Without You chords by Harry Nilsson & Mariah Carey


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Without You | Chords + Lyrics (Harry Nilsson)


Intro

| Esus2 E | Esus2 E |

Verse 1

| Esus2 E | G#sus4 G#m |
No, I can’t forget this evening or your face as you were leaving.
| F#m | G#sus4 G# G#7 |
But I guess that’s just the way the story goes.
| C#m C#m7/B | F# F#7 |
You always smile but in your eyes your sorrow shows.
| E | B7 |
Yes, it shows.

Verse 2

| Esus2 E | G#sus4 G#m |
No, I can’t forget tomorrow when I think of all my sorrows.
| F#m | G#sus4 G# G#7 |
When I had you there but then I let you go.
| C#m C#m7/B | F#7 |
And now it’s only fair that I should let you know.
| E | B7 |
What you should know.

Chorus 1

| E | C#m |
I can’t live, if living is without you.
| F#m | B7 |
I can’t live, I can’t give any more.
| E | C#m |
Can’t live, if living is without you.
| F#m | B7 | B7 |
I can’t give, I can’t give any more.

Verse 3

| Esus2 E | G#sus4 G#m |
Well, I can’t forget this evening or your face as you were leaving.
| F#m | G#sus4 G# G#7 |
But I guess that’s just the way the story goes.
| C#m C#m7/B | F#7 |
You always smile but in your eyes your sorrow shows.
| E | B7 |
Yes, it shows.

Chorus 2

| E | C#m |
I can’t live, if living is without you.
| F#m | B7 |
I can’t live, I can’t give any more.
| E | C#m |
Can’t live, if living is without you.
| F#m | B7 |
I can’t give, I can’t give any more.

Outro

||: E | C#m | F#m | B7 :||
(Living is without you)



Without You | Chords + Lyrics (Mariah Carey, capo 4)


Intro

| Dsus2 D/F# | Dsus2 D/F# |

Verse 1

| Dsus2 D/F# | F#sus4 F#m |
No, I can’t forget this evening or your face as you were leaving.
| Em | F#sus4 F# F#7 |
But I guess that’s just the way the story goes.
| Bm Bm7/A | E E7 |
You always smile but in your eyes your sorrow shows.
| D | A7 |
Yes, it shows.

Verse 2

| Dsus2 D/F# | F#sus4 F#m |
No, I can’t forget tomorrow when I think of all my sorrows.
| Em | F#sus4 F# F#7 |
When I had you there but then I let you go.
| Bm Bm7/A | E E7 |
And now it’s only fair that I should let you know.
| D | A7 |
What you should know.

Chorus 1

| D | Bm |
I can’t live, if living is without you.
| Em | A7 |
I can’t live, I can’t give any more.
| D | Bm |
Can’t live, if living is without you.
| Em | A7 | A7 |
I can’t give, I can’t give any more.

Verse 3

| Dsus2 D/F# | F#sus4 F#m |
Well, I can’t forget this evening or your face as you were leaving.
| Em | F#sus4 F# F#7 |
But I guess that’s just the way the story goes.
| Bm Bm7/A | E E7 |
You always smile but in your eyes your sorrow shows.
| D | A7 |
Yes, it shows.

Chorus 2

| D | Bm |
I can’t live, if living is without you.
| Em | A7 |
I can’t live, I can’t give any more.
| D | Bm |
Can’t live, yeah, if living is without you.
| Em | A7 | A7 |
I can’t give, I can’t give any more.

Outro

| D | Bm |
Ooh, oh, ooh (no, I can’t live, no I can’t live)
| Em | A7 |
Oh, no, no, no, no.
| D | Bm |
I can’t live (no, I can’t live), If living is without you (no, I can’t live).
| Em | A7 |
I can’t live, I can’t give anymore.
| D | Bm |
Can’t live (No, I can’t live, no I can’t live).
| Em | A7 |
Oh…



Without You (Harry) Chords: Learn the progressions


Without You guitar lesson + TAB

Playing the chords for Without You, whether it be in the key of Harry Nilsson or Mariah Carey is surprisingly easy.

So easy in fact that I believe you should try both, this way, should the singer want to change the key, you got it covered.

Let’s start with Harry’s version, without a capo, thinking in the key of E.

The intro is a sus2major chord, although we don’t go up from the 2 to the 3rd, we go down, almost an octave.

Using TAB, I came up with this fun way to play the intro (which is also the beginning of the verse).

Without You chords and TAB Harry intro

As you can see, we don’t have a 3rd in the first chord, for the E, we replace the sus2 for the root, then add the 3rd on string 4, very unusual.

