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A Thousand Years Chords

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Don’t wait much longer to play “A Thousand Years” from Christina Perri. “A Thousand Years” chords are just there:

A Thousand Years Guitar Chords

Standard Tuning
(Capo 3)

  Gsus2/F#   Em7   A7sus4   Dsus4    D/F#*  Cadd9    G/E
e----3-------3-------3-------3-------3-------3-------0-------
B----3-------3-------3-------3-------3-------3-------2-------
G----0-------0-------0-------2-------2-------0-------0-------
D----0-------0-------2-------0-------0-------2-------0-------
A----0-------2-------0-------x-------0-------3-------3-------
E----2-------0-------x-------x-------2-------x-------3-------

*D/F#*: To simplify the chord in the song, we're going to call it D/F#.
It's actually the same as a Gsus2/F#, done a bit differently.

Intro:
(Picking)
G  Gsus2/F# | Em7  A7sus4 | Cadd9  G/E | G | D

Verse 1:
Cadd9
Heartbeats fast
           G
Colors and promises
          Em7
How to be brave
          Dsus4     D/F#  Cadd9
How can I love when I'm afraid to fall
                 G
But watching you stand alone
          Em7            Dsus4 G        A7sus4 (Start strumming)
All of my doubt suddenly goes away somehow
         Em7   D (single strum)
One step clo - ser

Chorus 1:
G                    Dsus4   D/F#
I have died everyday waiting for you
Em7                     Dsus4  D/F#
Darling don't be afraid I have loved you
      Cadd9
For a thou - sand years
                    Gsus2/F#      D/F#
I'll love you for a thou - sand   more

Cadd9 (quietly)

Verse 2:
Cadd9
Time stands still
          G
Beauty in all she is
          Em7
I will be brave
           Dsus4 G      Cadd9
I will not let anything take away
                   G
What's standing in front of me
      Em7
Every breath
      Dsus4    G       A7sus4
Every hour has come to this
         Em7   D
One step clo - ser

Chorus 2:
G                    Dsus4   D/F#
I have died everyday waiting for you
Em7                     Dsus4  D/F#
Darling don't be afraid I have loved you
      Cadd9
For a thou - sand years
                    Gsus2/F#      D/F#
I'll love you for a thou - sand   more
G                        Dsus4   D/F#
And all along I believed I would find you
Em7
Time has brought your heart to me
Dsus4  D/F#            Cadd9
I have loved you for a thou - sand years
                    Dsus4       D
I'll love you for a thou - sand more

Instrumental:
G | Em7 | Cadd9 | G/E | Dsus4 | Cadd9

Pre-Chorus:
(picking)
 Cadd9   Em7   Dsus4  A7sus4
One step clo - ser
         Em7   D (stop)
One step clo - ser

Chorus 3:
(strumming)
G                    Dsus4   D/F#
I have died everyday waiting for you
Em7                     Dsus4  D/F#
Darling don't be afraid I have loved you
      Cadd9
For a thou - sand years
                    Gsus2/F#      D/F#
I'll love you for a thou - sand   more
G                        Dsus4   D/F#
And all along I believed I would find you
Em7
Time has brought your heart to me
Dsus4  D/F#            Cadd9
I have loved you for a thou - sand years
                    Dsus4       D
I'll love you for a thou - sand more

Outro:
Cadd9 | G/E | Cadd9 | G/E | Dsus4  | Cadd9

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By |2018-06-25T15:56:12+00:00June 15th, 2018|Guitar Songs, Guitar Tabs|10 Comments

About the Author:

Ben is a French self-taught guitarist who has been exploring the world of guitar for more than ten years now. He has taught guitar players in France and Ireland before starting his own web site dedicated to guitar lessons. Whenever he's not teaching, he keeps on practicing the instrument and learning new techniques. Apart from that, he loves traveling, IT, and really enjoy discovering new cultures.

10 Comments

  1. Matthew December 17, 2018 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    Hello there,

    once more am on your website comment i always had a good taste of music instruments, i always find myself reading your articles now and then.

    is it a must for someone to learn this music language so as to play music instrument?

     Do you know of an online educating site on music language?

    Love the way you post articles with detailed about your musical instruments , day by day i find myself loving music more and more.

    kindly try to improve on the quality of the video you posted also improve on the amounts of words used in your content.

    thank you

    Matthew

    • Ben December 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm - Reply

      Hey Matthew. Thanks for your comment. It’s a must to know how to make the basic chords in order to play a music instrument. On this page you can find the chords for the song, and at the top, how to do them on the guitar. There are several websites to learn music language. You can either choose YouTube instructional videos, or this website: https://www.musicnotes.com/blog/2014/04/11/how-to-read-sheet-music/.

  2. Lady Esther December 17, 2018 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Good day,

    Thank you for sharing this article.  I am very sorry but I am not  a musician, so. Can’t play

    A guitar or any other instrument. I am so bad that in the church I visit my job is to handout

    The booklets to the choir and church members. I can not sing or have a musical bone in 

    My body.  I think it’s the most beautiful gift for an individual to have. To sing, to play an

    Instrument, what better way to help those that are sad, those that are celebrating and

    Those that a completing memories.  I have try many a time with no success!😪

    I do appreciate the music but that as far as it goes.  I will certainly forward this information and website to a dear friend that list in Australia, the play the violin maybe the can try it.

    Thank you for sharing this article and very best on your online business endeavors,

    Lady Esther 

    • Ben December 18, 2018 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      Thank you Esther for sharing my website with your friend and leaving this comment.

  3. Ray December 17, 2018 at 6:58 pm - Reply

    Hi Ben, I’m Ray. Your website looks great!!! I’m pretty new at all this website stuff and am just getting started. I am very anxious to get my website looking like yours and others I have seen. The only thing I could see as for improvement on your web page would be to maybe add some background color?? It seems a little stark. Hey what do I know? lol Just a thought…

    • Ben December 18, 2018 at 4:06 pm - Reply

      Hi Ray, thanks for your feedback. I will work on my website in the next few weeks and operate some changes in the design. I actually just changed it, and I know it’s a little bit basic for now. But don’t worry, there will be some modifications! 😉

  4. Marlene December 17, 2018 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    A Thousand Years by Christina Perri is super beautiful!  

    Thank you for this post Ben.  I would love to play this song and sing it myself.  Alone of course.  I am a bit shy to sing, but I do enjoy singing greatly.  

    To me music is the heartbeat of life.  This is one of those songs that brings the best feelings from the core of your stomach.  It starts in my toes and it increases as it moves through my whole body and explodes from my core.  Then when I close my eyes I fly.  

    Great post!  And a great song!

    • Ben December 18, 2018 at 4:12 pm - Reply

      I also love the song – and I’m not a fan of Twilight haha.

      I relate to your comment as I was also shy to sing and play. But after some time, you want to do more and more, and it’s like a drug.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts on music, it’s a beautiful view.

  5. Cheri December 17, 2018 at 6:59 pm - Reply

    Ben you break things down so nicely so everyone can see improvement in their guitar-playing. I dabble but am not at all proficient. Thank you for sharing your talent to help other guitar players improve. Personally it might still take me a thousand years to play A Thousand Years chords, but, with your guidance, I just might surprise myself!

    • Ben December 18, 2018 at 4:15 pm - Reply

      Thanks Cheri. It’s actually the way things are normally presented on a chord sheet for a song. If you want an easier song to practice, you can play Three Little Birds by Bob Marley, or Knocking On Heaven’s Door by Bob Dylan. Those two are great beginner songs.

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