I Wont Give Up chords & lyrics

by Jason Mraz

Song Details

Jason mRAZ

Words & Music: Jason Mraz, Michael Natter

Album: Love Is A Four Letter Word

Recorded: 2011

Released: Jan 3rd 2012

Genre: Folk Rock, Pop Rock

Music: Key of E Major in 6/8 time at ~ 136 bpm (♩)
Chords: E, A/E, C#m, F#m, B, Bsus4, Esus4, D, Amaj7, D#dim
Capo: 2nd fret - play in the key of D Major with drop D tuning - tune bottom E downwards 1 whole tone/step.
Chords with Capo & Drop D Tuning: D, G/D, Bm7, Em, A, Asus4, Dsus4, C, Gmaj7, C#dim... charts below.
  • D: 000232
  • G/D: 020003
  • Bm7: 020202
  • Em: x22000
  • A: x02220
  • Bm7: 024232
  • Asus4: x02230
  • Dsus4: 000233
  • C: x32010
  • Gmaj7: 020002
  • Gmaj7: 0x5432
  • C#dim: x4x020
Jason Mraz

Born: Jason Thomas Mraz on June 23rd, 1977 in Mechanicsville, Virginia, U.S.

Occupation: Singer, songwriter, musician

Years Active: 1999 – present

Instruments: Vocals, guitar, piano, mandolin, mandola, ukulele, baritone ukulele

Music Styles: Pop rock, alternative rock, blue-eyed soul

Associations: Tristan Prettyman, Bushwalla, Raining Jane

Wikipedia: Jason Mraz

Official Website: jasonmraz.com

Charts - Tabs - Tips

Capo: 2nd fret - Drop D Tuning if playing with the video
I Wont Give Up by Jason Mraz

Intro: 6/8 
|-Riff|            | - Riff|            | - Riff|            | - Riff|        |     |
|     | G/D   - D  | D     | G/D   - D  | D     | G/D   - D  | D     | Asus4  |  A  |

                     G/D   D                               G/D   D
1. When I look in-to your eyes___ It's like watch-ing the night sky
                    G/D    D                           Asus4  |  A  |
   Or a beau-ti-ful sun - rise___ There's so much they hold

                      G/D   D                        G/D      D
2. And just like them old stars___ I see that you've come so far
                     G/D   D                     Asus4  |  A  |
   To be right where you  are___ How old is your soul?

                     G     D                  Bm7        A
Chorus: I won't give up on us___ Even if the skies get rough
                         G      D                       Asus4  |  A  |
        I'm giv-ing you all my love___ I'm still looking up

                            G/D    D                 G/D    D
3. And when you're need-ing your space___ To do some nav-i-gat-ing
                G            D                          Asus4  |  A  |
   I'll be here pa-tient-ly wait-ing___ To see what you find

                          G         D                 Bm7           A
Chorus: 'Cause even the stars they burn___ Some e-ven fall to the earth
                     G       D                      Asus4   |  A  |
        We've got a lot to learn___ God knows we're worth it
                       | Gmaj7  -  Em  | Gmaj7  -  Em  |
        No, I won't give up...

                Em
Bridge: I don't wan-na be some-one who walks a-way so eas-i-ly
                                                        A
        I'm here to stay and make the dif-fer-ence that I can make
            Em
        Our dif-fer-en-ces they do a lot to teach us how to use
                                                 | A    -     Asus4  |   A   |
        The tools and gifts we got yeah, we got a lot at stake
                    C
        And in the end, you're still my friend at least we did in-tend

        For us to work we did-n't break, we did-n't burn
   C#dim
        We had to learn how to bend with-out the world cav-ing in
       C                            C#dim                A        | D  - Dsus4  |D  |
        I had to learn what I've got___  And what I'm not and who I am...

                     G     D                  Bm7        A
Chorus: I won't give up on us___ Even if the skies get rough
                         G      D                       Asus4                A  
        I'm giv-ing you all my love___ I'm still looking up___ Still looking up

                          G                  D    
Chorus: Well I won't give up (no I'm not) on us (giving up)
                       Bm7                   A
        God knows I'm tough (I am tough) e-nough (I am loved)
                     G                     D    
        We've got a lot (we're alive) to learn (we are loved)
                        | A         -       Asus4  |    A     |
        God knows we're worth it (and we're worth it)

                     G     D                  Bm7        A
Chorus: I won't give up on us___ Even if the skies get rough
                         G      D                        A  
        I'm giv-ing you all my love___ I'm still looking up...
    

D Major with Drop D Tuning

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Notes played
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string
Drop-D Tuning: Tune string 6 (E) a 'whole tone' lower to D (D-A-D-G-B-e)

Because our bottom string is now D, it will alter the way we play certain
chords with the inclusion of the 6th string - as the note 'D' is in the 
chord structure. Both D and Dsus4 include all 6 strings with Bm7 using the
open D on the 6th string.

Notice the Em chord -  1st finger on the 2nd fret making the leading note 
an E as D is not in the chord structure (D + 2 frets = E).
 

