This Is chords by Aslan


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This Is | Chords + Lyrics


Verse 1

| D | D |
These are the hands of a tired man.
| F#m7 | F#m7 |
This is the old man’s shroud.
| Em7 | Em7 |
These are the eyes of the blood-crazed tiger.
| G | A |
Staring at the maddening crowd.

Verse 2

| D | D |
This is the face of a teenage mother.
| F#m | F#m |
This is the child she bears.
| Em | Em7 |
This is the soul of her broken lover.
| G | A |
Searching for the smiles they shared.

Verse 3

| D | D |
These are the feet of the punished pilgrim.
| F#m | F#m |
And in his book of punished love.
| Em7 | Em7 |
You see his eyes, you see no surprise.
| G | A |
Waiting for a lie that’s true.

Chorus 1

| G | Bm |
Everybody hits you with this feeling.
| A | A |
Nobody seems to understand.
| G | Bm | A |
Yeah you stop, you look, you’re searching for the meaning of love.
| Cadd9 | Cadd9 (hold) |
(Wasting your life away).

Verse 4

| D | D |
These are the dreams of a sleeping father.
| F#m7 | F#m7 |
And in his long lost days.
| Em7 | Em7 |
He sees a child, he sees his eyes.
| G | A |
Waiting for the price he’s paid.

Verse 5

| D | D |
These are the tears of a fallen idol.
| F#m7 | F#m7 |
And in his smile of shattered love.
| Em7 | Em7 |
You see his eyes, you see no surprise.
| G | A |
You just see lights then realise.

Chorus 2

| G | Bm |
Everybody hits you with this feeling.
| A | A |
Nobody seems to understand.
| G | Bm | A |
Yeah you stop, you look, you’re searching for the meaning of love.
| Cadd9 | N.C |
(Wasting your life away).

Middle 8

| Bm | Bm |
Oh here with you.
| F#m7 | F#m7 |
There’s no one here like you.
| Em7 | Em7 |
And no one moves like you.
| G | A |
Nobody touches like you.

Chorus 3

| G | Bm |
Everybody hits you with this feeling.
| A | A |
Nobody seems to understand.
| G | Bm | A | A |
Yeah you stop, you look, you’re searching for the meaning of love.

Chorus 4

| G | Bm |
Everybody hits you with this feeling.
| A | A |
Nobody seems to understand.
| G | Bm | A | A |
Yeah you stop, you look, you’re searching for the meaning of love.

Outro

| G | Bm |
(Everybody hits you with this feeling).
| A | A |
Everybody hits you, and everybody knocks you down.
| G | Bm |
(You stop you look you’re searching for a meaning)
| A | A |
You stop you look you’re searching, you stop you look you’re searching.
| G | Bm |
(Everybody hits you with this feeling).
| A | A |
Everybody hits you, and everybody knocks you down.
| G | Bm |
(You stop you look you’re searching for a meaning)
| A | A | G5 |
Everybody hits you, and everybody knocks you down.



This Is Chords: Learn the progressions


This Is Guitar Lesson + TAB T

The chords of This Is are almost completely diatonic, only one chord breaks the rules, the Cadd9 which ends the choruses.

In the key of D, the verse moves I – III – II – IV – V, like this:

| D (I) | D | F#m7 (III) | F#m7 |
| Em7 (II) | Em7 | G (IV) | A (V) |

The general rhythm is very similar to Aslan’s other big tune, Crazy World and is best described using TAB, like this:

This Is chords and TAB Verse

Notice how that F#m7 is played like an A/F#, what you see above is designed for one guitar, on the original recording there are two guitars, one of them playing just an F#m.

The chorus and outro chords start on IV before we go to VI and V, like this:

||: G (IV) | Bm (VI) |
|1. A (V) | A :||
|2. A | Cadd9 (bVIIx) |

After repeating, we finish off on that aforementioned bVIIx chord (Cadd9), the only chord outside the key of D (members get TAB for this section as well).

Do compare this Cadd9 with how Angels make use of the bVIIx chord as well. Comparing chord movements like this in different songs will enable you to recognise them.

Once you’ve recognised it in a few tunes you’ll be able to spot it instantly when it appears in new songs you come across. Look for the feeling it evokes within.

There’s one more section in This Is and that’s the middle 8, it moves in exactly the same way as a verse, only replacing the I chord (D) for a VI (Bm), like this:

| Bm (VI) | Bm | F#m7 (III) | F#m7 |
| Em7 (II) | Em7 | G (IV) | A (V) |

Members get the TAB for how to play this middle 8 section and all other sections in order to play this fantastic tune on one acoustic guitar.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): This Is – Guitar Lesson with TAB.

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This Is – Aslan’s first big hit!

In 1988, Aslan released their debut album Feel No Shame. By now they had been together for six years and were one of the hot new bands of the ’80s, not just in Ireland, they were tipped to be the next big thing in the U.K. too.

The reason they were so hot was down to their first single, This Is, which had been released already in 1986.

Following This Is, the band released a further seven singles, most from that debut album but none with the same impact as This Is.

Following a tumultuous time in the spotlight and their lead singer (Christy Dignam) falling victim to drug and alcohol abuse, the band split up.

Christy formed a new band but after no success and the boys in the band realising it just wasn’t the same without him, they reunited in 1993 and released their second hit, Crazy World.

With these two tunes, they became a legendary Irish band that most natives would have you know are much better than U2.

When Cristy died in 2023, the band again recruited a new singer, this time to keep Aslan alive.


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Intermediate Acoustic

There are many more Intermediate Acoustic Songs with chords similar to This Is.

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 This Is chords, try these five tunes from the songbook.

Aslan

Aslan wrote This Is chords.

Aslan is a rock band from Dublin Ireland that formed in the early ’80s, broke up after the debut album and then reunited to release their signature song.

Their best tunes include This Is, Crazy World, and covers of Angie, Jealous Guy, Maggie May and Wish You Were Here.



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Dan Lundholm wrote this article about This Is chords.

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