Mr. Brightside chords by The Killers


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Mr. Brightside | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: Dbadd9 | Dbadd9/C | Dbadd9/Gb | Dbadd9/Gb :||

Verse 1

| Dbadd9 | Dbadd9/C |
Coming out of my cage and I’ve been doing just fine,
| Dbadd9/Gb | Dbadd9/Gb |
gotta, gotta be down because I want it all.
| Dbadd9 | Dbadd9/C |
It started out with a kiss, how did it end up like this?
| Dbadd9/Gb | Dbadd9/Gb |
It was only a kiss, it was only a kiss.
| Dbadd9 | Dbadd9/C |
Now I’m falling asleep and she’s calling a cab,
| Dbadd9/Gb | Dbadd9/Gb |
while he’s having a smoke and she’s taking a drag.
| Dbadd9 | Dbadd9/C |
Now they’re going to bed and my stomach is sick,
| Dbadd9/Gb | Dbadd9/Gb |
And it’s all in my head but she’s touching his.

Bridge 1

| Bbm | Bbm | Ab | Ab ||: Dbadd9/Gb | Dbadd9/Gb :||
Chest now. He takes off her dress now, letting me go.
| Bbm | Bbm | Ab | Ab ||: Dbadd9/Gb | Dbadd9/Gb :||
And I just can’t look, it’s killing me and taking control.

Chorus 1

| Db5 | Gb | Bbm | Ab |
Jealousy, turning saints into the sea. Swimming through sick
| Db5 | Gb | Bbm | Ab |
lullabies. Choking on your alibis. But it’s just the
| Db5 | Gb | Bbm | Ab |
price I pay. Destiny is calling me, open up my eager eyes.
| Db5 | Gb | Bbm | Ab |
‘Cause I’m Mr. Brightside.

Instrumental

||: Db5 | Gb | Bbm | Ab :||

Verse 2

| Dbadd9 | Dbadd9/C |
I’m coming out of my cage and I’ve been doing just fine,
| Dbadd9/Gb | Dbadd9/Gb |
gotta, gotta be down because I want it all.
| Dbadd9 | Dbadd9/C |
It started out with a kiss, how did it end up like this?
| Dbadd9/Gb | Dbadd9/Gb |
(It was only a kiss), it was only a kiss.
| Dbadd9 | Dbadd9/C |
Now I’m falling asleep and she’s calling a cab,
| Dbadd9/Gb | Dbadd9/Gb |
while he’s having a smoke and she’s taking a drag.
| Dbadd9 | Dbadd9/C |
Now they’re going to bed and my stomach is sick,
| Dbadd9/Gb | Dbadd9/Gb |
And it’s all in my head but she’s touching his.

Bridge 2

| Bbm | Bbm | Ab | Ab ||: Dbadd9/Gb | Dbadd9/Gb :||
Chest now. He takes off her dress now, letting me go.
| Bbm | Bbm | Ab | Ab ||: Dbadd9/Gb | Dbadd9/Gb :||
And I just can’t look, it’s killing me and taking control.

Chorus 2

| Db5 | Gb | Bbm | Ab |
Jealousy, turning saints into the sea. Swimming through sick
| Db5 | Gb | Bbm | Ab |
lullabies. Choking on your alibis. But it’s just the
| Db5 | Gb | Bbm | Ab |
price I pay. Destiny is calling me, open up my eager eyes.
| Db5 | Gb | Bbm | Ab |
‘Cause I’m Mr. Brightside.

Instrumental 2

||: Db5 | Gb | Bbm | Ab :||

Outro

||: Db5 | Gb | Bbm | Ab :|| x4
I never, I never, I never, I never.



Mr. Brightside Chords: Learn the progressions


Mr. Brightside guitar lesson + TAB T

There’s a lot of production on the original recording, making it difficult to define a simple part that works when you play Mr. Brightside‘s chords with a band, as the only guitarist.

Using the chords and lyrics above to find something that works for you for the bridge and chorus is perhaps not difficult, it is the intro and instrumental sections that present the challenge.

Clearly recorded on a guitar tuned down a semitone, playing in the key of Db is perhaps the biggest challenge, I think there’s an argument to be made for learning it in D instead and then applying the Digitech drop pedal to get to the key of Db.

Although, I’ve never seen anyone do this so let’s stick with Db for now. That mental verse riff is simply a Dbadd9 chord with different bass notes, like this:

||: Dbadd9 | Dbadd9/C | Dbadd9/Gb | Dbadd9/Gb :||

The bridge recycles that last chord but before it, we play chords VI and V, like this:

| Bbm | Bbm | Ab | Ab ||: Dbadd9/Gb | Dbadd9/Gb :||

The chorus is a classic diatonic chord progression: I – IV – VI – V.

| Db5 | Gb | Bbm | Ab |

Just take a moment and imagine how much easier all this would be in the key of D using a tuned-down guitar. Or why not just transpose it all to C?

Members get a full chord analysis as well as TAB for that intro and a developed part for the instrumental section which will work even if nobody else is playing the chords.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson: Mr. Brightside – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



Mr. Brightside – Song of the decade!

The Killers‘ biggest tune, Mr. Brightside was released as the lead single from their debut album Hot Fuss in 2004.

An enormous success, it would go on to be crowned song of the decade by U.K. radio stations, selling 10 million copies worldwide.

Working bands instantly adopted Mr. Brightside and are still playing it, often as the final encore, almost two decades later.

It sits perfectly around other classics like Sex On Fire, Summer Of ’69, and Seven Nation Army, tunes you pull out when it’s time to make sure the night is a success.



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The Killers wrote Mr. Brightside.

Formed in Las Vegas in early 2001, The Killers released a debut single that would become every cover band’s encore for years to come.

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