Close To You chords & lyrics

by The Carpenters

  • Close To You was written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David. The song was a huge hit for The Carpenters, a brother-sister Duo - Karen and Richard Carpenter. They recorded the song in 1970 and released the single on May 15, 1970 from the album of the same name.
  • Music: Key of G Major with a key change to A♭ Major in 4/4 time at approx. 88 - 90 bpm
  • Chords in G Major: C, C6, Cmaj7, C/9, D, B, B7sus4, Bm7, Bm7/E, Em, Em7, E7, G7, Gmaj7
  • Chords in A♭ Major: D♭, D♭6, D♭maj7, D♭/9, D♭maj9, C7sus4, Cm7, B♭m7/E♭, E♭7, F7, Fm7, A♭, A♭maj7, A♭maj9... all charts below.

Close To You by The Carpenters

Intro: 4/4          
   | Cadd9  -  C  | Cadd9  -  C  | Cadd9  -  C  | Cadd9  ...|

          Cadd9              B7sus4  -  B
1. Why do birds sud-den-ly ap-pear
          Bm7          Em7  -  Em
   Ev-‘ry time you are near
    C       Cadd9    C          Cadd9
   Just like me___  They long to be
   Gmaj7         | Gmaj7     |
   Close to you        (Why do)
   

          Cadd9                   B7sus4 - B
2. Why do stars fall down from the sky
          Bm7           Em7 -  Em
   Ev-‘ry time you walk by
    C       Cadd9    C          Cadd9
   Just like me___  They long to be
   Gmaj7        |   G7   |
   Close to you
  
        C      C6      Cmaj7                 C       C6     Cmaj7  C6  
Chorus: On the day that you were born___ The an-gels got to-geth-er
               Bm7                            Bm7/E  -  E7
        And de-ci-ded to cre-ate a dream come true 
                Cadd9                C
        So they sprin-kled moon dust in your hair
           Cmaj7               C6               D     |      |    
        Of gold and star-light in your eyes of blue...
        
           
          Cadd9                   B7sus4  -  B
3. That is why___ All the girls in town
           Bm7           Em7  -  Em
   Fol-low you___ All a-round
    C       Cadd9    C          Cadd9
   Just like me___  They long to be
   Gmaj7       |   Gmaj7   |     
   Close to you             ...key change
   

Instr:|    Dbadd9     |  C7sus4  -   C  |    Cm7   |   Fm7   |

      | Db  - Dbadd9  |  Db  -  Dbadd9  |  Dbmaj7  |  Dbmaj7 |
      

        Db     Db6      Dbmaj7                 Db      Db6   Dbmaj7  Db6  
Chorus: On the day that  you  were born___ The ang-els got to-ge-ther
               Cm7                            F7
        And de-ci-ded to cre-ate a dream com true
               Dbadd9                Db
        So they sprin-kled moon dust in your hair
          Dbmaj7               Db6             Bbm7/Eb   |  Eb7        |
        Of gold and star-light in your eyes of blue...        (That is)
        
   
          Dbadd9                  C7sus4  -  C
4. That is why___ All the girls in town
           Cm7           Fm7
   Fol-low you___ All a-round
    Db      Dbadd9   Db         Dbadd9  | Abmaj7     |   Abmaj7  |
   Just like me___  They long to be___    Close to you
    Db      Dbadd9   Db         Dbadd9
   Just like me___  They long to be...
 | Dbadd9  -  Db  | Dbadd9  -  Db   | Dbadd9  -  Db  |   Dbadd9    |
   Close  to  you

||: Dbmaj9       |  Dbmaj9        | Abmaj9        | Abmaj9  -   Ab   :||
    Why – y – y – y - y____          Close to you          ...repeat and fade.
    

G Ab Major

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

Right Handed Chords in G Major:

Right Handed Chords in Ab Major:

Please Note: When playing C7sus4, it may be easier for some of you to barre the first 5 strings with the first finger as it can be a bit of a stretch. It won't have any effect on the sound of the chord as the extra strings are covered by fingers 2, 3 and 4 which some of you may want to play as a mini-barre using your 3rd finger.

Left Handed Chords in G Major:

Left Handed Chords in Ab Major:

Notes:

  • Level Of Ease: Fairly Hard unless you are a competent player. Beginners may find this a little testing, but you will get there with time and practice... you may want to download the version without a key change (much easier).
  • This version of the song is in the key of G Major with a key change to A♭Major... 4/4 time.
  • It is quite a difficult song to play due to the chord changes and key change. We could use a capo on the 8th fret and play in the key of B Major with a key change to C Major. The chords would be easier, but the overall sound would be pitched too high. Once you place a capo past the 5th fret, things start to sound a little 'iffy', unless you are after a certain effect.
  • You could place a capo on the first fret and play in F# Major with a key change to G Major. This still requires some 'testing' chords before the key change.
  • Cadd9 is a C chord with an added 9th which in this case is an added D note... can also be written as C/9. The chord formula for an added 9 is 1 - 3 - 5 - 9 = C - E - G - D. This is not to be confused with C9 where the chord formula is 1 - 3 - 5 - ♭7 - 9 = C - E - G - B♭ - D... can also be written as C7add9.
  • The D♭/9 is a fairly hard chord with quite a stretch. It can be played several different ways. Because you have to play the D♭/9 and D♭ in quick succession, I have chosen the voicing above. Other voicings include x43141, x4314x, x4364x, 9-8-11-8-9-x, x-x-11-10-9-11 (this works well if you use the 'E'-shape barre chord starting on the 9th fret when you play D♭ - very easy transition from D♭ to D♭/9 - sounds a little high in pitch though, compared to the rest of the song.
  • Gmaj7 can also be played like the A♭maj7, except that you play it one fret lower with the barre on the 3rd fret instead of the 4th fret... 354433 or you can play the classic 'let's do some stretching' xx5432. Guitarist
  • This song is well suited to piano players due to the rapid rate of chord changes in certain parts of the song.
  • You don't have to play all the different G , A♭, and D♭ chord extensions. You can just play a straight G chord over the Gmaj7, and an A♭ chord over the A♭maj7 and A♭maj9 chords - same for D♭. However, if you can play all the chords, it does sound better.
  • This song is not recommended for beginners as you will need to use several barre chords. Once you learn some barre chords, make sure you come back and give this song a go... once you master it, you'll be glad you did.
  • If you are not sure of all the chords, make sure you spend time practicing them before you play the song. Listen to the song a few times and get a good 'feel' for it. When you are familiar with the tune and can play the chords smoothly with the minimum of fuss, you are good to go.
  • This is the type of song that requires effort, and once you have mastered it, you will start to play more and more challenging tunes which will take your playing to another level... then try the following:

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    Songbird - Eva Cassidy

    The Way We Were - Barbra Streisand
The Carpenters
The Carpenters
Origin: Los Angeles, California, United States
Line-up: Karen & Richard Carpenter (sister/brother duo)
Active Years: 1969 – 83
Music Styles: Pop, soft rock, adult contemporary
Karen Carpenter: Born Karen Anne Carpenter on March 2nd, 1950 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA
Died: February 4, 1983 (aged 32) in Downey, California, USA
Cause of Death: Anorexia Nervosa (complications)
Instruments: Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Active Years: 1965 to 1983
Music Genres: Soft Rock, Pop

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