Layla Chords (unplugged)

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“Layla” chords are presented on this page. Eric Clapton released the acoustic version of the song in 1992. Let’s check out the chords:

Layla Chords

Standard Tuning

Intro:
Am C | Dm C | Bb | C C/A C Dm (3x)
Am C | Dm C | Bb C | Am C

Verse 1:
C#m                             G#7
  What will you do when you get lonely
C#m           C       D       E    E7
  With nobody waiting by your side
F#m           B           E               A 
  You've been running and hiding much too long
F#m             B                 E
  You know it's just your foolish pride

Chorus 1:
Am    Dm  C Bb     C          Dm
Lay - la,    you got me on my knees
Am    Dm  C Bb     C             Dm 
Lay - la,    I'm begging darling please
Am    Dm  C Bb     C               Dm
Lay - la,        darling won't you ease my 
Am       Dm   C Bb    C   Am  C
 worried mind

Verse 2:
C#m                      G#7
  Tried to give you consolation
C#m            C         D       E    E7
  And your old man won't let you down
F#m      B       E                 A
  Like a fool, I fell in love with you
F#m          B                  E
  Turned the whole world upside down

Chorus 2:
Am    Dm  C Bb      C          Dm
Lay - la,    you got me on my knees
Am    Dm  C Bb      C             Dm 
Lay - la,    I'm begging darling please
Am    Dm  C Bb     C               Dm
Lay - la,        darling won't you ease my 
Am       Dm   C Bb    C   Am  C
 worried mind

Verse 3:
C#m                              G#7
  Let's make the best of the situation
C#m        C       D    E    E7
  Before I fin'lly go insane
F#m            B         E            A
  Please don't say we'll never find a way
F#m           B               E     
  And tell me all my loves in vain

Chorus 3:
Am    Dm  Bb    C Bb          Dm
Lay - la,    you got me on my knees
Am    Dm  Bb     C Bb             Dm 
Lay - la,    I'm begging darling please
Am    Dm  Bb     C Bb                Dm
Lay - la,        darling won't you ease my 
Am       Dm   C Bb    C   Dm
 worried mind.

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6 comments

  1. Absolutely love this song, it is so iconic just based on a few notes. Thanks so much for drawing this up, I had been looking for an easy way to learn it without having to go pay for the sheet music directly. This is great!

    1. Exactly Craig, Clapton knew how to make great songs back then! I’m glad these chords have been of some help to you. Don’t hesitate to reach me if you need any advice.

  2. Clapton did such a great job with this song – thanks so much for posting these chords.

    Dumb question, but a Japanese band named Kobukuro produced a version of this song (in English) but at a faster tempo in 2010. Would it be the same chords, just sped up? Or do you think it might be a bit different?

  3. Oh I do love this song! I can’t believe that the list of chords is so short. I imagine then that this song would be a more simple song…say maybe a beginner could play this song? I am not familiar with all the notes listed. I guess I need to learn more about sheet music!

    1. Hey Matts Mom! Thanks for coming back on my website. It can be a bit hard for a beginner to learn this song, especially for the bar chords and the strumming. However with patience, yes, it’s possible. Well, here, the notes listed are actually chords. For example Am means A minor. E means E Major. If you need any advice, I can help you!

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