Could You Be Loved chords by Bob Marley


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Could You Be Loved | Chords and lyrics

Intro

||: Bm(add9):||

Chorus 1

| D | Bm7 | G | D |
Could you be loved, and be loved?
| D | Bm7 | G | D |
Could you be loved, and be loved?

Verse 1

| Bm | Bm | Em | Em |
Don’t let them fool ya, 
| Bm | Bm | Em | Em |
Or even try to school ya! Oh, no!
| Bm | Bm | G F#m | Em |
We’ve got a mind of our own. So go to hell if what you’re thinking is not right!
| Bm | Bm | G F#m | A |
Love would never leave us alone. Ay, in the darkness, there must come out the light.

Chorus 2

| D | Bm7 | G | D |
Could you be loved, and be loved?
| D | Bm7 | G | D |
Could you be loved, wo now, and be loved? 

Bridge

||: Bm(add9):|| 
(The road of life is rocky, and you may stumble too).
(So while you point your finger, someone else is judging you). Love your brotherman.
(Could you be, could you be, could you be loved?) (Could you be, could you be loved?)
(Could you be, could you be, could you be loved?) (Could you be, could you be loved?)

Verse 2

| Bm | Bm | Em | Em |
Don’t let them change ya, oh. 
| Bm | Bm | Em | Em |
Or even rearrange ya. Oh, no.
| Bm | Bm | G F#m | Em |
We’ve got a life to live, (oh, oh, oh)
| Bm | Bm | G F#m | A | A |
They say, “Only, only. Only the fittest of the fittest shall survive”. Stay alive, eh.

Chorus 3

| D | Bm7 | G | D |
Could you be loved, and be loved?
| D | Bm7 | G | D |
Could you be loved, wo now, and be loved?

Outro

||: Bm(add9):|| 
(Never miss your water, until your well runs dry).
(No matter how you treat him, the man will never be satisfied).
Say something (could you be, could you be, could you be loved?)
(Could you be, could you be loved?). Say something.
Say something (could you be, could you be, could you be loved?)
(Could you be, could you be loved?). Say something.
Say something, say something (say something)
Say something, say something (Could you be loved?)
Say something, say something (Reggae, reggae)
Say something (Rockers, rockers)
Say something (Reggae, reggae)
Say something (Rockers, rockers)
Say something (Could you be loved?)
Say something, uh. Say something, come on.
Say something (Could you be, could you be, could you be loved?)
Say something (Could you be, could you be loved?)
Say something (Could you be, could you be, could you be loved?)
Say something (Could you be, could you be loved?)


Could You Be Loved chords and progressions

There are three sections in Could You Be Loved.

The first is a static Bm chord. The guitar plays a muted picked line that incorporates the 9, hence why I’ve called the chord a Bmadd9 in the chart above.

Next, we go straight to the chorus which starts on chord I, a D. This is followed by the minor fall (#7 on Top 10 chord progressions) This gives us a feeling of sadness. We then move to IV (G) and then back to D (chord I) again.

This is not a super common progression. I – VI – IV – V would have been much more common, but Marley here opts for I – VI – IV – I.

The verse first moves from VI – II, or BmEm (another classic listed at #10 on my top 10 chord progression list). This is followed by moving down the scale from IV – III – II, or GF#mEm.

To move up or down the scale like this is very common.


Playing along to records that are not perfectly in tune

Could You Be Loved is, just like many other records, not perfectly in tune. This means that if you tune your guitar using a tuner, and then play along with the video above or using Spotify for example, you will be out of tune.

To combat this problem, you can either tune the record to you, or, you must tune to the record.

The first way would be best achieved by recording the song into a DAW, then using a plugin to tune the song up or down until it works with your guitar. Logic has a feature called flextime that can do this.

The second option, you tune to the record, is achieved by changing the Hz of your tuner. From 440 to, let’s say, 448.

My free online tuner can do exactly this for you. The best results are achieved by using your smartphone and placing it on the waist of the acoustic guitar.


From the album Uprising

Clearly, Could You Be Loved has lived up to its own title as it is one of the most loved songs in the world.

This is one of Bob Marley’s best-known hits. Released in 1980 on the album Uprising, the final album Bob and his Wailers recorded and released during his lifetime, it was the leading single and had instant success worldwide.

One more notable single came off this album in Redemption Song.


Could You Be Loved | Related pages


Bob Marley

Bob Marley was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, guitarist, and activist.

Marley is the most widely known performer of reggae music and is regarded by many as a prophet of the Rastafarian religion. Few artists have had such widespread recognition as Bob Marley.

Go to Bob Marley.


Song Book

As a guitarist, a repertoire is the greatest asset you can acquire. It is your ticket to playing with other musicians.

To help you on this journey, I’ve gathered tunes I play with acoustic duos, Jazz trios, Indie/Rock/Party bands as well as large Soul/Motown ensembles.

Go to Song Book.


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