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(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding

By Nick Lowe, as performed by Elvis Costello and The Attractions

 

Chord Guide

      3    4

G:    3x0003

       32 1

C:    x32010

       12

Em:   022000

        123

A:    x02220

         132

D:    xx0232

       T  132

D/F#:  2x0232

        T    1

G7/F:   1x0001

 

 

Strum Guide

Main Riff Strum

G

D U   U D U D U

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

C

D U   U D   D DU

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Hold strum

(use for 2nd and 4th lines in verses, and for all but 1st line of chorus)

D           D DU

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 


Punk Strum

D D D D D D D DU

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +







Chorus Ending Strum

Em

D

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  

 

D

M D D D D D D DU

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +   M = mute

 

Intro:  / G - - - / C - - - / x4

 

                   G       C                       G       C

As I walk through       This wicked world

                   Em              A                 D         C

Searchin' for light in the darkness of insanity

             G       C                       G       C

I ask myself             Is all hope lost?

                  Em            A                 D         C

Is there only pain and hatred and misery?

 

Chorus 1:

               G                    D/F#                  G7/F                       C

And each time I feel like this inside, there's one thing I wanna know

     G                           D                                Em       A

What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding? Ohhhh

     G                           D                               Em          D

What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding?

 

/ G - - - / C - - - / x4

 

                         G       C                             G       C

And as I walked on           through troubled times

                     Em         A                 D         C

My spirit gets so downhearted sometimes

                              G       C                             G       C

So where are the strong       and who are the trusted?

                       Em      A                 D                        C

And where is the   ha     -        rmony?  Sweet harmony?

 

Chorus 2:

                    G                 D/F#           G7/F                          C

'Cause each time I feel it slippin' away, just makes me wanna cry

     G                           D                                Em       A

What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding? Ohhhh

     G                           D                               Em          D

What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding?

 

/ G - - - / C - - - / x4

 

Instrumental Verse (first eight measures)

 

                              G       C                             G       C

So where are the strong       and who are the trusted?

                       Em      A                 D                        C

And where is the   ha     -        rmony?  Sweet harmony?

 

Chorus 3:

                    G                 D/F#           G7/F                          C

'Cause each time I feel it slippin' away, just makes me wanna cry

     G                           D                                Em       A

What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding? Ohhhh

     G                           D                               Em          A

What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding? Ohhhh

     G                           D                               Em (hold for 2)

What's so funny 'bout peace, love and understanding? Ohhhh

 

/ G - - - / C - - - / x4

 

End on G


This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.