Faith chords by George Michael


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Faith | Chords and lyrics

Intro

||: B Esus4 E | C#m F#sus4 F# :|| Fade in church organ
| B Esus4 | C#m F#sus4 | B | B |
| B | B |

Verse 1

| B | B |
Well, I guess it would be nice if I could touch your body.
| E | B |
I know not everybody has got a body like you.
| B | B |
Oh, but I gotta think twice before I give my heart away.
| E | B |
And I know all the games you play, because I played them, too.

Bridge 1

| E | B |
Oh, but I need some time off from that emotion.
| E | B |
Time to pick my heart up off the floor.
| E | B G#m/A# G#m |
Oh, when that love comes down without devotion.
| C#m | F# N.C |
Well, it takes a strong man, baby but I’m showin’ you the door.

Chorus 1

| B | B |
‘Cause I gotta have faith, I gotta have faith.
| B | B N.C |
Because I gotta have faith, faith, faith. I got to have faith, faith, faith, ah.

Verse 2

| B | B |
Baby, I know you’re askin’ me to stay.
| E | B |
Say “Please, please, please don’t go away”. You say I’m giving you the blues.
| B | B |
Maybe, huh, you mean every word you say, can’t help but think of yesterday.
| E | B |
And another who tied me down to loverboy rules.

Bridge 2

| E | B |
Before this river becomes an ocean.
| E | B |
Before you throw my heart back on the floor.
| E | B G#m/A# G#m |
Oh, oh baby, I reconsider my foolish notion.
| C#m | F# N.C |
Well, I need someone to hold me but I’ll wait for something more.

Chorus 2

| B | B |
Yes, I gotta have faith. Ooh, I gotta have faith.
| B | B N.C |
Because I gotta have faith, faith, faith. I gotta have faith, faith, faith.

Chorus 3

| B | B (B6) | E7 | B (B6) |
I’ll just have to wait. Because I’ve got to have faith.
| B | B (B6) | E7 | B (B6) |
I gotta have faith. I’ve got to, got to, got to have faith.

Bridge 3

| E | B |
Before this river becomes an ocean.
| E | B |
Before you throw my heart back on the floor (I just gotta have faith).
| E | B G#m/A# G#m |
Oh, oh, baby, I reconsider my foolish notion.
| C#m | F# N.C | N.C |
Well, I need someone to hold me but I’ll wait for something more.

Chorus 4

| B | B |
‘Cause I gotta have faith. Ooh, I gotta have faith.
| B | B N.C |
Because I gotta have faith, faith, faith, ah. I gotta have faith, faith, faith, ah.


Faith chords and lyrics (capo 4)


Intro

||: G Csus4 C | Am Dsus4 D :|| Church organ fades in
| G Csus4 | Am Dsus4 | G | G |
| G | G | Guitar

Verse 1

| G | G |
Well, I guess it would be nice if I could touch your body.
| C | G |
I know not everybody has got a body like you.
| G | G |
Oh, but I gotta think twice before I give my heart away.
| C | G |
And I know all the games you play, because I played them, too.

Bridge 1

| C | G |
Oh, but I need some time off from that emotion.
| C | G |
Time to pick my heart up off the floor.
| C | G Em/F# Em |
Oh, when that love comes down without devotion.
| Am | D N.C |
Well, it takes a strong man, baby but I’m showin’ you the door.

Chorus 1

| G | G |
‘Cause I gotta have faith, I gotta have faith.
| G | G N.C |
Because I gotta have faith, faith, faith. I got to have faith, faith, faith, ah.

Verse 2

| G | G |
Baby, I know you’re askin’ me to stay.
| C | G |
Say “Please, please, please don’t go away”. You say I’m giving you the blues.
| G | G |
Maybe, huh, you mean every word you say, can’t help but think of yesterday.
| C | G |
And another who tied me down to loverboy rules.

Bridge 2

| C | G |
Before this river becomes an ocean.
| C | G |
Before you throw my heart back on the floor.
| C | G Em/F# Em |
Oh, oh baby, I reconsider my foolish notion.
| Am | D N.C |
Well, I need someone to hold me but I’ll wait for something more.

Chorus 2

| G | G |
Yes, I gotta have faith. Ooh, I gotta have faith.
| G | G N.C |
Because I gotta have faith, faith, faith. I gotta have faith, faith, faith.

Chorus 3

| G | G (G6) | C7 | G (G6) |
I’ll just have to wait. Because I’ve got to have faith.
| G | G (G6) | C7 | G (G6) |
I gotta have faith. I’ve got to, got to, got to have faith.

Bridge 3

| C | G |
Before this river becomes an ocean.
| C | G |
Before you throw my heart back on the floor (I just gotta have faith).
| C | G Em/F# Em |
Oh, oh, baby, I reconsider my foolish notion.
| Am | D N.C | N.C |
Well, I need someone to hold me but I’ll wait for something more.

Outro

| G | G |
‘Cause I gotta have faith. Ooh, I gotta have faith.
| G | G N.C |
Because I gotta have faith, faith, faith, ah. I gotta have faith, faith, faith, ah.


Faith chords and progressions

Before the song starts, there’s a free-time church organ part which is pretty hard to define at first. As it fades in, it took me a while to work out what was actually going on.

Thinking in the key of G, using a capo, it seems as if perhaps it was written on the guitar.

||: G Csus4 C | Am Dsus4 D :||
| G Csus4 | Am Dsus4 | G | G |

Once the song kicks in, we get a master class in twisting and turning the I – IV movement (Top of this chord progression list for a reason!)

Moving from I – IV is the verse, and from IV – I in the bridge. The chorus just stays on chord I, so simple!

The end of the bridge moves from I to VI, via the 7th note of the scale. Usually, this is done using chord V or I as a passing chord but in Faith, we use chord VI instead. GEm/F#Em.

This is the section that tells me Faith must have been written in this key, using a capo to get in George Michael’s register.

During the solo, add 6 chords for a more rock n roll feel over chord I, and a dom7 over chord IV.


Faith was not supposed to be a single

As the #1 single of the year in 1988, George Michael’s Faith topped the charts the world over. Released as a single from his debut album with the same name, the song was developed over several months.

Originally it wasn’t intended as a single and that guitar solo was added much later in the process.

Most guitar players think of this song as in B, playing barre CAGED chords but it actually makes much more sense if you think of it in the key of G, placing a capo on fret 4.

The tuning is overall a bit sharp, if you want to play along with the original recording as you practice the song, tune your guitar to a tuner set to 446 Hz, not 440. My free online tuner can do this.


Faith | Related pages


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Following many hits with the duo, he set his sights on an even more lucrative solo career.

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