I’ve been looking for chords or tab to David Baerwald‘s beautiful song “Born for Love” for a year or more. I fooled around with it on the guitar, and found a few of the chords used, but couldn’t make a good arrangement to play it.
Yesterday I found a video of David Baerwald playing Born for Love live at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in LA on March 31, 2017. I was looking for any evidence of how to play the song. Baerwald’s music stand obscures his fret hand, but that probably doesn’t matter, as he far outclasses me as a player. On the other hand (literally), I could see his sideman Brady Cohan (who also far outclasses me) playing, and David helpfully asks in the video “are we all capoed up?”, which helped me out a lot.
By the way, this show, and this band look stellar – I haven’t had a chance to watch the whole thing, but the entire Baerwald Live at McCabe’s video is on Vimeo for your entertainment!
I didn’t particularly want to enrich any of the commercial tab sites, though I figure they’ll find and screen-scrape this anyway, but here goes: my imperfect chord-out for Born for Love, along with some playing instructions.
Copyright to the lyrics rests entirely with the copyright-holder(s). They’re reproduced here to help you learn to play this beautiful song. Enjoy.
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Born for Love - David Baerwald Live at McCabes, March 31, 2017 - Sideman's Guitar chords.
Standard Tuning: EADGBE Capo 2 Open strings with capo: F# B E A C# f# Arpeggiate these chords. Read: Chord shape (Actual chord) Strings 654321 --------------- ------ G (A) 320003 Arp 6432 D (E) xx0232 Arp 4321 Hammer string 1 Eb (F) xx103x Play 432 1x before Em (F) Em (F#m) 022000 Arp 6432 Em7 (F#m7) 020000 Play 6432 1x before C (D) C (D) x32010 Arp 5432 Hammer string 4 Dadd11 (Eadd11) x54030 Arp 5432 Slide up from C (D) Chords - by shape: Verse 1: G Every morning, when I rise D Eb I wipe the sleep out from my eyes Em Em7 Ask myself the question why C ->Dadd11 Oh why was I born Verse 2: G I go out wandering the ripped up streets D Eb Bodies on the sidewalk huddling for heat Em Em7 The whole world looking like some losing streak C ->Dadd11 Why was I born? Verse 3: G I get home and you're not there D Eb But your clothes are hanging and your scent's in the air Em Em7 If it aint an answer I don't care C Why I was born Chorus: Em I was born to love you. C ->Dadd11 I was born to love you, Oh... G C G I was born for love Verse 4: Last year I saw those pearly gates Tried to shove my way through; they said you gotta wait You've got to get some questions straight Like why you were born Verse 5: They said what do you think, that it was made for you Why should anyone care what it is you do? The course gets set you got to see it through That's why you were born Verse 6: I got up; I saw them all All God's creatures great and small It came in clear as a local call Why I was born Chorus: I was born to love you I was born to love you I was born for love… Outro: cycle Em, G