How To Play Just The Way You Are


Billy Joel: Just The Way You Are l PianoDiana




In 1977 Billy Joel wrote the words and music to Just The Way You Are from The Stranger. I understand Billy Joel will be in San Diego for a May concert. If you are a Billy Joel fan, you'll definitely want to go. Here's a chord chart to one of Billy's great songs. Have fun playing along!


Chords & Lyrics

INTRO:  D  Gm6  D  G  D*
        D  Gm6  D  G  D*


D        Bm6      Gmaj7      Bm       D7
Don't go changing to try and please me
Gmaj7     Gm            D
You never let me down before
Am   D7
Mm-m-m-m-m
Gmaj7    Gm   D            Bm7
Don't imagine you're too familiar
Bm7          E9         A9sus
And I don't see you anymore


D           Bm6       Gmaj7       Bm     D7
I would not leave you in times of trouble
Gmaj7    Gm                   D
We never could have come this far
Am   D7
Mm-m-m-m-m
Gmaj7      Gm6
I took the good times 
D             Bm7
I'll take the bad times
Em7           A9sus          D  Gm  G  D
I'll take you just the way you are


INTRO (Gm6  G  D)


D        Bm6    Gmaj7      Bm    D7
Don't go trying some new fashion
Gmaj7            Gm             D
Don't change the color of your hair
Am   D7
Mm-m-m-m-m
Gmaj7      Gm      D           Bm7
You always have my unspoken passion
E9sus           E9              A9sus
Although I might not seem to care


D            Bm6    Gmaj7 Bm    D7
I don't want clever conversation
Gmaj7   Gm                  D
I never want to work that hard
Am   D7
Mm-m-m-m-m
Gmaj7       Gm     D                Bm7
I just want someone that I can talk to
Em7            A9sus
I want you just the way you are


D  Gm6  G  D 
D  Gm6  D  D7


G         A                    F#m7    B7
I need to know that you will always be
Em7          A              D
The same old someone that I knew
Am Bb           C                Am7      D  D7
Oh what will it take 'till you believe in me
Gm7          C            A9sus
The way that I believe in you


D        Bm6
I said I love you
Gmaj7         Bm  D7
And that's forever
Gmaj7      Gm              Gm Gm6 D
and this I promise from the heart
Am   D7
Mm-m-m-m-m
Gmaj7           Gm6 D   Bm7
I couldn't love you any better
Em7                 A9sus
I love you just the way you are


INTRO (D  Gm6  G D  Gm6  G  D)


SOLO:  D  Bm6  Gmaj7  Bm  D7
       Gmaj7  Gm  D  Am  D7
       Gmaj7  Gm6  D  Bm7  Em7  Asus4


D            Bm6    G7 Bm    D7
I don't want clever conversation
Gmaj7   Gm                  D
I never want to work that hard
Am7   D7
Mm-m-m-m-m
Gmaj7       Gm6     D                Bm7
I just want someone that I can talk to
Em7            G            Bb  C  Am7  D7  Gm7  A7 Dmaj7
I want you just the way you a....................re


SOLO...repeat through fade out!

Chord Breakdown


L.H. / R.H.


A9sus = AG/BDGA
Am = AG/CEG
Am7 = AG/CEG
A = A/C#E
A7 = A/C#DB

Bm = B/BDF#B and BF#/BDB
Bm6 = BG#/DF#BD
Bm7 = BA/DF#D
B7 = B/D#F#B
Bb = Bb/FBbD

C = C/EGC


D = DA/F# and F#D/A
D7 = D/CF# and B/CDF# and DF#/CDF#
Dmaj7 = DA/F#AC#F#

E9 = EG#/DF#E
E9sus = E/ADF#
Em7 = E/BDG

F#m7 = F#/C#EA

Gmaj7 = GD/BDF#
Gm7 = G/DFBb
G7 = GF/FBD
Gm = GD/BbDF#
Gm6 = GD/BbDE
G = DD/DGB

Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II

 Other Billy Joel Posts with Chords:

New York State Of Mind

Piano Man

Billy Joel is a great musician and I just love all of his songs. Whether you read notes and/or... play by ear, it helps to have an understanding about music theory. You might consider investing in the 300pg Piano By Ear Home Study Course.

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