Avalon chords & lyrics

by Roxy Music

  • Avalon was written by Bryan Ferry from the band Roxy Music.
  • Recorded: between 1981 and 1982
  • Released: June, 1982 from the album Avalon
  • Music: Key of F Major in 4/4 time at ~ 136 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: F, C, Csus4, B♭, G, E♭add9, D♭
  • Easier: Play in D Major - Capo on 3rd fret if playing with video
  • Chords in D Major: D, A, Asus4, G, E, Cadd9, B♭

Avalon by Roxy Music

Intro: 4/4 | Bass Run |  
   |    E    |    E    |    E    |    E    |      

 D          A             G          A
1. Now the par-ty's over___ I'm so tired
 D         A               G        A    
   Then I see you co-ming___ Out of no-where
 D          A               G      A    
   Much com-mu-ni-ca-tion___  In a mo-tion
 D           A               G      A    
   With-out con-ver-sa-tion___ Or a no-tion

        |Cadd9  |Bb  |Asus4  |A   | Cadd9  |Bb  |Asus4  |E  |E  |
Chorus:                        Ava - lon

 D           A                G        A
2. When the sam-ba takes you___ Out of no-where     
 D          A                     G        A
   And the back-ground's fa-ding___ Out of fo-cus
 D          A                     G        A
   Yes the pic-ture's  chan-ging___ Ev'-ry mo-ment
 D           A              G            A
   And your des-ti-na-tion___ You don't know it

        |Cadd9  |Bb  |Asus4  |A   | Cadd9  |Bb  |Asus4  |E  |E  |
Chorus:                        Ava - lon

        |  E  |  A  |  E  | A     |  E  |  A  |  E  |  A  |
Bridge:                      Oo-oo   Oo

        |  E         |     A      |     E     |     A     |
          Dan-cing        Dan-cing 

        |     E      |     A      |     E     |     A     |
          Dan-cing        Dan-cing 

 D           A             G             A
3. When you bos-sa-no-va___  There's no hol-ding
 D            A                G        A
   Would you have me dan-cing___ Out of no-where

        |Cadd9  |Bb  |Asus4  |A   | Cadd9  |Bb  |Asus4  |E  |E  |
Chorus:                        Ava - lon

        |  D  |  A  |  G  |  A  |  D  |  A  |  G  |  A  |

        ||:   D    |     A     |  G  |  A  :|| 
Outro:          Ava  -  lon  Oo  ooh...       (repeat to fade - female vocals: ad-lib)

🗝️ 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

Right Handed Charts:

Left Handed Charts:


  • Level of Ease: Easy with capo
  • You can play the B♭ using a mini-barre with your 3rd finger over strings 2, 3, and 4 on the 3rd fret.
  • Asus4 can be played using the 3rd finger instead of the 4th... I have used the 4th finger as it is easy to play from the 'A' chord position where you simply add the 4th finger to an existing chord.
  • Cadd9 can be played using the normal C chord finger positions and adding the 4th finger - if you play it like this and want to play the optional note, you will need to play strings 5 & 6 with the 2nd finger. Try the chart version - it's like an E shape played on strings 4, 5 and 6, instead of 3, 4, and 5... and you get to play the optional note with a minimum of fuss.
  • Cadd9 mustn't be confused with C9...
    Cadd9 is a C chord with an added 9th - formula 1-3-5-9
    C9 is a C7 chord with an added 9th - formula 1-3-5-♭7-9
  • The Cadd9 is a beautiful chord and when used in the right context, can sound amazing. It's a very easy chord, and a great chord to have in your repertoire.
  • Ad-lib is Latin for 'at liberty', which means 'at one's pleasure'. You will notice this at the end of the song where the female vocalist sings wherever the mood takes her... and she does it very well.
  • Key transposition for the original key of F Major: use the free service above for all other transpositions.
Capo-3rd fret: D Major D A Asus4 G E Cadd9 B♭
Key: F Major F C Csus4 B♭ G E♭add9 D♭
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