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

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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