The verse uses a similar idea of two chords per bar, like this:

| Esus2 (I) E | G#sus4 (III) G#m |
| F#m (II) | G#sus4 G# (IIIx) G#7 |
| C#m (VI) C#m7/B | F# (IIx) F#7 |
| E (I) | B7 (V) |

Using Roman Numerals, the verse is I – III – II – IIIx, VI – IIx – I – V. The IIIx (G#) leads to VI (C#m).

Members get TAB for how to play the verse in a similar way to how the intro was TABBED above.

The chorus is super simple as it goes I – VI – II – V, like this:

||: E (I) | C#m (VI) | F#m (II) | B7 (V) :||

Again, members get TAB for how to play this, all without a pick.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson: Without You – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



Without You (Mariah) Chords: Learn the progressions


Without You guitar lesson + TAB

Let’s now look at how you could play Without You’s chords in the key Mariah Carey does it in.

You could just fit a capo on fret 2 and think in E, what would come out is the key of F#. Just read Harry’s chords above.

However, I thought it would be fun to play in the key of D instead, moving the capo up to fret 4. This way, should the singer want to lower the key, you have options, all the way down below Harry.

Using different chord shapes to play Without You means some of the chords change, for example, the intro. Looks like this in TAB.

Without You chords and TAB Mariah intro

It’s slightly misleading to call it a D/F# but it’s worth it just to hammer home how the third is below the sus2, that’s the riff. Because of the small nature of the D-shaped chord, we can’t play a lower root.

As the verse starts, we play this when we think in the key of D:

| Dsus2 (I) D/F# | F#sus4 (III) F#m |
| Em (II) | F#sus4 F# F#7 |
| Bm (VI) Bm7/A | E (IIx) E7 |
| D (I) | A7 (V) |

Members get TAB for how to play this, it does move in different directions to how it was arranged in Harry’s key.

Here’s the chorus.

||: D (I) | Bm (VI) | Em (II) | A7 (V) :||

The fact is that an E chord is the lowest we go on the guitar, and a D is the highest open-position chord. This means these two different ways of playing Without You’s chorus chords do sound different.

I believe you should practice in both keys as you’ll learn more that way. Here’s a link to the complete lesson: Without You – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



Without You, the original version and covers

Most people think of Without You as either a Mariah Carey tune that singers belt out in auditions, or as that old Harry Nilsson tune that Mariah covered.

The fact is, Harry didn’t write it either, he did however make it famous in 1971, reaching #1 in seven countries, selling a million copies in the U.S. alone.

A year before Harry’s success, it was released by Badfinger, a British band signed to The Beatles label Apple, McCartney produced some of their tunes and the members of the band played on several post-Beatles recordings by Lennon and Harrison, for example, Imagine.

Badfinger’s original version of Without You was never released as a single.

There’s another, now somewhat forgotten version by country singer T.G. Shepperd in 1983.

However, it was Mariah Carey who knocked it out of the park in 1994 as her version went #1 in a staggering 13 countries. The release coincided with Harry’s death just a week earlier.

But there are more than these three famous versions, there are 180 released versions of the tune. The fifth best-known is more of an internet sensation.

From the Bulgarian talent show Music Idol in 2008, we find the hilarious “Ken Lee” by Valentina Hasan.

You can find all these in the playlist at the top of the page.



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Intermediate Acoustic

There are many more Intermediate Acoustic Songs with chords similar to Without You.

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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Mariah Carey tunes

Mariah Carey covered Without You.

Discovered by Record label boss and future husband, Tommy Mottola, Mariah Carey became one of the best-known singers of the ’90s.

Her best-known tunes include Without You, Hero, Emotions, Dreamlover, When You Believe, and Vision of Love.


Mariah Carey on the web

Listen to Mariah Carey on Spotify.


Harry Nilsson tunes

Harry Nilsson made Without You famous.

Known as the 5th Beatle, Harry Nilsson was a singer-songwriter from New York who moved to L.A. to pursue a recording career.

Harry is best known for the tunes EVerybody’s Talkin’, Coconut, One, Without You, and Spaceman.


Harry Nilsson on the web

Listen to Harry Nilsson on Spotify.


Ballads & First Dances

There are many more Ballads with chords similar to Without You.

The perfect first dance or an emotional piece for your next audition, this collection of Ballads & First Dances is great for working on your expression.

Learn tunes from Burt Bacharach, Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Eva Cassidy, Ben Harper, Etta James, Chet Baker, Elvis, Norah Jones, and many more.


Pop & Rock

When you can play Without You, 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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