Achy Breaky Heart chords by Billy Ray Cyrus


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Achy Breaky Heart | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: A (A6) :|| x4

Verse 1

| A (A6) | A (A6) |
You can tell the world, you never was my girl.
| A (A6) | E (E6) |
You can burn my clothes up when I’m gone.
| E (E6) | E (E6) |
Or you can tell your friends just what a fool I’ve been.
| E (E6) | A (A6) |
And laugh and joke about me on the phone.

Verse 2

| A (A6) | A (A6) |
You can tell my arms go back to the farm.
| A (A6) | E (E6) |
You can tell my feet to hit the floor.
| E (E6) | E (E6) |
Or you can tell my lips, to tell my fingertips.
| E (E6) | A (A6) |
They won’t be reaching out for you no more.

Chorus 1

| A (A6) | A (A6) |
But don’t tell my heart, my achy breaky heart.
| A (A6) | E (E6) |
I just don’t think he’d understand.
| E (E6) | E (E6) |
And if you tell my heart, my achy breaky heart.
| E (E6) | A (A6) |
He might blow up and kill this man, ooh.

Instrumental 1

| A (A6) | A (A6) | A (A6) | E (E6) |
| E (E6) | E (E6) | E (E6) | A (A6) |

Verse 3

| A (A6) | A (A6) |
You can tell your ma, I moved to Arkansas.
| A (A6) | E (E6) |
Or you can tell your dog to bite my leg.
| E (E6) | E (E6) |
Or tell your brother Cliff, who’s fist can tell my lips.
| E (E6) | A (A6) |
He never really liked me anyway.

Verse 4

| A (A6) | A (A6) |
Or tell your Aunt Louise, tell anything you please.
| A (A6) | E (E6) |
Myself already knows I’m not okay.
| E (E6) | E (E6) |
Or you can tell my eyes to watch out for my mind.
| E (E6) | A (A6) |
It might be walking out on me one day.

Chorus 2

| A (A6) | A (A6) |
But don’t tell my heart, my achy breaky heart.
| A (A6) | E (E6) |
I just don’t think he’d understand.
| E (E6) | E (E6) |
And if you tell my heart, my achy breaky heart.
| E (E6) | A (A6) |
He might blow up and kill this man, ooh.

Instrumental 2

| A (A6) | A (A6) | A (A6) | E (E6) |
| E (E6) | E (E6) | E (E6) | A (A6) |

Chorus 3

| A (A6) | A (A6) |
But don’t tell my heart, my achy breaky heart.
| A (A6) | E (E6) |
I just don’t think he’d understand.
| E (E6) | E (E6) |
And if you tell my heart, my achy breaky heart.
| E (E6) | A (A6) |
He might blow up and kill this man.

Chorus 4 (breakdown)

| N.C | N.C |
Don’t tell my heart, my achy breaky heart.
| N.C | N.C |
I just don’t think he’d understand.
| N.C | N.C |
And if you tell my heart, my achy breaky heart.
| N.C | N.C |
He might blow up and kill this man, ooh.

Outro

||: A (A6) | A (A6) | A (A6) | E (E6) |
| E (E6) | E (E6) | E (E6) | A (A6) :||



Achy Breaky Heart Chords: Learn the progressions


Achy Breaky Heart guitar lesson + TAB

The chords are just I – V in the key of A, using honky-tonk comping.

The question is; how do you honky-tonk in this particular case, and, what other tunes can we compare it with in order to get better at the honky-tonk?

Above I’ve described the chords for Achy Breaky Heart as A and (A6). The reason for this is to avoid writing | A A6 A A6 A | for every bar, so in brackets means you play it, don’t play it, play it, etc.

Really, the only way to describe how to play this honky-tonk riff is to use TAB. Once you have this and learned to play it, just reading the chords and lyrics above will be easy.

Members get this and many other questions answered, here’s a link to the full lesson (members only): Achy Breaky Heart – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



Achy Breaky Heart was a cover!

Don Von Tress wrote Don’t Tell My Heart in 1990. It was first released by The Marcy Brothers in 1991. The following year, Billy Ray Cyrus covered it, and now with the title Achy Breaky Heart, it would become his signature song.

Helped by Billy Ray’s good looks and the video showing happy people line-dancing, it went to #1 in 4 countries. In the U.S. it sold 1 million copies.

To this day, Achy Breaky Heart is a standard on the country covers band’s repertoire and a must if you want to dip your toe in this world.

But it’s not just the country cover bands that have kept Achy Breaky Heart in the public’s consciousness, Alvin and The Chipmunks, Weird Al Yankovic, Buck 22, and several English Football clubs’ fans frequently sing it on matchday.

Not to mention Billy Ray Cyrus’s daughter, Miley, who many times has invited her dad up to sing his big hit.

If you want to work as a professional guitarist, Achy Breaky Heart is a great tune to add to your repertoire, after all, it only has two chords!



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