(They Long To Be) Close To You chords



You can learn how to play (They Long To Be) Close To You by Carpenters!

Carpenters (They Long To Be) Close To You was written by Burt Bacharach so we are in for some clever chordal movement with this one!

Starting off with an Asus2 chord, Bacharach cleverly disguises where the key center is since a sus2 chord could be almost any of the seven chords from a key.

When the next chord enters a semitone below it is clear to the eagle-eyed key center enthusiast that the first chord was in fact chord IV.

In the video lesson, there’s a capo on fret three and the key you’re hearing is G. Because of the capo, you think of this as if in the key of E.


(They Long To Be) Close To You chords and lyrics – Capo 3 and 4


||: Asus2 A :||

| Asus2 | G#m | G#m7 | C#m C#sus2 C#5 C#m7 |
Why do birds suddenly appear, every time, you are near?
Aadd9 | Aadd9 | E | E |
Just like me, they long to be, close to you.

| Asus2 | G#m | G#m7 | C#m C#sus2 C#5 C#m7 |
Why do stars fall down from the sky, every time, you walk by?
Aadd9 | Aadd9 | E | E7 |
Just like me, they long to be, close to you.

| A | A | G#m | G#m7 |
On the day that you were born the angels got together and decided to create a dream come true.
C#m | C#m | Bsus2 | Bsus2 |
So they sprinkled moon dust in your hair of gold and starlight in your eyes of blue.

| Asus2 | G#m | G#m7 | C#m C#sus2 C#5 C#m7 |
That is why all the girls in town (girls in town). Follow you (follow you) all around (all around).
Aadd9 | Aadd9 | E |
Just like me, they long to be, close to you.

Solo Key Change – move the capo up one fret!

| N.C A/C# |
| Asus2 | G#m | G#m7 | C#m C#sus2 C#5 C#m7 |
Asus2 | A Asus2 | E | E |

| A | A | G#m | G#m7 |
On the day that you were born the angels got together and decided to create a dream come true.
C#m | C#m | Bsus2 | Bsus2 |
So they sprinkled moon dust in your hair of gold and starlight in your eyes of blue.

| Asus2 | G#m | G#m7 | C#m C#sus2 C#5 C#m7 |
That is why all the girls in town (girls in town). Follow you (follow you) all around (all around).
Aadd9 | Aadd9 | Emaj7 | Emaj7 |
Just like me, they long to be, close to you.
Aadd9 | Aadd9 | E6 E | E6 E | E6 E | E6 E | E6 |
Just like me, they long to be, close to you.

| Amaj7 Amaj7#11 | Amaj7 | E | E |
| Wa-ah, close to you.
| Amaj7 Amaj7#11 | Amaj7 | E | Eadd9 E |
| Wa-ah, close to you.
| Amaj7 Amaj7#11 | Amaj7 | Emaj7 |
| Wa-ah, close to you.


(They Long To Be) Close To You chords and lyrics – No capo


||: Csus2 C :||

| Csus2 | Bm | Bm7 | Em Esus2 E5 Em7 |
Why do birds suddenly appear, every time, you are near?
Cadd9 | Cadd9 | G | G |
Just like me, they long to be, close to you.

| Csus2 | Bm | Bm7 | Em Esus2 E5 Em7 |
Why do stars fall down from the sky, every time, you walk by?
Cadd9 | Cadd9 | G | G |
Just like me, they long to be, close to you.

| C | C | Bm | Bm7 |
On the day that you were born the angels got together and decided to create a dream come true.
Em | Em | Dsus2 | Dsus2 |
So they sprinkled moon dust in your hair of gold and starlight in your eyes of blue.

| Csus2 | Bm | Bm7 | Em Esus2 E5 Em7 |
That is why all the girls in town (girls in town). Follow you (follow you) all around (all around).
Cadd9 | Cadd9 | G |
Just like me, they long to be, close to you.

Solo – Key change!

| N.C Db/F |
| Dbsus2 | Cm | Cm7 | Fm Fsus2 F5 Fm7 |
Dbsus2 | Db Dbsus2 | Ab | Ab |

| Db | Db | Cm | Cm7 |
On the day that you were born the angels got together and decided to create a dream come true.
Fm | Fm | Dsus2 | Dsus2 |
So they sprinkled moon dust in your hair of gold and starlight in your eyes of blue.

| Dbsus2 | Cm | Cm7 | Fm Fsus2 F5 Fm7 |
That is why all the girls in town (girls in town). Follow you (follow you) all around (all around).
Dbadd9 | Dbadd9 | Abmaj7 |Abmaj7 |
Just like me, they long to be, close to you.
Dbadd9 | Dbadd9 | Ab6 A | Ab6 A | Ab6 A | Ab6 A | Ab6 |
Just like me, they long to be, close to you.

| Dbmaj7 Dbmaj7#11 | Dbmaj7 | Ab | Ab |
| Wa-ah, close to you.
| Dbmaj7 Dbmaj7#11 | Dbmaj7 | Ab | Abadd9 Ab |
| Wa-ah, close to you.
| Dbmaj7 Dbmaj7#11 | Dbmaj7 | Abmaj7 |
| Wa-ah, close to you.


Fingerpicking technique

Similar to Over The Rainbow, Close To You is played in a way that a classical guitarist would play, without a steady pulse.

With the use of rakes (strumming a chord quickly, one note after another) this song works great on just one acoustic guitar, even though the original recording has a massive production.

Keeping the tempo loose, leaving time for the singer to come back in, makes the verse even better. Providing a steady rhythm for the chorus gives this approach a nice contrast.


Close To You – Lyrics

Why do birds suddenly appear
Every time, you are near?
Just like me, they long to be
Close to you

Go to Close To You lyrics.


Burt Bacharach – Biography

One of the most important composers of the last century, Burt Bacharach’s songs have been recorded by over 1000 artists.

Unforgettable hits include Close To You, Walk On By, Arthur’s Theme, That’s What Friends Are For, What The World Needs Now, and I Say A Little Prayer.

Go to Burt Bacharach – Biography.


Carpenters – Biography

Siblings Karen and Richard Carpenter started out in music early on. Richard on the Piano and Karen on Vocals.

During their short and troubled career, they became the biggest act of the 70s, topping even The Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel at Award ceremonies.

Go to Carpenters – Biography.


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If you start with learning all these songs, there’s a good chance you won’t have to learn many more when a gig with a new band appears.

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