Baby Can I Hold You chords by Tracy Chapman


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Baby Can I Hold You | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: D (Dsus2) | A7sus4 A7sus2 A7 :||

Verse 1

| D (Dsus2) | A7sus4 A7sus2 A7 | Em |
Sorry, is all that you can say.
| A7sus4 A7sus2 A7 | D (Dsus2) |
Years gone by and still.
| A7sus4 A7sus2 A7 | Em |
Words don’t come easily.
|2/4 G | 4/4 A | Asus4 A |
Like sorry, like sorry.

Verse 2

| D (Dsus2) | A7sus4 A7sus2 A7 | Em |
Forgive me, is all that you can’t say.
| A7sus4 A7sus2 A7 | D (Dsus2) |
Years gone by and still.
| A7sus4 A7sus2 A7 | Em |
Words don’t come easily.
|2/4 G | 4/4 A | Asus4 A |
Like forgive me, forgive me.

Chorus 1

| D (Dsus2) | Em (/F#) G | D (Dsus2) |
But you can say baby. Baby, can I hold you tonight?
| Em (/F#) G | Bm (Bm7) |
Maybe if I told you the right words.
| A | D (Dsus2) | Em (/F#) G |
Ooh, at the right time you’d be mine.

Verse 3

| D (Dsus2) | A7sus4 A7sus2 A7 | Em7 |
I love you, is all that you can’t say.
| A7sus4 A7sus2 A7 | D (Dsus2) |
Years gone by and still.
| A7sus4 A7sus2 A7 | Em7 |
Words don’t come easily.
|2/4 G | 4/4 A | Asus4 A |
Like I love you, I love you.

Chorus 2

| D (Dsus2) | Em (/F#) G | D (Dsus2) |
But you can say baby. Baby, can I hold you tonight?
| Em (/F#) G | Bm (Bm7) |
Maybe if I told you the right words.
| A |
Ooh, at the right time you’d be mine.

Chorus 3

| D (Dsus2) | Em (/F#) G | D (Dsus2) |
Baby, can I hold you tonight?
| Em (/F#) G | Bm (Bm7) |
Maybe if I told you the right words.
| A | D (Dsus2) | Em (/F#) G |
Ooh, at the right time you’d be mine.
| D (Dsus2) | Em (/F#) G | D |
You’d be mine. You’d be mine.


Baby Can I Hold You chords and progressions (lesson preview)

Baby Can I Hold You + TAB T

Taking the step from strumming like a beginner to playing nice-sounding guitar parts is all about becoming musical.

Perhaps unexpectedly, one of the best teachers around to learn from is Tracy Chapman and her three songs Talking About A Revolution, Fast Car, and what we look at here, Baby Can I Hold You.

If you’ve been searching the internet for Baby Can I Hold You chords and compared other websites with what you see above, you’ll notice I’ve put more extensions in.

These extensions are there as I want to describe everything in Tracy’s guitar part. Using TAB, you can see how this makes sense for the intro.

Baby Can I Hold You chords and TAB, intro.

That Dsus2 is very quick before we go back to D. Above, with chords and lyrics, I describe this as D (Dsus2) because it appears then goes away.

There are open strings before we switch to A7sus4. There’s a quick A7sus2 before we stop at A7.

As the verse starts, we play all this again, just strum a bit more in the last half of bar 2.

The verse then goes on to incorporate an Em, like this:

| D (Dsus2) | A7sus4 A7sus2 A7 | Em |
| A7sus4 A9 A7 | D (Dsus2) |
| A7sus4 A9 A7 | Em |
|2/4 G | 4/4 A | Asus4 A |

Using Roman numerals, this is I – V – II – V, repeat it but go to IV at the end, stop at V for tension. Members get TAB for how to play the verse, including the lick in verse 3 that makes the Em and Em7.

The chorus starts in a similar but not identical way, it sounds better if you play a single bass note than a full chord, here’s the movement:

| D (Dsus2) | Em (/F#) G | D (Dsus2) |
| Em (/F#) G | Bm (Bm7) |
| A | D (Dsus2) | Em (/F#) G |

The Roman numerals are I – II – IV, repeat and then go to VI (Bm), this is the twist, the new chord that makes you wake up.

I’ve incorporated an /F# bass note taking us from Em to G. The Bm goes to Bm7 briefly if you want to include the lick from the original recording. Again, members get TAB for how to play all this.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Baby Can I Hold You, guitar lesson with TAB.

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Baby Can I Hold You was a hit, thrice!

This was the third single from Tracy Chapman‘s legendary self-titled debut album.

I don’t know about you but to me, this has hit single written all over it. Even the intro hi-hat is a classic radio trick, like a fanfare, it signals that what we’re about to hear.

The perfectly crafted acoustic strums are so defined they take us away from beginner guitar and into a part.

In the charts, Baby Can I Hold You reached #1 in Brazil and Portugal, clearly showing how Tracy wasn’t just big in her native U.S., but a worldwide phenomenon.

In the U.K., it only reached #94 but as a slow burner, it sold almost half a million copies over the next two decades.

Perhaps this was helped in part by Boyzone’s version which came in 1997, reaching #2 in the U.K., Scottish, and Irish charts and selling 600.000 in the U.K. alone.

Ronan Keating (formerly of Boyzone) must have thought, I can do that again as he released it as a solo artist in 2005, off his Greatest Hits album.

This time it didn’t climb as high, but it went to #42 in Germany.


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