The Scientist chords by Coldplay


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The Scientist | Chords + Lyrics (no capo)


Intro

||: Dm7 | Bb (Bsus2) | F | Fsus2 :||

Verse 1

||: Dm7 | Bb | F | Fsus2 :||
Come up to meet you, tell you I’m sorry, you don’t know how lovely you are.
I had to find you, tell you I need you, tell you I set you apart.
Tell me your secrets and ask me your questions, oh let’s go back to the start.
Running in circles, coming up tails, heads on a science apart.

Chorus 1

| Bbadd9 | Bbadd9 | F | Fsus2 |
Nobody said it was easy, it’s such a shame for us to part.
| Bbadd9 | Bbadd9 | F | Fsus2 |
Nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it would be this hard.
| C5 C6 | C7 |
Oh, take me back to the start.

Instrumental 1

| F | Bb (Bbadd9) | F | F |
| F/A | Bb (Bbadd9) | F | Fsus2 |

Verse 2

||: Dm7 | Bb | F | Fsus2 :||
I was just guessing at numbers and figures, pulling the puzzles apart.
Questions of science, science, and progress, do not speak as loud as my heart.
But tell me you love me, come back and haunt me, oh and I rush to the start.
Running in circles, chasing our tails, coming back as we are.

Chorus 2

| Bbadd9 | Bbadd9 | F | Fsus2 |
Nobody said it was easy, oh it’s such a shame for us to part.
| Bbadd9 | Bbadd9 | F | Fsus2 |
Nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it would be so hard.
| C5 C6 | C7 |
I’m going back to the start.

Instrumental 2

| Fsus4 (F) | Bbadd9 | Fsus4 (F) | Fsus4 (F) |
Dm7 | Bbadd9 | Fsus4 (F) | Fsus4 (F) |

Outro

||: Dm7 | Bbadd9 | Fsus4 (F) | Fsus4 (F) :||
Oh ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh.
Ah ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh.
Oh ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh.
Oh ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh.



The Scientist | Chords + Lyrics (capo 1)


Intro

||: C#m7 | A (Asus2) | E | Esus2 :||

Verse 1

||: C#m7 | A | E | Esus2 :||
Come up to meet you, tell you I’m sorry, you don’t know how lovely you are.
I had to find you, tell you I need you, tell you I set you apart.
Tell me your secrets and ask me your questions, oh let’s go back to the start.
Running in circles, coming up tails, heads on a science apart.

Chorus 1

| Aadd9 | Aadd9 | E | Esus2 |
Nobody said it was easy, it’s such a shame for us to part.
| Aadd9 | Aadd9 | E | Esus2 |
Nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it would be this hard.
| B5 B6 | B7 |
Oh, take me back to the start.

Instrumental 1

| E | A (Aadd9) | E | E |
| E/G# | A (Aadd9) | E | Esus2 |

Verse 2

||: C#m7 | A | E | Esus2 :||
I was just guessing at numbers and figures, pulling the puzzles apart.
Questions of science, science, and progress, do not speak as loud as my heart.
But tell me you love me, come back and haunt me, oh and I rush to the start.
Running in circles, chasing our tails, coming back as we are.

Chorus 2

| Aadd9 | Aadd9 | E | Esus2 |
Nobody said it was easy, oh it’s such a shame for us to part.
| Aadd9 | Aadd9 | E | Esus2 |
Nobody said it was easy, no one ever said it would be so hard.
| B5 B6 | B7 |
I’m going back to the start.

Instrumental 2

| Esus4 (E) | Aadd9 | Esus4 (E) | Esus4 (E) |
C#m7 | Aadd9 | Esus4 (E) | Esus4 (E) |

Outro

||: C#m7 | Aadd9 | Esus4 (E) | Esus4 (E) :||
Oh ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh.
Ah ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh.
Oh ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh.
Oh ooh, ooh ooh ooh ooh.



The Scientist Chords: Learn the progressions


The Scientist guitar lesson + TAB

In most piano players’ favourite key of F, Coldplay‘s The Scientist‘s verse chords move like this during the intro/verse:

||: Dm7 (VI) | Bb (IV) Bbadd9 | F (I) | Fsus2 :||

This is extremely annoying for an acoustic guitar player so we grab our old friend the capo and put that on fret 1. Thinking in the key of E, the chords now become this for the intro:

||: C#m7 (VI) | A (IV) Aadd9 | E (I) | Esus2 :||

After playing around with these chords for a while, I came up with an intro for one acoustic guitar that looks like this in TAB:

The Scientist chords and TAB, intro, key of E.

The verse uses the same chords but we need to scale it back a bit to leave room for the vocal. Let’s also scrap that Asus2 and we get this funny-looking part:

The Scientist chords and TAB, verse, key of E.

Notice how the A changes from an open position A to an E-shaped A. This is done so we can easily switch from C#m, and later, to an E in a C shape.

Staying in the key of E, The Scientist’s chorus chords are simple, using only IV – I on repeat, finishing on V, with some extensions, like this:

||: Aadd9 (IV) | Aadd9 | E (I) | Esus2 :||
| B5 (V) B6 | B7 |

Members get TAB for this part as well as the instrumental section, which, if only described as chords is this:

| E | A (Aadd9) | E | E |
| E/G# | A (Aadd9) | E | Esus2 |

Lastly, the outro introduces a sus4 which is achieved by hammering on from the 3rd to the sus4 and then back again (members get TAB!).

As the chords change four times in a bar, I’ve put the triad in brackets rather than writing four chords in a bar, like this:

||: C#m7 | Aadd9 | Esus4 (E) | Esus4 (E) :||

Here’s a link to the complete lesson with TAB for all sections: The Scientist – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



The idea for The Scientist music video came from Spike Jones!

All great songs deserve a good music video and in The Scientist, we certainly get that!

The video went on to win three awards at the MTV Video Awards, mainly down to its narrative being told in reverse.

Directed by Jamie Thraves, it starts off with Chris Martin singing the first verse on a mattress in a London suburb, but we quickly enter reverse mode.

As Chris sings in sync and the world is backwards, the story of what happened is also told backwards.

To pull such an effect off Chris Martin would have to sing the song backwards! The effect was previously used in the 1996 video Drop by The Pharcyde (Spike Jones).



The Scientist Chords | Related Pages


Intermediate Acoustic

There are many more Intermediate Acoustic Songs with chords similar to The Scientist.

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.


Five similar tunes with chords and lyrics

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


Coldplay tunes

Coldplay wrote The Scientist.

With influences such as Irish U2 and American R.E.M, Coldplay‘s songs were set for Stadium greatness.

Starting out in 96, with the first album released in 2000, the band has spent more than two decades playing stadiums to adoring fans.


Coldplay on the web

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Pop & Rock

When you can play The Scientist, try these Pop & Rock tunes as well.

Whenever a tune doesn’t fit into a specific genre, it tends to end up here, in the Pop & Rock section.

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