Everlong chords



You can learn how to play Everlong by Foo Fighters!

As the second single from their second album, The Color And The Shape, Everlong did reasonably well in the charts, reaching #3 in the U.S and Canada.

The debut album didn’t have any hits on it but on this one we find My Hero and Monkey Wrench as well, signaling that Foo Fighters may become a success after all.

As time went by and more albums were released and the band’s fame grew, Everlong ended up becoming a fan favorite.

Written about Louise Post, a woman Dave had fallen in love with, he wrote the lyrics as he was staying at a friend’s house during his divorce with Jennifer Leigh Youngblood. Louise ended up recording the “do, do, do, do’s” over the telephone line.

In 2022, when Taylor Hawkins (the band’s drummer) died from a drug overdose in Colombia, the band had played Everlong as their last song earlier that night.

Let’s take a look at all the lyrics and chords for what can only be seen as the band’s second big single.


Everlong chords and lyrics


||: Dmaj7 | Dmaj7 | Bsus2 | Bsus2 | Gsus2 | Bsus2 | Bsus2 :|| x3

| Dmaj7 | Dmaj7 | Bsus2 | Bsus2 |
Hello, I’ve waited here for you.
| Gsus2 | Bsus2 | Bsus2 |
Everlong.

| Dmaj7 | Dmaj7 | Bsus2 | Bsus2 |
Tonight, I throw myself into, 
| Gsus2 | Bsus2 | Bsus2 |
and out of the red out of her head, she sang.

| Dmaj7 | Dmaj7 | Bsus2 | Bsus2 | Gsus2 | Bsus2 | Bsus2 |
Do, do, do, do…

| Dmaj7 | Dmaj7 | Bsus2 | Bsus2 |
Come down and waste away with me,
| Gsus2 | Bsus2 | Bsus2 |
down with me.

| Dmaj7 | Dmaj7 | Bsus2 | Bsus2 |
Slow how, you wanted it to be,
| Gsus2 | Bsus2 | Bsus2 |
I’m over my head, out of her head, she sang.

| (C# D E) | (E F# G F#) | 

| A5 | (C# D E) | (E F# G F#) |
And I wonder.
| A5 | (C# D E) | (E F# G F#) |
When I sing along with you.

| B5 | G5 | D5 | D5 |
If everything could ever be this real forever.
| B5 | G5 | D5 | D5 |
If anything could ever be this good again.
| B5 | G5 | D5 | A5 |
The only thing I’ll ever ask of you, you’ve got to promise not to stop when I say,
| G5 | G5 |
when. She sang.

| Dmaj7 | Dmaj7 | Bsus2 | Bsus2 | Gsus2 | Bsus2 | Bsus2 |
Do, do, do, do…

| Dmaj7 | Dmaj7 | Bsus2 | Bsus2 |
Breathe out, so I can breathe you in.
| Gsus2 | Bsus2 | Bsus2 |
Hold you in.

| Dmaj7 | Dmaj7 | Bsus2 | Bsus2 |
And now, I know you’ve always been.
| Gsus2 | Bsus2 | Bsus2 |
Out of your head out of my head, I sang.

| (C# D E) | (E F# G F#) | 

| A5 | (C# D E) | D (E F# G F#) |
And I wonder.
| A5 | (C# D E) | D (E F# G F#) |
When I sing along with you.

| B5 | G5 | D5 | D5 |
If everything could ever feel this real forever.
| B5 | G5 | D5 | D5 |
If anything could ever be this good again.
| B5 | G5 | D5 | A5 |
The only thing I’ll ever ask of you, you’ve got to promise not to stop when I say,
| G5 | G5 |
when. She sang.

||: Dmaj7 | Dmaj7 | Bsus2 | Bsus2 | Gsus2 | Bsus2 | Bsus2 :||

||: (C# D E) | (E F# G F#) :|| x3
And I wonder.

| B5 | G5 | D5 | D5 |
If everything could ever feel this real forever.
| B5 | G5 | D5 | D5 |
If anything could ever be this good again.
| B5 | G5 |
The only thing I’ll ever ask of you, 
| D5 | A5 ||: G5 | G5 :||
you’ve got to promise not to stop when I say when.


Everlong chord progression

Dave has found some nice chords for the verse in Dmaj7, Bsus2 and Gsus2. You need to tune your guitar to a drop D to make it work.

The first chord is actually without a 5th, very unusual. To get to the Bsus2, you simply play string 6, fret 9, instead of the open, detuned 6 string.

The verse is 7 bars long, also unusual. This gives us the chord progression I – VI – IV, but with the extensions and 7-bar format, it feels different. This is a great songwriting tip from Mr. Grohl.

After a few verses and some do, do, do’s over the same progression, we get a bridge which is a displaced chromatic riff that looks like this:

| (C# D E) | (E F# G F#) | 

First, this leads to an A power chord, repeat it, then to A again, then repeat, then to the chorus which starts with a B5, chord VI – IV – I. same a the verse, just in a different order and without extensions – Another great songwriting tip!

| B5 | G5 | D5 | D5 |
| B5 | G5 | D5 | D5 |
| B5 | G5 | D5 | A5 |
| G5 | G5 |

To vary it, the third time, we go to chord V, an A5. Then finish off on chord IV, G5.


Foo Fighters

Being a member of not one but two generation-defining bands, Dave Grohl must be considered our time’s greatest rock star.

Dave started writing what was to become Foo Fighters’ first album already as he was touring with Nirvana.

Go to Foo Fighters – Biography.


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