Speak Now

Taylor Swift


Chord Guide

      3    4

G:    3x0003


D:    xx0232


Am:   x02210

       32 1

C:    x32010


Em:   022000





Strum: D   X U   U X U

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +



Intro:  / G - - - / x2


G                            D

I am not the kind of girl


Who should be rudely barging in


On a white veil occasion

        G                               D

But you are not the kind of boy

                         Am                         C (hold first time)

Who should be marrying the wrong girl


G                                  D

I sneak in and see your friends


And her snotty little family


All dressed in pastel

         G                        D

And she is yelling at a bridesmaid


Somewhere back inside a room


Wearing a gown shaped like a pastry


Am    C        G

Thi--is i---is surely not


What you thought it would be

Am    C                      D

I---I  lose myself in a daydream

D (hold)

Where I stand and say



G                         D                 

   Don't say "Yes" run away now


I'll meet you when you’re out


Of the church at the back door

G                      D                      

   Don't wait or say a single vow


You need to hear me out

               C (hold first time)

And they said "Speak Now"



Instrumental:  / G - - - / D - - - / Am - - - / C - - - /


G                                D

Fond gestures are exchanged


And the organ starts to play a song


That sounds like a death march

      G                          D

And I am hiding in the curtains


It seems that I was uninvited


By your lovely bride-to-be


Am        C     

She---e floats down the aisle

           G                  D  

Like a pageant queen

      Am   C

But I--I kno--ow


You wish it was me

        D (hold)

You wish it was me- Don't you?




Chorus II:

G                         D                

   Don't say "Yes" run away now


I'll meet you when your out


Of the church at the back door

G                        D

    Don't wait or say a single vow


Your time is running out


And they said "Speak Now"


Instrumental:  / G - - - / D - - - / Am - - - / C - - - / x2



Em (hold)                        C (hold)

I hear the preacher say speak now

                  G (hold)   D (hold)

Or forever hold your pe---ace


There's a silence, there's my last chance


I stand up with shaky hands

    G            D (hold)

All eyes on me

Am                        C

Horrified looks from everyone in the room

      D                           D (hold)

But I'm only lookin' at you


Repeat Verse 1




G                            D

   And you say "Let’s run away now


I'll meet you when I'm out


Of my tux at the back door

G             D

   Baby, I didn't say my vows


So glad you were around

                  C                         G (hold)

When they said ‘Speak no--ow’"


Tab Player For Guitar Pro Tabs:

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.

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4 Comments for Swift, Taylor – Speak Now

  1. kira says:

    confusing … i suggest you use ultimate guitar

    • Rob Hampton says:

      Hi Kira!  What´s confusing?  I´m always interested to hear how I can make my charts clearer.

  2. ana says:

    I don’t understand the strumming pattern. I just start learning guitar. What are those 123 meaning below the D X U U U?

    • Rob Hampton says:

      Hi Ana,

      Those are the beats.  The beat is the steady pulse behind music that musicians keep track of to play together.  This song has four beats grouped together at a time, so you count 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4, as you play.  Here’s a tutorial that will show you how to strum to the beat:

      Hope this helps,