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The A Team Chords

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A Team by Ed Sheeran

[final revision]

     Notes:
     
     (1) the original key for this song is A, so you can either play the chords 
with a capo on the 2nd fret, which allows for nice open chords in G, C, Em, Am and 
D positions, or play in the key of A directly
     
     (2) to make it easy for you, I wrote the song twice, once in the key of A and 
once in the key of G, assuming a capo on the second fret; but you can just play it 
in G without a capo too and it may suit your voice better
     
     (3) the arrangement uses passing chords which I put in parenthesis such as (E/
G#) or (D/F#) [or in the key of G (D/F#) or (C)]; these are as they sound, used in 
passing and are not absolutely necessary, as you will find if you play along with 
the song

     (4) this song is a little tricky to notate matching the lyrics, chords and 
rhythm, so it is pretty important to listen along to get the timing right


KEY OF A

Intro (chords only)
A      (D/F#)      A      (E/G#)
F#m    (D/F#)      A..


A                       (E/G#)
White lips, pale face, breathing in 
F#m                     (D/F#)
snowflakes, burnt lungs, sour 
A                       (E/G#)
taste...

A                       (E/G#)
Light's gone, day's end, struggling to 
F#m                     (D/F#)
pay rent, long nights, strange 
A
men...


Bm                             D
And they say she's in the Class A Team,
             A
Stuck in her daydream,
                    E                  
Been this way since 18, but lately, 
     Bm                        D
Her face seems slowly sinking, wasting,
                 A 
Crumbling like pastries, And they scream,
E
The worst things in life come free to us,

           F#m            D       
Cos we're just under the upperhand,
A
And go mad for a couple of grams,
F#m            D              
And she don't want to go 
A
outside tonight,
         F#m                          D
And in a pipe she flies to the Motherland,
    A
Or sells love to another man,
F#m       D
It's too cold outside,
A             (E/G#)
..For angels to 
F#m     D      
fly,
A       (E/G#)
... Angels to
F#m     D
fly,
A               (E/G#)
...

A                       (E/G#)
Ripped gloves, raincoat, tried to swim and 
F#m                     (D/F#)
stay afloat, dry house, wet 
A                       (E/G#)
clothes...

A                       (E/G#)
Loose change, bank notes, weary-eyed, dry 
F#m                     (D/F#)
throat, call girl, no 
A                       
phone...


Bm                             D
And they say she's in the Class A Team,
             A
Stuck in her daydream,
                    E                  
Been this way since 18, but lately 
Bm                             D
her face seems slowly sinking, wasting,
                A
Crumbling like pastries, and they scream,
E
The worst things in life come free to us,

           F#m            D       
Cos we're just under the upperhand,
A
And go mad for a couple of grams,
F#m            D              
And she don't want to go 
A
outside tonight,
         F#m                          D
And in a pipe she flies to the Motherland,
    A
Or sells love to another man,
F#m       D
It's too cold outside,
A             
..For angels to 
Bm                D   
fly, an angel will die.
            F#m…
Covered in white, closed eye, and 
A
hoping for a better life,

Bm                        D  
This time, we'll fade out tonight,
                 
Straight down the

Instrumental break:
F#m     D
Line... 
A               (E/G#)
..
F#m     D
..
A
..

   Bm                          D
And they say she's in the Class A Team,
             A
Stuck in her daydream,
                    E                  
Been this way since 18, but lately, 
Bm                           D
her face seems slowly sinking, wasting,
                A
Crumbling like pastries, and they scream,
E
The worst things in life come free to us,


           F#m            D       
Cos we're just under the upperhand,
A
And go mad for a couple of grams,
F#m                  D              
And she don't want to go 
A
outside tonight,
         F#m                    D
And in a pipe she flies to the Motherland,
A
Or sells love to another man,
F#m       D
It's too cold outside,
A             
..For angels to 
F#m     D      
fly,            
A       (E/G#)
... Angels to
F#m     D
fly,    
A       (E/G#)
...
F#m     D
To fly, to fly
A       (E/G#)
..     Angels to 
F#m     D
Fly, to fly, to 
A         (E/G#)    
Fly... Angels to 
A
Die.




