Blue Ain’t Your Color chords

by Keith Urban

Blue Ain’t Your Color was written by Steven Lee Olsen, Hillary Lindsey, and Clint Lagerberg.

Recorded: 2016

Released: 8 August 2016

Album: Ripcord

Music: Key of G Major in 12/8 time at 55 bpm

Chords: G, G/B, Am, Bm, C, C/G, D, Em

Skill Level: Beginner

Chart Legend
Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords   O: Optional Note
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings   R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string    B: Bass Note
G Major G/B Am Bm Barre Chord Bm C Major C/G D Major Em
G Major G/B Am Bm Barre Chord Bm C Major C/G D Major Em

Blue Ain’t Your Color

Song Key is highlighted - Transpose to any other key
           G
1. I can... See you o-ver there,  Star-ing at your drink
                                     Am
   Watch-in' that ice sink     All a-lone to-night
       C                                    D    
   And  chan-ces are   You're sit-tin' here in this bar
                         G
  'Cause he ain't gon-na treat you right
  
              
2. Well, it's prob-ab-ly not my place,  But I'm gon-na say it any-way
         Am  
  'Cause you look like
       C                                      D
   You  haven't felt the fire   Had a lit-tle fun
                      G
   Hadn't had a smile  in a lit-tle while... Ba-by

    G                         Am
CH: Blue... looks good on the sky
                       C
    Looks good on that neon buz-zin' on the wall
        D                             G 
    But darl-ing, it don't match your eyes
                 G                          Am   
    I'm tel-lin' you... You don't need that guy
                      C                           D
    It's so black and white   He's steal-in' your thun-der
           C    Bm        Am         G
    Ba-by, blue ain't your  col-or |   (I'm not try'na)|

                  G
3. I'm not try'na  Be a-noth-er just 'pick you up'
                                   Am
   Kin-da guy  Try'na drink you up Try'na take you home
                C                                    D
   But I just... I don't un-der-stand  How a-noth-er man
                               G
   Can take your sun  And turn it ice cold


4. Well, I've had e-nough to drink
                                    Am
   And it's mak-in' Me think that I just might
            C                                D
   Tell you  if I were a paint-er I wouldn't change ya
            G
   I'd just paint you bright... Ba-by

           G                         Am
CH: 'Cause Blue... looks good on the sky
                       C
    Looks good on that neon buz-zin' on the wall
        D                             G 
    But darl-ing, it don't match your eyes
                 G                          Am   
    I'm tel-lin' you... You don't need that guy
                      C                           D
    It's so black and white   He's steal-in' your thund-er
           C    Bm        Am
    Ba-by, blue ain't your  col-or... 
    
             Em         Am                     Em       C
    Instr: | No no no |   (ain't your col-or)| ba-by |     |
    
    G                     Am
CH: Blue... looks good on the sky
                       C
    Looks good on that neon buz-zin' on the wall
        D                             G 
    But darl-ing, it don't match your eyes
                 G                          Am   
    I'm tel-lin' you... You don't need that guy
                      C                           D
    It's so black and white   He's steal-in' your thund-er
           C    Bm        Am
    Ba-by, blue ain't your  col-or... 
    C    G/B        Am        C/G    G                 C/G 
    Blue ain't your   col-or, mmm, | mmm  No, no ba-by     |
     G                     C/G   
    | Huh, come here, ba-by     |
     G                           C/G   G     C/G    G
    | Let me light up your world     | / / / /   |  𝄑  |
    

Notes:

12/8 time means that there are 12 beats in each bar where every beat is equal to an eighth note. 

At 55 bpm the beat occurs on every dotted quarter note, and each dotted quarter note is equivalent to 3 eighth notes. If I were to count each beat it would look like this:
| 1&&  2&&  3&&  4&& |

12/8 is a form of "Compound Time"  consisting of dotted notes for beats, each divisible into 3 equal parts . In this song, we have 4 dotted notes each divisible into 3 equal parts. For more information about timing and much more, you can visit our Time Signature page.

The song could also be played in 6/8 time - 6 eighth notes per bar. The tempo in this case would be set at 165 bpm where the metronome plays on each eighth note beat where the underlying grouping of three eighth notes would still be present. Here's how the count would look like in 6/8 time at 165 bpm:
| 1&&  2&& | or simply | 123 456 |

The choice between 12/8 and 6/8 can be a matter of stylistic preference or how the music is written.

Some musicians might find it easier to read and count in 12/8 because it explicitly shows the triplet subdivisions within each beat, where others might prefer 6/8 with a faster tempo for a more concise notation. The choice is yours.

I prefer 12/8 in this song as the feel of the song with the bass drum and snare lends itself to this timing with the slower tempo:
Kick (1&&) - Snare(2&&) - Kick(3&&) - Snare (4&&)

Beginners can replace Bm with G/B. It's much easier to play and sounds fine.

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