The One I Love chords by R.E.M.


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The One I Love | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: Em (G A) | Dsus2 (E G F#) | Em (Em7) | Em (Em7) :||

Verse 1

| Em | Dsus2 | Em (Em7) | Em (Em7) |
This one goes out to the one I love.
| Em | Dsus2 | Em | Em (Em7) |
This one goes out to the one I’ve left behind.
| G G/F G/E | Dsus2 | C/G (A B) | C |
A simple prop, to occupy my time.
| Em | Dsus2 | Em (Em7) | Em (Em7) |
This one goes out to the one I love.

Chorus 1

||: Em (G A) | Dsus2 (E G F#) | Em (Em7) | Em (Em7) :||
Fire. Fire.

Verse 2

| Em | Dsus2 | Em (Em7) | Em (Em7) |
This one goes out to the one I love.
| Em | Dsus2 | Em | Em (Em7) |
This one goes out to the one I’ve left behind.
| G G/F G/E | Dsus2 | C/G (A B) | C |
A simple prop to occupy my time.
| Em | Dsus2 | Em (Em7) | Em (Em7) |
This one goes out to the one I love.

Chorus 2

||: Em (G A) | Dsus2 (E G F#) | Em (Em7) | Em (Em7) :||
Fire (she’s comin’ down on her own, now).
Fire (she’s comin’ down on her own).

Instrumental

| G G/F G/E | Dsus2 | C/G (A B) | C |
| Em | Dsus2 | Em (Em7) | Em (Em7) |

Verse 3

| Em | Dsus2 | Em (Em7) | Em (Em7) |
This one goes out to the one I love.
| Em | Dsus2 | Em | Em (Em7) |
This one goes out to the one I’ve left behind.
| G G/F G/E | Dsus2 | C/G (A B) | C |
Another prop, has occupied my time.
| Em | Dsus2 | Em (Em7) | Em (Em7) |
This one goes out to the one I love.

Chorus 3

||: Em (G A) | Dsus2 (E G F#) | Em (Em7) | Em (Em7) :||
Fire (she’s comin’ down on her own, now).
Fire (she’s comin’ down on her own).
Fire (she’s comin’ down on her own, now).
Fire (she’s comin’ down on her own).

End

| Em (G A) | Dsus2 Eb5 | Em |



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The One I Love Analysis + TAB

Perhaps the most interesting part of The One I Love‘s chords is how it blends the minor modes.

During the intro/chorus, we play an Em chord with an F# as a bass line, this means it must be E Aeolian or Dorian, and the F# is the 9th, like this:

||: Em (VI or II) (G A) | Dsus2 (V or I) (E G F#) | Em (Em7) | Em (Em7) :||

During the verse, we play G G/F G/E, meaning Em now must be Phrygian, as F is a b9. Moving between modes like this creates tension, essential in this style of music (indie-rock).

| Em | Dsus2 | Em (Em7) | Em (Em7) |
| Em | Dsus2 | Em | Em (Em7) |
| G (V) G/F G/E | Dsus2 (II) | C/G (I/5) (A B) | C (I) |
| Em | Dsus2 | Em (Em7) | Em (Em7) |

Members look at how we can craft The One I Love’s chords into an acoustic guitar part by combining what the bass and electric guitar do on the original recording, using TAB of course!

This is mainly apparent in the intro/chorus which really can sound great on just one acoustic guitar. Once you have that down, don’t stop, keep the same attention to detail when playing the verse.

As a preview of this concept, this is the first line of the verse, notice how the strums are varied in bars 3 and 4, answering the vocal.

The One I Love chords and TAB. Verse first line.

What you saw here is a great example of how the small details, once added up, make a big difference.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): The One I Love – Guitar lesson with TAB.

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Did R.E.M. steal from Neil Young?

The One I Love is an excellent example of a simple song that also has a great lesson for all budding songwriters out there.

As discussed above, the chords usually need to have some kind of twist, variation, or modulation that breaks the norm, but also, a great tune needs to have lyrics with meaning.

As Michael Stipe simply sings the same verse three times, what he says is that he really means it. The message to budding songwriters is also clear – keep it simple!

Another tip for aspiring writers would be to compare The One I Love with Neil Young‘s My My, Hey Hey (Out Of The Blue). There’s a fine line between being inspired and stealing!

If you want to be a songwriter, you need to, both study songs, and even rewrite songs, and eventually, new ones will start to come to you.

Perhaps Michael’s famous quote sums it up the best: The secret to R.E.M.’s success is 10% inspiration and 90% perspiration!



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This article was written by Dan Lundholm, Spytunes guitar guru. Discover more about him and how learning guitar with Spytunes has evolved.

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