How To Play Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

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The popular song, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do was written by Howard Greenfield and Neil Sedaka in 1962 and renewed in 1990. I like to play the song in the Key of F, slowly and rubato, with 4/4 time signature.


Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Chords

Verse 1:
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                 F   Dm7   Gm7      C7
 Don't take your love     away from me
 F           Dm7              Gm7  C7
   Don't you leave my heart in misery
 F      Bm7 A7  Dm7     G7
 If you go then I'll be blue
         Gm7     Am7   Bb   Gm7 C7
 'Cause breaking up is hard to do

Verse 2:
                 F Dm7      Gm7    C7
 Remember when you held me tight
                Dm7           Gm7         C7
 And you kissed me all through the night
         F       Bm7 A7   Dm7        G7
 Think of all that we've been through
      Gm7     Am7    Bb  C9 F
 And breaking up is hard to do

Bridge:

                       Fm7 Bb7 Fm7     Bb7
 They say that breaking up is hard to do
 Eb                           Ab7  Ebm7          
   Now I know, I know that it's true
        Ab7        Ebm7     Ab7
 Don't say that this is the end
  Db                                C7                     
 Instead of breaking up I wish that we were making up again

Verse 3 [chords as per verse 2]:
                 F Dm7  Gm7       C9
 I beg of you, don't say goodbye
         F       Dm7                  C9
 Can't we give our love another try
         F      Bm7-5 A7+  Dm7    Gm7
 Come on baby, let's start anew
               Am7          Bb6  C9   F
 'Cause breaking up is hard to do

[repeat bridge; backup vocalists sing lines 1 and 3]

[repeat verse 3]

Coda [repeat to fade]:
           F        Bb6       F
 Down doobee-do-down-down   comma-comma

Chord Breakdown

The chords are not in any order. Here are some voicings to go with the song.
L.H. / R.H.
F = F/CFA
Gm7 = G/FBbC
C7 = C/EBb
Dm7 = D/FAC
Bm7 = EG/DF#A
A7 = AG/C#EA
Gm7 = G/BbDFA
Bb = Bb/BbDF
Fm7 = F/EbAbC
Bb7 = Bb/DABb
Eb = Eb/EbGBb
Ab7 = Ab/CEGbBb
Em7 = Eb/DbGbBb
Db = Db/AbDbF
Db7 = Db/FBbDb
C9 = C/DEGBb
Bm7-5 = E/BDFA
A7+ = A/GC#F
Bb6 = Bb/GBbDF
Eb6-5 = Eb/EbGACEb
Gm9 = G/BbDFA

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Intro (acapella w/drums and handclaps until indicated):

 Do-do-do down doobee-do-down-down   comma-comma
 Down doobee-do-down-down   comma-comma
  B         G#m       E
 Down doobee-do-down-down
                 B   E  B [N.C.]
 Breaking up is hard to do

Verse 1:

                  B   G#m   E       F#
 Don't take your love     away from me
 B            G#m               E  F#
   Don't you leave my heart in misery
 B    D#7/A#    G#m
 If you go then I'll be blue
         C#7                   F#7
 'Cause breaking up is hard to do

Verse 2:

 Remember when you held me tight
 And you kissed me all through the night
 Think of all that we've been through
      C#7            F#7    B  [N.C.]
 And breaking up is hard to do

Bridge:

                       Bm7 E7 Bm7     E7
 They say that breaking up is hard to do
 A      Amaj7     A6           Amaj7
   Now I know, I know that it's true
 Am7    D7       Am7        D7
 Don't say that this is the end
     G                              F#                      [N.C.]
 Instead of breaking up I wish that we were making up again

Verse 3 [chords as per verse 2]:

 I beg of you, don't say goodbye
 Can't we give our love another try
 Come on baby, let's start anew
 'Cause breaking up is hard to do

[repeat bridge; backup vocalists sing lines 1 and 3]

[repeat verse 3]

Coda [repeat to fade]:

  B         G#m       E      F#
 Down doobee-do-down-down   comma-comma



Online Chart by The Carpenters

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Chords
                        G               C            Am      F 
Intro:          Come-a, come on down, doobie do down down   (3x) 
                    G             C    F  C 
                  Breaking up is hard to do 
 
                                   C Am  F        G 
                1.Don't take your love away from me 
                   C         Am                F   G 
                  Don't you leave my heart in misery 
                  Em             Am 
                  If you go then I'll be blue 
                         Dm                    G 
                  'Cos breaking up is hard to do 
 
                             C Am    F       G 
                2.Remember when you hold me tight 
                        C       Am              F      G 
                  And then you kissed me all thru the night 
                    Em               Am 
                  Think of all that we've been thru 
                         Dm            G       C  
                  'Cos breaking up is hard to do 
 
                                 G               C            Am      F 
Intro:          Come-a, come on down, doobie do down down   (3x) 
                    G             C    F  C 
                  Breaking up is hard to do 
 
                            C Am      F        G 
                3.I beg of you don't say good-bye 
                   C        Am             F       G 
                  Can't we give our love another try 
                  Em                Am 
                  And maybe it'll start anew 
                         Dm                    G 
                  'Cos breaking up is hard to do 
 
                            C Am      F        G 
                4.I beg of you don't say good-bye 
                   C        Am             F       G 
                  Can't we give our love another try 
                  Em                Am 
                  And maybe it'll start anew 
                         Dm            G       C  
                  'Cos breaking up is hard to do 
 
                                 G               C            Am      F 
Intro:          Come-a, come on down, doobie do down down   (3x) 
                    G             C    F  C 
                  Breaking up is hard to do 


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