The A Team chords & lyrics

by Ed Sheeran

  • The A Team was written by Ed Sheeran.
  • Recorded: 2010
  • Released: June 12, 2011
  • Album +
  • Music: Key A Major in 4/4 time at approx. 168 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: A, Amaj7, A/E, F#m, F#m7, F#m9, D, Dmaj7, Bm7, E, EaddG#... charts below

The A Team by Ed Sheeran

Intro: 4/4 
     |  A  |  A  |  A  |  A - EaddG# |  F#m7  | F#m7  -  D  |  A  |  A  |

  A                                        E    F#m
1. White lips, pale face___ Breath-ing in snow-flakes
                 D      |  A  |  A  |    
   Burnt lungs, sour taste
  A                                           E  F#m
   Light's gone, day's end___ Strug-gling to pay rent
                   D     A  |  A  | 
   Long nights, strange men

        Bm7                             D
** And they say___  She's in the Class A Team
                   A                              E
   Stuck in her day-dream___ Been this way since eigh-teen
                   Bm7                             D
   But late-ly her face seems___ Slowly sink-ing, wast-ing
                    A
   Crumbl-ing like past-ries___ And they scream
         E
   The worst things in life come free to us
               F#m             D
  'Cause we're just un-der the up-per hand
 A
   And go mad for a couple grams
F#m                      D           A
   And she don't want to go out-side___ To-night
            F#m                   D
   And in a pipe she flies to the Mo-ther-land
  A
   Or sells love to a-no-ther man
 F#m              D            A
   It's too co-o-old out-si-i-ide___   
       A        |  F#m7  |  D  |  A  |    
   For an-gels to fly___           
   A          F#m7  |  D  |  A  |  A  |  
   An-gels to fly

  A                                                 E      F#m
2. Ripped gloves, rain-coat___   Tried to swim and stay a-float
               D       |  A  |  A  |    
   Dry house, wet clothes
     A                                       E   F#m
   Loose change, bank notes___ Wea-ry-eyed, dry throat
              D    A  | A  |  
   Call girl, no phone


        Bm7                             D
** And they say___  She's in the Class A Team
                   A                              E
   Stuck in her day-dream___ Been this way since eigh-teen
                   Bm7                             D
   But late-ly her face seems___ Slowly sink-ing, wast-ing
                    A
   Crumbl-ing like past-ries___ And they scream
         E
   The worst things in life come free to us
               F#m             D
  'Cause we're just un-der the up-per hand
 A
   And go mad for a couple grams
F#m                      D           A
   But she don't want to go out-side___ To-night
            F#m                   D
   And in a pipe she flies to the Mo-ther-land
  A
   Sells love to a-no-ther man
 F#m              D            A
   It's too co-o-old out-si-i-ide___   
       A          Bm7                      D
   For an-gels to fly___   An an-gel will die
                  F#m
   Covered in white
                      A
   Closed eye___ And hop-ing for a bet-ter life
   Bm7                       D
   This time, we'll fade out to-night
                   
   Straight down the line...

  
Instrumental: ||:  F#m9   |   Dmaj7   |   Amaj7   |   Amaj7   :||


        Bm7                             D
** And they say___  She's in the Class A Team
                   A                               E
   Stuck in her day-dream___ Been this way since eigh-teen
                   Bm7                             D
   But late-ly her face seems___ Slowly sink-ing, wast-ing
                    A
   Crumbl-ing like past-ries___  They scream
         E
   The worst things in life come free to us
             F#m             D
   And we're all un-der the up-per hand
 A
   And go mad for a couple grams
F#m                     D               A
   And we don't want to go-o-o out-side___ To-night
              F#m                   D
   And in the pipe she flies to the Mo-ther-land
  A
   Or sell love to a-no-ther man
 F#m              D            A
   It's too co-o-old out-si-i-ide___   
       A          F#m7  |  Dmaj7  |  Amaj7  |    
   For an-gels to fly___           
   A          F#m7  |  Dmaj7  |  Amaj7  |    
   An-gels to fly___
  A       |  F#m7 |  Dmaj7   |  Amaj7  |   
   Fly___                fly___
       A          F#m7      Dmaj7      Amaj7     
   For an-gels to fly___ to  fly___ to  fly
       A/E         A
   For An-gels to die
                   Pause

