Cannonball chords by Damien Rice


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Cannonball | Chords + Lyrics (capo 6)


Intro

| Em Emadd9 Em Em7 | G G/A G/B |
| Em Emadd9 Em Em7 | G G/A G/B |
| Em Emb6 Em Esus4 Em | G D6/F# | Cmaj7 C | Cadd9 D6/F# |

Verse 1

| Em Emadd9 Em Em7 | G G/A G/B |
Still a little bit of your taste in my mouth.
| Em Emadd9 Em Em7 | G G/A G/B |
Still a little bit of you laced with my doubt.
| Em Emb6 Em Esus4 Em | G D6/F# | Cmaj7 C | Cadd9 D6/F# |
It’s still a little hard to say, what’s going on.

Verse 2

| Em Emadd9 Em Em7 | G G/A G/B |
There’s still a little bit of your ghost your witness.
| Em Emadd9 Em Em7 | G G/A G/B |
There’s still a little bit of your face I haven’t kissed.
| Em Emb6 Em Esus4 Em | G D6/F# | Cmaj7 C | Cadd9 D6/F# |
You step a little closer each day, that I can’t say what’s going on

Chorus 1

| G C | Dsus2/A | G C | D Dsus4 |
Stones taught me to fly, love taught me to lie.
| G C Csus2 G/B | Dsus2/A | C | Cadd9 Csus2 Dadd11/A |
Life taught me to die, so it’s not hard to fall, when you float like a cannonball.

Instrumental 1

| Em Emadd9 Em Em7 | G G/A G/B |
| Em Emadd9 Em Em7 | G G/A G/B |
| Em Emb6 Em Esus4 Em | G D6/F# | Cmaj7 C | Cadd9 D6/F# |

Verse 3

| Em Emadd9 Em Em7 | G G/A G/B |
There’s still a little bit of your song in my ear.
| Em Emadd9 Em Em7 | G G/A G/B |
There’s still a little bit of your words I long to hear.
| Em Emb6 Em Esus4 Em | G D6/F# | Cmaj7 C | Cadd9 D6/F# |
You step a little closer to me, so close that I can’t see what’s going on.

Chorus 2

| G C | Dsus2/A | G C | D Dsus4 |
Stones taught me to fly, love taught me to lie.
| G C Csus2 G/B | Dsus2/A | C | Cadd9 Csus2 Dadd11/A |
Life taught me to die, so it’s not hard to fall, when you float like a cannon.

Chorus 3

| G C | Dsus2/A | G C | D Dsus4 |
Stones taught me to fly, love taught me to cry.
| G C Csus2 G/B | Dsus2/A |
So come on courage, teach me to be shy.
| Cmaj7 C | G/B D6/F# |
‘Cause it’s not hard to fall, and I don’t wanna scare her.
Cadd9 C | G/B D/F# |
It’s not hard to fall, and I don’t wanna lose.
| Cmaj7 C | G/B D/F# |
It’s not hard to grow, when you know that you just don’t know.

Instrumental 2

| Em Emadd9 Em Em7 | G G/A G/B |
| Em Emadd9 Em Em7 | G G/A G/B |
| Em Emb6 Em Esus4 Em | G D6/F# | Cmaj7 C | Cadd9 D6/F# |

| Em Emadd9 Em Em7 | G G/A G/B |
| Em Emadd9 Em Em7 | G G/A G/B |
| Em Emb6 Em Esus4 Em | G D6/F# | Cmaj7 C | Cadd9 Dsus4 |

End

| Em | Em | Em |


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Cannonball chords and progressions (course preview)

Cannonball 8 step by step guitar lessons

The original recording of Cannonball by Damien Rice contains up to six guitars playing different lines.

All these parts weave the different melodic lines together, creating a dream-like soundscape.

My one guitar arrangement is a combination of these parts. You could learn this and play the song on just one guitar. However, there is also a two-guitar arrangement available. Here, the 2nd guitar enhances what the first one is already doing.

A capo is used to get into the same key as the original for both guitar parts. What you hear is the key of Bbm, although you want to think of Cannonball as if in the key of Em when you have the capo on fret 6.

For the 2nd guitar, the capo is on fret 1, we now play the first chord as an Am instead of an Em chord.

To create the guitar parts, I combine the basic chords with the melody, in the video lesson above I’ll walk you through this process, here’s the TAB of what I’m talking about.

Cannonball chords and melody, verse capo 6

Combining the melody with the chords creates extensions of the VI chord to add9, min7, mb6, and sus4, making the verse at home in Aeolian, like this:

||: Em Emadd9 Em Em7 | G G/A G/B :||
| Em Emb6 Em Esus4 Em | G D6/F# | Cmaj7 C | Cadd9 D6/F# |

The chorus chords follow the simple I – IV – V movement which puts the chorus in Ionian, like this:

| G C | Dsus2/A | G C | D Dsus4 |
| G C Csus2 G/B | Dsus2/A | C | Cadd9 Csus2 Dadd11/A |

To switch between a minor verse and a major chorus like this is pretty common in modern songwriting. Roxanne and Dreadlock Holiday are merely two more examples.

In the course, we work on each section of Cannonball using TAB and play-along loops, having a capo on both fret 6 and 1. This takes five lessons (or steps).

Step 6 is spent practicing Aeolian as Cannonball’s verse melody is in Aeolian and that’s what we play in step 7.

Finally, in step 8, we bring everything you’ve learned together and create a 2nd guitar part. Learn this so you, I, and the singer can play Cannonball together as if we were a folk trio!

Here’s a link to the complete lesson series (members only): Cannonball 8 step-by-step guitar lessons with TAB.

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.

Cannonball and the album O was recorded at home!

Much like David Gray, Irish Damien Rice decided to leave record labels and pro studios behind to record his masterpiece at home instead.

Encouraged by his second cousin, David Arnold (film composer who wrote for James Bond and Independence Day, etc), Damien set out to record O in his home studio, completing and releasing it himself in 2002.

After getting good feedback he managed to get distribution for the album and after re-releasing it, people started to take notice of Damien Rice as an artist.

As the campaign for Cannonball was done over such a long period, it never did well in the charts but sales eventually reached 600.000 in the U.K. alone.

As a whole, O is a great album with other tunes such as The Blower’s Daughter, Delicate, Eskimo, Volcano, and Cheers Darlin’ all worth a listen or two!

Since the release of his debut album, Damien has released a further two albums, 9 (2006), and My Favourite Faded Fantasy (2014). Neither lived up to the level he’d set with his debut which is a contemporary folk classic.


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