Learn to Play The Heart of Life

John Mayer guitar


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The Heart of Life

Words and Music by John Mayer

Copyright © 2006 Sony/ATV Tunes LLC and Specific Harm Music



I'm a fan of John Mayer's music. Although best suited for the guitar, I love hearing my students play some of his songs on the piano. This is a cool selection from Continuum. Play the song moderately, in 2. The song is recorded a half step higher.


Intro CAm- EmFC/EG 
      C - Am- Em - F - C/E - G


C                         Am
I hate to see you cry
                         Em  F  C G
Laying there in that position




C                          Am
There's things you need to hear
                   Em   F  C/E G
So turn off your tears and listen

G               C             F
Pain throws you heart to the ground
G               C             F
Love turns the whole thing around
G             C         F        C/E
No, it won't all go the way, it should
       F       C/E       G       C
But I know the heart of life is good

C                     Am
You know it's nothing new
                Em  F    C/E  G
Bad news never had good timing
C                        Am
Then the circle of your friends
                 Em F   C/E G
Will defend the silver lining

G                        C                F
Pain throws you heart to the ground
G                     C                  F
Love turns the whole thing around
G                 C             F          C
No, it won't all go the way, it should
         F             C           G       C
But I know the heart of life is good

(Play verse and chorus with no lyrics)

G               C                F
Pain throws you heart to the ground
G               C                F
Love turns the whole thing around
G            C           F       C/E
Fear is a friend who's misunderstood
         F      C/E      F      C/E
But I know the heart of life is good
   G                               
I know it’s good



Here's the chord breakdown to the song.


Intro CAm- EmFCGC (played like the first part of the verse)


C/CE I hate to see you 

A/ACE cry lying there in 
E/GBE that 
F/ACF position
C/CE There's things you need to 
A/ACE hear So turn off your 
E/GBE tears 
F/ACF and 
E/GCE lis-
G/GBD ten

                                     
GG/GB Pain 
GG/GC throws 
GG/GD your 
C/GCE heart 
C/GD  to 
C/GC  the 
FF/CFA ground
                    
G/GB Love 
G/GC turns 
G/GD the 
C/GCE whole 
C/GD thing 
C/GC a-
F/CFA round

G/GB No, 
G/GC it 
G/GD won't 
C/GCE all 
C/GD go 
C/GC the 
F/CFA way, 
F/CFA it 
E/EGC should but I 

F/CFA know the 
E/EGC heart of 
G/BD life is 
C/CEG good


                                
C/CE You know it's nothing 

A/ACE new Bad news never 
E/GBE had 
F/ACF good 
E/GCE tim-

G/GBD ing

C/CE But then the circle of your 

A/ACE friends Will defend the 
E/GBE sil-
F/ACF ver 
E/EGC li-
G/GBD ning

                                        
G/GB Pain throws you 
C/GCE heart to the 
F/CFA ground
G/GB Love turns the 
C/GCE whole thing a-
F/CFA round
                
G/GB No, it won't 
C/GCE all go the 
F/CFA way, it 
E/EGC should but I
F/CFA know the 
E/EGC heart of 
G/BD life is 
C/CEG good

(Play verse and chorus with no lyrics)

                                        
G/DGB Pain throws your 
C/EGC heart to the 
FF/ACA ground
G/DGB Love turns the 
C/EGC whole thing 
FF/ACA around

G/DGB Fear is a 
C/GCE friend who's mis-
F/CFA under
E/EGC stood but I
F/CFA know the 
E/EGC heart of 
F/ACE life is 
E/GC good
G/BDA I know it’s good


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For other chord charts to John Mayer songs, visit When You're Dreaming with a Broken Heart
Do you have a favorite John Mayer song?

If you enjoy singing and performing and you've been thinking of taking voice lessons, have a look at Vocals from Hear and Play.

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