Chords for "Waterloo Sunset"

From: Franz Lemmermeyer
Subject: CRD: Waterloo Sunset (Kinks)

 Waterloo Sunset        (Ray Davies)

              D                    A                  G
1. Dirty old river, must you keep rolling, rolling into the night
              D                 A                   G
   People so busy make me feel dizzy, taxi lights shine so bright
          Em    B            Em7    A
   But i don't     need no friends
                 D                A               G       G B E
   As long as i gaze on Waterloo Sunset, i am in paradise
                 E7                       A       G B E
   Every day i look at the world from my window
                         E7             A7
   The chilly-chilliest evening time,  Waterloo sunset's fine.


2. Terry meets Julie, Waterloo Station, every Friday night
   But i am so lazy, don't want to wander, i stay at home at night
   But i don't feel afraid
   As long as i gaze on Waterloo Sunset, i am in paradise
   Every day i look at the world from my window   
   The chilly chilliest evening time,  Waterloo sunset's fine.

3. Millions of people swarming like flies round Waterloo underground
   Terry and Julie cross over the river where they feel safe and sound
   And they don't need no friends
   As long as they gaze on Waterloo Sunset, they are in paradise
   Every day i look at the world from my window   
   The chilly chilliest evening time,  Waterloo sunset's fine.

