Learn How To Play Babylon

Chords and Guitar Lessons

Watch These Videos

In the course & Complete song


Babylon is a single from David Gray‘s 1998 hit album White Ladder.

The album was the result of trying to make it for over a decade as a singer-songwriter using the classic record label route. In the end, David recorded the album in his bedroom with the help of his drummer.

Babylon is played using a capo on fret 1, so what you hear is in Eb, but you think in D. As the chord riff uses open strings it would be impossible to play it in this key without a capo.

Chord progression

These are the chords for the intro/verse/instrumental/chorus tag sections.

| D Dmaj7 | G | x7

| G | Em | Em |

| G |

The chorus is varied every fourth bar.

| D | A | Em | F#m |

| D | A | Em | G |

| D | A | Em | A |

| D | A | Em | A | A |

Guitar Lessons

Babylon – Step 1

Today we start working on how to play the verse from Babylon by David Gray.

It has a tricky hammer-on and pull-off lick in it.

Go to Babylon Step 1.

Babylon – Step 2

Let’s learn the chorus for Babylon. I’ve got two versions here for you. The first is super simple and a bit boring.

The second example is very chaotic looking and comes from what naturally happened when playing with a singer, having just the one guitar.

Go to Babylon Step 2.

Babylon – Step 3

Today we play the complete song. I’ve got a chart here for you, it’s in the key of D.

When you play along with me and the singer, you must fit a capo on fret 1 or you’ll create the worst sound in the world by being a semitone out.

Go to Babylon Step 3.

Babylon – Step 4

In this step, we build a 2nd guitar part.

Now, when you play with me and the singer, we sound like a band!

Go to Babylon Step 4.

Related Pages


BabylonFriday night I’m going nowhere, all the lights are changing green to red
Turning over TV stations, situations running through my head
Well looking back through time, you know it’s clear that I’ve been blind
I’ve been a fool

Go to Babylon Lyrics.


david-gray-thumbDavid Gray is an English singer-songwriter.

After many years of struggling with unsuccessful releases on different labels, David ended up recording the album White Ladder in his bedroom.

Since the release, he has toured the world.

Go to David Gray Biography.


Learning how to play guitar is best done through playing and learning from songs.

The intermediate songs require you to learn barre chords and pentatonic scales. This will be revolutionary for your understanding of the guitar fretboard.

Go to Intermediate Guitar Course.

Intermediate Acoustic Songs

You can learn how to play these intermediate songs on the acoustic guitar.

A Change Is Gonna Come, American Pie, Angie, Babylon, Blowin’ In The Wind, Dreadlock Holiday, Fast Car, Hey There Delilah, I Can’t Stand The Rain, I’m Yours, Kiss Me, Mad World, Red, Starman, Sunny Afternoon, and Whistle For The Choir.

Go to Intermediate Acoustic Songs.


All those open position chords you learned in the beginner course now become barre chords and pentatonic scales.

We’ll use this to map out the entire fretboard. Everything becomes easier to visualize once this foundation is laid.

Go to Intermediate Guitar Exercises.


A monthly subscription with access to all acoustic and electric step by step lessons, each one designed to bring your guitar playing skills to the next level.

Including detailed, but bite-sized explanations on how the music theory of each song is applied to the neck.

Go to Monthly Subscription.