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Perfect Illusion Chords

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  • Corrected chords, lyrics, and chord alignment over lyrics.
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Corrected chords, lyrics, and chord alignment over lyrics. Was this info helpful? Yes No
Intro             Verse + Chorus 1,2    Bridge           Chorus 3 + Outro
-------------     ------------------    ------------     ----------------
Em     022003     Em    02200x          Em    02200x     F#5  244xxx
D/F#   2x0232     D/F#  2x023x          D     x0023x     G#5  466xxx
C      x32010     C     x3201x          A/C#  x4222x     D5   x577xx
Bm     x2443x     Bm    x2443x          C     x3201x     C#5  x466xx
Dsus4  xx0233     D     xx0232          Bm    x2443x     
                                        B7    x2120x

N.C. = no chord


Capo 2nd fret


[Intro]

     Em  D   C   D       Em  D   C  Dsus4
e|-------------------|-------------------|
B|---8---7---5---7---|---8---7---5---8---|
G|---9---7---5---7---|---9---7---5---7---|
D|---9---7---5---7---|---9---7---5---7---| x2 
A|---7---5---3---5---|---7---5---3---5---|
E|-------------------|-------------------|

Or play open chords identified at top that follow the bass:

Em  D/F#  C  Bm
Em  D/F#  C  Dsus4

Em  D/F#  C  Bm
Em  D/F#  C  Dsus4


[Verse 1]

Em               D/F#  C                     Bm    
Tryin' to get control, pressure's takin' its toll
Em                  D/F#  C                D  
Stuck in the middle zone, I just want you alone
Em                  D/F#    C                  D  
My guessing game is strong, way too real to be wrong
Em                      D/F#     C           N.C.
Caught up in your show, yeah, at least now I know


[Chorus 1]

          Em    D/F#      C     Bm    
It wasn't love, it wasn't love, it was a 
Em          D/F#  C           D  
Perfect illusion (perfect illusion)
             Em    D/F#      C     Bm    
Mistaken for love, it wasn't love, it was a 
Em          D/F#  C           D  
Perfect illusion (perfect illusion)
Em  D/F#       C            
    You were a perfect illusion


[Verse 2]

Em                   D/F# C                   Bm  
I don't need eyes to see, I felt you touchin' me
Em               D/F#  C                   D
High like amphetamine, maybe you're just a dream
Em                      D/F#   C                   D
That's what it means to crush, now that I'm wakin' up
Em               D/F#        C                D
I still feel the blow but at least now I know


[Chorus 2]

          Em    D/F#      C     Bm    
It wasn't love, it wasn't love, it was a 
Em          D/F#  C           D  
Perfect illusion (perfect illusion)
             Em    D/F#      C     Bm    
Mistaken for love, it wasn't love, it was a 
Em          D/F#  C           D  
Perfect illusion (perfect illusion)


[Bridge]

Em
Where are you 'cause I can't see
D
But if I feel you watchin' me
A/C#
Dilated, falling free
C
In a modern ecstasy


Em
Where were you 'cause I can't see
D
Why did I feel you watchin' me
A/C#
Why did I feel you watchin' me
C
Why did I feel you watchin' me


Em
Where are you 'cause I can't see
D
But if I feel you watchin' me
A/C#
Dilated, falling free
C
In a modern ecstasy
Bm  
In a modern ecstasy
Bm  
In a modern ecstasy
Bm                        B7
I'm over the show, but at least now I know


[Chorus 3]

          F#5   G#5       D5    C#5
It wasn't love, it wasn't love, it was a 
F#5         G#5   D5          C#5
Perfect illusion (perfect illusion)
             F#5   G#5       D5    C#5
Mistaken for love, it wasn't love, it was a
F#5         G#5   D5          C#5
Perfect illusion (perfect illusion)


[Outro]

F#5  G#5  D5  C#5
Ahhhhhhh, ahhhhhh
F#5       G#5        D5          C#5
Ahhhhhhh, you were a perfect illusion
F#5  G#5  D5  C#5
Ahhhhhhh, ahhhhhh
F#5       G#5      D5          C#5
Ahhhhhhh, it was a perfect illusion


N.C.
It was a perfect illusion, somewhere in all the confusion
N.C.
It was a perfect illusion, illusion, illusion


F#5                     G#5           D5  C#5
Where were you 'cause I can't see it
F#5               G#5          D5  C#5
But if I feel you watchin' me
F#5      G#5           D5  C#5
Dilated, fallin' free
F#5         G#5                 D5        C#5 F#5
In a modern ecstasy, you were a perfect illusion

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krisis 12 Sep 09, 2016 01:52 PM

Thanks for figuring this out for us all! This sound great.

In the chorus, the intro riff clearly repeats and absolutely uses a D. However, you can hear in the overall tonality a change to the second chord is voiced chromatically higher than the Em. I think there is another instrument (or bass) also playing G there and both that and the D in the riff sound together.

(Similarly, sometimes in the verse the first D in each progression has a G in bass.)

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