Everyone's Waiting chords

by Missy Higgins

  • Everyone's Waiting was written by Missy Higgins & Dan Wilson.
  • The song was released as a single on June 19, 2012 from the album The Ol' Razzle Dazzle.
  • Music: Key of F# Major in 6/8 time at 160 bpm (♩)... charts below
  • Easier in F Major with less barre chords
  • Chords in F Major: F, B♭, B♭/F, B♭sus2, C, Csus2, C7, Gm, Dm, Dsus2
ASCII Chord Charts: number = fret, x = don't play, 0 = play open string, (B) Barre Chord
Chord Guitar Piano Chord Guitar Piano
F 133211 (B) F-A-C C x32010 C-E-G
Bb x13331 (B) Bb-D-F Csus2 x30033 C-D-G
Bb/F 113331 (B) F-Bb-D C7 x32310 C-E-G-Bb
Bbsus2 x13311 (B) Bb-C-F Dm xx0231 D-F-A
Gm 355333 (B) G-Bb-D Dsus2 xx0230 D-E-A

Everyone's Waiting by Missy Higgins

Capo on 1st fret if playing with the video
Intro: 6/8    
   | F        Bb/F  | F       |          Bb    | F    |
     Oo-oo-oo Oo-oo   Oo...     Oo-oo-oo Oo-oo   Oo...
   | Dm       Bb    | F       | C    -  C7  |  C   |
     Oo-oo-oo Oo-oo   Oo-oo-oo  Oo

     F            Bb       F
1. I know all the lines to say
       F           Bb         F
   The part I'm ex-pec-ted to play
       Dm         Bb       F             C  -  C7  |  C  |
   But in the ref-lec-tion I am worlds a-way

      F        Bb       F
2. As I put my cos-tume on
   F           Bb     F
   Eye-la-shes one by one
   Dm          Bb      F                  C  -  C7 
   Been do-ing this so long I can tie the knot
  C           Bb
   Be-hind my back

                        F      |  Bb  |
Chorus: And ev'ry-one's wait-ing
      Gm                  C                       F        Bb
        But it's get-ting hard-er to hear what my heart is say-ing
      Gm                 C
       'Cos ev'-ry-one's wait-ing...

   | F  -  Bb  | F    |  F  -  Bb  | F    | C  - C7  |   C   |

        F            Bb           F
2. Just swal-low and breathe, she says
              F              Bb           F
   Re-mem-ber this ain't for you it's for them
       Dm           Bb       F                      C  -  C7 
   And all of those pain-ful les-sons you've had to learn
  C                    Bb      C   |  C  -  C7  |
   You got-ta use them now or  ne-ver...

       C                 F      |  Bb  |
Chorus: 'Cos ev'ry-one's wait-ing
      Gm                 C                       F           Bb
        But it's getting hard-er to hear what my heart keeps say-ing
        Gm                      C
        Turn it off___ I wan-na turn it all off

   |  Dm  | Dsus2  |  C  | Csus2  | Bb  | Bbsus2 | Gm  -  Am  | Bb  -  C  |

   | F        Bb/F  | F       |          Bb    | F    | C  -  C7  |   C   |
     Oo-oo-oo Oo-oo   Oo...     Oo-oo-oo Oo-oo   Oo...

                         F      |  Bb  |
Chorus: When ev'ry-one's wait-ing
      Gm            C                       F           Bb
        It makes it hard-er to hear what my heart keeps say-ing
        Gm                      C
        Turn it off___ I wan-na turn it all off

      F                  Bb
Chorus: But ev'-ry-one's wait-ing 
      Gm            C                         F          Bb
        I hear that an-swers ap-pear when you just stand still
            Gm                        C
        But make it all___ How do you make it all stop
        When ev'-ry-one's wait-ing
      C                        |  Dm   |  Dsus2  |   Bb   |
        Ev'-ry-one's wait-ing... 

Chord Charts 🗝 F Major

Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords on frets & strings
White Numbered Circles: Optional Notes / player preference only
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings    R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string     B: Bass Note

Right Handed Charts:

Please Note: The open Bb chord is in actual fact - Bb/F - xx3331 - Notes: F-Bb-D-F (Bb leading with an F bass note).

Left Handed Charts:


  • Level Of Ease: Moderate in F Major- you will need to know some barre chords. (B♭, Gm and maybe F depending on your preference).
  • Song Key: F major (1 flat- Bb )
  • 6/8 Time: 6 eighth-note beats per bar, therefore the count is | 1 2 3 4 5 6 |, etc.
  • Tempo: approx. 160 bpm with various fluctuations throughout the song.
  • This song uses sus2 chords which work very well. A suspended 2nd chord is simply a chord which playes a major 2nd instead of a major 3rd, therefore the chord formula is 1 - 2 - 5... the tonic followed by a major 2nd followed by a perfect 5th, e.g., Dsus2 is made up of the notes, D E A while, Csus2 is made up of C - D - G, and Bbsus2 is made up of B♭ - C - F.
  • Wherever you see a hyphen between 2 chords in a bar means the timing count in that bar is halved for each chord, e.g., | F - B♭ | means 3 beats on F and 3 beats on Bb. Remember the timing is 6 beats per bar.
  • Visit the guitar chords page for help with any chords.
  • I have used a live version, as the official video has too many distractions like waves crashing and quite a long gap without music towards the end. It may become annoying if you are playing along with the song.
  • Great song - talented artist... official video
  • Official Website: missyhiggins.com
  • Wikipedia: Missy Higgins
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