Avalon chords

by Roxy Music ft. Brian Ferry

Avalon was written by Bryan Ferry from the band Roxy Music. It was recorded between 1981 and 1982 and the single was released in June, 1982 from the album Avalon.

Music: Key of F Major in 4/4 time at ~ 136 bpm (♩)
Chords: F, C, Csus4, B♭, G, E♭add9, D♭
Easier - Capo on 3rd fret: Play in D Major
Chords with Capo: D, A, Asus4, G, E, Cadd9, B♭
Roxy Music

Avalon by Roxy Music

Intro: 4/4 | Bass Run |  
   |    E    |    E    |    E    |    E    |      

 D          A             G          A
1. Now the par-ty's over___ I'm so tired
 D         A               G        A    
   Then I see you co-ming___ Out of no-where
 D          A               G      A    
   Much com-mu-ni-ca-tion___  In a mo-tion
 D           A               G      A    
   With-out con-ver-sa-tion___ Or a no-tion

        |Cadd9  |Bb  |Asus4  |A   | Cadd9  |Bb  |Asus4  |E  |E  |
Chorus:                        Ava - lon

 D           A                G        A
2. When the sam-ba takes you___ Out of no-where     
 D          A                     G        A
   And the back-ground's fa-ding___ Out of fo-cus
 D          A                     G        A
   Yes the pic-ture's  chan-ging___ Ev'-ry mo-ment
 D           A              G            A
   And your des-ti-na-tion___ You don't know it

 
        |Cadd9  |Bb  |Asus4  |A   | Cadd9  |Bb  |Asus4  |E  |E  |
Chorus:                        Ava - lon


        |  E  |  A  |  E  | A     |  E  |  A  |  E  |  A  |
Bridge:                      Oo-oo   Oo

        |  E         |     A      |     E     |     A     |
          Dan-cing        Dan-cing 

        |     E      |     A      |     E     |     A     |
          Dan-cing        Dan-cing 

 D           A             G             A
3. When you bos-sa-no-va___  There's no hol-ding
 D            A                G        A
   Would you have me dan-cing___ Out of no-where


        |Cadd9  |Bb  |Asus4  |A   | Cadd9  |Bb  |Asus4  |E  |E  |
Chorus:                        Ava - lon


Instrumental:
        |  D  |  A  |  G  |  A  |  D  |  A  |  G  |  A  |

        ||:   D    |     A     |  G  |  A  :|| 
Outro:          Ava  -  lon  Oo  ooh...       (repeat to fade - female vocals: ad-lib)

D 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 Chord Tabs                        
            D                   A                 Asus4                 G 
    e |---|-2-|---|     e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|-3-|
    B |---|---|-3-|     B |---|-3-|---|     B |---|---|-4-|     B |---|---|---|
    G |---|-1-|---|     G |---|-2-|---|     G |---|-2-|---|     G |---|---|---|
    D |---|---|---|     D |---|-1-|---|     D |---|-1-|---|     D |---|---|---|
    A |---|---|---|x    A |---|---|---|     A |---|---|---|     A |---|-1-|---|
    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|-2-|
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3 

            E                 Cadd9                Bb
    e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|     e |-1-|---|---|
    B |---|---|---|     B |---|---|-4-|     B |-1-|---|-4-|
    G |-1-|---|---|     G |---|---|---|     G |-1-|---|-3-|
    D |---|-3-|---|     D |---|-2-|---|     D |-1-|---|-2-|
    A |---|-2-|---|     A |---|---|-3-|     A |-1-|---|---|
    E |---|---|---|     E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3


Left-Handed Chord Tabs   
          D                   A                 Asus4                 G
    |---|-2-|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |-3-|---|---| e
    |-3-|---|---| B     |---|-3-|---| B     |-4-|---|---| B     |---|---|---| B
    |---|-1-|---| G     |---|-2-|---| G     |---|-2-|---| G     |---|---|---| G
    |---|---|---| D     |---|-1-|---| D     |---|-1-|---| D     |---|---|---| D
   x|---|---|---| A     |---|---|---| A     |---|---|---| A     |---|-1-|---| A
   x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E     |-2-|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets
      
          E                 Cadd9                Bb
    |---|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |---|---|-1-|
    |---|---|---| B     |-4-|---|---| B     |-4-|---|-1-| B
    |---|---|-1-| G     |---|---|---| G     |-3-|---|-1-| G
    |---|-3-|---| D     |---|-2-|---| D     |-2-|---|-1-| D
    |---|-2-|---| A     |-3-|---|---| A     |---|---|-1-| A
    |---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets
      
Please Note: Bb can also be played by replacing fingers 2,3, and 4 with a 
            mini-barre using the 3rd finger.

Notes

  • Level of Ease: Easy with capo
  • You can play the B♭ using a mini-barre with your 3rd finger over strings 2, 3, and 4 on the 3rd fret.
  • Asus4 can be played using the 3rd finger instead of the 4th... I have used the 4th finger as it is easy to play from the 'A' chord position where you simply add the 4th finger to an existing chord.
  • Cadd9 can be played using the normal C chord finger positions and adding the 4th finger - if you play it like this and want to play the optional note, you will need to play strings 5 & 6 with the 2nd finger. Try the chart version - it's like an E shape played on strings 4, 5 and 6, instead of 3, 4, and 5... and you get to play the optional note with a minimum of fuss.
  • Cadd9 mustn't be confused with C9...
    Cadd9 is a C chord with an added 9th - formula 1-3-5-9
    C9 is a C7 chord with an added 9th - formula 1-3-5-♭7-9
  • The Cadd9 is a beautiful chord and when used in the right context, can sound amazing. It's a very easy chord, and a great chord to have in your repertoire.
  • Ad-lib is Latin for 'at liberty', which means 'at one's pleasure'. You will notice this at the end of the song where the female vocalist sings wherever the mood takes her... and she does it very well.
  • Key transposition for the original key of F Major: use the free service above for all other transpositions.
Capo-3rd fret: D Major D A Asus4 G E Cadd9 B♭
Key: F Major F C Csus4 B♭ G E♭add9 D♭
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