hold back the river chords

Hold Back The River Chords | How To Play Hold Back The River By James Bay On Guitar

Performance Notes For Hold Back The River Chords

In this intermediate guitar lesson your going to learn James Bay’s 2015 hit “Hold Back The River”. This is a song taken from his 2015 album entitled “chaos and the calm”. This is a song that will test both right and left hands as there is some string skipping and some interesting chordal ideas. Really take your time with the complicated pieces, starting slowly and gradually building speed is the name of the game for the intro and verses…

Try and follow the video lesson as best as you can and if your stuck or have any questions, leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can…

The chords used are F Major and Bb Major.

Hold Back The River Chords And Chord Fingerings

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Hold Back The River Chords/Lyrics/intro/Verse

*  Intro and verses played with the intro lead guitar, check the video out learn the appropriate sections

Tried to keep you close to me,
But life got in between
Tried to square not being there
But think that I should have been.

Hold Back The River Chords/Lyrics/Chorus

F
Hold back the river let me look in your eyes
F
Hold back the river so I
Bb
Can stop for a minute and see where you hide
F
Hold back the river, hold back

Hold Back The River Chords/Lyrics/Verse

F                            Bb
Once upon a different life
         F                                     C
We rode our bikes into the sky
F                        Bb
Now we call against the tide
                 F                                 C
Those distant days are flashing by

Hold Back The River Chords/Lyrics/Bridge

F          F     Bb    F    Bb    F      C
Hold oho, oho, oho, oho, oho, oho
F                         F                                  Bb                      Gm
Lonely water, lonely water won't you let us wander, let us hold each other
F                         F                                  Bb                      Gm
Lonely water, lonely water won't you let us wander, let us hold each other

Hold Back The River Chords/Lyrics/Chorus

F
Hold back the river let me look in your eyes
F
Hold back the river so I
Bb
Can stop for a minute and see where you hide
F
Hold back the river, hold back