Red Lyrics

Red

Daniel Merriweather

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Red lyrics

And I’m alright
Standing in the streetlights here
Is this meant for me
My time on the outside is over

And we don’t know how you’re spending all of your days
Knowing that love isn’t here
You see the pictures but you don’t know their names
Cause love isn’t here

And I can’t do this by myself
All of these problems, they’re all in your head
And I can’t be somebody else
You took something perfect and painted it red

No sympathy
When shouting out is all you know
Behind your lies
I can see the secrets you don’t show

No we don’t know how you’re spending all of your days
Knowing that love isn’t here
You see the pictures but you don’t know their names
Cause love isn’t here

And I can’t do this by myself
All of these problems, they’re all in your head
And I can’t be somebody else
You took something perfect and painted it red
When you took something perfect and painted it red

You take the best things from me
Then everything gets empty
That’s not a world that I need
Ooh, you take the best things from me
Then everything gets empty
That’s not a world that I need

And I can’t do this by myself
All of these problems, they’re all in your head
And I can’t be somebody else
You took something perfect and painted it red

When you took something perfect and painted it red
You took something perfect and painted it red


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Red – Step 1

In the first step, we look at how to play the verse of Red as played in this one acoustic guitar arrangement.

The tempo has been lowered from 92 to 78 BPM and the overall feel is very different from the original.

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Red – Step 2

Let’s take a look at how to play the bridge and M8 sections of the song.

Both these sections use the same chord progression that moves from chord VI, down to V, finishing on chord IV.

Go to Red Step 2.


Red – Step 3

The most difficult part of this acoustic arrangement is playing what we study in this step, the chorus.

Chorus 1, 2 and the outro chorus are fully transcribed, including TAB loops to help you practice.

Go to Red Step 3.


Red – Step 4

The time has come to play the complete song. A chart is provided but it is extremely simple. No rhythms are included.

Instead of reading and copying me exactly, just play along with us and see if you can keep up. Achieve this and you’ll be able to play this song on your own.

Go to Red Step 4.


Red – Step 5

In this step, we start working on the modes. The most misunderstood music theory concept guitar players face.

As well as looking at the rise and fall of the S-E P R, we work out how to best learn, understand and use the modes.

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Red – Step 6

To assist your journey of understanding and being able to actually use the modes, we work on how to play Mixolydian in this step.

First, we compare it to Ionian, only one note differ. More importantly, we have to hear the difference when using these two scales in the same key.

Go to Red Step 6.


Red – Step 7

The final mode we must understand and be able to play in order to phrase over Red is Lydian.

This is the mode for chord IV, the chord I feel is the essence of this particular song.

Go to Red Step 7.


Red – Step 8

In this final step, we learn the various vocal melodies from Red. At the same time, we study the intervals used from each mode.

By digging this deep we can create improvisations that follow the same feeling as the song has. Could this be the secret to making great music?

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Chords

This song is in the key of E and only uses the I, IV, V and VI chord throughout the entire song.

We get different extensions depending on what chord is used in conjunction with the open strings that keep ringing through all chords.

Go to Red Chords.


Biography

daniel-merriweather-thumbAustralian Daniel Merriweather first started working with Mark Ronson in ’03, appearing on his Here Comes The Fuzz.

After a few more collaborations with Ronson, they finally made a solo album for Merriweather that was released in ’09.

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