Better Man chords

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
Robbie Williams

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

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

Right-Handed Tabs                        
            E                Esus4            A5/E               A5                C#m
    e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|x  e |---|---|---|x  e |-1-|---|---|
    B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|---|x  B |---|---|---|x  B |-1-|-1-|---| 
    G |-1-|---|---|   G |---|-3-|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |-1-|---|-3-|
    D |---|-3-|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|-1-|---|   D |---|-1-|---|   D |-1-|---|-2-|
    A |---|-2-|---|   A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|---|---|   A |---|---|---|   A |-1-|---|---|
    E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         4   5   6

          F#m7              F#m9              F#m9                B                 Bsus4
    e |-1-|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |-1-|---|-4-|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|---|
    B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|-4-|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |-1-|---|-4-|   B |-1-|---|---|-4-| 
    G |-1-|---|---|   G |-1-|---|---|   G |-1-|---|---|   G |-1-|---|-3-|   G |-1-|---|-3-|---|
    D |-1-|---|---|   D |---|-3-|---|   D |-1-|---|---|   D |-1-|---|-2-|   D |-1-|---|-2-|---|
    A |-1-|---|-3-|   A |---|---|---|   A |-1-|---|-3-|   A |-1-|---|---|   A |-1-|---|---|---|
    E |-1-|---|---|   E |---|-2-|---|   E |-1-|---|---|   E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|---|x
Frets   2   3   4         1   2   3         2   3   4         2   3   4         2   3   4   5

            G                D6                Em               Cmaj7               
    e |---|---|-3-|   e |---|-2-|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|
    B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|---|
    G |---|---|---|   G |---|-1-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|
    D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|-2-|---|
    A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|---|---|x  A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|---|-3-|
    E |---|---|-2-|   E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3                   

Left-Handed Tabs
          E                Esus4            A5/E               A5                C#m
    |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e  x|---|---|---| e  x|---|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e 
    |---|---|---| B   |---|---|---| B  x|---|---|---| B  x|---|---|---| B   |---|-2-|-1-| B
    |---|---|-1-| G   |---|-3-|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |-4-|---|-1-| G
    |---|-3-|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |---|-1-|---| D   |---|-1-|---| D   |-3-|---|-1-| D
    |---|-2-|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A   |---|---|---| A   |---|---|---| A   |---|---|-1-| A
    |---|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         6   5   4   Frets
      
        F#m7              F#m9              F#m9                B                 Bsus4
    |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|---| e   |-4-|---|-1-| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|---|---|-1-| e 
    |---|---|-1-| B   |---|-4-|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |-4-|---|-1-| B   |-4-|---|---|-1-| B
    |---|---|-1-| G   |---|---|-1-| G   |---|---|-1-| G   |-3-|---|-1-| G   |---|-3-|---|-1-| G
    |---|---|-1-| D   |---|-3-|---| D   |---|---|-1-| D   |-2-|---|-1-| D   |---|-2-|---|-1-| D
    |-3-|---|-1-| A   |---|---|---| A   |-3-|---|-1-| A   |---|---|-1-| A   |---|---|---|-1-| A
    |---|---|-1-| E   |---|-2-|---| E   |---|---|-1-| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---|---| E
      4   3   2         3   2   1         4   3   2         4   3   2         5   4   3   2   Frets
      
          G                D6                Em               Cmaj7 
    |-3-|---|---| e   |---|-2-|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e
    |---|---|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|---| B
    |---|---|---| G   |---|-1-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G
    |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D   |---|-2-|---| D
    |---|-1-|---| A  x|---|---|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A   |-3-|---|---| A
    |-2-|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1   Frets
    

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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