Paint it Black

Rolling Stones

 

Capo 1

 

Intro Riff

 

Em x2

 

Em (2)                              B7 (2)

    I see a red door and I want it painted black

Em (2)                             B7 (2)
     No colors anymore I want them to turn black

Em (½)  D (½)     G (½)        D (½)        Em (2)
     I     see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes

Em (½)   D (½)    G (½)       D (½)    A                        B7
     I     have to turn my head   until my darkness goes

 

Em (2)                                B7 (2)
    I see a line of cars and they're all painted black

Em (2)                                           B7 (2)

    With flowers and my love both never to come back

Em (½)  D (½)           G (½)               D (½)  Em (2)
    I      see people turn their heads and  quickly look away

Em (½)      D (½)        G (½)   D (½)     A                  B7
    Like a new born baby      it just happens every day

 

Em (2)                                B7 (2)
    I look inside myself and see my heart is black

Em (2)                                  B7 (2)
     I see my red door and it has been painted black

Em (½)         D (½)    G (½)       D (½)    Em (2)
     Maybe then I'll fade     away and not have to face the facts

Em (½)       D (½)    G (½)   D (½)        A                           B7
     It's not easy    facin'   up when your whole world is black

Em (hold 2)                                   B7 (hold 2)
    No more will my green sea go turn a deeper blue

Em (hold 2)                                   B7 (hold 2)
     I could not foresee this thing happening to you

Em (½)  D (½)    G (½)     D (½)     Em (2)
     If     I look hard enough     into the settin' sun

Em (½)  D (½)       G (½)         D (½)    A                        B7
    My   love will laugh with me    before the morning comes

Em
(2)                              B7 (2)

    I see a red door and I want it painted black

Em (2)                             B7 (2)
     No colors anymore I want them to turn black

Em (½)  D (½)     G (½)        D (½)        Em (2)
     I     see the girls walk by dressed in their summer clothes

Em (½)   D (½)    G (½)       D (½)    A                        B7
     I     have to turn my head   until my darkness goes


/ Em - - - / - - - - / B7 - - - / - - - - / (x4 w/humming)

 

                      Em (2)                           B7 (2)                    
I wanna see it painted, painted black, black as night, black as coal

      Em (2)                            B7 (2)
I wanna see the sun blotted out from the sky
                        Em
(2)                                         B7 (2)

I wanna see it painted, painted, painted, painted black

/ Em - - - / - - - - / B7 - - - / - - - - / (x4 w/humming)

 

End on Em



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6 Comments for Rolling Stones, The – Paint it Black

  1. shel says:

    what is the strumming pattern

    • Rob Hampton says:

      Hey Shel,

      Sure thing.  Do you want what they’re actually playing (hard), or a pattern that will do a decent job of approximating the groove of the song (easier)?

      Rob
      • mike says:

        hi waz up

      • phil says:

        easy strumming pattern please Rob.Cheers,Phil

        • Rob Hampton says:

          Sure, Phil.

          The folk strum pattern works well for most of the song:

          D   D U   U D U
          1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

          For the chords that just last for half a measure, use this one:

          D   D U D   D U
          1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

          Enjoy,

          Rob