KEY OF G (capo on 2nd fret, if desired):

Intro (chords only)
G      (C)      G      (D/F#)
Em     (C)      G..


G                       (D/F#)
White lips, pale face, breathing in 
Em                      (C)
snowflakes, burnt lungs, sour 
G                       (D/F#)
taste...

G                       (D/F#)
Light's gone, day's end, struggling to 
Em                      (C)
pay rent, long nights, strange 
G
men...


Am                             C
And they say she's in the Class A Team,
             G
Stuck in her daydream,
                    D                  
Been this way since 18, but lately, 
     Am                        C
Her face seems slowly sinking, wasting,
                 G 
Crumbling like pastries, And they scream,
D
The worst things in life come free to us,

           Em            C       
Cos we're just under the upperhand,
G
And go mad for a couple of grams,
Em            C              
And she don't want to go 
G
outside tonight,
         Em                          C
And in a pipe she flies to the Motherland,
    G
Or sells love to another man,
Em       C
It's too cold outside,
G             (D/F#)
..For angels to 
Em     C      
fly,
G       (D/F#)
... Angels to
Em     C
fly,
G               (D/F#)
...

G                       (D/F#)
Ripped gloves, raincoat, tried to swim and 
Em                      (C)
stay afloat, dry house, wet 
G                       (D/F#)
clothes...

G                       (D/F#)
Loose change, bank notes, weary-eyed, dry 
Em                      (C)
throat, call girl, no 
G                       (D/F#)
phone...


Am                             C
And they say she's in the Class A Team,
             G
Stuck in her daydream,
                    D                  
Been this way since 18, but lately 
Am                             C
her face seems slowly sinking, wasting,
                G
Crumbling like pastries, and they scream,
D
The worst things in life come free to us,

           Em            C       
Cos we're just under the upperhand,
G
And go mad for a couple of grams,
Em            C              
And she don't want to go 
G
outside tonight,
         Em                          C
And in a pipe she flies to the Motherland,
    G
Or sells love to another man,
Em       C
It's too cold outside,
G             
..For angels to 
Am                C   
fly, an angel will die.
            Em…
Covered in white, closed eye, and 
G
hoping for a better life,

Am                        C  
This time, we'll fade out tonight,
                 
Straight down the

Instrumental break:
Em     C
Line... 
G               (D/F#)
..
Em     C
..
G
..

   Am                          C
And they say she's in the Class A Team,
             G
Stuck in her daydream,
                    D                  
Been this way since 18, but lately, 
Am                           C
her face seems slowly sinking, wasting,
                G
Crumbling like pastries, and they scream,
D
The worst things in life come free to us,


           Em            C       
Cos we're just under the upperhand,
G
And go mad for a couple of grams,
Em                  C              
And she don't want to go 
G
outside tonight,
         Em                    C
And in a pipe she flies to the Motherland,
G
Or sells love to another man,
Em       C
It's too cold outside,
G             
..For angels to 
Em     C      
fly,            
G       (D/F#)
... Angels to
Em     C
fly,    
G       (D/F#)
...
Em     C
To fly, to fly
G       (D/F#)
..     Angels to 
Em     C
Fly, to fly, to 
G         (D/F#)    
Fly... Angels to 
G
Die.
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kellog wrote on April 9 2013, 12:22 pm

Man, trying to get the chords with the lyrics is difficult. :L

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jdejesus7645 wrote on December 8 2013, 12:47 pm

if you look up Ed Sheeran on the barge on you tube you can see his hand the whole time and get a real good feel for his timing. I found it very helpful. Also he never really strums the same way if you listen him play he changes it up a bit every time to keep it fresh.

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