Babylon chords



You can learn how to play Babylon by David Gray!

Babylon is a single from David Gray‘s 1998 hit album White Ladder.

The album was the result of trying to make it for over a decade as a singer-songwriter using the classic record label route, with very little to show for it.

In the end, David recorded the album in his bedroom with the help of his drummer and reached unexpected worldwide success.

Babylon is played using a capo on fret 1, so what you hear is in Eb, but you think in D. As the chord riff uses open strings it would be impossible to play it in this key without a capo.


Babylon chords and lyrics – Capo 1


Chords for Babylon – Guitar 1

||: Dmaj9/F# | G5 G :||

||: Dmaj9/F# | G :||
Friday night I’m going nowhere, all the lights are changing green to red.
Turning over TV stations, situations running through my head.
Looking back through time, you know it’s clear that I’ve been blind, I’ve been a fool.
| Dmaj9/F# | G | Dmaj9/F# | G | Em Emadd9 | Emadd9 |
To open up my heart to all that jealousy, that bitterness, that ridicule.

||: Dmaj9/F# | G | Dmaj9/F# | G :||
Saturday I’m running wild and all the lights are changing red to green.
Moving through the crowd I’m pushing chemicals all rushing in my bloodstream.
Only wish that you were here, you know I’m seeing it so clear, I’ve been afraid.
To show you how I really feel, admit to some of those bad mistakes I’ve made.

| D | A | Em | F#m |
If you want it, come and get it, crying out loud.
| D | A | Em | G |
The love that I was, giving you was, never in doubt.
| D | A | Em | A |
Let go of your heart, let go of your head and feel it now.
| D | A | Em | A | A |
Let go of your heart, let go of your head and feel it now.
||: Dmaj9/F# | G :|| x4
Babylon, Babylon, Babylon.

||: Dmaj9/F# | G | Dmaj9/F# | G :||
Sunday all the lights of London, shining sky is fading red to blue.
I’m kicking through the Autumn leaves and wondering where it is you might be going to.
Turning back for home, you know I’m feeling so alone, I can’t believe.
Climbing on the stair, I turn around to see you smiling there, in front of me.

| D | A | Em | A |
Let go of your heart, let go of your head and feel it now.
| D | A | Em | A13 |
Let go of your heart, let go of your head and feel it now.
| D | A | Em | A13 |
Let go of your heart, let go of your head and feel it now.
| D | A | Em | A | A |
Let go of your heart, let go of your head and feel it now.

| Dmaj9/F# | Dmaj9/F# | D/F# | Dmaj7 |


Babylon chord progression

The intro is a loop between Dmaj9/F# and a G chord. If we want to be extremely picky, we could call the first beat of bar 2 a G5, then a G. To get this riff right, you need exact TAB, you find this in the course.

The chords for verse 1 are almost the same as the intro, only at the end do we go to an Em, which I modified into an Emadd9.

Verse 2 is just the same riff throughout.

The chorus is varied every fourth bar. This drives the progression forward and allows the vocal melody to use the ever so important call and response technique. Now the fancy Dmaj9/F# is just a good old simple D chord.

Verse 3 and the chorus that follows have the same chords as you just played. After this chorus, we keep repeating the last line.

You could describe the A chord as an A13 now, but really, it’s a line that moves from b7 to 6 so it’s best described using TAB.

The outro stays on the Dmaj9/F# riff before we finish on a Dmaj7.


Hammer-On and Pull-Off Exercises

Before you get your teeth into Babylon, it may be a good idea to fully explore hammering-on and pulling-off.

In the course, we turn to our trusted chromatic exercise and develop it into four new exercises.

When you can play these, executing that hammer-on/pull-off lick in Babylon will be much easier.


Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 5)

In the first video above, starting at 4:22, you find a preview of Babylon’s guitar lesson, it’s the beginning of step 5.

This step goes through guitar 1’s verse and chorus using 8 examples. The preview shows you the first 3 examples.

Here’s the TAB for example 1, a simplified version of the verse using only the main melody of the riff.


In example 2, we add the bass notes, which look like this in TAB.


The last example shows you how by adding more strings to this riff, we can flesh it out. To get all 8 examples and access to all other guitar lessons on how to play Babylon, sign up for my guitar courses.


Babylon – 8 Guitar Lessons

Babylon by David Grey has a very tricky verse lick that uses Hammer-Ons and Pull-Offs. To stand a chance of playing this, we must first practice some exercises.

Once you can do this, we learn the song step by step, including a unique 2nd guitar part so we can perform it together.

Go to Babylon – 8 Guitar Lessons.


Babylon – Lyrics

Friday night I’m going nowhere, all the lights are changing green to red.
Turning over TV stations, situations running through my head.
Well looking back through time, you know it’s clear that I’ve been blind,
I’ve been a fool.

Go to Babylon lyrics.


David Gray – Biography

David Gray is an English singer-songwriter. After many years of struggling with unsuccessful releases on different labels, he ended up recording the album White Ladder in his bedroom.

Since the release of White Ladder, David has toured the world.

Go to David Gray – Biography.


Intermediate Acoustic – 16 Songs

Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Songs

You can learn how to play these 16 intermediate acoustic songs!

A Change Is Gonna Come, American Pie, Angie, Babylon, Blowin’ In The Wind, Dreadlock Holiday, Fast Car, Hey There Delilah, I Can’t Stand The Rain, I’m Yours, Kiss Me, Mad World, Red, Starman, Sunny Afternoon, and Whistle For The Choir.

Go to Intermediate Acoustic Songs.


The professional guitarist Song Book

The greatest asset you as a guitarist can acquire is a repertoire.

If you start with learning all these songs, there’s a good chance you won’t have to learn many more when a gig with a new band appears.

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