It Must Be Love chords by Madness


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It Must Be Love | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: Am | Amadd9/E :||

Verse 1

| Am | Amadd9/E | Am | Amadd9/E | G | Gsus4 | G | G G# |
I never thought I’d miss you, half as much as I do.
| Am | Amadd9/E | Am | Amadd9/E | G | Gsus4 | G | C D |
And I never thought I’d feel this way, the way I feel, about you.

Bridge 1

| Em | Am | Dm7 | E |
As soon as I wake up, every night, every day.
| Am | Am7 | Am6 | D7 (D E F# G A B) |
I know that it’s you I need, to take the blues away

Chorus 1

| G | Bm C | C D |
It must be love, love, love.
| G | Bm C | C D |
It must be love, love, love.
| C C/D | C/E | 2/4 C/E |
Nothing more, nothing less, love is the best.

Verse 2

| Am | Amadd9/E | Am | Amadd9/E | G | Gsus4 | G | Gsus4 |
How can it be that we can, say so much without words?
| Am | Amadd9/E | Am | Amadd9/E | G | Gsus4 | G | Gsus4 C D |
Bless you and bless me, bless the bees, and the birds.

Bridge 2

| Em | Am | Dm7 | E |
I’ve got to be near you, every night, every day.
| Am | Am7 | Am6 | D7 (D E F# G A B) |
I couldn’t be happy, any other way.

Chorus 2

| G | Bm C | C D |
It must be love, love, love.
| G | Bm C | C D |
It must be love, love, love.
| C C/D | C/E | 2/4 C/E |
Nothing more, nothing less, love is the best.

Solo

| Am | Amadd9/E | Am | Amadd9/E | G | Gsus4 | G | Gsus4 |
| Am | Amadd9/E | Am | Amadd9/E | G | Gsus4 | G | Gsus4 C D |

Bridge 3

| Em | Am | Dm7 | E |
As soon as I wake up, every night, every day.
| Am | Am7 | Am6 | D7 (D E F# G A B) |
I know that it’s you I need, to take the blues away.

Chorus 3

| G | Bm C | C D |
It must be love, love, love.
| G | Bm C | C |
It must be love, love, love.
| C C/D | C/E | 2/4 C/E |
Nothing more, nothing less, love is the best.

Chorus 4

| G | Bm C | C D |
It must be love, love, love.
| G | Bm C | C |
It must be love, love, love.
| G | Bm C | C D |
It must be love, love, love.
| G | Bm C | C D |
It must be love, love, love.
| C C/D | C/E | C/E | C/E |
Nothing more, nothing less, love is the best.


It Must Be Love chords and progressions

Madness’ It Must Be Love’s chords are not as complicated as you may have feared, it’s the rhythm that is more challenging, more on that later, let’s start with the chords.

The intro is the same as the beginning of the verse and solo, simply moving from an Am to an Amadd9/E.

Once the verse starts we soon move to G, which is then extended to a Gsus4. Following this, all sorts of stuff happens.

The first time we go to a G#, this never happens again. Going to the first bridge, we play CD. This too never happens again, later it’s Gsus4CD.

The CD tells us it must be chords IV – V, making the G chord I and the previous Am chord II.

In verse 2 and the solo, we go first to a Gsus4, then end in the same way as verse 1. Here are It Must Be Love’s verse 2/solo chords in full:

| Am | Amadd9/E | Am | Amadd9/E | G | Gsus4 | G | Gsus4 |
| Am | Amadd9/E | Am | Amadd9/E | G | Gsus4 | G | Gsus4 C D |

The bridge starts with a modal interchange: EmAmDm7. This is not in the key of G anymore, this is the key of C.

After these first three chords, we then go to an E, instead of Em, using Roman numerals, that’s a IIIx, if we’re in C, a VIx if in G, like this:

| Em | Am | Dm7 | E |

The second half of the bridge uses a similar idea to Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’s chords. I’ve written this as AmAm7Am6 but it could also have been AmAm/GAm/F#. We are for this progression back in the key of G again.

| Am | Am7 | Am6 | D7 (D E F# G A B) |

The final bar is two sets of quarter note triplets going up the D Mixolydian scale, the D7 is chord V.

The chorus moves I – III – IV – V, like this:

| G | Bm C | C D |
| G | Bm C | C |
| C C/D | C/E | 2/4 C/E |

What’s unique about It Must Be Love’s chords is not the order, it’s the rhythm which they are played with.

Here are rhythm slashes to explain this in the clearest way:

It Must Be Love chords and rhythm

Bar 1 and 2 use a great variation in the rhythm, from straight to triplets. The last beat of bar 2 has a C chord, most people miss this detail.

Those final C chords with different bass notes are played using half-note triplets, this is extremely unusual!


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