We Are The People chords by Empire Of The Sun


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We Are The People | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| Em | Em | Bm7 | Bm7 | Cmaj7 | Cmaj7 | Em | Bmadd4 |

Verse 1

| Em | Em | Bm | Bm |
We can remember, swimming in December.
| Cmaj7 | Cmaj7 | Em | Bmadd4 |
Heading for the city lights, in 1975.
| Em | Em | Bm | Bm |
We share in each other, nearer than father.
| Cmaj7 | Cmaj7 | Em | Bmadd4 |
The scent of a lemon, drips from your eyes.

Bridge 1

| Em | Em |
We are the people that rule the world.
| Bm7 | Bm7 |
A force running in every boy and girl.
| Cmaj7 | Cmaj7 |
All rejoicing in the world.
| Am7 | B7omit3 |
Take me now, we can try.

Verse 2

| Em | Em | Bm7 | Bm7 |
We lived an adventure, love in the Summer.
| Cmaj7 | Cmaj7 | Am7 | Bm7 |
I followed the sun ’til night, reminiscing other times of life.
| Em | Em | Bm7 | Bm7 |
For each every other, the feeling was stronger.
| Cmaj7 | Cmaj7 | Am7 | B7omit3 |
The shock hit eleven, I got lost in your eyes.

Chorus 1

||: Cmaj7 | Em | D6 | D6 :||
I can’t do well when I think you’re gonna leave me, but I know I try.
Are you gonna leave me now? Can’t you be believing now?
I can’t do well when I think you’re gonna leave me, but I know I try.
Are you gonna leave me now? Can’t you be believing now?

Verse 3

| Em | Em | Bm7 | Bm7 |
Can you remember and humanize? It was still where we’d energized.
| Cmaj7 | Cmaj7 | Am7 | B7omit3 |
Lie in the sand and visualize. Like it’s ’75 again.

Bridge 2

| Em | Em |
We are the people that rule the world.
| Bm7 | Bm7 |
A force running in every boy and girl.
| Cmaj7 | Cmaj7 |
All rejoicing in the world.
| Am7 | B7omit3 |
Take me now, we can try.

Chorus 2

||: Cmaj7 | Em | D6 | D6 :||
I can’t do well when I think you’re gonna leave me, but I know I try.
Are you gonna leave me now? Can’t you be believing now?
I can’t do well when I think you’re gonna leave me, but I know I try.
Are you gonna leave me now? Can’t you be believing now?

Middle 8

| Em | Em | Bm7 | Bm7 |
I know everything about you, know everything about me,
| Cmaj7 | Cmaj7 | Am7 | Bm7 |
know everything about us.
| Em | Em | Bm7 | Bm7 |
I know everything about you, know everything about me,
| Cmaj7 | Cmaj7 | Am7 | B7omit3 |
know everything about us.

Chorus 3

||: Cmaj7 | Em | D6 | D6 :||
I can’t do well when I think you’re gonna leave me, but I know I try.
Are you gonna leave me now? Can’t you be believing now?
I can’t do well when I think you’re gonna leave me, but I know I try
Are you gonna leave me now? Can’t you be believing now?
I can’t do well when I think you’re gonna leave me, but I know I try.
Are you gonna leave me now? Can’t you be believing now?



We Are The People Chords: Learn the progressions


We Are The People guitar lesson + TAB

There are 3 chord progressions in We Are The People, all of which are very clever.

The first only appears during the intro and verse 1. This is it, with Roman Numerals:

||: Em (VI) | Em | Bm7 (III) | Bm7 |
| Cmaj7 (IV) | Cmaj7 | Em (VI) | Bmadd4 (III) :||

The most genius part here is that this doesn’t come back again. As we play the bridge and all future verses, we change We Are The People’s chords very subtly, like this:

||: Em (VI) | Em | Bm7 (V) | Bm7 |
| Cmaj7 (IV) | Cmaj7 | Am7 (II) | B7omit3 (III) :||

Both these parts are played on two guitars, one using a capo on fret 7, thinking in the key of Am. If this tune was in my intermediate course, I’d work out both so we could play it together but since it’s not, I’ve designed one part that works well for you to play as the only guitarist.

To achieve a similar sound, we use a combination of barre and open-position chords, here’s a sample, detailing the intro chords:

We Are The People chords and TAB intro verse 1

As you can see, for the Em chord I’m doubling up on the note B, both as a fretted note on string 3, and open B string. This creates a chorus effect similar to that of having two guitars.

Overall, this part is moving around quite a bit, this creates excitement.

I would recommend that the verse/bridge strumming is smaller and more disciplined, this will tighten everything up and create more focus, setting us up for a chorus. Members get TAB for how I would recommend you do this.

For the chorus, we use these chords:

||: Cmaj7 (IV) | Em (VI) | D6 (V) | D6 (V) :||

Starting on chord IV is very clever, it means we feel as if we are going somewhere new (this is the Lydian mode). Finishing on chord V means we want to keep going.

Members get TAB for how to strum all sections of We Are The People and once we’ve gotten that out of the way, we also look at how to play the genius chorus melody (more on this later).

Here’s a link to the complete lesson: We Are The People – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



We Are The People and Pentatonic Substitution!

When I first heard the chorus melody of We Are The People, I was floored. How the melody hits all those amazing notes just knocked me out.

I spent several days listening to it on repeat, without picking a guitar up, it was as if I didn’t want to know what they were doing, I wanted it to be a mystery.

And it remained so for several years, I left it on purpose until one day, I had to play it in a gig.

I worked out the chords for We Are The People, which you can find above with lyrics, they’re simple, yet really clever.

I recorded it on a loop pedal and thought, maybe I can just find that melody if I keep trying for a while, I wanted to discover how clever it was.

Turns out that it was, just like the progression, much easier and also much more clever than I could ever have imagined, what they do is use pentatonic substitution.

Members get the full story…



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Intermediate Acoustic

There are many more Intermediate Acoustic Songs with chords similar to We Are The People.

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.


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Empire Of The Sun tunes

Empire Of The Sun wrote We Are The People.

Australian Empire Of The Sun was formed after an A&R man from EMI introduced Luke and Nick to each other.

The duo are best known for their first two singles and massive hit tunes We Are The People and Walking On A Dream.


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