You can learn how to play Babylon by David Grey!

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. In the end, David recorded the album in his bedroom with the help of his drummer and reached unexpected world-wide 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.


These are the chords for the intro/verse/instrumental/chorus tag sections.

| D Dmaj7 | G | x7

| G | Em | Em |

| G |

The chorus is varied every fourth bar.

| D | A | Em | F#m |

| D | A | Em | G |

| D | A | Em | A |

| D | A | Em | A | A |

Hammer-On and Pull-Off Exercises

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

In the intermediate acoustic 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 super easy.

Babylon – Guitar Lessons

You can learn how to play Babylon by David Grey!

Step 1 (Chromatic exercise, hammer on)Step 2 (Chromatic exercise, pull off)Step 3 (Two notes per string, hammer on exercise)Step 4 (Pull off exercise, one note per string)Step 5 (Verse)Step 6 (Chorus)Step 7 (Complete song)Step 8 (2nd guitar part).

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.

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