Coldplay - Atlas Chords & Tabs

 

Atlas Chords & Tabs

Coldplay Chords & Tabs

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Atlas Chords

   
Atlas
Charted by Richard J.M. Fry for bloody fun, that’s who!
Once more, please consult the *Notes and Notations* section below for any questions.
*Plenty of interesting chords here. Just to note, this is not tablature, but I am by far
open to corrections on chord figures. If you DO have chord suggestions, please, let me
know in the comments, but please don’t suggest arppegiated chords. Any time you see an 
asterisk next to a chord, look to notes and notations.*
Redundancy aside, there are two versions included: capoed and non capoed, or, if you’re
lazy like me, just use the transposition tool on the site and move everything four
half-steps up.
Chords used in order:

Capoed Version: F#m now played as Dm

Capo 4:
Chords:
Dm : XX0231
Em: 022000
Gm: 355333
D: XX0232
Am: X02210
E: 022100
E7: 020100
G: 3X0003
C: x32010

Standard Tuning
Key: [ch]Dm/D[/ch]
Tempo: 132-135 BPM
Time Signature: 4/4

Intro: Dm

             Em    Gm
Some saw the sun;
             D*         Am
Some saw the smoke;
               E        E7
Some heard the gun;
              Am    C
Some bent the bow.
              Dm    C
Sometimes the wire
     E7            Am       Dm
Must tense for the note.
              E          Dm
Caught in the fire, say “Oh
        G          D
We're about to explode”.

             Am      C
Carry your world—
                G        D
I'll carry your world.


             Am      C
Carry your world—
                  G
I'll carry your world.

Break: Dm   Em   Gm

         D*       Am
Some far away;
                E         E7
Some search for gold;
               Am      C
Some dragon to slay.
           Dm        C
Heaven, we hope,
   E7          Am       Dm
Is just up the road.
            E                Dm
Show me the way, Lord, cause I—
      G          D
I’m about to explode.


             Am    C
Carry your world—
                  G    D
I'll carry your world.
             Am    C
Carry your world—
                  G    D
I'll carry your world.
             Am    C
Carry your world
               G       D
And all your hurt

D   Am   C    G

Outro: Dm    Em    Gm    D

[ Tab from: http://www.guitartabs.cc/tabs/c/coldplay/atlas_crd_ver_3.html ]
*Notes and Notations*
1. The intro: given that there is an arppegiation of D-A-D, that might make you want to
play a D major chord with your pinky on F on the high E string. Technically, yes, this
is how the recording does it, but simply because there is an octave of the fifth does 
not inherently make this intro chord major. As such, I have listed it as a Dm, given that it
is shortly followed by such.
2. The G chord I have listed: I am a staunch believer of dropping the low B on the A
string in a G chord. It just muddies the tone to me. Leaving the high B still present
completes the triad while also making a brighter G; that being said, you can make that 
high B a high D—cutting out the third of the chord is purely aesthetic, so don’t feel inclined
to follow this if you disagree.
3. Then there’s the D I marked in the first and second verse. Rather than dedicate an
entire chord for that one phrase, I just put a D. Personally, I cannot hear a high F# on
the recording there, as that would insinuate a III to ii movement that just sounds 
utterly wrong. Instead, just playing the chord without the third sounds much more pleasant. As
such D:XX023X.
4. Lastly, the E7 might sound like there is an octave D on the B string there, but this
is unnecessary given the lower seventh present in a standard E7 chord fulfills the
seventh necessary for a V7 chord. As to WHY there is an E7 there, it is a borrowed V7/v 
chord. Am immediately precedes E and E7, so this negates any possibility of it being a 
III7, as
a iii-III7 is incredibly uncommon compared to a V-V7/v. This is just theory babble, so 
disregard it if you aren’t interested in that.
4. I usually don’t do electric music, but I just enjoy this band too much to not put
something up.


Standard Version

Chords:
F#m : 244222
G#m: 466444
Bm: X24432
F#: 244322
C#m: X46654
G#: 466544
G#7: 464544
B: X24442
E: 022100

Standard Tuning
Key: [ch]F#m/F#[/ch]
Tempo: 132-135 BPM
Time Signature: 4/4

Intro: F#m

             G#m    Bm
Some saw the sun;
             F#         C#m
Some saw the smoke;
               G#        G#7
Some heard the gun;
              C#m    E
Some bent the bow.
              F#m    E
Sometimes the wire
     G#            C#m       F#m
Must tense for the note.
              G#         F#m
Caught in the fire, say “Oh
        B          F#
We're about to explode”.

             C#m      E
Carry your world—
                  B           F#
I'll carry your world.
             C#m      E
Carry your world
                  B
I'll carry your world

Break: F#m   G#m   Bm


           F#         C#m
Some far away;
                G#      G#7
Some search for gold;
               Bm       E
Some dragon to slay.
           F#m       E
Heaven, we hope,
        F#     C#m       F#m
Is just up the road.
            G#               F#m
Show me the way, Lord, cause I—
      B         F#
I’m about to explode.


             C#m    E
Carry your world—
                  B    F#
I'll carry your world.
             C#m    E
Carry your world—
                  B    F#
I'll carry your world.
             C#m    E
Carry your world
               B       F#
And all your hurt

F#   C#m   E    B

Outro: F#m    G#m    Bm    F#
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