Rolling In The Deep chords by Adele


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Rolling In The Deep | Chords + Lyrics (no capo)


Intro

| C5 | C5 |

Verse 1

| C5 | (C5) G5 |
There’s a fire starting in my heart.
| (G5) Bb5 | (Bb5) G5 Bb5 |
Reaching a fever pitch, it’s bringing me out the dark.
| C5 | (C5) G5 |
Finally, I can see you crystal clear.
| (G5) Bb5 | (Bb5) G5 Bb5 |
Go ahead and sell me out and I’ll lay your ship bare

Verse 2

| C5 | (C5) G5 |
See how I’ll leave with every piece of you.
| (G5) Bb5 | (Bb5) G5 Bb5 |
Don’t underestimate the things that I will do.
| C5 | (C5) G5 |
There’s a fire starting in my heart.
| (G5) Bb5 | (Bb5) G5 Bb5 |
Reaching a fever pitch and it’s bringing me out the dark.

Bridge 1

| Ab | Bb |
The scars of your love remind me of us.
| Gm | Ab |
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all.
| Ab | Bb |
The scars of your love they leave me breathless.
| Gm | G |
I can’t help feeling, we could’ve had it.

Chorus 1

| Cm | Bb |
All (you’re gonna wish you, never had met me).
| Ab | Ab Bb |
Rolling in the deep (tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep).
| Cm | Bb |
You had my heart inside of your hands (you’re gonna wish you, never had met me).
| Ab | Ab Bb |
And you played it to the beat (tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep).

Verse 3

| C5 | (C5) G5 |
Baby, I have no story to be told.
| (G5) Bb5 | (Bb5) G5 Bb5 |
But I’ve heard one on you, now I’m gonna make your head burn.
| C5 | (C5) G5 |
Think of me in the depths of your despair.
| (G5) Bb5 | (Bb5) G5 Bb5 |
Make a home down there, as mine sure won’t be shared.

Bridge 2

| Ab | Bb |
The scars of your love remind me of us (never had met me, tears are gonna fall).
| Gm | Ab |
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all (rolling in the deep).
| Ab | Bb |
The scars of your love (you’re gonna wish you, never had met me).
| Gm | G |
They leave me breathless, I can’t help feeling. (tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep) We could’ve had it.

Chorus 2

| Cm | Bb |
All (you’re gonna wish you, never had met me).
| Ab | Ab Bb |
Rolling in the deep (tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep).
| Cm | Bb |
You had my heart inside of your hands (you’re gonna wish you, never had met me).
| Ab | Ab Bb |
And you played it, to the beat (tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep). Could have had it.

Chorus tag

| Ab | Bb | Cm | Bb |
All. Rolling in the deep.
| Ab | Ab |
You had my heart inside of your hands.
| Bb | Bb |
But you played it, with a beating.

Verse 4 (breakdown)

| N.C | N.C |
Throw your soul through every open door (whoa).
| N.C | N.C |
Count your blessings to find what you look for (whoa).
| (Cm) | (Cm) |
Turn my sorrow into treasured gold (whoa).
| (Cm) | (Cm) |
You pay me back in kind and reap just what you’ve sown.

Chorus 3 (hold)

| Cm | Bb |
(You’re gonna wish you, never had met me) we could’ve had it all.
| Ab | Ab Bb |
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep) we could’ve had it all, yeah.
| Cm | Bb |
(You’re gonna wish you, never had met me) it all, it all, it all .
| Ab | Ab Bb | (build)
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep). We could’ve had it.

Chorus 4

| Cm | Bb |
All (you’re gonna wish you, never had met me).
| Ab | Ab Bb |
Rolling in the deep (tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep).
| Cm | Bb |
You had my heart inside of your hands (you’re gonna wish you, never had met me).
| Ab | Ab Bb |
And you played it, to the beat (tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep). Could have had it.

Chorus 5

| Cm | Bb |
All (you’re gonna wish you, never had met me).
| Ab | Ab Bb |
Rolling in the deep (tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep).
| Cm | Bb |
You had my heart inside of your hands (you’re gonna wish you, never had met me).
| Ab | Ab Bb | Cm N.C |
But you played it, you played it, you played it, you played it to the beat.



