We Can Work It Out chords & lyrics

by The Beatles

We Can Work It Out was written by Paul McCartney and Jon Lennon - recorded at EMI Studios in London from the 20th - 29th October, 1965. It was released as a double-sided single with 'Day Tripper' on December 3, 1965 in the UK, and December 6, 1965 in the US. The song has been included on several albums: The Beatles 1962 - 1966 (The Red Album), Past Masters (Vols. 1 & 2), and perhaps the most popular, The Beatles 1.

Music: Key of D Major in 4/4 time at ~ 108 bpm (♩)
Chords: D, Dsus2, C, G, A7, A7sus, Bm, Bm7, G6, Gmaj7, F#7sus, F#7
The Beatles

We Can Work It Out by The Beatles

Intro: 4/4 

  D               Dsus2  D
1. Try  to  see it  my  way
                Dsus2
   Do I have to keep on talk-ing
    C              D
   Till I can't go on?
  D                 Dsus2  D
   While you see it your  way
                   Dsus2
   Run the risk of know-ing that
        C                D
   Our love may soon be gone
   G               D     G              A7sus  A7
** We can work it out___ We can work it ou  -  out

  D                    Dsus2   D
2. Think of what you're say - ing
                  Dsus2
   You can get it wrong and still
         C                   D
   You think that it's all right
  D                 Dsus2   D
   Think of what I'm say - ing
                 Dsus2
   We can work it out and
             C                   D
   Get it straight or say good-night
   G               D     G              A7sus  A7
** We can work it out___ We can work it ou  -  out

         Bm
Bridge: Life is ve-ry short
             Bm7        G6 
        And there's no time
   F#sus    F#7           Bm            Bm7 | Gmaj7  - Bm | 
        For fus-sing and fight-ing, my friend
        Bm
        I have al-ways thought
             Bm7     G6 
        That it's a crime
   F#sus   F#7    Bm      Bm7  | Gmaj7  - Bm | 
        So I will ask you once a-gain

  D              Dsus2  D
3. Try to see it  my   way
  D                Dsus2
   On-ly time will tell
             C             D
   If I am right or I am wrong
D                   Dsus2  D
   While you see it your  way
                        Dsus2
   There's a chance that  we  might
           C                D
   Fall a-part be-fore too long
   G               D     G              A7sus  A7
** We can work it out___ We can work it ou  -  out

         Bm
Bridge: Life is ve-ry short
             Bm7        G6 
        And there's no time
   F#sus    F#7           Bm            Bm7 | Gmaj7  - Bm| 
        For fus-sing and fight-ing, my friend
        Bm
        I have al-ways thought
             Bm7     G6 
        That it's a crime
   F#sus   F#7    Bm      Bm7  | Gmaj7  - Bm | 
        So I will ask you once a-gain

  D              Dsus2  D
4. Try to see it  my   way
  D                Dsus2
   On-ly time will tell
            C              D
   If I am right or I am wrong
  D                 Dsus2  D
   While you see it your  way
                        Dsus2
   There's a chance that  we  might
           C                D
   Fall a-part be-fore too long
   G               D     G              A7sus  A7  | D - G  |  D  |
** We can work it out___ We can work it ou  -  out...

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 Guitarist
          D              Dsus2              C                G              A7sus            A7
   e|---|-2-|---|   e|---|---|---|   e|---|---|---|   e|---|---|-3-|   e|---|---|---|   e|---|---|---|
   B|---|---|-3-|   B|---|---|-3-|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|---|---|---|   B|---|---|-3-|   B|---|-2-|---|
   G|---|-1-|---|   G|---|-1-|---|   G|---|---|---|   G|---|---|---|   G|---|---|---|   G|---|---|---|
   D|---|---|---|   D|---|---|---|   D|---|-2-|---|   D|---|---|---|   D|---|-1-|---|   D|---|-1-|---|
   A|---|---|---|x  A|---|---|---|x  A|---|---|-3-|   A|---|-1-|---|   A|---|---|---|   A|---|---|---|
   E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|-2-|   E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x
Frets  1   2   3       1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3

