True Love Will Find You in the End

by Daniel Johnston • Lesson #14 • Dec 13, 2013

Editor’s Notes

Here’s an acoustic guitar lesson for Daniel Johnston’s True Love Will Find You In The End, a song I fell in love with after hearing it on Duncan Trussell’s podcast in 2013. A year or two after hearing this song I would coincidentally end up moving to Austin, TX — where I later learned Daniel Johnston is from. It may not be the most widely-known song but I’m glad to have learned it, and hope this lesson is of service. All the best with it!

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Chords w/ lyrics

INTRO
    G ... G ... G ... G ...

VERSE #1
    G
    ...True love will find you in the end
    C                                    G
    ...You'll find out just who was your friend

CHORUS
        Em                          Am
        ...Don't be sad, I know you will
        C
        ...But don't give up until
                                       G
        True love will find you in the end

VERSE #2
    G
    ...This is a promise with a catch
    C                                G
    ...Only if you're looking can it find you
    G
    ...'Cause true love is searching too
    C
    ...But how can it recognize you
               G
    Unless you step out into the light, the light?

CHORUS
        Em                          Am
        ...Don't be sad, I know you will
        C
        ...But don't give up until
                                       G
        True love will find you in the end

Guitar chords used

Here is how you play the guitar chords used in this song. Pretty damn straightforward. You can throw in an Am7 if you like, in place of the Am chord (leave the G string open, and/or add your pinky to the 3rd fret of the high E chord). Otherwise, there is room for feeling in this one – don’t feel too boxed in and just roll with it.

e-|---3---0---0---0---
B-|---0---1---0---1---
G-|---0---0---0---2---
D-|---0---2---2---2---
A-|---2---3---2---0---
E-|---3-------0-------
      G   C   Em  Am  

Chord progressions

INTRO
| G . . . | G . . . | G . . . | G . . . |

VERSE #1
"True love will find you in the end..."
| G . . . | G . . . | G . . . | G . . . |
| C . . . | C . . . | G . . . | G . . . |

VERSE #2
"This is a promise with a catch..."
| G . . . | G . . . | G . . . | G . . . |
| C . . . | C . . . | G . . . | G . . . |

"'Cause true love is searching too..."
| G . . . | G . . . | G . . . | G . . . |
| C . . . | C . . . | G . . . | G . . . |

CHORUS
"Don't be sad, I know you will..."
| Em . . . | Em . . . | Am . . . | Am . . . |
| C  . . . | C  . . . | C  . . . | C  . . . |
| G  . . . | G  . . . |

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