Cannonball Lyrics

Cannonball

Damien Rice

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Cannonball Lyrics

Still a little bit of your taste in my mouth
Still a little bit of you laced with my doubt
It’s still a little hard to say, what’s going on

There’s still a little bit of your ghost your witness
There’s still a little bit of your face I haven’t kissed
You step a little closer each day
That I can’t say what’s going on

Stones taught me to fly
Love taught me to lie
Life taught me to die
So it’s not hard to fall
When you float like a cannonball

There’s still a little bit of your song in my ear
There’s still a little bit of your words I long to hear
You step a little closer to me
So close that I can’t see what’s going on

And stones taught me to fly
Love it taught me to lie
Life taught me to die
So it’s not hard to fall
When you float like a cannon

Stones taught me to fly
Love taught me to cry
So come on courage
Teach me to be shy

‘Cause it’s not hard to fall
And I don’t wanna scare her
It’s not hard to fall
And I don’t wanna lose
It’s not hard to grow
When you know that you just don’t know


Guitar Lessons


Cannonball – Step 1 (Free Preview)

In this first step, we work out how to incorporate the vocal melody into the chords and strumming for the verse of Cannonball.

We do this using a capo on fret 6, as well as on fret 1. This means that you have to think first in Em, then in Am.

Go to Cannonball step 1.


Cannonball – Step 2

Let’s do what we did in step 1 to the chorus. As the melody is so simple and hits almost only chord notes, this is much easier.

Again, we practice with the capo on both fret 6 and 1.

Go to Cannonball step 2.


Cannonball – Step 3

In this step we look at the chorus tag, which only appears once in the song. Again, we do this using a capo in two places on the neck.

We also learn the end in both “keys”, which is super simple.

Go to Cannonball step 3.


Cannonball – Step 4

Let’s put it all together and play the complete song with a singer.

In this step, we have the capo on fret 6, this means that you must think as if in the key of Em.

Go to Cannonball step 4.


Cannonball – Step 5

Before we move on and learn more about Cannonball, let’s play the complete song using a capo on fret 1.

We play it with the singer again. Is this easier or harder? It definitely hurts more!

Go to Cannonball step 5.


Cannonball – Step 6

Now then, Aeolian is on the menu and it’s a massive master exercise for you to try in all five shapes.

There are TAB loops, but before you can practice along with them, do this slowly and make sure you fully understand the concept.

Go to Cannonball step 6.


Cannonball – Step 7

In this step, we play the vocal melody in several areas of the neck.

When you can do it along to the individual TAB loops, play the complete song, first with the singer, then without.

Go to Cannonball step 7.


Cannonball – Step 8

In the final step we construct a 2nd guitar part. Use this when you play with us and we’ll sound like a band.

The outro takes the vocal melody and expands on it by adding some fills.

Go to Cannonball step 8.


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Chords and Guitar Lessons

The original recording of Cannonball contains up to 6 guitars playing different lines.

Our one guitar arrangement is a combination of these parts. You will need a capo to get it in the right key.

Go to Cannonball chords and guitar lessons.


Damien Rice

damien-rice-thumbOriginally, Rice was a member of Juniper but on the evening of recording their first full album, Rice changed his mind and left the band.

Rice moved to Italy to start afresh, writing songs and busking his way around Europe.

Go to Damien Rice biography.


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