How To Play Violet Hill

Piano Diana: Coldplay
English: Coldplay: Jonny Buckland, Will Champion, Chris Martin and Guy Berryman. BBC Television Centre, London (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It's been awhile since I posted Coldplay's Violet Hill. I originally got the chords online but as I played through it and listened to the song, I began to see that it was a bit off. Over the years, I've had high school students requesting Coldplay music because the kids like the modern music. This particular song was written in 2008 by Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland, Will Champion and Chris Martin. It's played in the Key of E with a 4/4 Time Signature (moody rock) Here are the correct chords to use.

Chord Chart

VERSE 1

C#m
Was a long and dark December
                                        B/C#
From the rooftops I remember
                  A  B/A         F#m  C#/E#  E
There was snow, white snow
 B/D#        C#m
Clearly I remember from the windows
                    B/C#                     A
They were watching while we froze
B/A        F#m  C#/E#  E
Down below

CHORUS:

B/D#             A
When the future's architecture d
              B                         C#m
By a carnival of idiots on show
                       B6
You better lie low
 G#m7  A E G#m E          C#m B C#m
If you love me, won’t you let me know?

VERSE 2:

C#m
Was a long and dark December
                                                 B/C#
When the banks became cathedrals
             A     B/A      F#m  C#/E#  E
And the fog became God
C#m
Priests clutched onto bibles
                                        B/C#
Hallowed out to fit their rifles
               A       B/A        F#m  C#/E#  E
And the cross was held aloft

CHORUS:

 B/D#      A
Bury me in honor…
                B
When I’m dead and hit the ground
                    C#m        B6
A love back home, unfolds
 G#m7         G#m   E         C#m B C#m
If you love me, won’t you let me know ?

SOLO:
C#m C#m A F#m x2

CHORUS:

B/D#             A
I don’t wanna to be a soldier
                 B
With a captain of some sinking ship
         C#m
With snow
        B6
Far below
G#m7      A G#m    E             C#m B  C#m
So, if you love me, won't you let me know?

OUTRO:

A/C#        C#m F#m7    E    C#m B6
I took my love down to Violet Hill
 A      B   C#m  G#m  A
There we sat in snow
       B   C#m F#m 7    E  C#m B6
All that time she was silent still
EG#          A    G#m E            C#m B6 A
So, if you love me, won’t you let me know?
E/G#   A     G#m  E           C#m B6 C#m
If you love me, won’t you let me know?





 Not familiar with the song? Here it is on YouTube.


 Chord Breakdown

Here are the slash chords used throughout the song.

L.H. / R.H.

C#m = C#/EG#C#

B/C# = G#/BD#G#

A = A/AC#F#

B/A = A/EAC#

F#m = F#/AC#F#

C#/E# = E#/G#C#E#

E = E/G#BE

B/D# = D#/F#BD#

C#m = C#/EG#C#

B/C# = G#/BD#G#

A = A/AC#F#

B/A = A/F#BD#

F#m = F#/AC#F#

C#/E#  = F#/AC#F# and E#/G#C#E#

E = E/G#BD#

B/D# = D#/F#BD#

A/EAC#

B = B/D#F#C#

C#m = C#/G#C#F#

B6 = B/G#BD#

G#m7 = G#/D#F#B

A = A/EAC#

G#m = G#/D#G#B

E = E/BEG#

C#m = C#/G#C#F#

B = B/F#B

C#m = C#/EG#C#

A/C# = C#/E#AC#

C#m = C#/C#EG#

F#m7 = F#/AC#E

E = E/G#BE

C#m = C#/G#C#E

B6 = B/G#BD#

A = A/G#AC#

B = B/D#F#B

C#m = C#/C#EG#

G#m = G#/G#BD#

A = A/G#AC#

B = B/BD#F#

C#m = C#/C#EG#

F#m7 = F#/AC#E

E = E/G#C#E

C#m = C#/G#C#E

B6 = B/G#BD#

E/G# = G#/BEB

A = A/EAC#

G#m = G# = D#G#B

E = E/BEG#

C#m = C#/G#C#F#

B6 = B/D#G#B

A = A/E#A#C#

E/G# = G#/BEB

A = A/EAC#

G#m = G#/D#G#B

E = E/BEG#

C#m = C#/G#C#F#

B6 = B/D#G#B

C#m = C#/E#G#C#

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