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Purple Rain chords

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There is no strumming pattern for this song yet. and get +5 IQ
So, here is a REALLY accurate version, as played by Wendy Melvoin (guitarist for The Revolution).
One can clearly see the chord forms she uses in the first-ever live performance of this song, from 1983.
The Fadd9 can be replaced with either a standard F barre chord, or an Fsus2 with the thumb playing the 
low root note on the 6th string, but I would encourage everyone to strive to master the wide-stretch
fingering. The correct chord forms/voicings are integral to getting the sound of this amazing song just  
right, especially the Bbadd9/D and the Ebadd9 voicings.

Thanks and credit to cplemoine for his version, which I used as a template to make this one, and to Youtube 
channel "Shutup & Play" for getting the initial chord right! 

[Chords] Bbadd9/D  Gm11    Fadd9   Ebadd9  Fsus2        
        e|-1-|    |-1-|   |-1-|   |-6--|   |-1-|   
        B|-1-|    |-1-|   |-1-|   |-8--|   |-1-|   
        G|-3-|    |-3-|   |-2-|   |-10-|   |-0-|   
        D|-0-|    |-0-|   |-5-|   |-8--|   |-3-|      
        A|-x-|    |-x-|   |-3-|   |-6--|   |-3-|   
        E|-x-|    |-3-|   |-1-|   |-x--|   |-1-| 

[Intro] |Bbadd9/D |Gm11 |Fadd9 |Ebadd9

[Verse 1]
|Bbadd9/D                           |Gm11
    I never meant to cause you any sorrow
|Fadd9                               |Ebadd9
    I never meant to cause you any pain
|Bbadd9/D                              |Gm11
    I only wanted to one time see you laughing
|Fadd9                                              |Bb
    I only wanted to see you laughing in the purple rain
                    
[Chorus]
                     |Ebadd9
   Purple rain purple rain
|Ebadd9               |Bbadd9/D
    Purple rain purple rain
|Gm11                 |Fadd9      |Fadd9
    Purple rain purple rain
|Fadd9                                             |Bb
    I only wanted to see you bathing in the purple rain
                            
[Verse 2]
                                 |Bbadd9/D      |Gm11      
    I never wanted to be your weekend lover
|Fadd9                                  |Ebadd9
    I only wanted to be some kind of friend
|Bbadd9/D                             |Gm11
   Baby I could never steal you from another
|Fadd9                                     |Bb
   It’s such a shame our friendship had to end
                     
[Chorus]
                      |Ebadd9
   Purple rain purple rain
|Ebadd9              |Bbadd9/D
   Purple rain purple rain
|Gm11                |Fadd9      
   Purple rain purple rain
|Fadd9                                            |Bb
   I only wanted to see you underneath the purple rain
                                
[Verse 3]
                                        |Bbadd9/D       |Gm11
Honey, I know, I know, I know times are changin'
|Fadd9                                        |Ebadd9
  It's time we all reach out for something new, (that means you too)
|Bbadd9/D                         |Gm11
      You say you want a leader, but you can't seem to make up your mind
                  |Fadd9                                           |Bb
And I think you better close it and let me guide you to the purple rain
                
[Chorus]
                      |Ebadd9
    Purple rain purple rain
|Ebadd9               |Bbadd9/D
    Purple rain purple rain
                                                    |Gm11
(If you know what I'm singin' about up here, come on raise your hand)
                      |Fadd9       
    Purple rain purple rain
|Fadd9                                                     |Bb
I only want to see you, only want to see you in the purple rain

[Solo]

            
            
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adamon 10 Feb 14, 2017 02:40 PM

Very Good!

I have to buy a new and longer pinky for the fuc... Ebadd9 chord :)

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nabster302 10 5 days ago

killer tab

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