A Major

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4: Notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
           A                F#m                D                 E              Amaj7             F#m7
    e|---|---|---|    e|-1-|---|---|    e|---|-2-|---|    e|---|---|---|   e|---|---|---|    e|-1-|---|---|
    B|---|-3-|---|    B|-1-|---|---|    B|---|---|-3-|    B|---|---|---|   B|---|-3-|---|    B|-1-|---|---|
    G|---|-2-|---|    G|-1-|---|---|    G|---|-1-|---|    G|-1-|---|---|   G|-1-|---|---|    G|-1-|---|---|
    D|---|-1-|---|    D|-1-|---|-4-|    D|---|---|---|    D|---|-3-|---|   D|---|-2-|---|    D|-1-|---|---|
    A|---|---|---|    A|-1-|---|-3-|    A|---|---|---|x   A|---|-2-|---|   A|---|---|---|    A|-1-|---|-3-|
    E|---|---|---|x   E|-1-|---|---|    E|---|---|---|x   E|---|---|---|   E|---|---|---|x   E|-1-|---|---|
Frets  1   2   3         2   3   4         1   2   3         1   2   3        1   2   3         2   3   4

         Dmaj7              EaddG#               A/E              F#m9               Bm7
    e|---|-1-|---|    e|---|---|---|-4-|   e|---|---|---|    e|-1-|---|-4-|    e|-1-|---|---|
    B|---|-1-|---|    B|---|---|---|---|   B|---|-3-|---|    B|-1-|---|---|    B|-1-|-2-|---|
    G|---|-1-|---|    G|-1-|---|---|---|   G|---|-2-|---|    G|-1-|---|---|    G|-1-|---|---|
    D|---|---|---|    D|---|-3-|---|---|   D|---|-1-|---|    D|-1-|---|---|    D|-1-|---|-3-|
    A|---|---|---|x   A|---|-2-|---|---|   A|---|---|---|    A|-1-|---|-3-|    A|-1-|---|---|
    E|---|---|---|x   E|---|---|---|---|   E|---|---|---|    E|-1-|---|---|    E|---|---|---|x
Frets  1   2   3         1   2   3   4        1   2   3         2   3   4         2   3   4

Left-Handed Chord Tabs
          A                F#m                D                 E              Amaj7             F#m7
    |---|---|---|e    |---|---|-1-|e    |---|-2-|---|e    |---|---|---|e   |---|---|---|e    |---|---|-1-|e
    |---|-3-|---|B    |---|---|-1-|B    |-3-|---|---|B    |---|---|---|B   |---|-3-|---|B    |---|---|-1-|B
    |---|-2-|---|G    |---|---|-1-|G    |---|-1-|---|G    |---|---|-1-|G   |---|---|-1-|G    |---|---|-1-|G
    |---|-1-|---|D    |-4-|---|-1-|D    |---|---|---|D    |---|-3-|---|D   |---|-2-|---|D    |---|---|-1-|D
    |---|---|---|A    |-3-|---|-1-|A   x|---|---|---|A    |---|-2-|---|A   |---|---|---|A    |-3-|---|-1-|A
   x|---|---|---|E    |---|---|-1-|E   x|---|---|---|E    |---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E    |---|---|-1-|E
      3   2   1         4   3   2         3   2   1         3   2   1        3   2   1         4   3   2  Frets
      
        Dmaj7              EaddG#               A/E              F#m9               Bm7
    |---|-1-|---|e    |-4-|---|---|---|e   |---|---|---|e    |-4-|---|-1-|e    |---|---|-1-|e
    |---|-1-|---|B    |---|---|---|---|B   |---|-3-|---|B    |---|---|-1-|B    |---|-2-|-1-|B
    |---|-1-|---|G    |---|---|---|-1-|G   |---|-2-|---|G    |---|---|-1-|G    |---|---|-1-|G
    |---|---|---|D    |---|---|-3-|---|D   |---|-1-|---|D    |---|---|-1-|D    |-3-|---|-1-|D
   x|---|---|---|A    |---|---|-2-|---|A   |---|---|---|A    |-3-|---|-1-|A    |---|---|-1-|A
   x|---|---|---|E    |---|---|---|---|E   |---|---|---|E    |---|---|-1-|E   x|---|---|---|E
       3   2   1        4   3   2   1        3   2   1         4   3   2         4   3   2  Frets

 Notes:
 Beginners: You can replace all extended chords with simpler versions, i.e., A instead of Amaj7;
 D instead of Dmaj7; F#m or F#m7 instead of F#m9; E instead of E/G# etc. They will still sound fine.
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