Faith chords by George Michael


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Faith | Chords + Lyrics (no capo)


Intro

||: B Esus4 E | C#m F#sus4 F# :|| organ fades in
| B | B | hold organ
| B | B | guitar rhythm

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 F#/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 F#/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.

Solo

| B | B (B6) | E7 | B |
(I’ll just have to wait. Because I’ve got to have faith).
| B | B (B6) | E7 | B |
(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 F#/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 + Lyrics (capo 4)


Intro

||: G Fadd9 C | Amadd2 D6omit3 D5 :|| organ fades in
| G | G | hold organ
| 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 D/F# Em |
Oh, when that love comes down without devotion.
| Am | D5 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 D/F# Em |
Oh, oh baby, I reconsider my foolish notion.
| Am | D5 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.

Solo

| G | G | C | G |
(I’ll just have to wait. Because I’ve got to have faith).
| G | G | C | G |
(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 D/F# Em |
Oh, oh, baby, I reconsider my foolish notion.
| Am | D5 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: Learn the progressions


Faith guitar lesson + TAB T

Before you start playing along with the original recording, tune your guitar using my online guitar tuner, and set the Hz to 446.

In my experience, guitar players shy away from playing along with records because they are not in tune with them and in the case of Faith, George Michael is sharp by 6Hz.

There are now two routes to take, the acoustic, using a capo on fret 4, thinking in the key of G and playing on your own, or the electric, playing in a band, thinking in the key of B.

Here are the verse chords for playing Faith on the electric guitar in a band:

| B | B | E | B |
| B | B | E | B |

All we have here are chords I – IV, it’s the rhythm that is the hard part. Here’s the TAB for how I think you should play this as the only guitarist in a band.

Faith chords and TAB verse no capo

As you can see, the part is the same throughout and compact, using only three strings.

On the acoustic guitar, you need to play more bass notes as George Michael’s music is more about the bass than the guitar.

Here’s how I think you should play the verse on the acoustic, don’t forget the capo!

Faith chords and TAB Verse capo 4

The bridge starts on chord IV and goes like this without a capo:

| E | B | E | B |
| E | B F#/A# G#m |
| C#m | F# N.C |

The movement here, using Roman Numerals, is IV – I on repeat, then I – V/3 – VI – II – V. It’s much easier to see this if you think in the key of G like we do when playing it on the acoustic, it looks like this:

| C | G | C | G |
| C | G D/F# Em |
| Am | D5 N.C |

You may have noticed that the last chord is different, it sounds better with a D5 on the acoustic.

Members get TAB for all sections, including the intro. I’ve written the chords in two different ways, the first is without incorporating the melody. Without a capo, it looks like this:

||: B Esus4 E | C#m F#sus4 F# :||

With a capo, we can easily incorporate the melody and if we do, we can name the chords after the intervals the melody uses, it looks like this:

||: G Fadd9 C | Amadd2 D6omit3 D5 :||

Here’s a link to the complete lesson: Faith – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



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 with the guitar solo added much later in the process.

Faith was written first as a bit of a parody, aiming to incorporate all cliches, echoing Queen’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love.

Another couple of tunes that did this are Song 2 by Blur and Sex On Fire by King Of Leon, it all started off as a joke but when the Record label heard it, it was all on.

Party bands the world over play all these tunes, you just have to decide if you’re going to do it on the acoustic or electric. I would suggest you learn both ways as this will deepen your understanding of the tune.

Should you want to learn to play the guitar solo, check the playlist above, I’ve included a YouTube tutorial that demonstrates this.



Faith Chords | Related Pages


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There are many more Intermediate Acoustic Songs with chords similar to Faith.

Most intermediate acoustic tunes can’t be played using just basic open-position chords. We have to move up the fretboard and play CAGED barre chords as well.

We incorporate bass lines, add licks, extend chords, and play vocal melodies. Most importantly, we’ll invent second guitar parts and play these songs together.


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When you can play Faith, check out these Rock n Roll & Early Pop tunes as well.

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