Rolling In The Deep | Chords + Lyrics (capo 3)


Intro

| A5 | A5 |

Verse 1

| A5 | (A5) E5 |
There’s a fire starting in my heart.
| (E5) G5 | (G5) E5 G5 |
Reaching a fever pitch, it’s bringing me out the dark.
| A5 | (A5) E5 |
Finally, I can see you crystal clear.
| (E5) G5 | (G5) E5 G5 |
Go ahead and sell me out and I’ll lay your ship bare

Verse 2

| A5 | (A5) E5 |
See how I’ll leave with every piece of you.
| (E5) G5 | (G5) E5 G5 |
Don’t underestimate the things that I will do.
| A5 | (A5) E5 |
There’s a fire starting in my heart.
| (E5) G5 | (G5) E5 G5 |
Reaching a fever pitch and it’s bringing me out the dark.

Bridge 1

| F | G |
The scars of your love remind me of us.
| Em | F |
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all.
| F | G |
The scars of your love they leave me breathless.
| Em | E |
I can’t help feeling, we could’ve had it.

Chorus 1

| Am | G |
All (you’re gonna wish you, never had met me).
| F | F G |
Rolling in the deep (tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep).
| Am | G |
You had my heart inside of your hands (you’re gonna wish you, never had met me).
| F | F G |
And you played it to the beat (tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep).

Verse 3

| A5 | (A5) E5 |
Baby, I have no story to be told.
| (E5) G5 | (G5) E5 G5 |
But I’ve heard one on you, now I’m gonna make your head burn.
| A5 | (A5) E5 |
Think of me in the depths of your despair.
| (E5) G5 | (G5) E5 G5 |
Make a home down there, as mine sure won’t be shared.

Bridge 2

| F | G |
The scars of your love remind me of us (never had met me, tears are gonna fall).
| Em | F |
They keep me thinking that we almost had it all (rolling in the deep).
| F | G |
The scars of your love (you’re gonna wish you, never had met me).
| Em | E |
They leave me breathless, I can’t help feeling. (tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep) We could’ve had it.

Chorus 2

| Am | G |
All (you’re gonna wish you, never had met me).
| F | F G |
Rolling in the deep (tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep).
| Am | G |
You had my heart inside of your hands (you’re gonna wish you, never had met me).
| F | F G |
And you played it, to the beat (tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep). Could have had it.

Chorus tag

| F | G | Am | G |
All. Rolling in the deep.
| F | F |
You had my heart inside of your hands.
| G | G |
But you played it, with a beating.

Verse 4 (breakdown)

| N.C | N.C |
Throw your soul through every open door (whoa).
| N.C | N.C |
Count your blessings to find what you look for (whoa).
| (Am) | (Am) |
Turn my sorrow into treasured gold (whoa).
| (Am) | (Am) |
You pay me back in kind and reap just what you’ve sown.

Chorus 3 (hold)

| Am | G |
(You’re gonna wish you, never had met me) we could’ve had it all.
| F | F G |
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep) we could’ve had it all, yeah.
| Am | G |
(You’re gonna wish you, never had met me) it all, it all, it all .
| F | F G | (build)
(Tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep). We could’ve had it.

Chorus 4

| Am | G |
All (you’re gonna wish you, never had met me).
| F | F G |
Rolling in the deep (tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep).
| Am | G |
You had my heart inside of your hands (you’re gonna wish you, never had met me).
| F | F G |
And you played it, to the beat (tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep). Could have had it.

Chorus 5

| Am | G |
All (you’re gonna wish you, never had met me).
| F | F G |
Rolling in the deep (tears are gonna fall, rolling in the deep).
| Am | G |
You had my heart inside of your hands (you’re gonna wish you, never had met me).
| F | F G | Am N.C |
But you played it, you played it, you played it, you played it to the beat.



Rolling In The Deep Chords: Learn the progressions


Rolling In The Deep guitar lesson + TAB T

Adele‘s smash hit Rolling In The Deep is played in the key of Cm. The chords are diatonic and common, what’s different is the rhythmic placement.

The verse chord progression moves like this:

| Cm (VI) | G (IIIx) | Bb (V) | G Bb |

At the beginning of each bar, the chord from the previous bar is played for an 8th note, before the switch.

