Free Fallin’ chords by Tom Petty


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Free Fallin’ Chords + Lyrics (capo 1)


Intro

||: E Asus2 | Asus2 E B5 :||

Verse 1

||: E Asus2 | Asus2 E B5 :||
She’s a good girl, loves her mama.
Loves Jesus, and America too.
She’s a good girl, is crazy about Elvis.
Loves horses, and her boyfriend too.

Instrumental 1

| E Asus2 | Asus2 E B5 |

Verse 2

||: E Asus2 | Asus2 E B5 :||
And it’s a long day, livin’ in Reseda.
There’s a freeway, runnin’ through the yard.
And I’m a bad boy, ’cause I don’t even miss her.
I’m a bad boy, for breakin’ her heart.

Chorus 1

||: E Asus2 | Asus2 E B5 :||
And I’m free.
Free fallin’.
Yeah I’m free.
Free fallin’.

Verse 3

||: E Asus2 | Asus2 E B5 :||
And all the vampires, walkin’ through the valley.
Move west down, Ventura Boulevard.
And all the bad boys, are standin’ in the shadows.
And the good girls, are home with broken hearts.

Chorus 2

||: E Asus2 | Asus2 E B5 :||
And I’m free.
I’m free fallin’.
Yeah I’m free.
Free fallin’.

Instrumental 2

| E Asus2 | Asus2 E B5 |

Bridge 1

||: E Asus2 | Asus2 E B5 :||
Free fallin, now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m.
Free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m.

Verse 4

||: E Asus2 | Asus2 E B5 :||
I wanna glide down (oh-ah), over Mulholland.
I wanna write her (oh-ah), name in the sky.
I’m gonna free fall (oh-ah), out into nothin’.
Gonna leave this (oh-ah), world for a while.

Chorus 3

||: E Asus2 | Asus2 E B5 :||
And I’m free (free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m).
Free fallin’ (free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m).
Yeah, I’m free (free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m).
Free fallin’ (free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m).

Breakdown

||: E5 A5 | A5 E5 B5 :||
Free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m.

Outro

||: E Asus2 | Asus2 E B5 :||
Yeah, I’m free.
Free fallin’.
Oh! (free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m).
Free fallin’ (free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m).
And I’m free (free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m).
Oh! Free fallin’ (free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m).
(Free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m.)
Free fallin’ (free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m).



Free Fallin’ Chords + Lyrics (2nd guitar, capo 3)


Intro

||: D G5 | G5 D Asus4 :||

Verse 1

||: D G5 | G5 D Asus4 :||
She’s a good girl, loves her mama.
Loves Jesus, and America too.
She’s a good girl, is crazy about Elvis.
Loves horses, and her boyfriend too.

Instrumental 1

| D G5 | G5 D Asus4 |

Verse 2

||: D G5 | G5 D Asus4 :||
And it’s a long day, livin’ in Reseda.
There’s a freeway, runnin’ through the yard.
And I’m a bad boy, ’cause I don’t even miss her.
I’m a bad boy, for breakin’ her heart.

Chorus 1

||: D G5 | G5 D Asus4 :||
And I’m free.
Free fallin’.
Yeah I’m free.
Free fallin’.

Verse 3

||: D G5 | G5 D Asus4 :||
And all the vampires, walkin’ through the valley.
Move west down, Ventura Boulevard.
And all the bad boys, are standin’ in the shadows.
And the good girls, are home with broken hearts.

Chorus 2

||: D G5 | G5 D Asus4 :||
And I’m free.
I’m free fallin’.
Yeah I’m free.
Free fallin’.

Instrumental 2

| D G5 | G5 D Asus4 |

Bridge 1

||: D G5 | G5 D Asus4 :||
Free fallin, now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m.
Free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m.

Verse 4

||: D G5 | G5 D Asus4 :||
I wanna glide down (oh-ah), over Mulholland.
I wanna write her (oh-ah), name in the sky.
I’m gonna free fall (oh-ah), out into nothin’.
Gonna leave this (oh-ah), world for a while.