 
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From: PSHAW Date: Thu, 01 Feb 1996 13:16:00 -0500 (EST) [...] Also, Waterloo Sunset is off, but I don't know the names of the chords that are right. It is one of those songs that is really so nicely put together, that I wish I knew what the chord names were so I could tell them. Still, what is on the page is very nice too, although the song is in E, not D. D is easier to play though, and that makes it fine for me. My God--in so many ways is Waterloo Sunset fine.
From: Jim Smart Date: Fri, 3 May 1996 07:05:31 -1000 Subject: chord changes for Waterloo Sunset I have been strumming away at this song, which IS in the key of E, not D. Still, this is the easiest key, so you should put a capo on the 2nd fret, and play it like this. Thanks for the chords. I have made a few changes...The following lines should emphasize the descending notes from E, Eb, D, and C#, while the bass should also climb from E to A, like this: E, F#, G, A.......... Em B7 Em7 A But i don't need no friends The "Sha La La" part must be changed: do NOT play a B chord, please! D A G G D(F# bass) E As long as i gaze on Waterloo Sunset, i am in paradise Here, there is a missing D chord, played twice hard, before the second "Sha La La" E7(descending bass line: E,D,C#,B) A D G D(F# bass) E Every day i look at the world from my window E7 (descending bass again) A7 (descending bass line: A, G, F#, E...) chilly-chilly is the evening time, Waterloo sunset's fine. That last part is also the intro....Hope this helps!!! Jim Smart
Date: July 8, 1998 12:12 AM From: David M. Toole the song is in E, with NO capo. the intro is a steadily strummed B7 fretted low to high like this: X 2 1 2 0 2 with the lead going over it. the verse chords are E, B7(X 2 4 2 4 2), and A. the "and i don't need..." part has a screwy chord sequence like this: F#m(2 4 4 2 2 2), F#m something (2 4 3 2 2 4), F#m7 (2 4 2 2 2 2), and the above B7. then back to verse chords. the "sha la la" is A(X 0 2 2 2 0), then the bass line with your pinky on the fourth fret of the low E, F# (major this time, strummed all the way through to "my"), and on "window" go back to the B7 (X 2 4 2 4 2). then two quick strums on E and repeat from the "sha la la", winding back up at the intro of the song, which is also the ending. thanks for taking the time to read this, and i hope my layout isn't too confusing.
Date: February 26, 1999 6:18 PM From: jmaxwell I've been struggling with Waterloo Sunset for several years now. I feel most comfortable with the version which Franz Lemmermeyer has presented. I believe that the "And I don't need no friends" bit should be corrected to the following: and I don't(Emajor)-(Bmajor)...need no friends(Gmajor)-(Amajor) as long as I gaze etc. Part of the problem with trying to figure this song out is that the record is not "pitched" to a proper tuning. Its impossible to play along with it unless your guitar is somewhat sharp or flat. I believe that Ray Davies played the song with the capo on the second fret when he did the live program for the television. Hope this helps, John Maxwell
Date: July 26, 1999 5:28 PM From: Jonathan Longstaff First of all, I have to give my guitar teacher, Troy, credit for this as he taught it to me and figured out the leads. Throughout the song, Ray has a capo on the second fret and is playing the following chord pattern: Chords are relative to capo Intro: 4 bars of A Verses: ||: D . . . | A/C# . . . | G/B . . . | % :|| Em . . . | Em+7 . . . | Em7 . . . | Chorus: | A . . . | D . . . | A/C# . . . | G/B . . . | G/B . G G/F# | Em . . . | % | A . . . | D . G G/F# | Em . . . | % | repeat four bars of A from intro For the fuzzy electric guitar (plus bass), play this (no capo, slightly muted): Intro: | B . B/A . | B/G# . B/F# . | B/E . B/D# . | B/C# . B . | Verses: ||: E . . . | B/D# . . . | A/C# . . . | % :|| F#m . . . | F#m+7 . . . | F#m7 . . . | Chorus: | B . . . | E . . . | B/D# . . . | A/C# . . . | A/C# . A A/G# | F#m . F#m/E . | F#m/D# . F#m/C# . | B . B/F# . | E . A A/G# | F#m . F#m/E . | F#m/D# . F#m/C# . | repeat intro chords I know that's awfully convoluted, but I don't know how to do it any better than that. Here are the leads: This one comes at the beginning and at the end. Basically, it's just the melody. e|----------------------------------------------------------------| B|----------5-----------------------------------------------------| G|----4s6s4---s6-4--------4---------------------------------------| D|-----------------4-s6s4---4s6-4--------s6-4-2-------------------| A|--------------------------------2-s4s2--------4-----------------| E|----------------------------------------------------------------| When Dave plays this at the end, though, some of the slides become hammer-ons. Now, here's the very subversive, hard-to-hear lead throughout the song. It is played in several variations, but here's how it appears the first time: e|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------| B|----------5----------------------------------------------------------5-----------| G|----2-4s6---6s4-2----------4---------------4-------------------2-4s6---6s4-2-----| D|---------------------2-4s6---6s4-2-2-2-4s6---6s4-1-1-1-2-4-2---------------------| A|------------------s5-----------------------------------------4-------------------| E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------------|
