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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.