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Mad World Chords

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I've listened to the CD and this is in the correct key.
These chords are the ones used in the piano part and are all played in their
root position from the octave below middle C.  The main riff is based around
the Fm pentatonic scale and starts on an Ab, if you understand that! This is
basically a piano/keyboard tab and doesnt work as well on guitar, but try it
anyway!


[Intro]

Fm           Bb           Fm           Bb


[Verse]

Fm                Ab
All around me are familiar faces 
Eb                Bb
Worn out places – worn out faces 
Fm                          Ab
Bright and early for their daily races 
Eb               Bb
Going nowhere – going nowhere 
Fm                      Ab
Their tears are filling up their glasses 
Eb             Bb
No expression – no expression 
Fm                     Ab
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow 
Eb           Bb
No tomorrow – no tomorrow 


[Chorus]

Fm                  Bb                      Fm
And I find it kinda funny, I find it kinda sad 
Fm                      Bb                            Fm
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had 
Fm                 Bb                           Fm
I find it hard to tell you, I find it hard to take 
Fm                  Bb
When people run in circles it’s a very very 
   Fm                     Bb
            Maaaaaad world 
   Fm                       Bb
            Maaaaaaad world 



[Verse]

Fm                        Ab
Children waiting for the day they feel good 
Eb               Bb
Happy birthday – happy birthday 
Fm                        Ab
Made to feel the way that every child should 
Eb               Bb
 Sit and listen – sit and listen 
Fm                       Ab
Went to school and I was very nervous 
Eb              Bb
No one knew me – no one knew me 
Fm                     Ab
Hello teacher tell me what’s my lesson 

Eb                     Bb
Look right through me – look right through me 


[Chorus]

Fm                  Bb                    Fm
And I find it kinda funny, I find it kinda sad 
Fm                      Bb                           Fm
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had 
F                Bb                          Fm
I find it hard to tell you, I find it hard to take 
Fm                 Bb
When people run in circles it’s a very very 
Fm                   Bb
            Maaaaaad world 
Fm                Bb
Enlarge your world 
Fm       Bb
Mad world
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makexxwar 11 wrote on July 6 2006, 04:00 pm

This is a really accurate tab, but it would have been easier if you had written the chords out as sharps instead of flats. Like instead of Bb put A#. I don't know, for me anyway it's easier to find sharped chords.

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alexmcnamee61 1,034 wrote on June 18 2015, 03:11 pm

I can see why you'd want that (I find it easier too) but it's flattened because it's in the key of F Minor. Just transpose up and down and it'll show the sharpened version :)

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Haitch 270 wrote on May 7 2014, 10:20 pm

The key is E Flat so the chords have to be named Ab, Eb & Bb. (not sharps)
This tab/chord chart is bang on. I jammed this last night on acoustic guitar (accompanied by a lovely piano player and 2 lovely singers) and found the chords sounded fantastic if used in the following voicings.

Fm x 8 10 10 9 8
Bb x 8 8 7 6 6
Ab x 6 6 5 4 4
Eb x 6 8 8 8 x

The intro melody can be played with the Fm chord in this voicing by taking the second and fourth fingers on and off. The last D (first phrase)is in the second chord (Bb).

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