Date: Nov. 12, 1999 4:07 PM From: Scott A. Smith I play the song in E without a capo, similar to how David Poole describes it, but when I reach the screwy chord sequence, I play it. F#m Faug A B E But I don't need no friends/ As long as I gaze on. . . . Try it out. Scott Smith
Date: January 2, 2000 6:30 PM From: jeff cooper Waterloo Sunset E B7 Dirty old river, must you keep rolling A Rolling into the night E B7 People so busy, makes me feel dizzy A Taxi lights shine so bright C#m C#m(maj7) Cm7 F#7 But I don't, need no friends E B7 As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset A [E E/D#] I am in paradise... C#m F# E B Every day I look at the world from my window C#m F# Chilly, chilly is evening time F# F#/E F#/D# F# Waterloo sunset's fine...Waterloo sunset's fine... Terry meets Julie, Waterloo Station Every Friday night But I am so lazy, don't want to wander I stay at home at night But I don't feel afraid As long as I gaze on Waterloo sunset I am in paradise Every day I look at the world from my window But chilly, chilly is the evening time Waterloo sunset's fine Millions of people swarming like flies 'round Waterloo underground But Terry and Julie cross over the river Where they feel safe and sound And the don't need no friends As long as they gaze on Waterloo sunset They are in paradise Waterloo sunset's fine
Date: January 20, 2001 4:01 PM From: kim.d Waterloo sunset. I've just been looking at the chords for the above on the Kinks chords & tabs site. The above is my own version obtained by listening to the single and trying to match on my Fender! Maybe some of the B chords could be B7's other wise it seems ok. Let me know what you think. I hope you enjoy it.
Guitar run down. B 3 _ bars E B F#m E B F#m Dirty old river must you keep rolling, rolling into the night. E B F#m People so busy, make me feel dizzy, taxi light shines so bright. F#m7 C#m A B E But I don't, need no friend, as long as I gaze on, B F#m Waterloo sunset, I am in paradise.
Chorus. E F#m B E Sha la la. Every day I look at the world from my window. F#m E F#m B Sha la la. Chilly chilly it's evening time, Waterloo sunset's fine.
/////////// E B F#m Terry meets Julie, Waterloo station, every Friday night. E B F#m But I am so lazy, don't want to wander, I stay at home at night. F#m7 C#m A B E But I don't, feel afraid, as long as I gaze on, B F#m Waterloo sunset, I am in paradise.
Repeat chorus. E B F#m Millions of people, swarming like flies round, Waterloo under ground. E B F#m But Terry and Julie cross over the river, where they feel safe and sound. F#m7 C#m A B E And they don't, need no friends, as long as they gaze on, B F#m Waterloo sunset, they are in paradise.
Guitar run down. E B F#m End on B.
Date: March 16, 2001 4:40 PM From: Navin Johnson WATERLOO SUNSET E B A dirty old river,wont you keep rolling,rolling into the night.ect... F#m Db7 A B but i dont,need no friends. A E F#m B E,E sha,la,la-every day i look at the world through my window A E F#m B sha,la,la-chilly,chilly is evening time.waterloo sunsets fine... JUST THOUGHT ID ADD TO THE FIVE PAGES OF WATERLOO SUNSET MADDNESS YOUVE GOT GOING. I DO AGREE WITH THOSE WHO SAY IT SHOULD BE PLAYED WITH CAPO ON TWO,BUT THIS IS AN EASY WAY TO PLAY IT WITH NO CAPO.AND IT SOUNDS GOOD.ITS NOT PERFECT BUT OH,WELL. JEFF HASSETT
Date: April 15, 2002 2:51 AM From: jgleeson Theres about ten different "Waterloo Sunse"t tablatures and there all wrong. Heres the correct version enjoy......... waterloo sunset chords B E B7 A F#m C#/E# A/C# F# B E5/B A G#m E/B B5 A5 # 0 2 0 2 1 # 2 7 # # 4 7 # # 4 0 0 2 2 2 2 2 7 # # 4 9 # # 4 1 2 2 2 1 2 3 8 9 6 4 9 # # 4 2 1 2 4 3 2 4 9 9 7 6 9 9 7 2 2 2 0 4 # 4 4 9 7 7 6 7 9 7 # 0 # # 2 # # 2 7 7 5 4 7 7 5 intro (bass) B B/A B/G# B/F# B/E B/D# B/C# B B ----------------------------- ----------------------------- ----------------------------- ----------------------------- -0--0-0-0--0-0-0--0-0-0--0-0- ----------------------------- E B7 A --------------------------------------------------- -------5------------------------------------------- -s6--4---s6-4-----------4-------------------------- ----------------4-s6--4---s6--4----------6-4---2--- -----------------------------------2-4-2---------4- --------------------------------------------------- riff 1 -------------- ------5------- -2-s6---6s4-2- -------------- -------------- -------------- verses E B7 A(w/riff 1) (1)dirty old river must you keep rolling rolling into the night (2)terry meets julie waterloo station every friday night (3)millions of people swarming like flies round waterloo underground people so busy make me feel dizzy taxi lights shine so bright but i am so lazy dont want to wander i stay at home at night terry and julie cross over the river where they feel safe and sound F#m C#/E# A/C# B7 but i dont need no friends but i dont feel afraid and they dont need no friends E B7 A (bass/A G#) as long as i gaze on waterloo sunset i am in paradise as long as i gaze on waterloo sunset i am in paradise as long as i gaze on waterloo sunset they are in paradise F# B E5/B (bass/A G#) (Sha la la) every day i look at the world from my window F# B (Sha la la) but chilly chilly is evening time waterloo sunsets fine Outro B5 A5 B5 A5 B5 A5 B5 A5 B5 A5 B5 A5 B5 A5 B5 E
