Babylon chords by David Gray


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Babylon | Chords + Lyrics (capo 1)


Intro

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

Verse 1

||: 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.

Verse 2

||: 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.

Chorus 1

| 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.

Verse 3

||: 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.

Chorus 2

| D | A | Em | F#m |
And 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 | 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# | G :|| x5
Babylon, Babylon, Babylon, Babylon, Babylon, why?

Outro

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


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Babylon Chords: Learn the progressions


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Above, you saw chords and lyrics for David Gray‘s Babylon and even though they are correct, they are so complex that they alone don’t tell the whole story of how to play the song.

With a capo on fret 1, think of the intro and verse chords as a loop between Dmaj9/F# and a G chord.

To get this riff right, you need the exact TAB and what’s more, you probably need to slowly build towards playing this chord riff correctly, it is fretted in a very unusual way.

In the course, we’ll build towards playing the chord riff using play-along loops and TAB and then find variations as without a band, it needs fattening up at times when it’s played on just one guitar.

Above, you’ll find a play-along loop for the TAB you see below. This is one of the ways I’ll show members how to play the verse out of 6 examples.

Babylon chords and TAB. Chord riff, example 3.

After practising this chord riff 6 different ways, we move on to learn the chorus in the same way.

As the verse is mainly just two chords on a loop, Babylon’s chorus progression has more movement as it goes I – V – II, and then for the final bar varies it by going to either III, IV, or V.

This clever arrangement technique 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, like this:

| D (I) | A (V) | Em (II) | F#m (III) |
| D | A | Em | G (IV) |
| D | A | Em | A (V) |
| D | A | Em | A | A |

You could describe the A chord as an A13, but really, it’s a line that moves from b7 to 6 so, again, it’s best described using TAB (members get this, with play-along loops!).

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

In the course, we methodically go through how to play each section of the arrangement, mixed with modified chromatic exercises that’ll improve your hammer-on and pull-off technique as this is so prominent in Babylon.

Following this, we build a 2nd guitar part for Babylon so you, me, and the singer can play the tune together.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson series: Babylon – Guitar Lessons with TAB.



Babylon was a bedroom recording!

When I first heard Babylon I thought it had an interesting production, it felt new for a singer-songwriter and I thought that guy must have had a producer who took his songs and made them radio-friendly.

I couldn’t have been more wrong. Babylon was recorded after David Gray had been through the music industry, coming out the other end disappointed.

What happened was that he gave it one more shot, recording the entire album (White Ladder, 1998) in his bedroom using Protools and the help of his drummer, Craig McClune.

The whole album feels genuine and has many more tunes than Babylon worth checking out. I remember not being able to put it down for many months.

Following the release of White Ladder, David shot to fame and the music industry came crawling back, unfortunately, he never managed to write songs of the same calibre again.

I’m not sure what this proves but in my experience, most artists go through a spell when all their best work appears. For David, that was captured in his bedroom in the late ’90s.

If you have a strange sense of the main chord riff of Babylon feeling somewhat familiar, check out Ventura Highway by America, I’m certain David was “inspired” by it.



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Intermediate Acoustic

There are more Intermediate Acoustic Songs with similar chords to Babylon to discover.

Most intermediate acoustic tunes can’t be played using just basic open-position chords. We have to move up the fretboard and play CAGED barre chords as well.

We incorporate bass lines, add licks, extend chords, and play vocal melodies. Most importantly, we’ll invent second guitar parts and play these songs together.


Five similar tunes with chords and lyrics

When you can play Babylon's chords, try these five tunes from the song book.


David Gray tunes

David Gray wrote Babylon.

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.


David Gray on the web

Listen to David Gray on Spotify.


Pop & Rock

When you know how to play Babylon, check out these Pop & Rock tunes as well.

Whenever a tune doesn’t fit into a specific genre, it tends to end up here, in the Pop & Rock section.

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About me | Dan Lundholm

Dan Lundholm wrote this guitar lesson on Babylon's chords.

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