Cry Me A River chords by Julie London

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Cry Me A River | Chords + Lyrics


| Emadd9 Emmaj7 | Amadd9 Ammaj7 | C7 | B7b5 |

Verse 1

| Em Emb6 | Em6 Em7 |
Now you say you’re lonely,
| Am7 D9 C7b5 | Gmaj7 G6 F#m7 B7 |
you cry the whole night through.
| Bm7 E7b9 Eaug | C#m7b5 A13 A7 |
Well, you can cry me a river, cry me a river,
| Am7 D9 | G F#m7b5 B7 |
I cried a river over you.

Verse 2

| Em Emb6 | Em6 Em7 |
Now you say you’re sorry,
| Am7 D9 | Gmaj7 G6 F#m7 B7 |
for being so untrue.
| Bm7 E7b9 Eaug | C#m7b5 A13 C#m7b5 |
Well, you can cry me a river, cry me a river,
| Am7 D9 | Am7/G G69 F#7alt |
I cried a river over you.


| Bm6 B69 Bm6 | C#m7b5 F#7#9 F#7b9 |
You drove me, nearly drove me, out of my head.
| Bm6 | C#m7b6 C#m7b5 F#7#9 F#7b9 |
While you never shed a tear.
| Bm Bm6 | C#m7b5 F#7#9 F#7b9 |
Remember, I remember all that you said.
| Bm69 Fm7 | F#m7 B7 B7alt |
Told me love was too plebeian. Told me you were through with me, and.

Verse 3

| Em Emb6 | Em6 Em7 |
Now you say you love me,
| Am7 D9 C7b5 | Gmaj7 G6 F#m7 B7 |
well, just to prove you do.
| Bm7 E7b9 Eaug | C#m7b5 A13 A7 |
Come on and cry me a river, cry me a river,
| Am7 D9 | Am7/G G69 |
I cried a river over you.


| Emadd9 Emmaj7 | Amadd9 Ammaj7 |
| Am7 D9 | Am7 G69 |
I cried a river over you.
| Am7 D7 | Am7 G69 |
I cried a river over you.
| Am7 D7 | Am7 G69 |
I cried a river over you.
| Am7 D9 D7 | Am7 G69 |
I cried a river over you.

Cry Me A River Chords: Learn the progressions!

Cry Me A River Guitar Lesson + TAB T

Sung by Julie London and played by Barney Kessel, we are looking at a serious challenge when aiming to decipher Cry Me A River’s chords!

In fact, this is so difficult I would suggest you ignore the theory and just crack on with the TAB or this will turn into a brain exercise.

Members get all the TAB needed to play this on one guitar with a singer. I have modified it here and there to compensate for the lack of a bass player.

Here’s some preview TAB of verse 1 so you can see what you are up against!

Cry Me A River chords and TAB, verse 1.

There is so much going on in just these 8 bars I could write an essay, but it would be much better for you to just practice these bars than to read about them so let me just point out a couple of things.

That ascending EmEmb6Em6Em7 feels like a reversed Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, it’s so cool! Having both the b6 and 6, it’s without a doubt breaking diatonic rules.

The C#m7b5 could be seen as an A9, in verse 2 it comes back instead of A7 as we play here in verse 1.

Anyway, I’m not going to go on about Cry Me A River’s chords anymore, it is much better for you to simply play the TAB (members get this for all sections!).

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Cry Me A River – Guitar lesson 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.

Barney Kessel played on Cry Me A River!

Nicknamed “Fruitcake” by his friends for practising up to 16 hours a day, Barney Kessel is considered one of the greatest jazz guitarists of all time.

He may be mainly famous for playing Cry Me A River but Barney was also in the famed session band The Wrecking Crew where he played on recordings for The Monkees and Beach Boys.

Barney would spend his days in the studio, going to the jazz club at night, continuing his pursuit to only put the guitar down when sleeping.

Eventually, he became famous enough to only focus on being a jazz guitarist, earning a signature guitar from Gibson in the process.

At the time (1961-1974), jazz was not as popular as it once had been and the guitar didn’t sell too well. Today this means that since the amount of guitars made was so few, they are now fetching crazy money.

My favourite Barney quote is when he stood up in the studio during a recording of a Sonny and Cher song only consisting of one chord (The Beat Goes On) exclaiming “Never have so many played so little for so much”.

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