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Intro -x2-: A  B  Dbm  E

Verse 1:
A               B
You know me the best
            Dbm                          E
You know my worst, see me hurt, but you don't judge
A                     B            Dbm         E
That, right there, is the scariest feeling
A           B           Dbm
Opening and closing up again
                    E
I've been hurt so I don't trust
A                B              Dbm       E
Now here we are, staring at the ceiling

Pre-Chorus:
                        A        B        Dbm     E
I've said those words before but it was a lie
                   A           B        Dbm     E
And you deserve to hear them a thousand times

Chorus:
                      A
If all it is is eight letters
       B             Dbm       E
Why is it so hard to say?
          A
If all it is is eight letters
       B           Dbm     E
Why am I in my own way?
         A
Why do I pull you close
    B                Dbm       E
And then ask you for space
          A           B
If all it is is eight letters
                     Dbm      E
Why is it so hard to say?

Interlude -x2-: A    B    Dbm    E

Verse 2:
          A
Isn't it amazing
           B
How almost every line
       Dbm
On our hands align
          E
When your hand's in mine
              A
It's like I'm whole again
      B
Isn't that a sign
         Dbm             E
I should speak my mind

Pre-Chorus:
                      A          B        Dbm      E
I've said those words before but it was a lie
                   A           B        Dbm       E
And you deserve to hear them a thousand times

Chorus:
                      A
If all it is is eight letters
       B             Dbm      E
Why is it so hard to say?
          A
If all it is is eight letters
       B           Dbm
Why am I in my own way?
         A
Why do I pull you close
    B                Dbm      E
And then ask you for space
          A
If all it is is eight letters
       B             Dbm    E
Why is it so hard to say? -woah, oh yeah-

Interlude -x2-: A    B     Dbm     E

Bridge:
A            B
 When I close my eyes
Dbm             E
 It's you there in my mind
A            B        Dbm     E
 When I close my eyes

Chorus:
                      A
If all it is is eight letters
       B             Dbm      E
Why is it so hard to say?
                     A
If all it is is eight letters
       B           Dbm      E
Why am I in my own way?
         A
Why do I pull you close
    B                Dbm      E
And then ask you for space
                      A
If all it is is eight letters
       B             Dbm
Why is it so hard to say?

Outro:
          A
If all it is is eight letters
       B        Dbm
When I close my eyes
         E
It's you there in my mind  -It's only you-
A            B         Dbm      E
 When I close my eyes
                      A
If all it is is eight letters
       B        Dbm
When I close my eyes
         E
It's you there in my mind -you-
A           B       Dbm     E
 When I close my eyes

If all it is is eight letters
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5 Comments

  1. What’s the strumming pattern?

  2. Bella Eckstrom

    +3

  3. please add songs by ruel!! he’s amazing and i would love to play some of his songs (specifically don’t tell me, or say)

  4. i literally love why dont we so much they are my everything !!!!!!!! this was super easy to learn now im going to annoy everyone now okay bye (i love daniel seavey <3!!!)

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