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D          Gbm        A     E
I was left to my own devices
D         Gbm             A          E
Many days fell away with nothing to show


D                           Gbm
And the walls kept tumbling down
                    A   E
In the city that we loved
D                          Gbm
Great clouds roll over the hills
                       A  E
Bringing darkness from above


                      D
But if you close your eyes,
        Gbm
Does it almost feel like
A                  E
Nothing changed at all?
                      D
And if you close your eyes,
        Gbm
Does it almost feel like
A                E       
You've been here before?


D                    A        E
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
D                    A        E
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?


D              Gbm             A          E
We were caught up and lost in all of our vices
D            Gbm          A              E
In your pose as the dust settles around us


D                           Gbm
And the walls kept tumbling down
                    A   E
In the city that we loved
D                          Gbm
Great clouds roll over the hills
                       A  E
Bringing darkness from above


                      D
But if you close your eyes,
        Gbm
Does it almost feel like
A                  E
Nothing changed at all?
                      D
And if you close your eyes,
        Gbm
Does it almost feel like
A                E       
You've been here before?


D                    A        E
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
D                    A        E
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?

Interlude: D  Gbm  A  E

D              A
Oh where do we begin?
Gbm                E
The rubble or our sins?
D              A
Oh where do we begin?
Gbm                E
The rubble or our sins?


D                           Gbm
And the walls kept tumbling down
                    A   E
In the city that we loved
D                          Gbm
Great clouds roll over the hills
                       A  E
Bringing darkness from above


                     D
But if you close your eyes,
        Gbm
Does it almost feel like
A                  E
Nothing changed at all?
                      D
And if you close your eyes,
        Gbm
Does it almost feel like
A                E       
You've been here before?


D                    A        E
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?
D                    A        E
How am I gonna be an optimist about this?


                      D
But if you close your eyes,
        Gbm
Does it almost feel like
A                  E
Nothing changed at all?

Outro -x2-: D  Gbm  A  E
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75 Comments

  1. Or you can play even easier with a repeating Am, F, G, C pattern. Different key, same song, and WAY simpler, belive me.

  2. regionalsatbestisntthebestbutnotasbadaseveryonesays

    If you have trouble playing the e chord try putting your pinky on first then putting your middle and index finger on idk why but it helps

  3. Anonymous

    Guys if you’re on computer, look at the “How To Play E” book on this website, and it gives you great alternatives for it!

  4. -2 and +3

  5. pakalolo

    I use DDUUDU and sounds great <3 love it, but i hate E, it's too hard for me uwu
    In ,,how i'm gonna be an optimist about this?" use down down down down, and it's soo good

  6. humuhumunukunukuāpuaʻa

    nice song! i use DDUUDU

  7. I decided to learn this since we are singing it for choir :)

  8. bearstronaut

    If you put a capo on the first fret and play C, G, Em, and D as a replacement, it sounds brilliant :D

  9. adollmadeoutofglass

    SO EASY TO PLAY!! AMAZING :D

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