Columbus & 89th chords - Sarah Jarosz

Sarah Jarosz Lyrics


            [Intro]
Em7 | Em7 | Bm7 | A |
Em7 | Em7 | Bm7 | A |
 
 
[Verse 1]
          Em7
I've been told
         Bm7                     A            Em7
That you don't know what you’ve got 'til it's gone
            Bm7             A                      Gmaj7
That you'll recognize the real thing when it comes along
 
 
[Chorus]
            D
And you can only see as far as the crow flies
    F#m
And sometimes love leaves you tongue tied
    Am                              Gmaj7
And once in a while, the stars will align
       Gmmaj7                  D          D/F#
At the corner of Columbus and eigthy-nine
 
 
[Instrumental] 1 2 3 4 | 1 2 3 4 | 1 2 3 4 | 1 2 3 4 | =============|==============|==============|===============| Em7 | Em7 | Bm7 | A D D/F# | Em7 | Em7 | Bm7 | A | [Verse 2] Em7 I recall Bm7 A Em7 Staying out with you 'til sunrise hit the Hudson Bm7 A Gmaj7 Without a thought for what had passed and what was comin' Back then I never thought I'd leave [Chorus] D But I can only see as far as the crow flies F#m And sometimes love leaves me tongue tied Am Gmaj7 And once in a while the stars will align Gmmaj7 At the corner of Columbus [Bridge] D So give my regards to Broadway F#m And tell her that I'm in a good place Am7 Gmaj7 I can still see the street lights shining in the night Gmmaj7 D At the corner of Columbus and eigthy-nine Gm D D/F# And eigthy-nine [Outro] 1 2 3 4 | 1 2 3 4 | 1 2 3 4 | 1 2 3 4 | =============|==============|==============|===============| Em7 | Em7 | Bm7 | A D D/F# | Em7 | Em7 | Bm7 | A D D/F# | Em7 | Em7 | Bm7 | A D D/F# | Em7 | Em7 | Bm7 | A | Em7 | Em7 | Bm7 | A | Em7 | Em7 | Bm7 | A | Em7 | Em7 | Bm7 | A | Em7 | Em7 | Bm7 | A | Em7 | Em7 | Bm7 | A | Em7 | Em7 | Bm7 | A | "Columbus & 89th" is a touching song that tells a story through its lyrics and is complemented by a beautifully crafted chord progression. The use of seventh chords throughout the piece adds a layer of complexity and depth to the sound, making it a great song for intermediate guitarists looking to explore more nuanced chord shapes and progressions. Introduction & Verse Chord Progressions The song starts with an intro that immediately sets a reflective tone, utilizing Em7 and Bm7 chords before resolving to an A chord. This progression is repeated, creating a comforting yet introspective atmosphere. For the verses, the same chord progression (Em7, Bm7, A) is used to support the narrative of the lyrics. The Em7 and Bm7 chords add a sense of wistfulness, while the A chord provides a moment of resolve before the cycle repeats. This progression emphasizes the song's themes of reminiscence and introspection. When playing these chords, focus on maintaining a smooth transition between them, allowing the melody to flow seamlessly. The use of seventh chords adds a rich harmonic texture to the song, so letting each chord ring out will enhance the overall sound. Chorus Dynamics The chorus introduces a change in the chord progression, starting with a D chord and moving through F#m and Am before resolving back to Gmaj7. This progression reflects the song's lyrical content, highlighting moments of realization and alignment. In this section, the chords shift more frequently, reflecting the emotional intensity of the lyrics. The transition from D to F#m to Am and then to Gmaj7 creates a narrative arc within the music itself, mirroring the lyrical journey from uncertainty to a moment of clarity. Bridge and Outro The bridge of the song offers a moment of reflection, with the lyrics giving a nod to Broadway and a sense of being in a "good place." The chord progression here continues to support the song's emotional narrative, leading into the outro that revisits the initial chord progression, providing a sense of closure. In the outro, the repetition of the initial chord progression serves as a reflective bookend to the song, allowing the listener to dwell in the emotional landscape the song has created. The consistent rhythm and chord changes offer a comforting conclusion to the song's journey. Playing Tips - Emphasize the emotive quality of the seventh chords by letting them ring out and blend together. This will enhance the song's reflective and introspective mood. - Pay attention to the dynamics throughout the song, especially in the chorus and bridge, where the emotional intensity peaks. Adjust your strumming intensity to match the lyrical content. - The transition between chords, especially when moving from the verse to the chorus, is crucial for maintaining the song's flow. Practice these transitions to ensure they are smooth and natural.