Young Hearts Run Free chords by Candi Staton


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Young Hearts Run Free | Chords and lyrics

Intro

||: C11 C9 | C11 (C9) :||

Verse 1

| Fmaj7 F6 | Fmaj7 F6 |
What’s the sense in sharing, this one and only life,
| Fmaj7 F6 | Fmaj7 F6 |
endin’ up just another lost and lonely wife.
| Bb Bb6 | Bbmaj7 Bb6 | F F6 | F F6 |
You’ll count up the years, and they will be filled with tears.

Verse 2

| Fmaj7 F6 | Fmaj7 F6 |
Love only breaks up, to start over again,
| Fmaj7 F6 | Fmaj7 F6 |
you’ll get the baby, but you won’t have your man.
| Bb Bb6 | Bbmaj7 Bb6 | F F6 | F F6 |
While he is busy loving every woman that he can, uh-huh.

Bridge 1

| C11 C9 | C11 (C9) |
Say I’m gonna leave, a hundred times a day.
| C11 C9 | C11 (C9) | C11 (C9) |
It’s easier said than done, when you just can’t break away (when you just can’t break away).

Chorus 1

| Bb (Bb6) | Bb (Bb6) | Bb (Bb6) |
Oh, young hearts, run free, never be hung up, 
| Bb (Bb6) | Fmaj7 F6 | F F6 | Fmaj7 F6 | F F6 |
hung up like my man and me. My man and me.
| Bb (Bb6) | Bb (Bb6) | Bb (Bb6) |
Oh, young hearts, to yourself be true,
| Bb (Bb6) | Fmaj7 F6 | F F6 | Fmaj7 F6 | F F6 |
don’t be no fool when love really don’t love you. Don’t love you.

Verse 3

| Fmaj7 F6 | Fmaj7 F6 |
It’s high time now just one crack at life,
| Fmaj7 F6 | Fmaj7 F6 |
who wants to live it, in trouble and strife.
| Bb Bb6 | Bbmaj7 Bb6 | F F6 | F F6 |
My mind must be free, to learn all I can about me, uh-hmm.

Verse 4

| Fmaj7 F6 | Fmaj7 F6 |
I’m gonna love me, for the rest of my days,
| Fmaj7 F6 | Fmaj7 F6 |
encourage the babies every time they say:
| Bb Bb6 | Bbmaj7 Bb6 | F F6 | F F6 |
“Self-preservation is what’s really going on today”

Bridge 2

| C11 C9 | C11 (C9) |
Say I’m gonna turn loose a thousand times a day.
| C11 C9 | C11 (C9) | C11 (C9) |
But how can I turn loose, when i just can’t break away (when I just can’t break away).

Chorus 2

| Bb (Bb6) | Bb (Bb6) | Bb (Bb6) |
Oh, young hearts run free, they’ll never be hung up, 
| Bb (Bb6) | Fmaj7 F6 | F F6 | Fmaj7 F6 | F F6 |
hung up like my man and me. You and me.
| Bb (Bb6) | Bb (Bb6) | Bb (Bb6) |
Oh, young hearts, to yourself be true,
| Bb (Bb6) | Fmaj7 F6 | F F6 | Fmaj7 F6 | F F6 |
don’t be no fool when love really don’t love you. Don’t love you.

Instrumental

||: C11 C9 | C11 (C9) :||

Chorus 3

| Bb (Bb6) | Bb (Bb6) | Bb (Bb6) |
Oh, young hearts run free, they’ll never be hung up, 
| Bb (Bb6) | Fmaj7 F6 | F F6 | Fmaj7 F6 | F F6 |
hung up like my man and me. My man and me.
| Bb (Bb6) | Bb (Bb6) | Bb (Bb6) |
Oh, young hearts, to yourself be true,
| Bb (Bb6) | Fmaj7 F6 | F F6 | Fmaj7 F6 | F F6 |
don’t be no fool when love really don’t love you. They don’t love you.
| Bb (Bb6) | Bb (Bb6) | Bb (Bb6) |
Oh, young hearts run free, they’ll never be hung up, 
| Bb (Bb6) | Fmaj7 F6 | F F6 | Fmaj7 F6 | F F6 |
hung up like my man and me. My man and me.
| Bb (Bb6) | Bb (Bb6) | Bb (Bb6) |
Oh, young hearts, to yourself be true,
| Bb (Bb6) | Fmaj7 F6 | F F6 | Fmaj7 F6 | F F6 |
don’t be no fool when love really don’t love you, don’t love you.
| Bb (Bb6) | Bb (Bb6) | Bb (Bb6) |
Oh, young hearts run free, they’ll never be hung up, 
| Bb (Bb6) | Fmaj7 F6 | F F6 | Fmaj7 F6 | F F6 |
hung up like my man and me. My man and me.


Young Hearts Run Free chords and progression

Essentially a I – IV – V song, Young Hearts gets its slick sound from chord extensions such as 6, maj7, and 11.

Compare this chord progression with that of My Guy, and the opening 11 chords with Never Too Much and Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough. There are subtle differences that when you can hear will get you to the next level of chord recognition.

The intro and bridge of Young Hearts Run Free is a combination of C11 and C9. personally, I like to move from 11 to 9 in the first bar, then in the second, move more between them. Do this on a loop and you can create some great chord licks.

When the verse starts, the F first moves from maj7 to 6, then at the end, from F to F6, the horn riff makes this subtle difference obvious.

The Bb moves, just like My Guy, from Bb – Bb6 – Bbmaj7 – Bb6, so more movement than the F had.

For the chorus, we start on the IV chord (Bb) and now add a 6, just to quickly take it away, I’ve indicated this by putting the Bb6 in brackets.

This leaves us with the final F. During the chorus we start on Fmaj7, go down to F6, then play the horn riff from F to F6.


Born out of a conversation between David and Candi

Born out of a conversation Candi Staton had with songwriter David Crawford about her relationship over lunch, Young Hearts Run Free is a song David instantly knew was going to last forever.

Clearly, he was right as many decades later, this classic Disco smash hit is still played by bands and DJs.

Originally released in 1976 it reached #1 in the U.S, #2 in the U.K, and #4 in Australia.

Apart from every working Disco band under the sun playing Young Hearts every Saturday, there has been one notable cover in 1996 by Kym Gazelle for the soundtrack of Romeo + Juliet.

Study the chords and lyrics above carefully to work out how this one was put together.


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