Englishman In New York chords by Sting


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Englishman In New York | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: Em7 A | Bm Bm9 Bm/A :|| x4

Verse 1

||: Em7 A | Bm Bm9 Bm/A :||
I don’t drink coffee, I take tea, my dear.
I like my toast done on one side.
And you can hear it in my accent when I talk.
| Em7 A | Bm |
I’m an Englishman in New York.

Verse 2

||: Em7 A | Bm Bm9 Bm/A :||
See me walking down Fifth Avenue.
A walking cane here at my side.
I take it everywhere I walk.
| Em7 A | Bm  Bm/A |
I’m an Englishman in New York.

Chorus 1

||: Em A | Bm :||
Oh, oh, I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien, I’m an Englishman in New York.
Oh, oh, I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien, I’m an Englishman in New York.

Verse 3

||: Em7 A | Bm Bm9 Bm/A :||
If “manners maketh man” as someone said.
He’s the hero of the day.
It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile.
| Em7 A | Bm |
Be yourself, no matter what they say.

Chorus 2

||: Em A | Bm :|| 
Wo-oh, I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien, I’m an Englishman in New York.
Wo-oh, I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien, I’m an Englishman in New York.

Middle 8

| D | A |
Modesty, propriety, can lead to notoriety.
| Bm Bm7 | F# F#7 |
You could end up as the only one.
| G | A
Gentleness, sobriety are rare in this society.
| A#dim7 | Bm N.C |
At night a candle’s brighter than the sun.

Solo

||: Em7 A7 | Bm9 :|| x4
||: N.C | N.C :|| (drum solo)
| Em7 A7 | Bm9 |

Verse 4

||: Em7 A | Bm Bm9 Bm/A :||
Takes more than combat gear to make a man.
Takes more than a license for a gun.
Confront your enemies, avoid them when you can.
| Em7 A | Bm  Bm/A |
A gentleman will walk but never run.

Verse 5

||: Em7 A | Bm Bm9 Bm/A :||
If “manners maketh man” as someone said.
He’s our hero of the day.
It takes a man to suffer ignorance and smile.
Be yourself no matter what they say, be yourself no matter what they say.
| Em7 A | Bm  Bm |
Be yourself no matter what they say, 

Outro

||: Em A | Bm :|| 
Be yourself no matter what they say. (Oh, I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien).
Be yourself no matter what they say. (I’m an Englishman in New York). 
Be yourself no matter what they say. (Oh, I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien).
Be yourself no matter what they say. (I’m an Englishman in New York).
Be yourself no matter what they say. (Oh, I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien).
Be yourself no matter what they say. (I’m an Englishman in New York).
Be yourself no matter what they say. (Oh, I’m an alien, I’m a legal alien).
Be yourself no matter what they say. (I’m an Englishman in New York).
Be yourself no matter what they say.


Englishman In New York’s chords and progressions (lesson preview)

Englishman In New York Analysis + TAB

Just looking at the chords, Englishman In New York appears relatively easy.

The verse is just a II – V – VI on repeat. With extensions, it looks like this in the key of D/Bm.

||: Em7 A | Bm Bm9 Bm/A :||

The chorus is even easier as it is the same but without extensions, like this:

||: Em A | Bm :||

We don’t actually play a D chord until the middle 8 when the chords go I – V – VI – IIIx, then IV – V – #Vdim – VI, like this:

| D | A | Bm Bm7 | F# F#7 |
| G | A | A#dim7 | Bm N.C |

So the chords may look easy but when attempting to play this on one acoustic, you must incorporate the bass line, chords, and even the string section’s extensions and sum it up in TAB.

This took me a while to work out how to do but it was well worth the time. Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Englishman In New York, guitar lesson with TAB.

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Englishman In New York is one of Sting’s best tunes!

After the enormous worldwide success Sting had with his band The Police between ’78 and ’83, he embarked on a solo career the following year.

Being so well known by now, Sting could entice the finest studio musicians the world had to offer. This resulted in a much slicker sound than The Police New Wave power trio had produced. For some songs, he even had an orchestra. 

After his first solo album, Dream Of The Blue Turtle (1985), which had one big hit, If You Love Somebody Set Them Free, he released Nothing Like The Sun (1987). This album contained Fragile and what we’re looking at above, Englishman In New York.

By now Sting had definitely found his sound and shown the world that he could stand on his own two feet.

There would be one more album in Soul Cages before he would release his masterpiece Ten Summoner’s Tales in ’93.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, Englishman In New York really is one of Sting’s best compositions, so study how he put this classic together very carefully, the devil is in the fine detail here, learning to play it on one acoustic guitar is definitely a great idea/party trick!


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