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: Learn the progressions


Red 8 step by step guitar lessons

In the key of E, Red only uses four diatonic 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 stay on the I chord, only adding an add9 extension, like this:

| E (I) | Eadd9 |

The verse starts on the IV chord before it returns to chord I. Spiced up with a couple of extensions, it looks like this:

||: Asus2 (IV) | Asus2 | E (I) Eadd9 | E :||

Above, there’s a play-along loop you can try out already now of the TAB you see below. It is of the intro and verse 1. Do this and get a taste of what learning guitar with Spytunes is all about.

Red chords and TAB, step 1 Intro Verse

The bridge takes the song to chords VI and V for the first time before going down to IV, like this:

||: C#m (VI) | Bsus4 (V) | Asus2 (IV) | Asus2 :||

Members get TAB with play-along loops for the bridge as well as all other sections of Red, just like you saw for the intro and verse above.

Red’s chorus chords start on I, and then go to VI – IV, like this

||: E (I) | E | C#m (VI) | A (IV) :|| E Eadd9 | E Eadd9 |

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

| C#m7 (VI) | Badd4 (V) | Aadd9 (IV) | Aadd9 (Badd4) |

The middle 8 uses the same chords as the bridge.

What’s unique about my 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.

I did this to compensate for the lack of the huge production of the original recording.

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: Red – Guitar Lessons with TAB.



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!



Red Chords | Related Pages


Intermediate Acoustic

There are many more Intermediate Acoustic Songs with chords similar to Red.

Most intermediate acoustic tunes can’t be played using just basic open-position chords. We have to move up the fretboard and play CAGED barre chords as well.

We incorporate bass lines, add licks, extend chords, and play vocal melodies. Most importantly, we’ll invent second guitar parts and play these songs together.


Five similar tunes with chords and lyrics

When you can play Red's chords, try these five tunes from the songbook.


Daniel Merriweather tunes

Daniel Merriweather wrote Red's chords.

Australian Daniel Merriweather first started working with Mark Ronson in ’03, appearing on Here Comes The Fuzz.

After a few more collaborations with Ronson, they finally made a solo album for Merriweather that was released in ’09.


Daniel Merriweather on the web

Listen to Daniel Merriweather on Spotify.


Mark Ronson tunes

Mark Ronson produced Red.

Mark Ronson‘s destiny seemed written in the stars as his stepdad was the guitarist of the well-known rock band Foreigner.

After a few solo album attempts, as well as working as a DJ, Mark found his calling in producing some of his time’s greatest artists.


Mark Ronson on the web

Listen to Mark Ronson on Spotify.


Pop & Rock

When you caa play Red, check out these Pop & Rock tunes as well

Whenever a tune doesn’t fit into a specific genre, it tends to end up here, in the Pop & Rock section.

Learn tunes from Tom Petty, Eagles, Toto, Oasis, Elvis, Clapton, John Mayer, Kings Of Leon, R.E.M., Radiohead, Bruno Mars, and more.


About me | Dan Lundholm

Dan Lundholm wrote this guitar lesson about Red chords.

This was a guitar lesson about Red chords, by Dan Lundholm. Discover more about him and learn guitar with Spytunes.

Most importantly, find out why you should learn guitar through playing tunes, not practising scales, and studying theory in isolation.



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