Parisienne Walkways chords by Gary Moore/Phil Lynott

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Parisienne Walkways | Chords + Lyrics


| 12/8 (A E C) | Am | Dm7 | Dm7/G | Cmaj7 | F | Bm7b5 | E7sus4 E7 | A5 N.C (A E C) |

Verse 1

| Am | Dm7 |
I remember Paris in ’49.
| Dm7/G | Cmaj7 |
The Champs-Élysées, Saint Michelle and old Beaujolais wine.
| F | Bm7b5 E7 |
And I recall that you were mine,
| A D/A | A5 N.C |
in those Parisienne days.


| Dm7 | Dm7/G | Cmaj7 | Fmaj7 |
| Bm7b5 | Esus4 E | A Asus4 |

Verse 2

| A5 N.C | Dm7 |
Looking back at the photographs.
| Dm7/G | Cmaj7 |
Those summer days spent outside corner cafes.
| Fmaj7 | Bm7b5 |
Oh, I could write you paragraphs,
| B7 | E7 F7 | E7 N.C | N.C |
about my old Parisienne days.


| Dm7 | Dm7/G | Cmaj7 | Fmaj7 | Bm7b5 E7 |
||: Am Dm7 | Am F E :|| x8

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Parisienne Walkways chords and progressions

There’s more to Parisienne Walkways’ chords than one might first assume, it’s easy to be consumed by the impressive lead guitar work.

Let’s take a look at how each section is slightly varied, starting with the intro. The cello-like swells are an Am arpeggio, we then move around the cycle of 4th, although with some clever extensions.

Starting on VI – II, the V chord is actually a II chord, with its 4th in the bass, Dm7/G. Cmaj7 is chord I, F is here not a maj7. E7sus4E gives extra tension, this is a IIIx. We then stop on an A5, not major, not minor, very clever.

| Am | Dm7 | Dm7/G | Cmaj7 |
| F | Bm7b5 | E7sus4 E7 | A5 N.C (A E C) |

The first verse is the same as the intro, but only up until the F chord.

| Am | Dm7 | Dm7/G | Cmaj7 |
| F | Bm7b5 E7 | A D/A | A5 N.C |

In the bar of Bm7b5, we go to the E7 earlier, then play A (major!), D/A, and then stop.

The first solo goes straight to chord II. The F is now Fmaj7 The D/A is now an Asus4.

| Dm7 | Dm7/G | Cmaj7 | Fmaj7 |
| Bm7b5 | E7sus4 E | A Asus4 |

The next verse is again different! Towards the end, we go to a B7, E7, and F7.

| A5 N.C | Dm7 | Dm7/G | Cmaj7 |
| Fmaj7 | Bm7b5 | B7 | E7 F7 | E7 N.C | N.C |

The outro has, yet again, new chords!

||: Am Dm7 | Am F E :||

Parisienne Walkways was a co-write between Gary and Phil!

Parisienne Walkways was originally an instrumental piece. It wasn’t until Gary Moore played it to Phil Lynott (Thin Lizzy) one night and he started writing lyrics for it, that the song fell into place.

The huge note Moore holds at the end is easiest achieved by turning up the amp, preferably to 10.

Notice the similarities between the chord progression of Parisienne Walkways and Gary’s other smash hit, Still Got The Blues.

If you want to learn more about songwriting, look for how both melodies follow the chords.

Make sure you study the chords and lyrics for Parisienne Walkways as written above, what Matt plays in the video lesson is not complete and 100% correct.

I don’t blame him for not caring, the chords are extremely intricate and if you’re in your early twenties like he was when recording this, the solo is far more exciting!

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