          Bm              Bm7              G6              Gmaj7           F#7sus             F#7
   e|-1-|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|---|---|---|   e|---|-1-|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|
   B|-1-|-2-|---|   B|-1-|-2-|---|   B|---|---|---|   B|---|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|
   G|-1-|---|-4-|   G|-1-|---|---|   G|---|---|---|   G|---|---|---|   G|-1-|---|-4-|   G|-1-|-2-|---|
   D|-1-|---|-3-|   D|-1-|---|-3-|   D|---|-2-|---|   D|---|---|---|   D|-1-|---|---|   D|-1-|---|---|
   A|-1-|---|---|   A|-1-|---|---|   A|---|-1-|---|   A|---|-2-|---|   A|-1-|---|-3-|   A|-1-|---|-3-|
   E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|-3-|   E|---|---|-3-|   E|-1-|---|---|   E|-1-|---|---| 
Frets 2   3   4        2   3   4        1   2   3        1   2   3        2   3   4        2   3   4 


Left-Handed Guitarist 
       D              Dsus2              C                G              A7sus             A7
 |---|-2-|---|e   |---|---|---|e   |---|---|---|e   |-3-|---|---|e   |---|---|---|e   |---|---|---|e
 |-3-|---|---|B   |-3-|---|---|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|---|B   |-3-|---|---|B   |---|-2-|---|B
 |---|-1-|---|G   |---|-1-|---|G   |---|---|---|G   |---|---|---|G   |---|---|---|G   |---|---|---|G
 |---|---|---|D   |---|---|---|D   |---|-2-|---|D   |---|---|---|D   |---|-1-|---|D   |---|-1-|---|D
x|---|---|---|A  x|---|---|---|A  x|-3-|---|---|A   |---|-1-|---|A   |---|---|---|A   |---|---|---|A
x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|-2-|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E
   3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1  Frets
      
      Bm               Bm7              G6              Gmaj7           F#7sus             F#7
 |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|---|e   |---|-1-|---|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|-1-|e
 |---|-2-|-1-|B   |---|-2-|-1-|B   |---|---|---|B   |---|---|---|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|-1-|B
 |-4-|---|-1-|G   |---|---|-1-|G   |---|---|---|G   |---|---|---|G   |-4-|---|-1-|G   |---|-2-|-1-|G
 |-3-|---|-1-|D   |-3-|---|-1-|D   |---|-2-|---|D   |---|---|---|D   |---|---|-1-|D   |---|---|-1-|D
 |---|---|-1-|A   |---|---|-1-|A   |---|-1-|---|A   |---|-2-|---|A   |-3-|---|-1-|A   |-3-|---|-1-|A
x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E   |-3-|---|---|E   |-3-|---|---|E   |---|---|---|E   |---|---|-1-|E
   4   3   2        4   3   2        3   2   1        3   2   1        4   3   2        4   3   2    Frets
   
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Please Note: You can replace Dsus2 with Dsus4. You can play either or both. In the bridge on the 3rd line: F#sus F# Bm Bm7 | Gmaj7 - Bm | ** For fus-sing and fight-ing, my friend If you are finger-picking, you can play the leading bass notes in a run like so: F#sus F# Bm Bm/A | Bm/G - Bm/F# | ** For fus-sing and fight-ing, my friend Bm Bm/A Bm/G Bm/F# e|-1-|---|---| e|-1-|---|---| e|---|---|---|x e|---|---|---|x B|-1-|-2-|---| B|---|-2-|---| B|---|-2-|---| B|---|-2-|---| G|-1-|---|-4-| G|---|---|-4-| G|---|---|-4-| G|---|---|-4-| D|-1-|---|-3-| D|---|---|-3-| D|---|---|-3-| D|---|---|-3-| A|-1-|---|---| A|---|---|---| A|---|---|---|x A|---|---|---|x E|---|---|---|x E|---|---|---|x E|---|-1-|---| E|-1-|---|---| Frets 2 3 4 2 3 4 2 3 4 2 3 4
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