I Shall Be Released chords & lyrics
by Maroon 5
- I Shall Be Released was written by Bob Dylan in 1968.
- Maroon 5 recorded the song which was released in 2012 on the album Chimes OF Freedom... 4 disc compilation album of Bob Dylan Songs honoring 50 years of Amnesty International.
- Music: Key of A Major in 4/4 time at ~ 120 bpm
- Chords: Bm, A, C#m, E7, E9sus4
I Shall Be Released by Maroon 5
Intro:4/4 | (piano) | A Bm | Bm | 1. They say ev'-ry-thing can be re-placed C#m E7 A | A | That ev'ry dis-tance is not near A Bm | Bm | So I re-mem-ber ev'ry face C#m E7 A | A | Ev'-ry man who put me here___ Oh... A Bm | Bm | Chorus: I see my light come shi-ning C#m E7 A | A | From the west unto the east___ Yeah yeah... A Bm A-ny day now___ A-ny day now C#m E7 A | A | I shall be re-leased A Bm | Bm | 2. They say ev'ry man needs some pro-tec-tion C#m E7 A | A | Say ev'ry man must fall A Bm | Bm | Yet I swear I see my re-flec-tion___ Yeah... C#m E7 A | A | There so high a-bove this wall___ Yeah... Oh... A Bm | Bm | Chorus: I see my light come shi-ning C#m E7 A | A | From the west un-to the east___ Yeah A Bm A-ny day now___ A-ny day now C#m E7 A | A | I shall be re-leased Instr: | A | A | Bm | Bm | C#m | E7 | A | A | | A | A | Bm | Bm | C#m | E7 | A | A | ...Oh Woah-oh A Bm | Bm | 3. Stan-din' next to me in this lone-ly crowd C#m E7 A | A | There's a man that swears he's not to blame A Bm | Bm | All day long I hear him shout so loud___ Yeah... C#m E7 A | A | Crying out that he was framed___ Oh... Yeah yeah yeah... A Bm | Bm | Chorus: I see my light come shi-ning C#m E7 | A | A | From the west unto the east...Yeah yeah A Bm A-ny day now___ A-ny day now C#m E7 A | A | I shall be re-leased___ Yeah yeah... Oh... A Bm A-ny day now___ A-ny day now C#m E7 A I shall be... re-le-eased...
🗝️ A 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
Right Handed Charts:
Left Handed Charts:
- Easy to play - suitable for beginners
- You can replace E7 with E9sus4 if you like. They share similar notes and both chords sound fine. Beginners can start with E7 but persevere with the E9sus4 as it does sit a little better in the mix.
- Formula for a 7th chord: 1-3-5-♭7 ... E7 = E - G# - B - D
- Formula for a 9sus4 chord: 1-4-5-♭7-9 ... E9sus4 = E - A - B - D - F#
- E9sus4 - on the chart above, I have used the 1st finger for each note on the 2nd fret. This would be played as a barre similar to the Bm and C#m chords above, without fingers 3 & 4. This is perhaps the easiest way to play it, but you can use alternate finger positions if you like.
- You can also play a Bm instead of the E7 - that also sounds fine.