Waiting On An Angel chords by Ben Harper


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Waiting On An Angel | Chords + Lyrics (tune down 1 tone)


Intro

| 3/4 C | C/B | Am7 | G Gsus4 |
| C | C/B | Am7 | G5 (hold) |

Verse 1

||: C | C/B | Am7 | G Gsus4 :||
Waiting on an angel.
One to carry me home.
Hope you come to see me soon.
| F | G | Am | Am7/E | F | G |
‘Cause I don’t wanna go alone, I don’t wanna go alone.

Instrumental 1

||: C | C/B | Am7 | G Gsus4 :||

Verse 2

||: C | C/B | Am7 | G Gsus4 :||
Now, angel, won’t you come by me?
Angel, hear my plea.
Take my hand, lift me up.
| F | G | Am | Am7/E | F | G | C | C/E |
So that I can fly with thee, so that I can fly with thee.

Bridge 1

| F | G | Am | Am/E |
And I’m waiting on an angel.
| F | G | C | C/E |
And I know it won’t be long.
| F | G | Am | Am/E |
To find myself a resting place.
| F | G | C | C/E | F | G |
In my angel’s arms, in my angel’s arms.

Instrumental 2

||: C | C/B | Am7 | G Gsus4 :||

Verse 3

||: C | C/B | Am7 | G Gsus4 :||
So speak kind to a stranger.
‘Cause you’ll never know.
It just might be an angel.
| F | G | Am | Am7/E | F | G | C | C/E |
Come, oh, knocking at your door, come knocking at your door.

Bridge 2

| F | G | Am | Am/E |
And I’m waiting on an angel.
| F | G | C | C/E |
And I know it won’t be long.
| F | G | Am | Am/E |
To find myself a resting place.
| F | G | C | C/E | F | G |
In my angel’s arms, oh, in my angel’s arms, oh, arms

Instrumental 3

||: C | C/B | Am7 | G Gsus4 :||

Verse 4

||: C | C/B | Am7 | G Gsus4 :||
Waiting on an angel.
One to carry me home.
Hope you come and see me soon.
| F | G | C | C/E |
‘Cause I don’t wanna go alone.
| F | G | C | C/E |
I don’t wanna go alone, don’t wanna go.
| F | G | C |
I don’t wanna go alone.


Waiting On An Angel chords and progressions (lesson preview)

Waiting On An Angel Analysis + TAB

Played in 3/4, Ben Harper‘s Waiting On An Angel uses common open-position chords, although if you try to play along, you’ll soon realize that he’s tuned down all strings a tone, making a C chord sound like a Bb.

To get on the same frequency as Ben, use my chromatic tuner. Once sorted, you can play along using the chords and lyrics above.

Alternatively, you could just play it on your own, effectively a tone higher than Ben.

The verse chords are descending from I – VI using only the root of chord VII in between, we finish off with a V chord before it’s looped, like this:

||: C | C/B | Am7 | G Gsus4 :||

At the end of the verse, we ascend from IV – V – VI, then use the 5th of the VI chord in the bass, leading the way to another IV – V, like this:

| F | G | Am | Am7/E | F | G |

Members get TAB so they can play it exactly like Ben does, or teach someone else how to do it, this is a perfect beginner song.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Waiting On An Angel, guitar lesson with TAB.

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Waiting On An Angel was one of Ben Harper’s best early tunes!

From Ben Harper’s debut album, Welcome to the Cruel World (1994) we find Waiting On An Angel. This, the amusing Mama’s Got a Girlfriend Now and Whipping Boy were the three best tunes on the debut.

His follow-up album, Fight For Your Mind was much the same with Another Lonely Day being in a similar vein.

Harper has an interesting career, staying on the same label (Virgin) he seems to have been allowed to grow as an artist, maintaining his characteristically sensitive streak.

The proof is in the output as he with Virgin released ten studio albums between 1994 and 2011. Looking back, it’s as if they allowed him to grow.

Following the last album for Virgin, Give Til It’s Gone, he’s released another seven albums, but on four different labels.

Out of all the albums on Virgin, my favourite is the Blind Boys Of Alabama collaboration in 2004, There Will Be A Light. In many ways, the epitome of not trying to be commercial, doing your own thing, and maintaining integrity.


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