Beyond chords by Leon Bridges


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Beyond | Chords + Lyrics (capo 6)


Intro

| G (G6) |
||: G (C/G) :|| x4

Verse 1

| G (C/G) | G (C/G) |
Don’t wanna get ahead of myself, feeling things I’ve never felt.
| G (C/G) | G (C/G) | Am |
It’s kinda hard for me to explain, her personality and everything.
| Am |
Brings me to my knees, ooh.

Verse 2

| G (C/G) | G (C/G) |
She shines me up like gold on my arm, I wanna take it slow but it’s so hard.
| G (C/G) | G (C/G) | Am |
I love to see her face in daylight, it’s more than just our bodies at night.
| Am | D |
But she’s really temptin’ me, ooh.
| D | C | C |
Do you think I’m being foolish if I don’t rush in? I-I-I.

Chorus 1

| G | G (C/G) |
I’m scared to death that she might be it, that the love is real, that the shoe might fit.
| G | G |
She might just be my everything and beyond (beyond).
| Am | Am |
Space and time in the afterlife. Will she have my kids? Will she be my wife?
| G (C/G) | G (G6) |
She might just be my everything and beyond.

Verse

| G (C/G) | G (C/G) |
I wanna bring her ’round to meet ya, I think you’d like her kind demeanor.
| G (C/G) | G (C/G) | Am |
I know that Grandma would’ve loved her like she was her own.
| Am | D |
She makes me feel at home, ooh.
| D | C | C |
Do you think I’m being foolish if I don’t rush in? I-I-I.

Chorus

| G | G (C/G) |
I’m scared to death that she might be it, that the love is real, that the shoe might fit.
| G | G |
She might just be my everything and beyond (beyond).
| Am | Am |
Space and time in the afterlife. Will she have my kids? Will she be my wife?
| G (C/G) | G |
She might just be my everything and beyond.

Middle 8

| G11 | C/G G |
I give up, I’m in love cryin’ out to you.
| G F | C |
Oh me, oh my I can’t explain, she might just be my everything.
| G F | C |
Oh me, oh my I can’t explain, she might just be my everything.
| G F | Am | D |
Oh me, oh my I can’t explain, she might just be my everything.
| D | C | C |
So do you think I’m being foolish if I don’t rush in?

Chorus

| G | G (C/G) |
I’m scared to death that she might be it, that the love is real, that the shoe might fit.
| G | G |
She might just be my everything and beyond (beyond).
| Am | Am |
Space and time in the afterlife. Will she have my kids? Will she be my wife?
| G F | C |
She might just be my everything and beyond.

Outro

| G F | C |
O me o my I can’t explain, she might just be my everything.
| G F | C |
O me o my I can’t explain, she might just be my everything.
| G F | C |
O me o my I can’t explain, she might just be my everything.
| G F | Am |
She might just be mine, be mine.



Beyond Chords: Learn the progressions


Beyond guitar lesson + TAB

You really do need to play Beyond with a capo, using mainly G and C/G chords, this is the sound, not having barre chords in the key of Db.

The first verse chords repeat the G and C/G idea before it first moves to chord II, like this

||: G (I) (C/G) (IV/5) | G (C/G) :||
| Am (II) | Am |

In the second verse, we get a longer end, moving II – V – IV at the end to set up the chorus, like this:

||: G (I) (C/G) (IV/5) | G (C/G) :||
| Am (II) | Am |
| D (V) | D | C (IV) | C |

The chorus chords are still G but less C/G before we go to Am (chord II) and then back to a G chord and find suitable licks using the Major Pentatonic, like this:

| G | G (C/G) | G | G |
| Am | Am | G (C/G) | G |

Initially, I didn’t like the middle 8 and outro section, I felt it was too far away from the verse and chorus and perhaps should have been a different song, but with time, it’s grown on me.

As the first two sections are so diatonic, it’s nice to get some tension with that bVII chord (F) which is first hinted at using a G11 (same as F/G).

Once we get going, it’s I – bVII – IV. But also, in a way, you could see it as a key change, going to the key of C playing V – IV – I.

These are Beyond’s middle 8 chords, thinking in the key of G.

| G11 (I) | C/G (IV/5) G (I) |
||: G (I) F (bVIIx) | C (IV) :||
| G F | Am (II) |
| D (V) | D | C (IV)| C |

If you think of the middle 8 as a key change to C, you get these Roman numerals:

| G11 (V) | C/G (I/5) G (V) |
||: G (V) F (IV) | C (I) :||
| G F | Am (VI) |
| D (IIx or V) | D | C (I or IV)| C | (here we are really back in the key of G)

Members get access to the exact TAB of the intro. Once you can play this note for note, you’ve unlocked the general strumming pattern. This is the first half of it.

Beyond chords and TAB, intro first half.

Here’s a link to the full lesson: Beyond – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



Good Thing really was a good thing!

Leon BridgesBeyond is from his second album, Good Thing. Released in 2018 it was a new direction compared to his debut, Coming Home (2015)

Whereas the first album was very retro (and Sam Cooke sounding!) the follow-up had more of a modern twist to it, still maintaining some soul.

Beyond wasn’t a chart hit, although it has over the years started to become more and more popular, very much like Leon himself.

Personally, I keep coming back to listening to the album as a whole, it really is a good thing, and more and more bands I play with have Beyond on their setlist.



Beyond Chords | Related Pages


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Leon Bridges wrote Beyond.

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About me | Dan Lundholm

Dan Lundholm wrote this guitar lesson about Beyond's chords.

This was a guitar lesson about Beyond chords, by Dan Lundholm. Discover more about him and learn guitar with Spytunes.

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