We Can Work It Out chords & lyrics

by The Beatles

  • We Can Work It Out was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon.
  • Recorded: EMI Studios in London from the 20th - 29th October, 1965.
  • Released as a double-sided single with 'Day Tripper' on December 3, 1965 in the UK, and December 6, 1965 in the US.
  • Albums: 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, A7sus4, Bm, Bm7, G6, Gmaj7, F#7sus4, F#7

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              A7sus4  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              A7sus4  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#sus4    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#sus4   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              A7sus4  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#sus4    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#sus4   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              A7sus4  A7  | D - G  |  D  |
** We can work it out___ We can work it ou   -  out...

D 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 Charts:

Please Note: You can replace Dsus2 with Dsus4. You can play either or both.

In the bridge on the 3rd line: 

F#7sus4    F#7           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#7sus4    F#7           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  

Left Handed Charts:

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