Chorus 3

||: D G5 | G5 D Asus4 :||
And I’m free (free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m).
Free fallin’ (free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m).
Yeah, I’m free (free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m).
Free fallin’ (free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m).

Breakdown

||: D5 G5 | G5 D5 A5 :||
Free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m.

Outro

||: D G5 | G5 D Asus4 :||
Yeah, I’m free.
Free fallin’.
Oh! (free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m).
Free fallin’ (free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m).
And I’m free (free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m).
Oh! Free fallin’ (free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m).
(Free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m.)
Free fallin’ (free fallin’ now I’m, free fallin’ now I’m).



Free Fallin’ Chords: Learn the progressions


Free Fallin' Analysis + TAB

For the chords to sound right, Tom Petty‘s smash hit Free Fallin’ needs two guitars.

The first is played using a capo on fret 1, playing these chords in the key of E:

||: E (I) Asus2 (IV) | Asus2 E B5 (V) :||

The second guitar is played using a capo on fret 3, playing these chords in the key of D:

||: D (I) G5 (IV) | G5 D Asus4 (V) :||

The capo changes the chord shapes, which makes the two guitars sound bigger. However, Tom and Mike don’t just play the same chords using different chord shapes, they also use different extensions.

The Asus2 played with a capo on fret 1 is a G5 with a capo on fret 3, effectively letting only one guitar add the colour.

The final chord of the loop does this again, but now the other way around, guitar 1 plays a B5, and guitar 2 an Asus4 – genius!

Try it yourself, along with the original recording, here’s the basic TAB, without any strumming rhythm, so the same as the intro.

Free Fallin' chords and TAB two guitars

Members get TAB for how to strum Free Fallin’s chords as well, we look at how to do this without strumming all strings at the same time.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Free Fallin’ – Guitar Lesson with TAB.

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Free Fallin’ was the opening track of Tom Petty’s debut album!

After spending more than a decade with his Heartbreakers, Tom Petty released his debut solo album, Full Moon Fever in 1989.

With three big tunes in I Won’t Back Down, Runnin’ Down a Dream, and Free Fallin’, it was an instant classic.

Free Fallin’ went to #1 in the U.S. and the top 5 in a further three countries. The album sold 5 million copies in the U.S. alone.

This must have been a hint to the old band members who quickly reformed and released Into The Great Wide Open a couple of years later, making the late ’80s/early ’90s Tom Petty’s golden era.

Between ’89 and ’93 he released the aforementioned Free Fallin’, I Won’t Back Down, and Into The Great Wide Open, but also Mary Jane’s Last Dance, End Of The Line, Learning To Fly, and one of my personal favourites, Makin’ Some Noise.

These tunes made Tom Petty one of the most respected artists and songwriters of all time.

As he a few years later released Wildflowers, he knocked it out of the park, becoming one of the most respected songwriters in the history of popular music.



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There are many more Beginner Acoustic Songs with chords like Free Fallin'.

This collection of beginner acoustic tunes will teach you how to arrange for one acoustic guitar, as well as how to create a supporting part.

Playing songs will help you with switching between open-position chords and give you the context you need to understand how music works theoretically.


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When you can play Free Fallin' chords, try these five tunes from the songbook.

Tom Petty

Tom Petty wrote Free Fallin'

Tom Petty released most of his albums with his band The Heartbreakers although some solo material appeared as well.

His best-known tunes include American Girl, Free Fallin’, Learning To Fly, Into The Great Wide Open, Don’t Come Around Here No More, and I Won’t Back Down.



Tom Petty on the web

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Whenever a tune doesn’t fit into a specific genre, it tends to end up here, in the Pop & Rock section.

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About me

Dan Lundholm wrote this article about Free Fallin's chords.

This article on Free Fallin’s chords was written by Dan Lundholm. Discover more about him and how learning guitar with Spytunes has evolved.

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