Steady, As She Goes chords



You can learn how to play Steady, As She Goes by The Raconteurs!

After six studio albums with The White Stripes, Jack White teamed up with his friend Brendon Branson to form The Raconteurs.

They had a history of working together as Jack’s most popular song, Seven Nation Army had a B-side in Good To Me, a song written by Brendon.

Jack had also sung BV’s on some of Brendon’s recordings. For the Raconteurs, they co-wrote all songs.

Formed in 2005, the debut was released the following year with their most known song as the lead single, Steady, As She Goes.

The song was an immediate success worldwide, perhaps not topping the charts, but climbing high in many countries, or territories, to use record label speak.

The critical acclaim was high with Rolling Stone magazine ranking it the 2nd best song of the year, beaten to the top spot by Gnarles Barkley’s Crazy.

The following year Steady, As She Goes was nominated for a Grammy, this time losing out to Dani California by The Red Hot Chili Peppers.


Steady, As He Goes chords and lyrics


||: N.C :|| x4
||: Bm F# | A E :|| x7

||: Bm F# | A E :||
Find yourself a girl and settle down. 
Live a simple life in a quiet town.
Steady as she goes (steady as she goes).
Steady as she goes (steady as she goes).
So steady as she goes.

||: Bm F# | A E :||

||: Bm F# | A E :||
Your friends have a shown a kink in the single life.
You’ve had too much to think, now you need a wife.
Steady as she goes (steady as she goes).
So steady as she goes (steady as she goes).

| G | A | B | B |
Well, here we go again, you’ve found yourself a friend that knows you well.
| G | A | E | E |
But no matter what you do, you’ll always feel as though you tripped and fell. So steady as she goes.

||: Bm F# | A E :||

||: Bm F# | A E :||
When you have completed what you thought you had to do.
And your blood’s depleted to the point of stable glue.
Then you’ll get along.
And then you’ll get along.

| Bm | Bsus2 B5 |

||: Bm F# | A E :||
Steady as she goes (steady as she goes).
So steady as she goes (steady as she goes).

| G | A | B | B |
Well, here we go again, you’ve found yourself a friend that knows you well.
| G | A | E | E |
But no matter what you do, you’ll always feel as though you tripped and fell. So steady as she goes.

||: Bm F# | A E :||
Steady as she goes.
Settle for a world, neither up or down (settle for a world, neither up or down).
Sell it to the crowd that is gathered ‘round (Sell it to the crowd that is gathered ‘round).
Settle for a girl, neither up or down (settle for a girl, neither up or down).
Sell it to the crowd that is gathered ‘round (sell it to the crowd that is gathered ‘round).

||: Bm | Bsus2 B5 :||

||: Bm F# | A E :||
So steady as she goes (steady as she goes).
Steady as she goes (steady as she goes).
Steady as she goes (steady as she goes).
So steady as she goes (steady as she goes).
||: Steady as she goes (are you steady now). :|| x5
| Bm | Bm |
Steady as she goes.


Steady, As He Goes chord progression

No key signature contains all chords you find in Steady, As She Goes. This means that the chords are either going outside the key temporarily or, we change the key.

Whenever this happens, we look to what chord feels like home and then decide what Roman numeral this chord must be.

Play around with the chords above and you’ll soon feel that The Bm chord is home, and it’s Aeolian, chord VI.

With this as our starting point, all other chords can fall in line.

The main looped chord progression is BmF#AE. using the SWS, set to the key of Bm, we can see that both the F# and E should have been minor chords. As Roman numerals the progression is VI – IIIx – V – IIx, very unusual.

When the next section appears and loops G – A, this feels very normal in comparison, it’s the IV – V, #2 on my top 10 chord progression list.

But just when you thought it was all going to be diatonic, we play a B chord, not a Bm. That’s a VIx and the Raconteurs have now successfully replaced all minor chords with major from the key of Bm/D.


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