Take It Easy chords by the Eagles (Jackson Browne)


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Take It Easy | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: G | G | C/G | D7sus4/G :||
| G | G (D7sus4/G) |

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 | D |
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 (Em/D) |
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 (D7sus4/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 |
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 (Em/D) |
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 and progressions

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 | G | C/G | D7sus4/G :||

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

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

| G | G | G D5 | C |
| G | D | C | G |

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

The chorus starts on chord VI and is, just like the verse, completely diatonic. Only the last line is varied:

| Em | Em | C | G |
| Am (G/B) | C | Em | Em (Em/D) |
| C | G | C | G |
1. | Am (G/B) | C | G | G | G | G (D7sus4/G) |
2. | Am (G/B) | C | G | G |
3. | Am (G/B) | C | G | N.C |

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 4 Hz. Use my online guitar tuner, set it to 436 Hz and you’ll be on their frequency, literally!


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