Every Breath You Take chords by The Police


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Every breath you take | Chords + Lyrics (tune down 1/2 step)


Intro

| Aadd9 | Aadd9 | F#madd9 | F#madd9 |
| Dadd9 D | Eadd9 E | Aadd9 | Aadd9 |

Verse 1

| Aadd9 | Aadd9 | F#madd9 | F#madd9 |
Every breath you take, and every move you make.
| Dadd9 D | Eadd9 E | F#madd9 | F#madd9 |
Every bond you break, every step you take, I’ll be watching you.

Verse 2

| Aadd9 | Aadd9 | F#madd9 | F#madd9 |
Every single day, and every word you say.
| Dadd9 D | Eadd9 E | Aadd9 | Aadd9 |
Every game you play, every night you’ll stay, I’ll be watching you.

Bridge 1

| Dadd9 D | Cadd9 C | Aadd9 | Aadd9 |
Oh, can’t you see, you belong to me?
| Badd9 | Badd9 | Eadd9 E | Eadd9 E |
How my poor heart aches, with every step you take.

Verse 3

| Aadd9 | Aadd9 | F#madd9 | F#madd9 |
Every move you make, and every vow you break.
| Dadd9 D | Eadd9 E | F#madd9 | F#madd9 |
Every smile you fake, every claim you stake, I’ll be watching you.

Middle 8

| F (C) | F (B A) |
Since you’ve gone, I’ve been lost without a trace.
| G (D) | G (C B) |
I dream at night, I can only see your face.
| F (C) | F (B A) |
I look around, but it’s you I can’t replace.
| G (D) | G (C B) |
I feel so cold, and I long for your embrace.
| F (C) | F (B A) | Aadd9 | Aadd9 |
I keep crying baby, baby please.

Instrumental

| F#madd9 | F#madd9 | Dadd9 D | Eadd9 E | F#madd9 | F#madd9 |

| Aadd9 | Aadd9 | F#madd9 | F#madd9 |
| Dadd9 D | Eadd9 E | Aadd9 | Aadd9 |
||: Do do do do :||

Bridge 2

| Dadd9 D | Cadd9 C | Aadd9 | Aadd9 |
Oh, can’t you see, you belong to me?
| Badd9 | Badd9 | Eadd9 E | Eadd9 E |
How my poor heart aches, with every step you take.

Verse 4

| Aadd9 | Aadd9 | F#madd9 | F#madd9 |
Every move you make, and every vow you break.
| Dadd9 D | Eadd9 E | F#madd9 | F#madd9 |
Every smile you fake, every claim you’ll stake, I’ll be watching you.
| Dadd9 D | Eadd9 E | F#madd9 | F#madd9 |
Every move you make, Every step you’ll take, I’ll be watching you. 
| F#madd9 | F#madd9 |
I’ll be watching you.

Outro

||: Aadd9 | Aadd9 | F#madd9 | Dadd9 D :||
(Every breath you take, every move you make, every bond you’ll break),
I’ll be watching you (every step you take).
(Every single day, every word you’ll say, every game you play), 
I’ll be watching you, (Every night you’ll stay).
(Every move you make, every vow you’ll break day, every smile you’ll fake), 
I’ll be watching you (everything you take)
(Every single day, every word you say) Whoo, hoo (every game you play),
I’ll be watching you, (Every night you’ll stay).
(Every breath you take, every move you make, every bond you’ll break),
I’ll be watching you (every step you take).
(Every single day, every word you’ll say, every game you play), 
I’ll be watching you, (Every night you’ll stay).
(Every move you make, every vow you’ll break day, every smile you’ll fake), 
I’ll be watching you (everything you take)
(Every single day, every word you say, every game you play),
I’ll be watching you, (Every night you’ll stay).



Every Breath You Take Chords: Learn the progressions!


Every Breath You Take Analysis + TAB

When you try to play along with the original recording of Every Breath You Take, you’ll find that it’s not in tune, use my free tuner to change the Hz to 449 to solve this problem.

You also have to tune down a semitone or convince the singer that it should be a half step up from the original or your chords won’t sound right.

After the singer hasn’t understood this request, you could just buy the Digitech drop pedal and avoid these kinds of conversations in the future.

Let’s assume you are playing it, thinking in the key of A. The chord progression is I – VI – IV – V – VI. With the add9 extension, it looks like this for the intro and verse:

| Aadd9 (I) | Aadd9 | F#madd9 (VI) | F#madd9 |
| Dadd9 (IV) D | Eadd9 (V) E | F#madd9 (VI) | F#madd9 |

If you ignore the last two bars and the add9 extension, this is the same chord progression as Stand By Me.

Here’s the first half of this section in TAB, the challenge will not be how to stretch and hold all these notes, but realise how to get some relief (members find out!)

Every Breath You Take chords and TAB. Main riff, first line.

The bridge starts on chord IV, then finds tension with a bIIIx chord (that’s a C), goes back to I, then finds more tension with a IIx before we hit ultimate tension with V, like this:

| Dadd9 (IV) D | Cadd9 (bIIIx) C | Aadd9 (I) | Aadd9 |
| Badd9 (IIx) | Badd9 | Eadd9 (V) E | Eadd9 E |

Notice the subtle change here of going from add9 back to the triad is a modification to the verse/chorus part.

The greatest challenge when playing Every Breath You Take is definitely the (very) stretchy chords, members get TAB and tips for how to make it easier.

We also look at how they made a very simple addition to the seemingly too-common chord progression, we even work out how to incorporate the middle 8 piano line on the guitar, all with TAB of course.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Every Breath You Take – 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.

Every Breath You Take is the most-played song in the history of radio!

The Police‘s most popular song and the most-played song in the history of radio, Every Breath You Take is the definition of a hit.

The band was just about to scrap it, thinking it was way too cheesy. That was before Andy Summers came up with the iconic add9 extensions for the main chord riff.

To wrap your head around how big this hit was, in 2010, it is estimated that Every Breath You Take generated almost 1/3 of Sting‘s entire publishing income.

Considering he by then written Roxanne, Englishman In New York, Fragile, Shape Of My Heart, So Lonely, Message In A Bottle, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, Don’t Stand So Close To Me, and Walking On The Moon, that’s pretty nuts!



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