Red chords by Daniel Merriweather


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Red | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| E | E Eadd9 |

Verse 1

| Asus2 | Asus2 | E Eadd9 | E |
And I’m alright, standing in the streetlights here.
| Asus2 | Asus2 | E Eadd9 | E |
Is this meant for me, my time on the outside is over.

Bridge 1

| C#m | Bsus4 | Asus2 | Asus2 (Bsus2) |
And we don’t know how you’re spending all of your days, knowing that love isn’t here.
| C#m | Bsus4 | Asus2 | Asus2 |
You see the pictures but you don’t know their names, cause love isn’t here.

Chorus 1

| E | E | C#m | A |
And I can’t do this by myself, all of these problems, they’re all in your head.
| E | E | C#m | A (A6) | E Eadd9 | E Eadd9 |
And I can’t be somebody else, you took something perfect and painted it red.

Verse 2

| A | A | E | E Eadd9 |
No sympathy, when shouting out is all you know.
| A | A | E Eadd9 | E |
Behind your lies, I can see the secrets you don’t show.

Bridge 2

| C#m | Bsus4 | Asus2 | Asus2 (Bsus2/A) |
No, we don’t know how you’re spending all of your days, knowing that love isn’t here.
| C#m | Bsus4 | Asus2 | Asus2 |
You see the pictures but you don’t know their names, ’cause love isn’t here.

Chorus 2

| E | E Eadd9 E7 | C#m | A |
I can’t do this by myself, all of these problems, they’re all in your head.
| E | E Eadd9 E7 | C#m | A | E Eadd9 | E Eadd9 |
And I can’t be somebody else, you took something perfect and painted it red, oh,
| C#m | A | E Eadd9 | E Eadd9 |
you took something perfect and painted it red.

Middle 8

| C#m7 | Badd4 | Aadd9 | Aadd9 (Badd4) |
You take the best things from me, then everything gets empty, that’s not a world that I need.
| C#m7 | Badd4 | Aadd9 | Aadd9 |
Ooh, you take the best things from me, then everything gets empty, that’s not a world that I need.

Instrumental

| E | E Eadd9 E7 | C#m | A |

Chorus 3

| E | E | C#m | Asus2 |
And I can’t do this by myself, all of these problems, they’re all in your head.
| E | E Eadd9 E7 | C#m | A | E | E Eadd9 E7 |
And I can’t be somebody else, you took something perfect and painted it red. Red.

Outro

| C#m | A | E | E Eadd9 E7 |
Red, you took something perfect and you painted it red.
| C#m | A | E | E Eadd9 E7 | C#madd9 | A | E |
You took something perfect and painted it red, you took something perfect and painted it red.


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Red chords and progressions (course preview)

Red 8 step by step guitar lessons

In the key of E, Red only uses four chords. The I, IV, V, and VI chords. That’s E, A, B, and C#m.

To compensate for the lack of massive production, on just one acoustic guitar, I’ve incorporated open strings as drones.

Starting with the intro/instrumental section, which is harmonically super simple, we just stay on the I chord. only adding an add9 extension, like this:

| E | Eadd9 |

The verse only adds the IV chord. Spiced up with a couple of extensions, it looks like this:

||: Asus2 | Asus2 | E Eadd9 | E :||

The bridge takes the song to chord VI for the first time, like this:

||: C#m | Bsus4 | Asus2 | Asus2 :||

In the preview lesson above, you see me go through how to play the bridge using the open strings, here’s TAB for what I’m talking about regarding bridge 1.

Red bridge 1 chords and TAB.

This first bridge is played relatively gently. As bridge 2 comes around we play more, here are the chords and TAB for this:

Red chords and TAB for bridge 2

The chorus is very similar to the verse, just swapped around, with a VI chord as well.

||: E | E | C#m | A :|| E Eadd9 | E Eadd9 |

The middle 8 recycles the chords of the bridge, now with add9 and add4, not sus2 extensions.

| C#m7 | Badd4 | Aadd9 | Aadd9 (Badd4) |

The middle 8 is also included in the preview video lesson above, here’s the chords and TAB, notice how it’s the same chords as the bridge!

Red chords and TAB for the middle 8

What’s really unique about this one guitar arrangement is how some of the chords have been extended. Using the same open strings throughout, we get different extensions depending on which chord is used.

For example, the C#m with an open B and E string produces a C#m7, but over an A chord, you get an add9 extension.

This is a similar idea to what happens in Wonderwall, although then the drones on the top two strings are fretted.

In the course, to fully understand this song, we have to learn about the modes and play the vocal melody, this is necessary when incorporating it over certain chords.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson series (members only): Red 8 step-by-step guitar lessons with TAB.

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.

Red – The hit that never was!

Red was the second single from Australian Daniel Merriweather’s second album Love & War, produced by Mark Ronson.

Previous to Love & War, Merriweather recorded an album in 2006 called The Fifth Season. However, this first album was never released.

After an initial single release of Change in February 2009, Merriweather released Red in May and entered the U.K. charts at #5 where it remained for a month.

It achieved good circulation on U.K. radio stations and was even predicted to become the song of the year by many, including myself.

The video for Red was shot in Brooklyn and directed by Anthony Mandler, a well-known video director with videos by Rhianna, Jay-Z, The Killers, and John Legend behind him.

The music video consisted of a dramatic feast of shadows and angles shot with a handheld camera.

Both the video and the song production were in the same style as those of other artists and bands released during 2009 such as The Script, who incidentally is on the same label as Merriweather.

My version of Red is much slower than the original, it didn’t become as big of a success as the original had anticipated either!


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