Don’t Know Why chords by Norah Jones


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Don’t Know Why | Chords + Lyrics (no capo)


Intro

| Bbmaj7 Bb7 | Eb D7 | Gm7 C7 | F F7 |

Verse 1

| Bbmaj7 Bb7 | Eb Ebm |
I waited ’til I saw the sun.
| Gm7 C7 | F7 Bb |
I don’t know why I didn’t come.
| Bbmaj7 Bb7 | Eb Ebm |
I left you by the house of fun.
| Gm7 C7 | F7 Bb |
I don’t know why I didn’t come.
| Gm7 C7 | F7 Bb |
I, don’t know why I didn’t come.

Verse 2

| Bbmaj7 Bb7 | Eb Ebm |
When I saw the break of day.
| Gm7 C7 | F7 Bb |
I wished that I could fly away.
| Bbmaj7 Bb7 | Eb Ebm |
‘Stead of kneeling in the sand.
| Gm7 C7 | F7 Bb |
Catching teardrops in my hand.

Bridge 1

| Gm7 | C7 | F | F F7 |
My heart is drenched in wine.
| Gm7 | C7 | F Eb | Dm7 F7 |
But you’ll be on my mind, forever.

Verse 3

| Bbmaj7 Bb7 | Eb Ebm |
Out across the endless sea.
| Gm7 C7 | F7 Bb |
I would die in ecstasy.
| Bbmaj7 Bb7 | Eb Ebm |
But I’ll be a bag of bones.
| Gm7 C7 | F7 Bb |
Driving down the road alone.

Bridge 2

| Gm7 | C7 | F | F F7 |
My heart is drenched in wine.
| Gm7 | C7 | F Eb | Dm7 F7 |
But you’ll be on my mind, forever.

Solo

||: Bbmaj7 Bb7 | Eb D7 |
| Gm7 C7 | F F7 :||

Verse 4

| Bbmaj7 Bb7 | Eb Ebm |
Something has to make you run.
| Gm7 C7 | F7 Bb |
I don’t know why I didn’t come.
| Bbmaj7 Bb7 | Eb Ebm |
I, feel as empty as a drum.
| Gm7 C7 | F7 Bb |
I don’t know why I didn’t come.
| Gm7 C7 | F7 Bb |
I, don’t know why I didn’t come.
| Gm7 C7 | F7 Bb |
I don’t know why I didn’t come.


Don’t Know Why | Chords + Lyrics (capo 1)


Intro

| Amaj7 A7 | D C#7 | F#m7 B7 | E E7 |

Verse 1

| Amaj7 A7 | D Dm |
I waited ’til I saw the sun.
| F#m7 B7 | E7 A |
I don’t know why I didn’t come.
| Amaj7 A7 | D Dm |
I left you by the house of fun.
| F#m7 B7 | E7 A |
I don’t know why I didn’t come.
| F#m7 B7 | E7 A |
I, don’t know why I didn’t come.

Verse 2

| Amaj7 A7 | D Dm |
When I saw the break of day.
| F#m7 B7 | E7 A |
I wished that I could fly away.
| Amaj7 A7 | D Dm |
‘Stead of kneeling in the sand.
| F#m7 B7 | E7 A |
Catching teardrops in my hand.

Bridge 1

| F#m7 | B7 | E | E E7 |
My heart is drenched in wine.
| F#m7 | B7 | E D | C#m7 E |
But you’ll be on my mind, forever.

Verse 3

| Amaj7 A7 | D Dm |
Out across the endless sea.
| F#m7 B7 | E7 A |
I would die in ecstasy.
| Amaj7 A7 | D Dm |
But I’ll be a bag of bones.
| F#m7 B7 | E7 A |
Driving down the road alone.

Bridge 2

| F#m7 | B7 | E | E E7 |
My heart is drenched in wine.
| F#m7 | B7 | E D | C#m7 E |
But you’ll be on my mind, forever.

Solo

||: Amaj7 A7 | D C#7 |
| F#m7 B7 | E E7 :||

Verse 4

| Amaj7 A7 | D Dm |
Something has to make you run.
| F#m7 B7 | E7 A |
I don’t know why I didn’t come.
| Amaj7 A7 | D Dm |
I, feel as empty as a drum.
| F#m7 B7 | E7 A |
I don’t know why I didn’t come.
| F#m7 B7 | E7 A |
I, don’t know why I didn’t come.
| F#m7 B7 | E7 A |
I don’t know why I didn’t come.


Don’t Know Why chords and progressions (lesson preview)

Don't Know Why chords and TAB guitar lesson

The chords for Don’t Know Why are relatively easy if compared with most Jazz standards, If we think of them as if in the key of A, the intro goes:

| Amaj7 A7 | D C#7 | F#m7 B7 | E E7 |

The first chord is home, chord I, which by moving to dom7 pulls us towards chord IV and makes it all sound jazz/blues instantly. The D (chord IV) is followed by C#7 (IIIx) which takes us to F#m (VI) – B7 (IIx) – E (V).

Most of this opening chord progression uses the movement of “up a 4th”.

The standout voice leading here is the first two bars which move: maj7b73rd3rd, a chromatic line of G#GF#F. This chromatic movement actually continues during the second half although it doesn’t feel as obvious.

As the verse starts, this progression is slightly altered. The C#7 is now a Dm instead, meaning the same voice leading is maintained, very clever!

During the second half of the verse, the chromatic line feels more prominent as it uses the b7 of the F#m7, the 3rd of the B7, the b7 or the E7, and the 3rd of the A: ED#DC#.

Members find out more about Don’t Know Why’s chords and also get TAB for the different sections that will work great if you were to perform this on just one acoustic guitar with a singer.

Here’s what the verse looks like, you can use this as a starting point before you become more adventurous.

Don't Know Why chords and TAB verse

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Don’t Know Why, guitar lesson with TAB.

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Don’t Know Why was written by Norah Jones’ guitarist!

Don’t Know Why was an instant success. Released in 2002 as the lead single from Norah Jones‘ debut album Come Away With Me, it propelled her to super-stardom overnight.

The tune would become Norah’s best charting single and collect three Grammy Awards for Best Female Vocal, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year.

Don’t Know Why will forever connected with Norah even though it wasn’t written by her, but by Jesse Harris who also played guitar on the album and had released it three years earlier on Jesse Harris & the Ferdinandos (1999).

Jesse had a further four songs on Norah’s debut, he’s also worked with Madeleine Peyroux and Melody Gardot.

Apart from being a great singer, performer, and pianist, as well as looking fantastic, Norah had another trump card up her sleeve that made people sit up and take notice.

As the daughter of The Beatles’ musical mentor, Ravi Shankar, she gave the press something to write about and the general public something to discuss.

The debate if Norah Jones’s music was jazz enough to be released on the Record label Blue Note added further fuel to the fire.

Personally, I think the fact that she prior to her success spent time playing piano in restaurants, crafting her style by digesting a jazz standard repertoire is much more interesting.

Perhaps that’s what you should be doing as well before you launch yourself into the world as an artist. Why not start by learning how to play Don’t Know Why’s chords?


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