Set Fire To The Rain chords & lyrics

by Adele

  • Set Fire To The Rain was written by Adele Atkins & Fraser T. Smith.
  • Recorded: 2010
  • Released: July 4, 2011
  • Album: 21.
  • Music: Key of D Minor in 4/4 time at 108 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: Dm, F, C, Bb, Gm, Am

Set Fire To The Rain by Adele

Intro: 4/4       
          |   Dm   |    F    |    C    |   Gm   | 

             Dm        F                 C                Gm
1. I let it fall, my heart___ And as it fell you rose to claim it
           Dm            F                     C
   It was dark and I was o-ver___ Un-til you kissed my lips and you saved me

       Dm              F                C                 Gm
2. My hands, they're strong___ But my knees were far too weak
       Dm            F                C
   To stand in your arms___ With-out fal-ling to your feet

                       Bb                Gm
Bridge: But there's a side to you that I ne-ver knew, ne-ver knew
                  Dm
        All the things you'd say, they were ne-ver true, ne-ver true
                 Bb                          C
        And the games you'd play, you would  al-ways win, al-ways win

                   Dm                             C  
Chorus: But I set fire to the rain___ Watched it pour as I touched your face
                   Gm
        Well, it burned while I cried___ 'Cause I heard it  
                            Dm           C
        Screaming out your name___ Your name

          Dm        F              C           Gm
3. When I lay with you___ I could stay there, close my eyes
             Dm      F                C
   Feel you here for-e-ver___ You and me to-ge-ther, noth-ing gets bet-ter

                         Bb                Gm
Bridge:'Cause there's a side to you that I ne-ver knew, ne-ver knew
                  Dm
        All the things you'd say, they were ne-ver true, ne-ver true
                 Bb                         C      
        And the games you'd play, you would al-ways win, al-ways win

                   Dm                             C  
Chorus: But I set fire to the rain___ Watched it pour as I touched your face
                   Gm
        Well, it burned while I cried___ 'Cause I heard it  
                            Dm           C
        Screaming out your name___ Your name

               Dm                             C
Chorus: I set fire to the rain___ And I threw us in-to the flames
                  Gm
        Well, it felt some-thing died 'cause I knew that that was
                  Bb               C
        The last time___ The last time

                   Bb                F
Bridge: Some-times I wake up by the door
                         Am                     C
        That heart you caught must be wait-ing for ya'-a
              Bb                       F
        E-ven now when we're al-rea-dy o-ver
                 Am                         C
        I can't help my-self from look-ing for ya'-a 

                   Dm                             C  
Chorus: But I set fire to the rain___ Watched it pour as I touched your face
                   Gm
        Well, it burned while I cried___ 'Cause I heard it  
                            Dm           C
        Screaming out your name___ Your name

               Dm                             C
Chorus: I set fire to the rain___ And I threw us in-to the flames
                  Gm
        Well, it felt some-thing died 'cause I knew that that was
                  Bb               C
        The last time___ The last time___ Oh...

        |   Dm   |   Dm   |   C   |   C    |   Gm   |   Gm   |   Dm   |   C   | 
Outro:      Oh...                      Let it burn       Oh-oh-o-oh    Oh-oh
        |   Dm   |   Dm   |   C   |   C    |   Gm   |   Gm   |   Bb   |   C   | 
    Let it burn...            Oo...     Let it bu...                     ...urn

D Minor

Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
Column with the same numbers: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string

Right Handed Charts:

Left Handed Charts:

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Fairly Easy, although you will need to know some barre chords.
  • Song Key: Dm (1 flat - B♭)
  • 4/4 Time: 4 quarter-note/crotchet beats per bar. Each bar can be counted as | 1 2 3 4 |or | 1& 2& 3& 4& |...
  • You can replace the F chord with a Fmaj7 chord... see what you think. There are several options:
    Fmaj7: xx3210 / 103210 / 102210 / xx3555
  • Standard chord progression for Dm: Dm - Edim - F - Gm - Am - B♭ - C
    You can see that most of the chords for a standard Dm progression were used for this song. Remember that Dm is the relative minor of F Major which has a key signature of 1 flat - B♭.
  • Usually a song finishes on the key chord of the song which would be Dm in this instance. Adele finishes on a C major chord which leaves you hanging, and in this instance works well.
  • Tip of the day: If it sounds good, use it!
  • Theory is a great tool, but don't let it stifle your creativity. Learn to rely on your ears as much as you rely on your theory.
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