Better Man chords & lyrics

by Robbie Williams

  • Better Man was written by Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers. It was recorded in 2000 and released on October 22nd, 2001 from the album Sing When You're Winning.
  • Music: F# Major in 4/4 time at ~ 84 bpm - Key Change to A Major in the Bridge and back to F# Major on the last line of the bridge.
  • Chords: F#, F#sus4, B/F#, D#m, G#m7, G#m9, C#, C#sus4, A, Dmaj7, E6, F#m, B5 ...
  • Easier - Capo on 2nd fret - play in E Major. Key Change to G Major in the Bridge and back to E Major on the last line of the bridge.
  • Chords with Capo: E, Esus4, A/E, C#m, F#m7, F#m9, B, Bsus4, G, Cmaj7, D6, Em, A5

Better Man by Robbie Williams

Capo on 2nd fret if playing with the video

Intro: 4/4    
    |     E     |   Esus4   |   E    |   A5/E    |

                     E                   C#m
1. Send some-one to love me___ I need to rest in arms
           F#m7                           B
   Keep me safe from harm___ In pour-ing rain
                     E                C#m
   Give me end-less sum-mer___ Lord I fear the cold
            F#m7                        B
   Feel I'm get-ting old___ Be-fore my time

              F#m9             B              E      B         C#m
Chorus: As my soul heals the shame___ I will grow through this pain
                 F#m7          B  Bsus4  B                   |  E  |  A5/E  | 
        Lord I'm do-in' all I can___       To be a bet-ter man

                   E                        C#m
2. Go ea-sy on my con-cience___ 'Cause it's not my fault
          F#m7                              B
   I know I've been taught___ To take the blame
                    E                C#m
   Rest as-sured my an-gels___ Will catch my tears
           F#m7                   B      
   Walk me out of here___ I'm in pain

              F#m9             B              E      B         C#m
Chorus: As my soul heals the shame___ I will grow through this pain
                 F#m7          B  Bsus4  B                   | E  | E  | ( key change...)
        Lord I'm do-in' all I can___       To be a bet-ter man

         G                                      Cmaj7
Bridge: Once you've found that lo-ver___ You're home-ward bound
                D6                     Em
        Love is all a-round___ Love is all a-round
        G                              Cmaj7
        I know some have fal-len___ On sto-ny  ground    ( key change... )
                 |  F#m7  /  /   C#m  |   B    | 
        But love is all a-round (Oo...    Oo...)    

                     E                   C#m
3. Send some-one to love me___ I need to rest in arms
           F#m7                           B
   Keep me safe from harm___ In pour-ing rain
                     E                C#m
   Give me end-less sum-mer___ Lord I fear the cold
            F#m7                        B
   Feel I'm get-ting old___ Be-fore my time


              F#m9             B              E      B         C#m
Chorus: As my soul heals the shame___ I will grow through this pain
                 F#m7          B  Bsus4  B                   
        Lord I'm do-in' all I can___       To be a bet-ter man

Outro:                                            Hold   
    |    E    |   Esus4   |    E    |   A5    |   E   |

E Major

Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note
B: Bass Note
T: Thumb

Right Handed Charts:

Left Handed Charts:

Notes:

  • Level Of Ease: Easy if you can play barre chords.
  • B♭- written (1)13331 means you have an option to play the first string on the 1st fret - if you don't play it, don't play the string. This is indicative of all 'A-shape' major and 'Am-shape' barre chords.
  • If you don't know how to read written chords, e.g., 320003 (open G chord), we have a whole page dedicated to helping you learn... very handy to know.
  • Try playing both versions of F#m9. The first version is similar in shape to a B7 chord - up one string for each of the notes on the 2nd fret. The other F#m9 is a standard m9 barre chord shape - root note on the 6th string. They both work well depending on the sound you are after.
  • 5 chords are power chords which consist of the 1st and 5th notes of any given chord scale. In this song we have a A5 and A5/E. They are based on the A major scale where the 1st and 5th notes of the scale are A and E.

    The A5 chord consists of the notes A and E. There are a few alternatives which are pictured above.

    The A5/E means an A5 chord with a leading E bass note - also pictured above
  • You don't have to play an A5 or A5/E - an A chord still sounds fine. The same applies to the D6 chord which can be played as a D chord.
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