Before we look at the signature rhythm of Rolling In The Deep, let’s look at something very clever first, all chords are power chords, like this:

| C5 | G5 | Bb5 | G5 Bb5 |

Their movement tells us subconsciously which are minor or major. Not actually playing the triad increases the anticipation, genius!

Let’s now look at that rhythm which stays for an extra 8th note before the chord changes. This is very unusual, normally it’s early, on the 4+, not the 1+. Below are rhythm slashes illustrating how to play Rolling In The Deep’s verse chords.

Rolling In The Deep chords and rhythm guitar

The bridge starts on chord IV, the Ab, goes up to V, then down to III. When this idea is repeated, finish with GmG, that’s III – IIIx, like this:

| Ab (IV) | Bb (V) | Gm (III) | Ab |
| Ab | Bb | Gm | G (IIIx) |

You can play the bridge chords as triads or keep pumping power chords. If there are two of you in the band playing chords, one could hold the triad, the other pump power chords.

Rolling In The Deep’s chorus chords move VI – V – IV – V, like this:

||: Cm (VI) | Bb (V) | Ab (IV) | Ab Bb :||

The chorus tag, which only appears once uses the same chords, but puts them in a new order, like this:

| Ab (IV) | Bb (V) | Cm (VI) | Bb |
| Ab | Ab | Bb | Bb |

As a member, you get TAB for how to play Rolling In The Deep’s chords on both the electric in a band and the acoustic on your own.

On the acoustic, we fit a capo on fret 3, here’s a preview of what it looks like using TAB, this is the chorus.

Rolling In The Deep chords and TAB, chorus acoustic.

What I’ve done here is used the 123, 123, 12 rhythm. This is not on the actual recording but it works! Two other small changes are the open E taking us from the G chord to F, and the early G chord in bar 4.

Sometimes, you have to change things to make it work for the situation you’re in, in this case, one acoustic guitar.

Members get TAB for all sections for both the acoustic and electric. Here’s a link to the complete lesson: Rolling In The Deep – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



Rolling in the deep propelled Adele to superstardom!

Adele did well with her debut album, (19) released just two years after she graduated from Brit school.

The album was named after her age and had two big tunes, Chasing Pavements, and a cover of Bob Dylan’s Make You Feel My Love.

Selling 2.5 million copies in the U.K., it had spread the word about this new singer from Tottenham. She even got a Grammy for Best New Artist.

However, it was her second album, 21 (2010) that made her a superstar. With the tunes Set Fire To The Rain, Someone Like You, and especially, Rolling In The Deep, Adele became world famous as the album sold 31 million copies, earning her six more Grammy Awards.

As a single, Rolling In The Deep reached the top five in more than 25 countries, selling a staggering 20 million digital copies.

With all this said, I reckon what Adele found most incredible must have been when Aretha Franklin recorded her tune (check the playlist at the top of this page).



Rolling In The Deep Chords | Related Pages


Intermediate Acoustic

There are many more Intermediate Acoustic Songs with chords similar to Rolling In The Deep.

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.


Intermediate Electric

There are more intermediate electric songs with chords similar to Rolling In The Deep.

The intermediate electric tunes will help you with learning the CAGED system all over the fretboard, both for chords and pentatonic scales.

Learn these Motown/Soul classics, and you’ll not just improve dramatically but also gain yourself a repertoire.


Five similar tunes with chords and lyrics

When you can play Rolling In The Deep's chords, try these five tunes from the songbook.


Adele tunes

Adele wrote Rolling In The Deep.

After finishing Brit School, Adele quickly acquired a record deal to release her own tunes and a late Bob Dylan cover.

Her best tunes include Rolling In The Deep, Hello, Skyfall, When We Were Young, Chasing Pavements, Someone Like You, and Set Fire To The Rain.


Adele on the web

Listen to Adele on Spotify.


Motown & Soul

When you can play Rolling In The Deep, try these Motown and Soul tunes as well.

Motown & Soul is the best place to start if you want to get better at playing the electric guitar. The harmony is simple and there is room for improvisation.

Learn tunes by The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, and many more.


Pop & Rock

There are many more Pop & Rock tunes with chords similar to Rolling In The Deep.

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.



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