7           Asus4         G
And I don't want to go home right now
    D         Em7           G
And all I can taste is this moment
    Bm7       Asus4           G
And all I can breathe is your life
    D         Em7        G
And sooner or later it's over
       Bm7           Asus4    G
I just don't want to miss you tonight


[Chorus]
      Bm7            Asus4    G
And I don't want the world to see me
         Bm7              Asus4  G
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand
     Bm7          Asus4      G
When everything's made to be broken
       Bm7         Asus4      G
I just want you to know who I am

[Break]
d|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
B|-3----------------|-2----------------|-2--3-------| 
G|-2----------------|-2----------------|-2--2-------| 
D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------|  
A|-2----------------|-2----------------|-2--2-------| 
E|------------------|------------------|------------| 
   D  –  D  U  D  U | D  –  D  U  D  U | D  U  D  U 

d|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
B|-3----------------|-3----------------|-3--3-------| 
G|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
D|-0----------------|-4----------------|-4--0-------| 
A|-2----------------|-2----------------|-2--2-------| 
E|-3----------------|-3----------------|-3--3-------|
   D  –  D  U  D  U | D  –  D  U  D  U | D  U  D  U 

d|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
B|-3----------------|-2----------------|-2--3-------| 
G|-2----------------|-2----------------|-2--2-------| 
D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------|  
A|-2----------------|-2----------------|-2--2-------| 
E|------------------|------------------|------------| 
   D  –  D  U  D  U | D  –  D  U  D  U | D  U  D  U 

d|-0----------------|-0----------------|
B|-3----------------|-3----------------|
G|-0----------------|-0----------------|
D|-0----------------|-4----------------|
A|-2----------------|-2----------------|
E|-3----------------|-3----------------|
   D  –  D  U  D  U | D  –  D  U  D  U 

[Verse]
        D               Em7              G
And you can't fight the tears that ain't coming
       Bm7       Asus4         G
Or the moment of truth in your lies
     D          Em7            G
When everything feels like the movies
          Bm7           Asus4       G
Yeah, you bleed just to know you're alive


[Chorus]
      Bm7            Asus4    G
And I don't want the world to see me
         Bm7              Asus4  G
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand
     Bm7          Asus4      G
When everything's made to be broken
       Bm7         Asus4      G
I just want you to know who I am


[Break] 
Bm7 A/C# D D
Bm7 Asus7 G G
Bm7 A/C# D D
Bm7 Asus7 G G


[Stabby Section]  Play 3.5 times
D|-0---------------|-0---------------|-0-----0-----| 
D|-3---------------|-2---------------|-2-----3-----| 
D|-2---------------|-2---------------|-2-----2-----| 
D|-0---------------|-0---------------|-0-----0-----| 
D|-2---------------|-2---------------|-2-----2-----| 
B|-----------------|-----------------|-------------| 
   D  U  D  U  -  -  D  U  D  U  -  -  D  -  D  -

D|-0---------------|-0---------------|-0--0--------| 
D|-3---------------|-3---------------|-3--3--------| 
D|-0---------------|-0---------------|-0--0--------| 
D|-0---------------|-4---------------|-4--0--------| 
D|-2---------------|-2---------------|-2--2--------| 
B|-3---------------|-3---------------|-3--3--------| 
   D  –  D  U  D  U  D  –  D  U  D  U  D  U  D  U 
 

[Solo Section]
G D/F# G Bm7
G D/F# Bm7 | Bm7 A/C# D Em7|    
G D/F# Bm7 | Bm7 A/C# D Em7|  

[Break] 
Bm7 A/C# D D
Bm7 Asus7 G G
Bm7 A/C# D D
Bm7 Asus7 G G

[Chorus]

      Bm7            Asus4    G
And I don't want the world to see me
         Bm7              Asus4  G
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand
     Bm7          Asus4      G
When everything's made to be broken
       Bm7         Asus4      G
I just want you to know who I am
G

[Final Chorus]
      Bm7            Asus4    G
And I don't want the world to see me
         Bm7              Asus4  G
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand
     Bm7          Asus4      G
When everything's made to be broken
       Bm7         Asus4      G
I just want you to know who I am
       Bm          A          G
I just want you to know who I am  
       Bm          A          G
I just want you to know who I am  
       Bm          A          
I just want you to know who I am  


[Outro]
Bm7 A/C# D D
Bm7 Asus7 G G
Bm7 A/C# D D
Bm7 Asus7 G G    
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                    STUDIO VERSION - BDDDDD Tuning
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Tuning                                 B1    B2    G1
high e ---> tune down to D         D|--0--|--0--|--0--|
B ---> tune up to D                D|--0--|--0--|--0--|
G ---> tune down to D              D|--0--|--0--|--0--|
D ---> stays as is                 D|--12-|--11-|--5--|
A ---> tune down to D              D|--9--|--9--|--5--|
E ---> tune down to B              B|-----|-----|-----|

