Message In A Bottle chords by The Police


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Message In A Bottle | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: C#sus2 Asus2 | Bsus2 F#madd9 :|| x4

Verse 1

||: C#sus2 Asus2 | Bsus2 F#madd9 :||
Just a castaway, an island lost at sea, oh.
Another lonely day, with no one here but me, oh.
More loneliness, than any man could bear.
Rescue me before I fall into despair, oh.

Bridge 1

| A5 | D5 E5 | A5 | D5 E5 |
I’ll send an S.O.S to the world, I’ll send an S.O.S to the world.
| F#5 | D5 | F#5 | D5 | F#5 | D5 |
I hope that someone gets my, I hope that someone gets my. I hope that someone gets my.

Chorus 1

| C#m7 | F#m7/A | C#m7 | F#m7/A |
Message in a bottle, yeah.
| C#m7 | F#m7/A | F#m | F#m |
Message in a bottle, yeah.

Verse 2

||: C#sus2 Asus2 | Bsus2 F#madd9 :||
A year has passed since I wrote my note.
I should have known this right from the start.
Only hope can keep me together.
Love can mend your life or love can break your heart.

Bridge 2

| A5 | D5 E5 | A5 | D5 E5 |
I’ll send an S.O.S to the world, I’ll send an S.O.S to the world.
| F#5 | D5 | F#5 | D5 | F#5 | D5 |
I hope that someone gets my. I hope that someone gets my. I hope that someone gets my.

Chorus 2

| C#m7 | F#m7/A | C#m7 | F#m7/A |
Message in a bottle, yeah.
| C#m7 | F#m7/A | C#m7 | F#m7/A |
Message in a bottle, yeah.
| C#m7 | F#m7/A | C#m7 | F#m7/A |
Oh, message in a bottle, yeah.
| C#m7 | F#m7/A | F#m | F#m | F#m | F#m |
Message in a bottle, yeah.

Verse 3

||: C#sus2 Asus2 | Bsus2 F#madd9 :||
Walked out this morning, I don’t believe what I saw.
Hundred billion bottles washed up on the shore.
Seems I’m not alone at being alone.
Hundred billion castaways, looking for a home.

Bridge 3

| A5 | D5 E5 | A5 | D5 E5 |
I’ll send an S.O.S to the world, I’ll send an S.O.S to the world.
| F#5 | D5 | F#5 | D5 | F#5 | D5 |
I hope that someone gets my, I hope that someone gets my. I hope that someone gets my.

Chorus 3

| C#m7 | F#m7/A | C#m7 | F#m7/A |
Message in a bottle, yeah.
| C#m7 | F#m7/A | C#m7 | F#m7/A |
Message in a bottle, yeah.
| C#m7 | F#m7/A | C#m7 | F#m7/A |
Message in a bottle, oh.
| C#m7 | F#m7/A | F#m | F#m |
Message in a bottle, yeah.

Instrumental

||: C#sus2 Asus2 | Bsus2 F#madd9 :|| x4

Outro

||: C#sus2 Asus2 | Bsus2 F#madd9 :||
||: Sending out an S.O.S. I’m sending out an S.O.S.
I’m sending out an S.O.S. I’m sending out an S.O.S :||



Message in a Bottle Chords: Learn the progressions


Message In A Bottle guitar lesson + TAB

The extremely stretchy chords Andy Summers came up with must be played using the correct extensions as this is the riff and hook of the tune.

Just looking at the chord progression without considering this, we can see it’s a diatonic VI – IV – V – II, just suspending the 3rd to a sus2, or adding a 9, like this.

||: C#sus2 (VI) Asus2 (IV) | Bsus2 (V) F#madd9 (II) :||

Playing this in the same way as Andy did does hurt although there are ways to make it easier.

Members look at how we can play these chords accurately using TAB, as well as what happens if we try to make life easier for ourselves by changing the positioning of the chords on the fretboard.

If you are playing this in set three on a Saturday night, after a busy week of gigs, you’ll appreciate this for sure!

The bridge then uses a modal interchange as we are clearly in the key of A now, playing I – IV – V, like this:

| A5 | D5 E5 | A5 | D5 E5 |

For the chorus, we play, either VI – II in the key of E, or III – VI in the key of A. It is the uncertainty of what mode we are in which creates the tension, genius!

||: C#m7 (VI or III) | F#m7/A (II or VI) :||

Here’s a link to the complete lesson: Message In A Bottle – Guitar lesson with TAB.



Message In A Bottle was released when The Police peaked!

The Police‘s smash hit Message In A Bottle has terrorized many guitar players since it dropped in 1979 as the lead single from their second album, Regatte De Blanc.

It sits in the middle of the band’s best period as they released Roxanne, Can’t Stand Losing You, and So Lonely before it, and would release Walking on the Moon and Don’t Stand So Close To Me after.

With hindsight, it’s clear how the band shot to fame quickly with five incredible tunes released in a row like this.



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