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Intro: Dm Bb F Fsus2

Verse:
Dm          Bb                      F
Come up to meet you, tell you I'm sorry
F                    Fsus2
You don't know how lovely you are.
Dm          Bb                  F
I had to find you, tell you I need you,
F                   Fsus2
Tell you I set you apart.

Verse:
Dm             Bb                       F
Tell me your secrets and nurse me your questions,
F            Fsus2
Oh lets go back to the start.
Dm             Bb               F
Running in circles, Comin' in tails
F             Fsus2
Heads on a science apart.

Chorus:
Bb     Bb                F
Nobody said it was easy,
F              Fsus2
Oh it's such a shame for us to part.
Bb     Bb                F
Nobody said it was easy,
            Fsus2                       C  
No one ever said it would be so hard.
C                    F
Oh take me back to the start.

Interlude: Bb F F Fsus2

Verse:
Dm            Bb                     F
I was just guessin' at numbers and figures,
F             Fsus2
Pulling the puzzles apart.
Dm              Bb                   F
Questions of science, science and progress
F                 Fsus2
Don't speak as loud as my heart.

Verse:
Dm                Bb                     F
And tell me you love me, come back and haunt me
          Fsus2
Oh and I rush to the start.
Dm           Bb               F
Runnin' in circles, Chasin' tails
F              Fsus2
Comin' back as we are

Chorus:
Bb     Bb                F
Nobody said it was easy,
F                              Fsus2
Oh it's such a shame for us to part.
Bb     Bb                F
Nobody said it was easy,
            Fsus2                       C  
No one ever said it would be so hard.
C                    F
Oh take me back to the start.

Interlude: Bb F F Fsus2  Dm Bb F Fsus2

Outro:
Dm   Bb       F   F
  Ohhhh oooooo
Dm   Bb       F   F
  Ahhhh oooooo
Dm   Bb       F   Fsus2
  Ohhhh oooooo
Dm   Bb       F
  Ohhhh oooooo    
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62 Comments

  1. I love this! It’s such a tender and touching song. I love it :)

  2. MeredythC

    +2 is easy and sounds amazing!!

  3. As a strumming pattern I just use slow DDDDD and than a fast U right before the chord changes. On the chorus I use D DU UD but I think you could find something better fitting

  4. Ok um this sounds horrible like its so slow and barley any notes change and it sounds like the 6th grade band playing jingle bells

    • Sage Wilcox

      This is a beautiful, poetical, and moving piece that so tenderly talks about real, saddening issues that countless people face everyday. I, as well as thousands of other, hold this song close to my heart. To criticize a song because of it’s tempo is immature and comparing it to an elementary rendition of an overused Christmas song is ridiculous. If you wish to play this song, put your heart into it, show some true emmotion. Or if you are lacking in feeling, leave people who actually appreciate and have a passion for music to play it. I hope, with practice, you will no longer sound like a ‘6th grade band playing jingle bells’.

      • thank you, sage!!!
        Karl, if you dont like a song please keep that to yourself. This song is very important and special to me and hearing this amazing song being torn down is hurtful. If you dont have anything nice to say, dont say it at all. Keep your negativity to yourself while looking at a song as beautiful as this.

    • i love this response it brings me life

    • Look, your entitled to your opinion. But you don’t have to insult the band to state that opinion. You can just say, “Ya know what? Not my favorite piece, but I respect the musician.” And it doesn’t sound like a 6th grade band playing Jingle Bells, because I’ve heard that. It’s way worse. So just try not to rain on anyone’s parade. Personally, I think the song is one of the greatest alternative rock anthems about being unique and being recognized by the society that we surround ourselves with. It shows how hard life can be, and if you don’t appreciate the meanings behind the music, then don’t play. So, sorry if the tempo and lyrics don’t strike you as a heartfelt piece. But Coldplay geared this song toward those of who actually HAVE souls. And someone who compares a work of art to a lousy Christmas song doesn’t deserve to be critical because they don’t have a clue of what is a good song, such as the Scientist, and what is a crap rap song like Silento’s “Watch Me.”

  5. To all the beginners out there (aka me), play it +2. However, if you want to sing to it, this might sound either to high or too low if you’re a soprano! Hope this helped! Nora xxx

  6. if youre having trouble singing it in this key, i’d suggest staying in this key and maybe capoing the 2nd fret… it wont match the original but i found it helps if your voice is lower!

  7. Its call it a tails not comin a tails.

  8. mareggbian

    yeah these are the chords, if the capo is on the 5th fret. for the original key, transpose to +5 or just use your capo.

  9. For the strumming pattern just follow the guitar pattern that plays after the first chorus in the song.

  10. hey does anyone know what the strumming pattern is?

  11. annika_marie

    And it sounds fine

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