Whistle For The Choir chords by The Fratellis


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Whistle For The Choir | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| E | E | G#m | G#m Gm |
| F#m | F#m | B7 | B7 |

Verse 1

| E | E |
Well, it’s a big, big city and it’s always the same. Can never
| G#m | G#m Gm |
be too pretty, tell me your name, is it
| F#m | F#m | B7 | B7 |
out of line, if I was to be bold and say would you be mine?

Verse 2

| E | E |
Because I may be a beggar and you may be the queen,
| G#m | G#m Gm |
I know I may be on a downer I’m still ready to dream, though it’s
| F#m | F#m | B7 | B7 |
3 o’clock, the time is just the time it takes for you to talk.

Chorus 1

| E | E |
So if you’re lonely why’d you say you’re not lonely.
| G#m | G#m Gm |
Oh, you’re a silly girl, I know I heard it so,
| F#m | F#m | B7 | B7 |
it’s just like you to come and go.
| E | E |
You know me, no you don’t even know me,
| G#m | G#m Gm |
you’re so sweet to try, oh my, you caught my eye,
| F#m | F#m | B7 | B7 |
a girl like you’s just irresistible.

Instrumental

| E | E | G#m | G#m Gm |
| F#m | F#m | B7 | B7 |

Verse 3

| E | E |
Well, it’s a big, big city and the lights are all out,
| G#m | G#m Gm |
but it’s as much as I can do you know to figure you out.
| F#m | F#m | B7 | B7 |
And I must confess, my heart’s in broken pieces, and my head’s a mess.

Verse 4

| E | E |
And it’s 4 in the morning, and I’m walking along,
| G#m | G#m Gm |
beside the ghost of every drinker here who’s ever done wrong.
| F#m | F#m | B7 | B7 |
And it’s you, woo-hoo, that’s got me going crazy for the things you do.

Chorus 2

| E | E |
So if you’re crazy, I don’t care, you amaze me,
| G#m | G#m Gm |
oh you’re a stupid girl, oh me, oh my, you talk,
| F#m | F#m | B7 | B7 |
I die, you smile, you laugh, I cry.
| E | E |
And only, a girl like you could be lonely,
| G#m | G#m Gm |
and it’s a crying shame if you would think the same,
| F#m | F#m | B7 | B7 |
a boy like me is just irresistible.

Solo

| D | D | F#m | F#m Fm | Em | Em | A | B7 |
| E | E | G#m | G#m Gm | F#m | F#m | B7 | B7 |

Chorus 3

| E | E |
So if you’re lonely, why’d you say you’re not lonely,
| G#m | G#m Gm |
oh you’re a silly girl, I know I heard it so,
| F#m | F#m | B7 | B7 |
it’s just like you to come and go.
| E | E |
And know me, no you don’t even know me,
| G#m | G#m Gm |
you’re so sweet to try, oh my, you caught my eye,
| F#m | F#m | B7 | B7 |
a girl like you’s just irresistible.


Whistle For The Choir | Chords + Lyrics (key of A)


Intro

| A | A | C#m | C#m Cm |
| Bm | Bm | E | E7 |

Verse 1

| A | A |
Well, it’s a big, big city and it’s always the same.
| C#m | C#m Cm |
Can never be too pretty, tell me your name,
| Bm | Bm | E | E7 |
is it out, of line, if I was to be bold and say would you be mine?

Verse 2

| A | A |
Because I may be a beggar and you may be the queen,
| C#m | C#m Cm |
I know I may be on a downer I’m still ready to dream,
| Bm | Bm | E | E7 |
though it’s 3 o’clock, the time is just the time it takes for you to talk.

Chorus 1

| A | A | C#m | C#m Cm |
So if you’re lonely why’d you say you’re not lonely. Oh you’re a silly
| Bm | Bm | E | E7 |
girl, I know I heard it so, it’s just like you to come and go.
| A | A | C#m | C#m Cm |
You know me, no you don’t even know me, you’re so sweet to
| Bm | Bm | E | E7 |
try, oh my, you caught my eye, a girl like you’s just irresistible.

Instrumental

| A | A | C#m | C#m Cm |
| Bm | Bm | E | E7 |

Verse 3

| A | A |
Well, it’s a big, big city and the lights are all out,
| C#m | C#m Cm |
but it’s as much as I can do you know I figure you out.
| Bm | Bm | E | E7 |
And I must confess, my heart’s in broken pieces, and my head’s a mess.

