Mardy Bum chords



You can learn how to play Mardy Bum by the Arctic Monkeys!

As the 9th track off Arctic Monkeys’ extremely popular debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, Mardy Bum was never released as a single.

Only I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor and When The Sun Goes Down were singles, both those tracks are much more aggressive than Mardy Bum.

Showing a more gentle and romantic side to Alex Turner’s songwriting, this one quickly became a fan favorite.

The whole album was praised for its lyrical content, portraying northern club and pub culture in early 2000 for late teens and early 20-somethings. Marry Bum might be the best one out of the lot, painting a picture of young love very well.

Let’s take a look at the chords and lyrics to see if we can work out how this album track is out together.


Mardy Bum chords and lyrics


| G | F#m | Em | A |
||: D | F# | G F#m | Em :||

| D | F# |
Well, now then, Mardy Bum, 
| G F#m | Em |
I’ve seen your frown and it’s like looking down the barrel of a gun.
| D | F# |
And it goes off, and out come all these words, 
| G F#m | Em |
oh, there’s a very pleasant side to you, a side I much prefer.

| G | A |
It’s one that laughs and jokes around.
| D  A | Bm Bm/F# |
Remember cuddles in the kitchen, yeah to get things off the ground.
| G | A |
And it was up, up and away,

| D  A | Bm Bm/F# |
oh, but it’s right hard to remember that on a day like today.
| G | A |
When you’re all argumentative, and you’ve got the face on.
| D | F# | G F#m | Em |

| D | F# |
Well, now then, Mardy Bum,
| G F#m | Em |
oh, I’m in trouble again, aren’t I?
| D | F# |
I thought as much, ’cause you turned over there,
| G F#m | Em |
pulling that silent disappointment face, the one that I can’t bare.

| G | A |
Well, can’t we just laugh and joke around?
| D  A | Bm Bm/F# |
Remember cuddles in the kitchen, yeah to get things off the ground.
| G | A |
And it was up, up and away.
| D  A | Bm Bm/F# |
Oh, but it’s right hard to remember that on a day like today.
| G | A |
When you’re all argumentative and you’ve got the face on,

| F#5 | G5 |
And, yeah, I’m sorry I was late,
| F#5 | G5 |
but I missed the train and then the traffic was a state.
| F#5 | G5 |
And I can’t be arsed to carry on in this debate that reoccurs,
| F#5 | G5 A5 |
oh, when you say I don’t care but, of course, I do, yeah, I clearly do yeah.

||: D | F# | G F#m | Em :||

| G | A |
So laugh and joke around?
| D  A | Bm Bm/F# |
Remember cuddles in the kitchen, yeah to get things off the ground.
| G | A |
And it was up, up and away, 
| D  A | Bm | Bm |
oh, but it’s right hard to remember that on a day like today when you’re all, 
| G | A | D |
argumentative and you’ve got the face on.


Mardy Bum chord progression

In the key of D, Mardy Bum’s chords make chord III the place where the magic happens as it appears in two forms, as the second chord in both progressions.

The first time it’s IV – III – II – V. GF#mEmA.

The second time it’s I – IIIx, before we recycle IV – III – II. DF#GF#mEm.

This shift between III and IIIx, creates tension. Posh classical folk call this chord the mediant, and the mediant major. I just call it III and IIIx.

That was the verse/chorus or perhaps we should call it the A section as what comes next is best described as a bridge or a B section.

This is the part that goes “It’s one that laughs and jokes around…” politely describing the moody girlfriend’s back – genius lyrical writing by the young Mr. Turner.

The chords are now IV – V – I – V – VI. GADABm.

There’s one more section in Mardy Bum that can best be described as a M8. Here the F#, chord III, is neither minor nor major, it’s the punk version, a 5 chord.

We move between III and IV on a loop, similar to how Don’t Look Back In Anger is built for its chorus, just slower.

This is repeated four times before we, again like Oasis hit, resolve to V, which takes us to the verse progression but now as a solo.


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