All In Love Is Fair chords by Stevie Wonder


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All In Love Is Fair | Chords + Lyrics (no capo)


Intro

| C#madd9 | C#madd9/B | A69 Gmaj7sus2 | F#m7 B9 | 2/4 B9 |

Verse 1

| 4/4 C#madd9 | C#madd9/B | C#madd9/A# |
All is fair in love, love’s a crazy game.
| Amaj7 | G#m7b5 | C#7 | F#m7 | B9 |
Two people vow to stay, in love as one they say.
| C#madd9 | C#madd9/B | C#madd9/A# |
But all has changed with time, the future none can see.
| Amaj7 | G#m7b5 | C#7 | F#m7 | G#7sus4 G#7 |
The road you leave behind, ahead lies mystery.

Chorus 1

| C#madd9 | C#madd9/B | C#madd9/A# |
But all is fair in love, I had to go away.
| Amaj7 D9 | E/B C#7 | F#m7 B9 | E | E B/D# |
A writer takes his pen, to write the words again, that all in love is fair.

Verse 2

| C#madd9 | C#madd9/B | C#madd9/A# |
All of fate’s a chance, it’s either good or bad.
| Amaj7 | G#m7b5 | C#7 | F#m7 | B9 |
I tossed my coin to say, in love with me you’d stay.
| C#madd9 | C#madd9/B | C#madd9/A# |
But all in war is so cold, you either win or lose.
| Amaj7 | G#m7b5 | C#7 | F#m7 | G#7sus4 G#7 |
When all is put away, the losing side I’ll play.

Chorus 2

| C#madd9 | C#madd9/B | C#madd9/A# |
But all is fair in love, I should have never left your side.
| Amaj7 D9 | E/B C#7 | F#m7 B9 | E |
A writer takes his pen, to write the words again, that all in love is fair.
| Aadd9 D9 | E/B C#7 | F#m7 B9 |
A writer takes his pen, to write the words again, that all in love is 
| 6/4 E E/D | 4/4 A/C# Am/C G#(#5) | C#madd9 |
fair.



All In Love Is Fair | Chords + Lyrics (capo 4)


Intro

| Amadd9 | Amadd9/G | F6/9 Ebmaj7sus2 | Dm7 G9 | 2/4 G9 |

Verse 1

| 4/4 Amadd9 | Amadd9/G | Amadd9/F# |
All is fair in love, love’s a crazy game.
| Fmaj7 | Em7b5 | A7 | Dm7 | G9 |
Two people vow to stay, in love as one they say.
| Amadd9 | Amadd9/G | Amadd9/F# |
But all has changed with time, the future none can see.
| Fmaj7 | Em7b5 | A7 | Dm7 | E7sus4 E7 |
The road you leave behind, ahead lies mystery.

Chorus 1

| Amadd9 | Amadd9/G | Amadd9/F# |
But all is fair in love, I had to go away.
| Fmaj7 Bb9 | C/E A7 | Dm7 G9 | C | C G/B |
A writer takes his pen, to write the words again, that all in love is fair.

Verse 2

| Amadd9 | Amadd9/G | Amadd9/F# |
All of fate’s a chance, it’s either good or bad.
| Fmaj7 | Em7b5 | A7 | Dm7 | G9 |
I tossed my coin to say, in love with me you’d stay.
| Amadd9 | Amadd9/G | Amadd9/F# |
But all in war is so cold, you either win or lose.
| Fmaj7 | Em7b5 | A7 | Dm7 | E7sus4 E7 |
When all is put away, the losing side I’ll play.

Chorus 2

| Amadd9 | Amadd9/G | Amadd9/F# |
But all is fair in love, I should have never left your side.
| Fmaj7 G9 | C/E A7 | Dm7 G9 | C |
A writer takes his pen, to write the words again, that all in love is fair.
| Fadd9 G9 | C/E A7 | Dm7 G9 |
A writer takes his pen, to write the words again, that all in love is,
| 6/4 C C/Bb | 4/4 F/A Fm/Ab E(#5) | Amadd9 |
fair.



All In Love Is Fair Chords: Learn the progressions!


All In Love Is Fair Guitar Lesson + TAB T

As with most Stevie Wonder songs, we are in for a harmonic journey as we move through All In Love Is Fair‘s chords.

Full of modal interchange and chord variations, the main part of the song is centred around C#m (same key as the moonlight sonata).

But as a guitar player, aiming to play All In Love Is Fair on our own, we do much better by fitting a capo on fret 4, thinking in the key of Am, so let’s understand the chords from this perspective.

Here’s the verse chord progression:

| Amadd9 (VI) | Amadd9/G (VI/b7) | Amadd9/F# (VI/6) |
| Fmaj7 (IV or I) | Em7b5 (III or VII) | A7 (IIIx or VIx) | Dm7 (II) | G9 (V) |
| Amadd9 | Amadd9/G | Amadd9/F# |
| Fmaj7 | Em7b5 | A7 | Dm7 | E7sus4 (III) E7 (IIIx) |

So if Am is VI, that makes F IV.

As the progression moves Fmaj7Em7b5, we indicate that F is actually chord I, making Am chord III, very unusual!

What’s going on here is that we are experiencing a modal interchange. The starting point is Am as chord VI, but we temporarily borrow chords as if Am was III.

What’s more, when the next chord actually is A7, we are looking at a IIIx, and at the same time VIx. As it’s finishes with Dm7G9, we are back again playing a II – V.

It is this balancing act between the two modes that sets the harmonic landscape in which All In Love Is Fair is played out.

Let’s take a look at some TAB for how you could play that verse on the acoustic guitar, this is the first half.

All In Love Is Fair chords and TAB, verse first half.

That was the first half of the verse (members get TAB for all of it, the intro and both choruses as well)

The chorus starts off in the same way as the verse but is soon turned into a more intense chord progression as we now get two chords per bar, like this.

| Amadd9 (VI) | Amadd9/G | Amadd9/F# |
| Fmaj7 (IV) Bb9 (bVIIx) | C/E (I/3) A7 (VIx) |
| Dm7 (II) G9 (V) | C (I) | C G/B (V/3) |

That Fmaj7Bb9 is so great and moves lovely to C/E. This is the only new addition as we soon hear A7Dm7G9 again. Members get TAB!

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): All In Love Is Fair – Guitar lesson with TAB.

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.

All In Love Is Fair – Your secret weapon for an audition!

All In Love Is Fair is a B-Side from the single Too High, as well as a song from the album Inner Visions by Stevie Wonder.

Most songs in the Spytunes songbook are listed because they can be played at parties and events. This is not the case with All In Love Is Fair since if you did, everyone would probably cry.

The aspiring songwriter should take note here of why this song is just too emotional to stay in the mainstream and instead is destined to become many people’s secret favourite song.

For public use, All In Love Is Fair would probably work best if you need to impress at an audition, and want to stand out from everyone else, just make sure you bring napkins for the judges to wipe their tears!

Most commonly, you’ll end up playing the melody and improvising over All In Love Is Fair’s chords on a jazz gig. On the playlist above, you’ll find YouTube sax sensation Chad LB doing this.



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