Verse 4

| A | A |
And it’s 4 in the morning, and I’m walking along,
| C#m | C#m Cm |
beside the ghost of every drinker here who’s ever done wrong.
| Bm | Bm | E | E7 |
And it’s you, woo-hoo, that’s got me going crazy for the things you do.

Chorus 2

| A | A | C#m | C#m Cm |
So if you’re crazy, I don’t care, you amaze me, oh you’re a stupid
| Bm | Bm | E | E7 |
girl, oh me, oh my, you talk, I die, you smile, you laugh, I cry.
| A | A | C#m | C#m Cm |
And only, a girl like you could be lonely, and it’s a crying
| Bm | Bm | E | E7 |
shame if you would think the same, a boy like me is just irresistible.

Solo

| G | G | Bm | Bm Bbm | Am | Am | Dsus2/A | (Eb7) E7 |
La, la, la, la…
| Aadd9 | Aadd9 | C#m7 | C#m7 | Bm | Bm | E7 | E7 |

Chorus 3

| A | A | C#m | C#m Cm |
So if you’re lonely, why’d you say you’re not lonely, oh you’re a silly
| Bm | Bm | E | E7 |
girl, I know I heard it so, it’s just like you to come and go.
| A | A | C#m | C#m Cm |
And know me, no you don’t even know me, you’re so sweet to
| Bm | Bm | E | E7 |
try oh my, you caught my eye, a girl like you’s just irresistible.


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Whistle For The Choir chords and progressions (course preview)

Whistle For The Choir 8 step by step guitar lessons

The FratellisWhistle For The Choir is in the key of E, using a great four-chord progression for all sections.

The acoustic guitar part is played using an alternating bass line. Over E, play E E/B, for F#m, play F#m F#m/C#, etc.

The Solo moves down a tone to start on a D chord before it goes back up again as we start singing in the original key.

When I play this with a female singer, we have to be in the key of A (you’ll find this version in the playlist at the top of the page).

If you thought of the progression as I – III – II – V, when playing in E, this will help when playing in A. As we play the solo in G, again, it’s still just I – III – II – V.

Thinking in Roman numerals is a great start, however, when changing the key, we can’t just simply change the chords and play the same parts.

All chord shapes will lend themselves to strumming and alternating that bass in different ways, especially when it’s a one-guitar arrangement.

In the course, you’ll spend four lessons working on CAGED fretting exercises before you even begin to play with the female singer in the key of A.

This is essential since the song may only have four chords, but we play it in four keys, all over the neck, with two different singers.

In the preview lesson above, I show you how to play in the key of A in four positions, here’s TAB for what I’m talking about:

Whistle For The Choir key of A chords and TAB Example 1 to 4

In the course, we next do this to the final position (starting with a C shape), as well as play through all of them in one go.

This is followed by playing in the keys of G, E, and D, meaning you’re playing this chord progression in 4 keys x 5 positions = 20 exercises!

Just imagine if you did this to every song you came across, you’d be so good at playing the CAGED chords all over the neck as well as recognizing chord progressions by ear.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson series (members only): Whistle For The Choir 8 step-by-step guitar lessons with TAB.

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.

Costello music sold over 1 million copies!

Scottish indie rockers The Fratellis released their debut album, Costello Music in 2006, it reached #2 on the U.K. charts and sold over 1 million copies with some international success as well.

Three great tunes can be found on the record, Chelsea Dagger, Henrietta, and what you saw above with chords and lyrics, Whistle For The Choir.

For party bands, Chelsea Dagger is the one that stuck, I always thought Whistle For The Choir was the strongest as I recorded my Spytunes version back in 2008.

Following the debut, the band released a couple of EPs, a DVD and then another album in 2008 called Here We Stand, it was a flop, leading the band to break up.

In 2013 they reunited to release We Need Medicine, Eyes Wide, Tounge Tiied (2015), In Your Own Sweet Time (2018), and Half Drunk Under A Full Moon (2021).

None of these albums had tunes that connected with the audience in the same way as those three aforementioned debut album tunes.


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The Fratellis shot to fame in late 2006, and mainly 2007 when they had three successful singles from their debut album Costello Music.

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