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Cest La Vie chords

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[Verse]

         Dm
C'est la vie.
          C
Have your leaves all turned to brown?
         Bb           C
Will you scatter them around you?
Dm
C'est la vie.

       Dm
Do you love?
         C
And then how am I to know
       Bb                  C
If you don't let your love show for me?
Dm
C'est la vie.


[Chorus]

Gm               Dm
Oh, oh, c'est la vie.
Gm               Dm
Oh, oh, c'est la vie.
    Gm         E         A
Who knows, who cares for me?
         Dm
C'est la vie.


[Verse]

       Dm
In the night,
       C
Do you light a lover's fire?
       Bb       C              Dm
Do the ashes of desire for you remain?

         Dm
Like the sea,
          C 
There's a love too deep to show.
       Bb                   C
Took a storm before my love flowed for you.
Dm
C'est la vie.


[Chorus]

Gm               Dm
Oh, oh, c'est la vie.
Gm               Dm
Oh, oh, c'est la vie.
    Gm         E         A
Who knows, who cares for me?
         Dm
C'est la vie.


[Verse]

       Dm
Like a song,
       C
Out of tune and out of time,
      Bb           C
All I needed was a rhyme for you;
Dm
C'est la vie.

       Dm
Do you give?
       C
Do you live from day to day?
         Bb            C
Is there no song I can play for you?
Dm
C'est la vie.


[Chorus]

Gm               Dm
Oh, oh, c'est la vie.
Gm               Dm
Oh, oh, c'est la vie.
    Gm         E         A
Who knows, who cares for me?
         Dm
C'est la vie.

            
            
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drmcclainphd 314 Dec 18, 2013 11:33 PM

Very nice. But in the second half of the verses (Bb C Dm) that C should be an open A7. Otherwise, spot on.

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Bartholomew 338 Dec 21, 2013 07:40 AM

A7 makes for a nice-sounding chord progression, but unfortunately I disagree that it's what is played in this song. The chord used definitely has C tonality to it. These chords are a bit simplified because I didn't tab out exactly what is played, but it's certainly not A7 there.

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drmcclainphd 314 Dec 26, 2013 08:02 AM

I urge you to reconsider that the original was played on a 12 string. The tonalities can make it difficult to match up unless you're playing on one.

Also, if you pick out the notes of the melody one at a time, I think you'll find that the notes matching the chord in question (which starts on the second syllable, the R in "around" are E and C#. These are the fifth and third of a A chord (including the 7th). While a C chord also contains the E, a C# is discordant with a C chord. In addition, the accordian does go down to A7, although if a very different presentation, so that's certainly not definitive.

On the other hand I find both chords and tabs out there showing it both ways, plus variations on both (eg. Dm9 C9 Bb6 etc.), so perhaps it's simply best to consider them alternate interpretations.

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