In My Life chords and lyrics

by The Beatles

In My Life was written by John Lennon & Paul McCartney and produced by George Martin. It was recorded at EMI Studios, London on Oct 18th, 1965 and released on Dec 3rd, 1965 from the album Rubber Soul.

Music: Key of A Major in 4/4 time at 102 bpm (♩)
Chords: A, A7, E, E7, F#m, D, Dm, G, B7
The Beatles

In My Life by The Beatles

Intro: 4/4
     (Riff)                   (Riff)      
   |     A     |     E     |     A     |     E     |

              A           F#m    -   A7
1. There are pla-ces I re-mem-ber___ 
           D    -    Dm         A
   All my life____      Though some have changed
            A             F#m    -    A7
   Some for-e-ver not for bet-ter
              D   -   Dm      A
   Some have gone____    And some re-main
             F#m                D
** All these pla-ces had their mom-ents
         G                      A
   With lov-ers and friends I still can re-call
            F#m               B7
   Some are dead and some are liv-ing
       D  - Dm            A 
   In  my  life___ I’ve loved them all

      (Riff)    
   |     A     |     E     | 

           A                    F#m    -    A7
2. But of all these friends and lov-ers
              D  - Dm           A
   There  is  no - one___ Com-pares with you
              A                   F#m    -    A7
   And these mem-‘ries lose their mean-ing
            D   -   Dm      A
   When I think of love as some-thing new
            F#m                       D
** Though I know I’ll ne-ver lose af-fec-tion
        G                       A
   For peop-le and things that went be-fore 
     F#m                                B7
   I know I’ll of-ten stop and think a-bout them
       D  - Dm           A
   In  my  life___ I’ll love you more


Instr: | A  | F#m  – A7  | D  – Dm  | A  | A  | F#m  – A7  | D  – Dm  | A  |
 

             F#m                      D
** Though I know I’ll ne-ver lose af-fec-tion
        G                       A
   For peop-le and things that went be-fore 
     F#m                                B7
   I know I’ll of-ten stop and think a-bout them
       D  - Dm           A
   In  my  life___ I’ll love you more

      (Riff)
   |    A     |     E     |
                        In  my___ life___ I’ll love you (more)
    (End Riff)                 (Hold)
   |    A     | E  -  E7  |     A     |
       more


Tabs: 

Riff: e|---5-------4-|    End Riff: e|---5-------4--4--2--4-5----|
      B|-2---2-3-5---|              B|-2---2-3-5-----------------|
      G|-------------|              G|---------------------------|
      D|-------------|              D|---------------------------|
      A|-------------|              A|---------------------------|
      E|-------------|              E|---------------------------|    

A Major

Red numbers: Finger positions/notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

Right-Handed Guitarist
            A                A7                 E                E7                E7
    e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|   e |---|---|---|
    B |---|-3-|---|   B |---|-3-|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|-4-|
    G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |-1-|---|---|   G |-1-|---|---|   G |-1-|---|---|
    D |---|-1-|---|   D |---|-1-|---|   D |---|-3-|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|
    A |---|---|---|   A |---|---|---|   A |---|-2-|---|   A |---|-2-|---|   A |---|-2-|---|
    E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|---|   E |---|---|---|
Frets   1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3 

           F#m                D                Dm                 G                B7
    e |-1-|---|---|   e |---|-2-|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |---|---|-3-|   e |---|-4-|---|
    B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|-3-|   B |---|---|-3-|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|---|
    G |-1-|---|---|   G |---|-1-|---|   G |---|-2-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|-3-|---|
    D |-1-|---|-4-|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |-1-|---|---|
    A |-1-|---|-3-|   A |---|---|---|x  A |---|---|---|x  A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|-2-|---|
    E |-1-|---|---|   E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|-2-|   E |---|---|---|x
Frets   2   3   4         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3 

Left-Handed Guitarist 
          A                A7                 E                E7                E7
    |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e
    |---|-3-|---| B   |---|-3-|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |-4-|---|---| B
    |---|-2-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|-1-| G   |---|---|-1-| G   |---|---|-1-| G
    |---|-1-|---| D   |---|-1-|---| D   |---|-3-|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D
    |---|---|---| A   |---|---|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A
   x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E
      3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1   Frets

         F#m                D                Dm                 G                B7
    |---|---|-1-| e   |---|-2-|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |-3-|---|---| e   |---|-4-|---| e
    |---|---|-1-| B   |-3-|---|---| B   |-3-|---|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |---|---|---| B
    |---|---|-1-| G   |---|-1-|---| G   |---|-2-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|-3-|---| G
    |-4-|---|-1-| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|---|-1-| D
    |-3-|---|-1-| A  x|---|---|---| A  x|---|---|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A   |---|-2-|---| A
    |---|---|-1-| E  x|---|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E   |-2-|---|---| E  x|---|---|---| E
      4   3   2         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1   Frets

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Fairly... need to know some barre chords
  • Song Key: A Major (3 Sharps - F# C# G#)
  • The introduction consists of a Riff which is written in Tab on the song sheet. It is played on the first 2 strings of the guitar (E & B string), between the 2nd and 5th frets.

    Notice there is a Riff and an End Riff. The Riff is played twice during the Intro, and once everywhere else. Each Riff is 2 bars in length, with the End Riff 3 bars in length.
  • If you can't read Tab, don't worry - you can just play an A chord for 1 bar followed by an E chord for 1 bar. It is very easy though... listen carefully and copy.

    There are several other positions that you can play it, but that position is the same as the Tab, and probably the easiest.
  • Wherever you see a hyphen between 2 chords, that means 2 beats for each chord, e.g., D - Dm means 2 beats on D and 2 beats on Dm. The same applies to F#m - A7, and E - E7.
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