From: Mike Freemont Date: May 1, 2007 The last one you have posted is nearly perfect, but i think the C#/E# chord maybe off so i looked up some live performances from youtube to see as many of the actual finger postions as i could make out and this is the best i can come up with, hope you enjoy Waterloo Sunset by The Kinks Chords: E - 022100 B7 - x21202 B - x24442 A - 002220 Asus2 - 002200 F#m - x44222 F#m+7- x43222 F#m7 - x42222 F# - x44322 AII - x77655 G#m - x66444 BII - x99877 intro: B chord (descending notes B A G# F# E D# C#) opening riff e ------------------------------------------------ b ------------------------------------------------ g ------9----------------------------------------- D -9-11---9/11-9--------9------------6------------ A ---------------9-11-9---9/11---------9-7-------- E -----------------------------7-9-7-------9--(7)- E B7 Dirty old river, must you keep rolling A (Asus2)* Flowing into the night E B7 People so busy, makes me feel dizzy A Taxi light shines so bright F#m F#m+7 F#m7 B But I don't..... need no friends E B7 As long as I gaze on waterloo sunset A AII G#m** I am in paradise (sha la) F# B E A G#m la Every day I look at the world from my window sha la F# la But chilly, chilly is the evening time B B7 Waterloo sunsets fine (Waterloo sunsets fine) Terry meets julie, waterloo station Every friday night But I am so lazy, dont want to wander I stay at home at night But I dont feel afraid As long as I gaze on waterloo sunset I am in paradise Every day I look at the world from my window But chilly, chilly is the evening time Waterloo sunsets fine Millions of people swarming like flies round waterloo underground But terry and julie cross over the river Where they feel safe and sound And the dont need no friends As long as they gaze on waterloo sunset They are in paradise BII Waterloo sunsets fine..repeat until fadeout *Ocassionally he switches to asus2 **he Could possibly be just playing a plain G# major, but its not all that noticable since its played so quickly
From: Fatherflot Date: July 27, 2011 Waterloo Sunset - This is it! OK, here goes: Intro is B barred on the second fret with a descending bassline: B, A (open on A string) G#, F# (on E string) Dirty Old River etc. E B(not 7!) A But I don't etc. F# min - F# aug (Davies loves this change see "Set Me Free"!) A B As long as I gaze on etc. E B A Sha La La A E F# (now it's a major) Then walk down the Bass for the F# the same way you walked it down on the B chord in the intro. Here it's: F# E (on the low E string) D# C# (on the A string) Waterloo sunset's fine. . . B (later goes to a B 7) That's it. The walk down basslines for the B and F# are key, as is the change from F#minor to F# augmented. Please, everyone try this and listen carefully. This is it.
From: Chris Tanis Date: 21 Feb. 2013 OK The trouble with this song is that you can't necessarily hear the rhythm guitar's chord changes clearly. So, you must listen to the whole band to figure out a way to play it satisfactorily by yourself on a single acoustic guitar. SO, Here goes my version. Cheap & cheerful it is, but I think it's right on: INTRO: B B/A B/G# B/F# and then just B as the bass continues the B Mixolydian scale downwards again to B (E, D#, C#, B) with a B7 at the very end VERSES: E B A x3 PRE-CHORUS: F#m F#m add9/E# (The third chord is either F#m7/E or A/E, almost the same, really, except for the F# on top- voice it with an A on top as A/E to simulate Dave & Rasa's backing vox) B CHORUS: E B A BRIDGE: A E/G# F# F#/E F#/D# F#/C# B E A E/G# F# F#/E F#/D# F#/C# REPEAT INTRO CHORDS OUTRO: E B A Bmodal (no 3rd) *** The F#m add9/E# chord in the PRE-CHORUS section is problematic, in the sense that the added 9th (G#) is, to my ears, only in the backing vox, and may not be in the chords that Ray was playing at the time, but that really makes no difference. There may be additional notes in that chord, but there is no question that E# (otherwise known as "F natural" just to confuse things a bit) is the bass note. Whether ALL the instruments are playing it or just the lead guitar and the bass is open to debate, but functionally, it makes little difference. The other notes of the chord as I've written it (A, C#, G#) are at least not *incorrect*, and between what the chord would most likely be and what my ears tell me, are correct. The progression in that section is sort of like the Beatles' adaptation of A Taste of Honey, which goes: F#m F#m/E# F#m/E B9/D# It's a standard device to walk the bass note downward that way over a minor chord, but unique here in that it's the ii chord in the key. Usually it'd be the i or iv in a minor key, or the vi (the relative minor) in a major key. So, I'm fairly satisfied with this when I play it this way. I played it along with the original recording and with a live version from '73, and it sounds correct in both cases. Been a long time since I posted here, but wanted to share this with you. Of course, it's just the way I hear it.


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