Don’t Look Back Into The Sun chords by The Libertines


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Don’t Look Back Into The Sun | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: N.C :|| x4
||: G | D | Em | D | C | D | G | D :||
| Gadd4 | D13omit3 | Em7b6 | D13omit3 | C | D5/A | G | D5/A |

Verse 1

| G | D5/A | Em | D5/A |
Don’t look back into the sun, now you know that the time is come.
| C | D5/A | G5 | D5/A |
And they said that it would never come for you, oh oh oh oh.
| G | D5/A | Em | D5/A |
Oh my friend you haven’t changed, you looking rough and living strange.
| C | D5/A | G5 | D5 |
And I know you’ve got a taste for it too ah oh oh.

Bridge 1

| C | C | G | G |
They will never forgive you but they won’t let you go, oh no.
| C | C | D5 N.C | N.C |
She will never forgive you but she won’t let you go, oh no.

Verse 2

| G | D5/A | Em | D5/A |
Don’t look back into the sun, you’ve cast your pearls but you’re on the run.
| C | D5/A | G5 | D5/A |
And all the lies you said, who did you save?
| G | D5/A | Em | D5/A |
And then they played that song at the death disco, it started fast but it ends so slow.
| C | D5/A | G5 | D5 |
And all the time it reminded me of you.

Bridge 2

| C | C | G | G |
They will never forgive you but they won’t let you go (let me go).
| C | C | D5 N.C | N.C |
She will never forgive you but she won’t let you go, oh no.

Solo

||: Gadd4 | D13omit3 | Em7b6 | D13omit3 | C | D5/A | G | D5/A :||

Bridge 3

| C | C | G | G |
They will never forgive you but they won’t let you go (let me go).
| C | C | D5 N.C | N.C |
She will never forgive you but she won’t let you go, oh no.

Outro

||: Gadd4 | D13omit3 | Em7b6 | D13omit3 | C | D5/A | G | D5/A :||
| G | D | Em | D | C | D | G | G |



Don’t Look Back Into The Sun Chords: Learn the progressions!


Don’t Look Back Into The Sun guitar lesson with TAB

The completely diatonic chord progression Don’t Look Back Into The Sun offers is extremely simple if you ignore that it needs to be played fast!

The verse/chorus consists of two movements, the first being:

G (I) – D (V) – Em (VI) – D (V).

The second movement is:

C (IV) – D (V) – G (I) – D (V).

Playing this on just one acoustic guitar, I would recommend using a few power chords, like this:

||: G | D5/A | Em | D5/A |
| C | D5/A | G5 | D5/A :||

Having the first G as a triad, and the second as a power chord provides some nice variation.

That D5/A is simply a way to fatten up that D chord which if played in the open position can sound thin next to a big open position G and Em. If you’re in a band, the bass player will play a D, not an A.

The bridge chords are:

C (IV) – G (I) – C (IV) – D (V).

These simple open-position chords make Don’t Look Back Into The Sun easy to memorize, and if you like pop/punk/garage-rock, an excellent beginner song.

Members use my custom-made TAB and look at this as a beginner acoustic tune. In doing so, they get a great exercise in the intro, dipping their toe in the moveable CAGED system.

I’ve simplified the rhythm slightly. Considering the band was clearly under the influence playing it and you need something that works in a less drunken, working band, this is what I came up with.

Don't Look Back Into The Sun chords and TAB intro 1st half

As you can see, this is an easy-to-understand rhythm, meaning all your bandmates will relax.

Next, we incorporate the intro melody into the strumming (members get extremely detailed TAB for this as well as what to play for the verse and bridge).

If you include the intervals from the intro melody into the chord names, it’ll say this:

| Gadd4 | D13omit3 | Em7b6 | D13omit3 |
| C | D5/A | G | D5/A |

Without TAB, this won’t make much sense, but after you’ve seen the TAB, the chord names will actually help!

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Don’t Look Back Into The Sun – Guitar lesson with TAB.

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Don’t Look Back Into The Sun is The Libertines’ signature song!

Only released as a single, Don’t Look Back Into The Sun is The Libertines‘ signature song.

As a band steeped in controversy, The Libertines are more famous for their off-stage, drug-fuelled antics than their music.

Luckily, with Don’t Look Back Into The Sun, the band demonstrated they could craft a sing-along garage-rock punk classic, worthy of being played alongside Last Nite, Seven Nation Army, Are You Gonna Be My Girl, Mr. Brightside, and I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor by the weekend warrior indie rock cover band.

If you want to play in one of those bands, you should work Don’t Look Back Into The Sun into your repertoire.

The Libertines are no one-hit wonder, their fans would have you know there are many more songs to discover by this party all-night band. Perhaps after learning this one, you’ll find more!


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