Chords in this song

A chordBm chordD chordEm chordGbm chordG chord

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Intro: AA chord EmEm chord DD chord AA chord EmEm chord DD chord

    AA chord                 EmEm chord
how long before I get in 
                             DD chord
before it starts, before I begin 
    AA chord                 EmEm chord
how long before you decide 
                              DD chord
before I know what it feels like 
      AA chord                 EmEm chord
where to, where do I go 
                                       DD chord
if you never tried then you'll never know 
    AA chord                    EmEm chord
how long do I have to climb 
                                       DD chord
up on this side of this mountain of mine 

Interlude: AA chord EmEm chord DD chord AA chord EmEm chord DD chord

     AA chord                   EmEm chord
look up, I look up at night 
                                      DD chord
planets are moving at the speed of light 
     AA chord                EmEm chord
come up, up in the trees 
                                              DD chord
every chance that you get is a chance you seize 
    AA chord                EmEm chord
how long am I can stand 
                             DD chord
with my head stuck under the sand 
     AA chord                    EmEm chord
I'll start before I can stop 
                                      DD chord
or before I see things the right way up 


GG chord           AA chord                   BmBm chord
   all that noise, all that sound 
GG chord             AA chord                BmBm chord
  all those places that i got found 

Chorus:
    GG chord                      BmBm chord
and birds go flying at the speed of sound 
   DD chord                 GG chord
to show how it all began 
GG chord                          BmBm chord
birds come flying from the underground 
             GbmGbm chord                         GG chord
if you could see it then you'd understand 

Interlude: AA chord EmEm chord DD chord AA chord EmEm chord DD chord

  AA chord                       EmEm chord
ideas that you'll never find
                                  DD chord 
all the inventors could never design
    AA chord                       EmEm chord 
the buildings that you put up 
                          DD chord
Japan and China all lit up 
    AA chord                       EmEm chord
the sign that I couldn't read 
                                DD chord
all the light that I couldn't see 
    AA chord                         EmEm chord
somethings you have to believe 
                                   DD chord
but others are puzzles, puzzling me 


GG chord           AA chord                   BmBm chord
   all that noise, all that sound 
GG chord             AA chord                BmBm chord
  all those places that i got found 

Chorus:
    GG chord                      BmBm chord
and birds go flying at the speed of sound 
   DD chord                 GG chord
to show how it all began 
GG chord                          BmBm chord
birds come flying from the underground 
             GbmGbm chord                         GG chord
if you could see it then you'd understand 

Interlude: DD chord

GG chord               AA chord                       BmBm chord
 all those signs   I knew what they meant 
              DD chord   
something you can't invent 
GG chord              AA chord                  BmBm chord
 Some get made,  and some get sent
DD chord   
ooh 

Chorus:
    GG chord                      BmBm chord
and birds go flying at the speed of sound 
   DD chord                 GG chord
to show how it all began 
GG chord                          BmBm chord
birds come flying from the underground 
             GbmGbm chord                         GG chord
if you could see it then you'd understand 

            GbmGbm chord                     GG chord         
Oh when you see it then you'll understand
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5 Comments

  1. I usually use DDUUDU for this song (and many others) as it works quite well but try and play around with strumming patterns while listening to the original, you could find something better :)

  2. justlikethat_me

    Is there a strumming pattern to this song or do you just play single cords?

  3. I think the intro/interludes work fine like this:

    G:————–7–5—————7–5————–7–5——–7–5-
    C:-5—–5————3—–3———–3—–3————2—2——
    E:———————————————————————-
    A:———————————————————————-

    Play that twice except don’t play the last 3 notes the second time through

  4. UkuleleConstellations

    At “All those signs I knew what they meant something you can’t invent Some get made, some get sent ooh” All the D’s should be E’s

  5. ooopsnevermind

    It’s kind of a tricky chord but I think Ddim instead of D sounds better in the interlude.

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