Get Here chords by Oleta Adams


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Get Here | Chords + Lyrics (capo 3)


Intro

||: Csus2 | G/B Amadd2/E | Am7 D13sus4:||

Verse 1

| Csus2 | G/B Amadd2/E |
You can reach me by railway, you can reach me by trailway.
| Am7 D13sus4 | Bm7/E Em7 |
You can reach me on an airplane, you can reach me with your mind.
| Csus2 | G/B Em7 |
You can reach me by caravan, cross the desert like an Arab man.
| Am9 D7sus4 | G (Gsus2/4) |
I don’t care how you get here just get here if you can.

Verse 2

| Csus2 | G/B Em7 |
You can reach me by sailboat, climb a tree and swing rope to rope.
| Am7 D7sus4 | Bm7/E Em7 |
Take a sled and slide down slow, into these arms of mine.
| Csus2 | G/B Em7 |
You can jump on a speedy colt, across the border in a blaze of hope.
| Am9 D7sus4 | G F/A G/B |
I don’t care how you get here just get here if you can.

Bridge 1

| Cmaj9 D/C | Bm7 D5 |
There are hills and mountains between us always something to get over.
| Em7 Em7/D | Cmaj9 D/E | Am11 Dsus24 |
If I had my way, surely you would be closer, I need you closer.

Solo

| Csus2 | G/B Em7 |
| Am7 D7sus4 | Bm7/E Em7 |
| Csus2 | G/B Em7 |
| Am9 D7sus4 | G F/A G/B |

Bridge 2

| Cmaj9 D/C | Bm7 D5 |
There are hills and mountains between us always something to get over.
| Em7 Em7/D | Cmaj9 D/E | Am11 Dsus24 |
If I had my way, surely you would be closer, I need you closer.

Verse 3

| Csus2 | G/B Em7 |
You can windsurf into my life, take me up on a carpet ride.
| Am7 D7sus4 | Bm7/E Em7 |
You can make it in a big balloon, but you better make it soon.
| Csus2 | G/B Em7 |
You can reach me by caravan, cross the desert like an Arab man.
| Am7 D7sus4 |
I don’t care how you get here just get here if you can.

Outro

| Csus2 | G/B Em7 | Am7 D7sus4 |
I don’t care, I don’t care, I need you right here right now.
| Csus2 | G/B Em7 | Am7 D7sus4 |
I need you right here right now right by my side, yeah yeah, yeah yeah.
| Csus2 | G/B Em7 | Am7 D7sus4 | D7sus4 | Gsus2/4 G |
Yeah, yeah, oh, oh. I don’t care how you get here just get here if you can.



Get Here Chords: Learn the progressions


Get Here guitar lesson and TAB T

When playing Get Here on one acoustic guitar, it totally makes sense to add a capo on fret 3 and think in the key of G.

All chords now become seemingly easy open-position chords, just with lots of extensions.

We have two sections to deal with here, the verse moves IV – I/3 – VI, followed by II – V – VI. However, as there are so many extensions, it looks a lot more complicated than that.

For example, the first time we play the VI chord, we add so many intervals it makes more sense to call it an Amadd2/E, rather than an Em7sus4(b6)!

This is also what happens during the intro by the way so maybe we should start there, here’s the TAB.

Get Here chords and TAB Intro

Once we stop putting all those notes in, just an Em7 will do and Get Here’s verse chords become this:

||: Csus2 | G/B Em7 |
|1. Am7 D7sus4 | Bm7/E Em7 :||
|2. Am9 D7sus4 | G (Gsus2/4) :||

Before we go to the bridge we play the last line of the verse (“hills and mountains..”) like this:

| Am9 D7sus4 | G F/A G/B |

The bridge chords are many and much more complex theoretically than the verse which was mainly just a lot of extensions. Here are the chords:

| Cmaj9 D/C | Bm7 D5 |
| Em7 Em7/D | Cmaj9 D/E | Am11 Dsus2/4 |

That opening maj9 is a lovely Lydian release, members get TAB for how to incorporate all the intervals in this section. That D/C is very Gospel-sounding but at least easy to play on the guitar.

Bm7D5 are chords III – V. Em7 and Em7/D are just chord VI with a falling bass.

The last two bars Cmaj9D/E are kind of IV – V although D/E could be seen as E11. Am11Dsus2/4 is a II – V and never before has something sounded so complex but been so easy to play – it’s all open strings apart from fret 1 on string 2!

Members get TAB all sections of Get Here. Here’s a link to the complete lesson: Get Here – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



Get Here – The Stockholm connection

Get Here originates, in a way, from the city I departed, Stockholm.

Initially written by Brenda Russell in the city, she released it as a single and title track of her fourth album in 1988. It didn’t achieve significant success at the time.

Later, while in Stockholm (!), Oleta Adams encountered the song playing in a record store and decided to feature it on her album Circle Of One in 1990. Produced by Tears For Fears‘ Roland Orzabal, it eventually became a major hit.

I came across the song during a performance in Stockholm by a duo named Chapter 2. I believe both members of that duo, Johan Norbert and Nils Landgren, reside in Stockholm.

The only connection unrelated to Stockholm I found regarding this song is Jessie J covering it with Jools Holland; I’m certain that performance took place in London.

All mentioned versions of Get Here are available in the playlist at the top of this page.



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