Take It Easy chords by the Eagles


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Take It Easy | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: G | G | C/G | D7(omit3)/G :||
| G | G (maj pent lick) |

Verse 1

| G | G |
Well, I’m a-running down the road tryin’ to loosen my load.
| G D5 | C |
I’ve got seven women on my mind.
| G | D5 D5/A |
Four that wanna own me, two that wanna stone me.
| C | G |
One says she’s a friend of mine.

Chorus 1

| Em | Em | C | G |
Take it easy, take it easy.
| Am (G/B) | C | Em | Em |
Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy.
| C | G | C | G |
Lighten up while you still can, don’t even try to understand.
| Am (G/B) | C | G | G | G | G (D7(omit3)/G) |
Just find a place to make your stand and take it easy.

Verse 2

| G | G |
Well, I’m a-standing on a corner in Winslow, Arizona.
| G D5 | C |
And such a fine sight to see.
| G | D D5/A |
It’s a girl, my lord, in a flatbed Ford.
| C | G |
Slowin’ down to take a look at me.

Chorus 2

| Em | D | C | G |
Come on, baby, don’t say maybe.
| Am (G/B) | C | Em | Em |
I’ve gotta know if your sweet love is gonna save me.
| C | G | C | G |
We may lose and we may win, though we will never be here again.
| Am (G/B) | C | G | G |
So open up, I’m climbin’ in. So take it easy.

Solo

| G | G | G D5 | C |
| G | D | C | G |
| Em | D | C | G |
| Am (G/B) | C | Em | Em D |

Verse 3

| G | G |
Well, I’m running down the road trying to loosen my load.
| G D5 | Am |
Got a world of trouble on my mind.
| G | D |
Looking for a lover who won’t blow my cover.
| C | G |
She’s so hard to find.

Chorus 3

| Em | Em | C | G |
Take it easy, take it easy.
| Am (G/B) | C | Em | Em (Em/D) |
Don’t let the sound of your own wheels make you crazy.
| C | G | C | G |
Come on baby, don’t say maybe.
| Am (G/B) | C | G | N.C |
I’ve gotta know if your sweet love is gonna save me.

Outro

||: C | C | G | G :|| C | C |
||: Oh, oh, oh… :||
| G | G7 | C | C |
Oh, we got it easy.
| G | G7 | C | C | Em ||
We oughta take it easy.



Take It Easy Chords: Learn the progressions


Take It Easy guitar lesson with TAB T

Let’s take a look at all of Take It Easy‘s chords, starting with the intro which somewhat disappointingly never returns. Here are the chords:

||: G (I) | G | C/G (IV) | D7(omit3)/G (V) :||

Compare this with Jackson Browne‘s other hit, Doctor My Eyes, and you’ll see how it’s a similar idea. Chord I – IV – V, but we’re maintaining that root note!

Once the verse kicks in it’s seemingly very simple, using only chords I, V, and IV, like this:

| G (I) | G | G D5 (V) | C (IV) |
| G | D5 D5/A | C | G |

The only variation harmonically is that in verse 2, we change in bar 4 from chord I to VI, an Am.

The hard part is how the rhythm is displaced in verse 1, but not in verse 2 (members get TAB for both).

The chorus starts on chord VI and is, just like the verse, completely diatonic.

| Em (VI) | Em | C (IV) | G (I) |
| Am (II) (G/B) (I/3) | C (IV) | Em | Em (Em/D) |
| C | G | C | G |
| Am (G/B) | C | G | G | G | G (D7(omit3)/G) |

Chorus 2 is slightly different, we go to a D chord in bar 2 and we also don’t play the last two bars.

The solo is verse 2 and half a chorus. The outro goes between chords IV – I, extending that G chord to a G7.

When you play along with the original recording you’ll feel a bit uneasy, this is because the Eagles have tuned down. Use my online guitar tuner, set to 432 Hz, the magical frequency of the universe!

Members get TAB for how to strum Take It Easy, adjusted to work on just one acoustic guitar. Here’s a sample, the intro.

Take It Easy chords and TAB, intro.

As you play along with the original recording you’ll see how getting the rhythm correct is super important, it has to start on that 4 +.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson: Take it Easy – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



Take It Easy was produced by Glyn Johns, twice!

Take It Easy was the Eagles‘ first hit. Released as the lead single off their debut album in 1972, only a year after the band had formed.

The tune was co-written with Jackson Browne, who released it the following year (1973).

Both versions were produced by the legendary English producer Glyn Johns, best known to the masses for his technique of recording a drum kit (one microphone to the side of the ride, one to the side of hi-hats, same distance to snare).

Other legendary recordings Glyn was involved in include Led Zeppelin’s debut album and The Beatles‘ Let It Be.

If, like me, you were wondering where the famous corner described in Take It Easy is located, let me tell you. It’s where Second St. & Kinsley Ave meet in Winslow, Arizona.

This is where Browne’s car broke down, sowing the seed for the song. Today, you can find a statue here of a man and his guitar.



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