Belief chords



You can learn how to play Belief by John Mayer!

In the video lesson above, Sandy Buglass demonstrates how to play the various sections of Belief by John Mayer.

Belief is taken from the excellent album Continuum, which since its 2006 release become a standard on Mr. Mayer’s setlist.

Using the video guitar lesson above, your knowledge of intervals on the fretboard, and the chords and lyrics below – You can learn how to play Belief by John Mayer.


Belief chords and lyrics


||: Dm Dmadd4add9 | Gm7 Gmadd4add6 | C9 C6 | Dm Dmadd4b6 :||

| Dm Dmadd4add9 | Gm7 Gmadd4add6 | C9 C6 | Dm Dmadd4b6 |
Is there anyone who, ever remembers, changing their mind from, the paint on a sign.
| Dm Dmadd4add9 | Gm7 Gmadd4add6 | C9 C6 |
Is there anyone who really recalls ever breaking rank at all. 
| Dm Dmadd4b6 |
For something someone yelled real loud one time.

| Gm Gmadd4add6 | C6 C7 | Fadd4add9 F | Bbmaj7 Bbadd#11 Bb |
Oh everyone believes, in how they think it ought to be.
| Gm Gmadd4add6 | C6 C7 | Fadd4add9 F | Bbmaj7 Bbadd#11 Bb |
Oh everyone believes, and they’re not going easily.

| Dm Dmadd4add9 | Gm7 Gmadd4add6 | C9 C6 | Dm Dmadd4b6 |

| Dm Dmadd4add9 | Gm7 Gmadd4add6 |
Belief is a beautiful armor, but makes for the heaviest sword.
| C9 C6 | Dm Dmadd4b6 |
Like punching underwater, you never can hit who you’re trying for.
| Dm Dmadd4add9 | Gm7 Gmadd4add6 |
Some need the exhibition, and some have to know they’ve tried.
| C9 C6 | Dm Dmadd4b6 |
It’s the chemical weapon, for the war that’s raging on inside.

| Gm Gmadd4add6 | C6 C7 | Fadd4add9 F | Bbmaj7 Bbadd#11 Bb |
Oh everyone believes, from emptiness to everything.
| Gm Gmadd4add6 | C6 C7 | Fadd4add9 F | Bbmaj7 Bbadd#11 Bb |
Oh everyone believes, and no one’s going quietly.

||: Dm7 Gm7 | Gm7 C :||
We’re never gonna win the world, we’re never gonna stop the war.
We’re never gonna beat this if belief is what we’re fighting for.
We’re never gonna win the world, we’re never gonna stop the war.
We’re never gonna beat this if belief is what we’re fighting for.

| Dm Dmadd4add9 | Gm7 Gmadd4add6 | C9 C6 | Dm Dmadd4b6 |

| Dm Dmadd4add9 | Gm7 Gmadd4add6 |
Is there anyone who can remember.
| C9 C6 | Dm Dmadd4b6 |
Ever surrender, with their life on the line.

||: Gm Gmadd4add6 | C6 C7 | Fadd4add9 F | Bbmaj7 Bbsus4 Bb :||

||: Dm7 Gm7 | Gm7 C :||
We’re never gonna win the world, we’re never gonna stop the war.
We’re never gonna beat this if belief is what we’re fighting for.
We’re never gonna win the world, we’re never gonna stop the war.
We’re never gonna beat this if belief is what we’re fighting for.

||: Dm7 Gm7 | Gm7 C :||
(||: Na na na na na na, na na na na… :||)
What puts a hundred thousand children in the sand?
Belief can. Belief can.
What puts the folded flag inside his mother’s hand?
Belief can. Belief can.


Belief chord progression 

Once you’ve gotten to terms with the slightly odd sound extensions of Belief’s chords, it’s a good idea to look at what the Roman numerals are as a chord progression.

The first part is clearly a VI – II – V. a combination of what I place as #10 and #4 on my top 10 chord progression list.

We can see this because the II chord has a natural 6, the V chord a 9.

The movement of the verse progression is that of “up a 4th”.

The chorus continues with the “up a 4th” concept and stays in the key of F as it goes II – V – I – IV. 

The most obvious giveaway that this must be the case is the #11 extension on the IV chord, the Bb.

The m8 section feels different to the verse but the progression is actually the same, it’s just the extensions that have changed.


Belief – Lyrics

Is there anyone who, ever remembers
changing their mind from, the paint on a sign
Is there anyone who really recalls ever breaking rank at all
For something someone yelled real loud one time

Go to Belief lyrics.


John Mayer – Biography

Launching himself to the world in 2001 with the acoustic smash hit Your Body Is A Wonderland, however, John didn’t just stick to the acoustic for long.

In 2006, he teamed up with Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino and presented his electric side to the world with hits like Vultures and Belief.

Go to John Mayer – Biography.


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