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The City Chords

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Ed Sheeran - The City


(Chords)

Em  7-7-9-9-8-7
D   5-5-7-7-7-5
C   3-3-5-5-5-3
C*  0-3-2-0-1-3
D*  0-5-4-0-2-5
Em* 7-7-5-0-0-7
G   3-5-5-4-3-3


[Intro]

Em D C


[Verse 1]

Em             D     C
 This city never sleeps
Em                                  D     C
 I hear the people walk by when it's late
Em                                     D     C
Sirens bleed through my window sill, I can't close my eyes
Em                       D     C
Don't control what I'm into
Em              D     C
This tower is alive
Em                              D     C
The lights that blind keep me awake
Em                              D     C
With my hood up and lace untied, sleep fills my mind
Em                       D     C
Don't control what I'm into


[Hook]

C*         D*                 Em*         G
   London calls me a stranger, a traveller
C*         D*          G
   This is now my home, my home
Em     D            C
Oh, oh, I'm burning on the back streets
Em        D     C
Oh, oh, stuck here sitting in the back seat,
Em              D         C
Oh, oh, and I'm blazing on the street
    C*
And what I do isn't up to you, 
           D*
And if the city never sleeps then that makes two


[Verse 2]

Em                D     C
The pavement is my friend
Em                                D     C
  It will take me where I need to go
Em                    D     C
I find it trips me up, and puts me down
Em                    D     C
This is not what I’m used to
Em                   D     C
  The shop across the road
Em                                 D     C
   Fulfills my needs and gives me company, when I need it
Em                            D             C
Voices speak through my walls, I don’t think I’m gonna make it
Em         D     C
Past tomorrow


[Hook]

C*         D*                 Em*         G
   London calls me a stranger, a traveller
C*         D*          G
   This is now my home, my home
Em     D            C
Oh, oh, I'm burning on the back streets
Em        D     C
Oh, oh, stuck here sitting in the back seat,
Em              D         C
Oh, oh, and I'm blazing on the street
    C*
And what I do isn't up to you, 
           D*
And if the city never sleeps then that makes two


[Bridge]

C*                  D*                 
   And my lungs hurt, And my ears bled,
Em*                               G
  With the sound of the city life, echoed in my head
C*               D*          
  Do I need this, to keep me alive
G
The traffic stops and starts but I need to move along


[Verse 3]

Em
I’m from a city where the rain won’t cease
  D                          C
Pollution in the air matches that on the street
     Em
The black smoke gets you head into a muddle, like
D               C
Walking into elephant syringes in the puddle, like
Em
  I was a country boy when I moved out
D                     C
Grew up too fast for my family to find out
Em
Now I try to stop my music running into nosedives
D                              C
Can’t resort to arrogance with white lies
Em
  This city won’t erase me
    D                            C
But I can’t help to see how this dark city changed me
Em
It’s all the same scene, music is my life
   D                   C
But I try to fight whatever I need to hide from
Em
  North, South, East, West, 
            D                     C
London’s my home now, knees weak, but we never slow down
Em
Now I start to do my music properly
    D                     C
And stay from all the negative shit that will follow me


[Hook]

C*         D*                 Em*         G
   London calls me a stranger, a traveller
C*         D*          G
   This is now my home, my home
Em     D            C
Oh, oh, I'm burning on the back streets
Em        D     C
Oh, oh, stuck here sitting in the back seat,
Em              D         C
Oh, oh, and I'm blazing on the street
    C*
And what I do isn't up to you, 
           D*
And if the city never sleeps then that makes two


[Outro]

Em     D            C
Oh, oh, I'm burning on the back streets
Em        D     C
Oh, oh, stuck here sitting in the back seat,
Em              D         C
Oh, oh, and I'm blazing on the street
    C*
And what I do isn't up to you, 
           D*                                     Em
And if the city never sleeps then that makes two
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Acoustic archie 741 wrote on May 15 2011, 04:34 pm

Its in drop D, other than that its pretty good

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Acoustic archie 741 wrote on May 15 2011, 05:05 pm

These are the correct chords
Em x-7-9-9-8-7
D 5-5-7-7-5-5
C x-3-5-5-x-x
C* 0-3-2-0-1-3
D* 0-5-4-0-3-5
Em* x-7-5-0-0-7
G 5-5-5-x-x-x

Then after the G in the chorus, theres a 4-4-4-x-x-x chord in there, kinda slide into it.
This part ...
C* D* Em* G
London calls me a stranger, a traveller

C* D* G
This is now my home, my home

Listen to the song on youtube to work it out

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ginas94 592 wrote on March 3 2013, 11:21 am

Thanks so much for this - just use standard chords all the way through as can't do barre but still sounds great :)

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