Everybody’s Talkin’ chords by Harry Nilsson


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Everybody’s Talkin’ | Chords + Lyrics (capo 4)


Intro

||: Cmaj7 G6 | Cmaj7 G6 :||

Verse 1

| Cmaj7 G6 | Cmaj7 G6 |
Everybody’s talkin’ at me,
| C7 C6/G | C7 C6/G |
I don’t hear a word they’re saying.
| Dm7 G7 | Dm7 G7 | Cmaj13 G6 | Cmaj13 G6 |
Only the echoes of my mind.

Verse 2

| Cmaj7 G6 | Cmaj7 G6 |
People stop and stare and,
| C7 C6/G | C7 C6/G |
I can’t see their faces.
| Dm7 G7 | Dm7 G7 | Cmaj13 G6 | Cmaj13 G6 |
Only the shadows of their eyes.

Chorus 1

| Dm (Dmmaj7) | G7 G13 |
I’m going where the sun keeps shining.
| C C/G | C7 C6/G |
Through the pouring rain.
| Dm (Dmmaj7) | G7 G13 | C C/G | C7 C6/G |
Going where the weather suits my clothes.
| Dm (Dmmaj7) | G7 G13 |
Banking off of the northeast winds.
| C C/G | C7 C6/G |
Sailing on a summer breeze.
| Dm (Dmmaj7) | G7 G13 | C C/G | C7 C6/G |
And skipping over the ocean, like a stone.

Chorus Tag

| C C/G | C7 C6/G |
Wah, wah wah-wah wah.
| C C/G | C7 C6/G |
Wah-wah wah-wah, wah wah-wah.
| G7 | G7 | Cmaj13 G6 | Cmaj13 G6 |
Wahhh.

Chorus 2

| Dm (Dmmaj7) | G7 G13 |
I’m going where the sun keeps shining.
| C C/G | C7 C6/G |
Through the pouring rain.
| Dm (Dmmaj7) | G7 G13 | C C/G | C7 C6/G |
Going where the weather suits my clothes.
| Dm (Dmmaj7) | G7 G13 |
Banking off of the northeast winds.
| C C/G | C7 C6/G |
Sailing on a summer breeze.
| Dm (Dmmaj7) | G7 G13 | C C/G | C7 C6/G |
And skipping over the ocean, like a stone.

Verse 3

| Cmaj7 G6 | Cmaj7 G6 |
Everybody’s talkin’ at me,
| C7 C6/G | C7 C6/G |
can’t hear a word they’re saying.
| Dm7 G7 | Dm7 G7 | Cmaj13 G6 | Cmaj13 G6 |
Only the echoes of my mind.

Outro

||: G7 | G7 | Cmaj13 G6 | Cmaj13 G6 :|| to fade
I won’t let you leave my love behind.
No, I won’t let you leave.
Ooh, wah, ah.
I won’t let you leave my love behind.


Everybody’s Talkin’ chords and progressions (lesson preview)

Everybody's Talkin' Analysis + TAB T

I can turn most songs into an acoustic guitar arrangement. Over the years, it’s become a speciality of mine.

When I first heard Everybody’s Talkin’, it was the Harry Nilsson version on the radio, I liked it but didn’t at the time have the ability to work it out.

A few years later I heard the Stephen Stills version and loved it, so much so I ignored learning the famous version.

Stephen plays it much more chilled and I developed some kind of alternative version to that.

Playing it at gigs, people didn’t like it as they wanted to hear the characteristic fast-picked guitar, I could sense this and dropped the song.

Now, many, many years later when I work this out from the original, I have to admit it has defeated me, I can’t make Everybody’s Talkin’ work on one acoustic.

After three days of trying, I’ve given up, I have to have a bass player or a 2nd guitar playing a rhythm on beats 1, and 2 +, I just can’t incorporate that bass line movement into the fast picking.

Along with this, the fast picking sounds great, here’s what the intro chords (and the beginning of the verse) look like in TAB (put a capo on fret 4).

Everybody's Talkin' chords and TAB Intro

The verse uses these chords (members get TAB for this too):

| Cmaj7 G6 | Cmaj7 G6 |
| C7 C6/G | C7 C6/G |
| Dm7 G7 | Dm7 G7 | Cmaj13 G6 | Cmaj13 G6 |

The fast picking is challenging but once you’ve got the patterns down it’s like everything else, you just need to practice it, and the speed comes after a few days.

Everybody’s Talkin’s chorus chords are a II – V, followed by a descending movement over chord I (C), like this:

||: Dm (Dmmaj7) | G7 G13 |
| C C/G | C7 C6/G :||

The chorus tag keeps that last descending movement going before we change the chords, like this:

||: C C/G | C7 C6/G :||
| G7 | G7 | Cmaj13 G6 | Cmaj13 G6 |

Those last two bars are similar to the end of the verse but the picking pattern is more busy (members get the TAB for everything).

Finally, the outro chords are a V chord (G7) going to the same pattern we had at the end of the verse on repeat to fade, like this:

||: G7 | G7 | Cmaj13 G6 | Cmaj13 G6 :||

All these parts sound amazing, as long as you have a bass player and/or 2nd guitarist playing the syncopated half-time feel groove. Without it, this fast-picked stuff sounds extremely strange. I guess they filed this under the genre of Orchestral-Pop for a good reason!

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Everybody’s Talkin’, guitar lesson with TAB.

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Everybody’s Talkin’ original and cover versions

The original version was written, recorded and released by Fred Neil in 1966.

In 1968, Harry Nilsson released his version which is the one everybody knows on the album Aerial Ballet.

The following year, after having been included in the soundtrack for the movie Midnight Cowboy, it was re-released and climbed the charts higher than the first time around.

Since Fred wrote it and Harry’s success with Everybody’s Talkin’, everyone else seemingly wanted to get in on the action, here’s a list of artists/bands that have recorded Everybody’s Talkin’:

I’ve included all versions in the playlist at the top of this page.


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