*** NOTE *** Number chords above lyrics denotes the 6th string fret needed to be played for that chord.

[Intro x2]
D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
D|-12---------------|-11---------------|-11-12------| 
D|-9----------------|-9----------------|-9--9-------| 
B|------------------|------------------|------------| 
   D  –  D  U  D  U | D  –  D  U  D  U | D  U  D  U 

D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
D|-5----------------|-4----------------|-4--0-------| 
D|-5----------------|-5----------------|-5--0-------| 
B|------------------|------------------|------------| 
   D  –  D  U  D  U | D  –  D  U  D  U | D  U  D  U

[Verse]
        3       5          8
And I'd give up forever to touch you
         0             10          8
'Cause I know that you feel me somehow
           3          5           8
You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be
      0             10            8
And I don't want to go home right now
    3         5             8
And all I can taste is this moment
    0         10              8
And all I can breathe is your life
    3         5          8
And sooner or later it's over
       0             10          8
I just don't want to miss you tonight


[Chorus]
      B1             B2       G1
And I don't want the world to see me
         B1               B2    G1
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand
     B1           B2         G1
When everything's made to be broken
       B1          B2         G1
I just want you to know who I am

[Break]
D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
D|-12---------------|-11---------------|-11-12------| 
D|-9----------------|-9----------------|-9--9-------| 
B|------------------|------------------|------------| 
   D  –  D  U  D  U | D  –  D  U  D  U | D  U  D  U 

D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
D|-5----------------|-4----------------|-4--0-------| 
D|-5----------------|-5----------------|-5--0-------| 
B|------------------|------------------|------------| 
   D  –  D  U  D  U | D  –  D  U  D  U | D  U  D  U

D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
D|-12---------------|-11---------------|-11-12------| 
D|-9----------------|-9----------------|-9--9-------| 
B|------------------|------------------|------------| 
   D  –  D  U  D  U | D  –  D  U  D  U | D  U  D  U 

D|-0----------------|-0----------------|
D|-0----------------|-0----------------|
D|-0----------------|-0----------------|
D|-5----------------|-4----------------|
D|-5----------------|-5----------------|
B|------------------|------------------|
   D  –  D  U  D  U | D  –  D  U  D  U 

[Verse]
        3               5                8
And you can't fight the tears that ain't coming
       0         10            8
Or the moment of truth in your lies
     3          5              8
When everything feels like the movies
          0             10          8
Yeah, you bleed just to know you're alive


[Chorus]
      B1             B2       G1
And I don't want the world to see me
         B1               B2    G1
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand
     B1           B2         G1
When everything's made to be broken
       B1          B2         G1
I just want you to know who I am


[Break] 
0  2  3  3 
0  10 8  8 
0  2  3  3 
0  10 8  8 


[Stabby Section]  Play 3.5 times
D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0-----0----| 
D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0-----0----| 
D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0-----0----| 
D|-12---------------|-11---------------|-11----12---| 
D|-9----------------|-9----------------|-9-----9----| 
B|------------------|------------------|------------| 
   D  U  D  U  -  - | D  U  D  U  -  - | D  -  D  - 

D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
D|-0----------------|-0----------------|-0--0-------| 
D|-5----------------|-4----------------|-4--0-------| 
D|-5----------------|-5----------------|-5--0-------| 
B|------------------|------------------|------------| 
   D  –  D  U  D  U | D  –  D  U  D  U | D  U  D  U
 

[Solo Section]
8  7  8  12 
8  7  12  | 12 14 15 17 |
8  7  12  | 12 10 8  7  5  3  |

[Break] 
0  2  3  3 
0  10 8  8 
0  2  3  3 
0  10 8  8 

[Chorus]
      B1             B2       G1
And I don't want the world to see me
         B1               B2    G1
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand
     B1           B2         G1
When everything's made to be broken
       B1          B2         G1
I just want you to know who I am
G1

[Final Chorus]
      B1             B2       G1
And I don't want the world to see me
         B1               B2    G1
'Cause I don't think that they'd understand
     B1           B2         G1
When everything's made to be broken
       B1          B2         G1
I just want you to know who I am
       B1          B2         G1
I just want you to know who I am  
       B1          B2         G1
I just want you to know who I am  
       B1          B2         
I just want you to know who I am  


[Outro]
0  2  3  3 
0  10 8  8