Crazy World chords by Aslan


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Crazy World | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| D | D | Em | Em |
| G | G | D | D (Dadd9) |

Chorus 1

| D | D | Em | Em |
How can I protect you in this crazy world?
| G | G | D | D (Dadd9) |
It’s alright. Yeah, it’s alright.

Verse 1

| D | D | Em | Em |
I have fallen down so many times.
| Em7 | Em7 | D | D |
Don’t know why, don’t know where, don’t care less it’s all the same.
| D | D | Em | Em |
I have travelled through so many towns.
| Em7 | Em7 | D | D (Dadd9) |
Don’t know why, don’t know where, don’t care less it’s all the same.

Chorus 2

| D | D | Em | Em |
How can I protect you in this crazy world?
| G | G | D | D (Dadd9) |
It’s alright, it’s alright.

Verse 2

| D | D | Em | Em |
Can you hear the sound of nothing, nothing?
| Em7 | Em7 | D |
Nothing’s right, nothing’s wrong, don’t care less it’s all the same.
| D | D | Em | Em (hold) |
Love is blind, love is real, don’t you know that love is what you feel?
| Em7 | Em7 | D | D (Dadd9) |
It’s alright. Yeah, it’s alright.

Chorus 3

| D | D | Em | Em |
How can I protect you in this crazy world?
| G | G | D | D (Dadd9) |
It’s alright, it’s alright.

Middle 8

| G5 | D | G5 | D |
When the talking’s over, all the crowd has gone.
| D | A G5 | G5 (hold) |
Nothing left I can do, am I ever gonna get through to you?
| D5/F D5/C D5 D5/F | D5 |
It’s alright.

Solo

| D | D | Em | Em |
| G | G | D | D Dadd9 D |
| D | D | Em | Em |
| G | G | D | D Dadd9 D |
It’s alright. This is a crazy world.

Chorus 4

| D | D | Em | Em |
How can I protect you in this crazy world?
| G | G | D | D Dadd9 D |
It’s alright. Yeah, it’s alright.
| D | D | Em | Em |
How can I protect you when all the crowd have gone? Now your party’s over, all this world is wrong
| G | G | D | D Dadd9 D |
It’s alright, it’s alright.
| D | D | Em | Em |
How can I protect you in this crazy world?
| G | G | (fade)
It’s alright. Yeah, it’s alright.


Crazy World Chords: Learn the progressions


Crazy World guitar lesson + TAB T

In the key of D, Crazy World‘s intro and chorus chords move from I – II – IV – I, like this:

| D (I) | D | Em (II) | Em |
| G (IV) | G | D (I) | D (Dadd9) |

The last chord you see in brackets, a Dadd9, is a chord riff where we play a D chord, a Dadd9 and then a D again. This is best described using TAB, like this:

Crazy World chords and TAB chord riff

On the original recording, there are two guitars but as you saw above, the riff can be incorporated with the strumming so you can play Crazy World on just one acoustic guitar throughout.

Members get TAB for the entire chorus, verse and middle 8, all adapted to work on just one guitar.

The verse chords are very similar to the chorus, but not identical. Instead of chord IV (a G) we stay on the II, only adding a min7 extension, like this:

| D (I) | D | Em (II) | Em |
| Em7 | Em7 | D (I) | D |

When repeated, we add the chord riff over the last D chord.

In verse 2, we cut one bar of D out and also hold the Em before the strumming starts again on Em7. Use the chords and lyrics above to see this most clearly.

The middle 8 moves between IV and I, using only one chord per bar. This is a great songwriting trick to increase the intensity – move between chords twice as fast!

During this section, a new chord is also introduced as we play A (V) – G (IV), hold it and then play F and C over a D5 chord. The F actually makes that D a minor chord so it is a bit strange to call it a D5/F.

Here’s the full middle 8 section (some people call this a bridge) for Crazy World:

| G5 (IV) | D (I) | G5 | D |
| D | A (V) G5 (IV) | G5 (hold) |
| D5/F D5/C D5 D5/F | D5 |

Members get the TAB for all sections of Crazy World, here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Crazy World – Guitar Lesson with TAB.

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Aslan is an Irish national treasure!

As I was doing gigs around Europe in my early 20’s, I was constantly reminded by the Irish how U2 wasn’t the best band in Ireland.

It took a while but in the end, I realised that what they meant was that Thin Lizzy and Aslan were more credible.

They always knew I would know about Thin Lizzy, perhaps being surprised they were Irish, but Aslan was always the trump card.

“Oh, if you play Crazy World, the Irish will go nuts”, they kept telling me, always with a very serious face, as if they’d revealed a great secret that would change my life.

I have to give them credit, they were 100% right, the Irish did go nuts when I pulled this one out.

It was no surprise to me when I toured with an Irish band called The Script 10 years later and they covered the legendary Aslan tune. My bandmates had that look in their eyes “What tune is this?!?”.

It’s Aslan I told them, as if I had always known. And so the legend about the Irish national treasure kept spreading to a few more people, and I’m guessing, it will continue to do for as long as people love a great tune.

You’ll find the original recording of Crazy World, a live performance at an American TV show as well as that Script cover in the playlist at the top of the page.


Crazy World Chords | Related Pages


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Aslan

Aslan tunes T

Aslan is a rock band from Dublin Ireland that formed in the early ’80s, broke up after the debut album and then reunited to release their signature song.

Their best tunes include This Is, Crazy World, and covers of Angie, Jealous Guy, Maggie May and Wish You Were Here.


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About me

Dan Lundholm wrote this article about Crazy World's chords.

This article on Crazy World’s chords was written by Dan Lundholm. Discover more about him and learning guitar with Spytunes.

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