Candle in the Wind
by Ed Sheeran • Lesson #143 • Apr 15, 2018
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Lyrics with chords
(capo 4) INTRO C G/B C C VERSE C F Goodbye Norma Jeane, though I never... knew you at all C F You had the grace to hold yourself... while those around you crawled C F They crawled out of the woodwork, and they whispered... into your brain C F They set you on the treadmill... and they made you change your name CHORUS G C F And it seems to me you lived your life... like a candle in the wind C G Never knowing who to cling to... when the rain set in F G Am And I would've liked to have known you... but I was just a kid G F (walk down) C Your candle burned out long before... your legend ever did------- G F (walkdown) C G C Ah.... ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..... Loneliness was tough... the toughest role you ever played Hollywood created a superstar... and pain was the price you paid Even when you died... oh, the press still hounded you All the papers had to say... was that Marilyn was found in the nude And it seems to me you lived your life... like a candle in the wind Never knowing who to cling to... when the rain set in And I would've liked to have known you... but I was just a kid Your candle burned out long before... your legend ever did Goodbye Norma Jeane... though I never knew you at all You had the grace to hold yourself... while those around you crawled Goodbye Norma Jeane... from the young man in the 22nd row Who sees you as something more than sexual... more than just our Marilyn Monroe And it seems to me you lived your life... like a candle in the wind Never knowing who to cling to... when the rain set in And I would've liked to have known you... but I was just a kid Your candle burned out long before... your legend ever did
Ed Sheeran plays this capo 2, in drop D tuning, using versions of D-G-A. For simplicity’s sake, I’m going to teach this with a capo 4 and use simple versions of C-F-G. I believe this is a much more approachable version to playing this song, while still retaining the sound of Ed Sheeran’s version.
In this lesson, I suggest using these 4-string versions of each of these chords:
E ––––––––––––––––––––––– B –––1––––1––––0––––1–––– G –––0––––2––––0––––2–––– D –––2––––3––––0––––2–––– A –––3––––3––––2––––0–––– E ––––––––––––––––––––––– C F/C G/B Am
Of course, the normal way to play these same chords is as follows. Use these full versions as you see fit and desire.
E –––0––––1––––3––––0–––– B –––1––––1––––0––––1–––– G –––0––––2––––0––––2–––– D –––2––––3––––0––––2–––– A –––3––––3––––2––––0–––– E ––––––––1––––3––––––––– C F G Am
> > 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + D D D U D U
E ––––––– –––––––––––––––––– ––––––––– B –––1––– –––––––––––––––––– ––––1–––– G –––2––– ––––2––––0––––0––– ––––0–––– D –––3––– -> ––––3––––2––––0––– -> ––––2–––– A –––3––– –––––––––––––––––– ––––3–––– E ––––––– –––––––––––––––––– ––––––––– F (walk down) C
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