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   

           G/D            G/D (alt)             D                Bm7
    e |---|---|-3-|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |---|-2-|---|   e |-1-|---|---|
    B |---|---|---|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|-3-|   B |-1-|-2-|---|
    G |---|---|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|-1-|---|   G |-1-|---|---|
    D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|-3-|   D |---|---|---|   D |-1-|---|-3-|
    A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|---|---|x  A |---|---|---|   A |-1-|---|---|
    D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|
Frets   1   2   3         3   4   5         1   2   3         2   3   4 

            C                Em               Asus4               A 
    e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|
    B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|-4-|   B |---|-3-|---|
    G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|-2-|---|
    D |---|-2-|---|   D |---|-3-|---|   D |---|-1-|---|   D |---|-1-|---|
    A |---|---|-3-|   A |---|-2-|---|   A |---|---|---|   A |---|---|---|
    D |---|---|---|x  D |---|-1-|---|   D |---|---|---|x  D |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3 

          Dsus4             C#dim             Gmaj7          Gmaj7 (alt) 
    e |---|---|-4-|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|-3-|---|   e |-1-|---|---|---|
    B |---|---|-3-|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|-1-|---|---|
    G |---|-1-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|-1-|---|
    D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|x  D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|-1-|
    A |---|---|---|   A |---|---|-3-|   A |---|-2-|---|   A |---|---|---|---|x
    D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|x  D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|---|
Frets   1   2   3         2   3   4         1   2   3         2   3   4   5 

Left-Handed Chord Tabs 

          G/D            G/D (alt)             D                Bm7
    |-3-|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|-2-|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e
    |---|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |-3-|---|---| B   |---|-2-|-1-| B
    |---|---|---| G   |---|-1-|---| G   |---|-1-|---| G   |---|---|-1-| G
    |---|---|---| D   |-1-|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |-3-|---|-1-| D
    |---|-1-|---| A  x|---|---|---| A   |---|---|---| A   |---|---|-1-| A
    |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D  x|---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D
      3   2   1         5   4   3         3   2   1         4   3   2   Frets
      
          C                Em               Asus4               A
    |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e
    |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|---| B   |-3-|---|---| B   |---|-3-|---| B
    |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G
    |---|-1-|---| D   |---|-3-|---| D   |---|-1-|---| D   |---|-1-|---| D
    |-1-|---|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A   |---|---|---| A   |---|---|---| A
   x|---|---|---| D   |---|-1-|---| D  x|---|---|---| D  x|---|---|---| D
      3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1   Frets
      
        Dsus4             C#dim             Gmaj7          Gmaj7 (alt)
    |-4-|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|-3-|---| e   |---|---|---|-1-| e
    |-3-|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|-2-|---| B
    |---|-1-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|-3-|---|---| G
    |---|---|---| D  x|---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |-4-|---|---|---| D
    |---|---|---| A   |-3-|---|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A  x|---|---|---|---| A
    |---|---|---| D  x|---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---|---| D
      3   2   1         4   3   2         3   2   1         5   4   3   2   Frets
I Wont Give Up TAB - Intro:
This in a snippet of the song featuring the TAB version of the first 9 bars leading into the song. The full Guitar Tab is available at MusicNotes.Com - Digital Print (9 pages)

I Won't Give Up Tab - Intro

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Moderate depending on how you play it. Jason uses a capo on the 2nd fret and uses Drop D tuning on the 6th string.
  • Drop D tuning simply means you tune the bottom E string (fattest string) down a whole tone (2 semitones) to D. The tuning from the lowest string to the highest string is D - A - D - G - B - E.
  • I have kept the song as simple as possible so that most of you can play along. G/D means a G chord leading with a D Bass Note. If you are using Drop D tuning on your 6th string, make sure you don't finger the 3rd fret, 6th string(G) if you are playing a normal G chord, as you will play an F which will sound very ordinary. Simply leave the string open as it is a D note which is part of a G chord (5th). I have added an alternative chord position for G which Jason uses (see charts).
  • The same applies to other chords which don't have a D note in their chord structure. If you are playing Bm as a barre chord, don't hit the bottom string. If you listen carefully, you can hear chords that don't sound right.
  • If you don't use drop D tuning on the 6th string just play the all the chords as you normally would with G/D played as a normal G chord.
  • Key Signature: E Major... 4 sharps - (F# C# G# D#)
  • Key Signature with capo: D Major... 2 sharp - (F# C#)
  • Time Signature: 6/8 This means there are 6 quaver/eighth-note beats per bar. This can also be counted as | 1 2 3 4 5 6 | or | 1& 2& 3& 4& 5& 6& |
  • A dotted quaver rest at the start of the song is equivalent to 1 + 1/2 eighth-note rest, or 1 eighth-note + 1 sixteenth-note rest. So, if you count the bar as | 1& 2& 3& 4& 5& 6& | (6 eighth-notes / 12 sixteenth-notes), the 1& is an eighth-note rest, and the 2 is a sixteenth-note rest... you come in on the & after the 2.
  • The notes leading up to the first full bar of music is called an anacrusis.
  • In the Intro wherever you see 'riff', you can continue to play the D chord if you don't want to play the riff.
  • The hyphen between 2 chords in a bar means the chords share equal beat counts in that bar, which in this case is 3 beats per chord (6/8 time), e.g., | Gmaj7 - Em | means 3 beat counts on Gmaj7 and 3 beat counts on Em.

Transposition if you want to play in the original key of E Major:

  • Capo on 2 - D Major
  • G/D
  • D
  • Dsus4
  • Asus4
  • A
  • Bm7
  • C
  • Em
  • Gmaj7
  • C#dim
  • Original Key - E Major
  • A/E
  • E
  • Esus4
  • Bsus4
  • B
  • C#m7
  • D
  • F#m
  • Amaj7
  • D#dim

The C#dim chord is an easy chord to play ... see charts.

What are the notes for a C#dim ?

1. Firstly you need to look at the notes in a C# Major Scale: C# D# E# F# G# A# B# (All sharps)

2. Then you need to look at the chord formula for a diminished chord: 1 - ♭3 - ♭5 (root, minor third, diminished fifth)

3. Take the notes out of the scale required for the chord ( 1 3 5 ): C# E# G#

4. Apply the formula (1 - ♭3 - ♭5): C#- E - G

Once you become familiar with the process and remember your formulas, you can go from step 1 to step 4 in no time at all.

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