You Take My Breath Away

Words and music by Freddie Mercury

You Take My Breath Away Piano Chords Transcribed by Shane McDonald

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Intro

 You Take My Breath Away starts with Ooohs, loosely based around the chord of Cm7.  
Piano comes in after the 3rd phrase of the intro , "Yooouuu, Take my Breath Away".

Notes :

* If you see the ^ symbol after a note or chord it means use the higher octave note/chord.

* Cm7RIFF this is the Cm movement used at the start of the song and repeated through-out.
The Notes... :  C  Eb  G  Ab  D  F   C^  G    C  Eb  G  Ab  D  F   C^ G  Eb  Eb^  D  Bb  C^  G
* Cm7-RiffB is same but starts from this C----^

 

Piano Intro : Cm7   Cm7   Cm7RIFF   Cm7RIFF
Cm           Dm Dm7-5        Cm
Look into my eyes and you'll see 
         Fm7  Cm-RiffB
I'm  the only one
       Bdim        Cm
You've captured my love
Bdim      Cm
Stolen my heart
Bb         Eb
Changed my life
Fm7                  Bb7
Everytime you make a move 
               Eb/G
You destroy my mind
                Gbdim7
And the way you touch
          Fm7             Fm 
I lose control and shiver deep inside
NC                 Cm Cm7RIFF
You take my breath away.
Cm       Dm Dm7-5    Cm
You can reduce me to tears
       Fm7   Cm-RiffB
With a single sigh
      Bdim           Cm
Every breath that you take -
    Bdim           Cm
Any sound that you make
     Bb            Eb
Is a whisper in my ear
Fm7                    Bb7
I could give up all my life 
             Eb/G
for just one kiss
              Gbdim7
I would surely die
          Fm7               Fm 
If you dismiss me from your love
NC                 Cm Cm7RIFF
You take my breath away.
                Bb    Ab/Bb
So please don't go 
      Bb            Ab/Bb    Bb
Don't leave me here all by myself
              Eb
I get ever so lonely from time to time
       Ab
I will find you
C                Fm                   Fm/G
Anywhere you go, I'll be right behind you
Abdim                       Eb
Right until the ends of the earth
Eb/G        Gbdim                    Fm7
I'll get no sleep till I find you to tell you
         Fm                  Cm
That you just take my breath away.
Instrumental :    ; indicates 1 bar
Cm  Dm Dm7-5 ;  Cm   Dm  ;   Cm  Dm Dm7-5 ;  Cm   Dm  ;  Bb  Ab/Bb ;  Bb  Ab/Bb ;  Bb  Ab/Bb ;  Bb  Eb ; Eb
       Ab
I will find you
C                Fm     Fm/G
Anywhere you go, Oooooooohhhh____
Abdim                       Eb
Right until the ends of the earth
Eb/G        Gbdim                    Fm7
I'll get no sleep till I find you, to tell you when I found you,
NC     Cm7RIFF
I Love You.         -> Keep Sustain pedal on last 8 or so notes on the riff and leave piano Fade...
Fades in afterwards - On Vocal Loop  "Take My Breath" x 22 times (approx) looped from zero volume.

About You Take My Breath Away

You Take My Breath Away is from Queen’s 5th studio album, A Day at the Races. The album was released on 10th December 1976 and this was the band’s first completely self-produced album. The album continues the theme of the previous and almost acts in parallel with A Night at the Opera. Both albums took their names from Marx Brothers films, as well as sharing similar album artwork and having a similar musical style. A Day at the Races went to Number 1 in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Japan and the Netherlands album charts and it reached No. 5 in the USA.

You Take My Breath Away is one of my favourite songs to play on piano, mainly because the chords and arpeggios are so interesting. It was written by Freddie Mercury and if you know your music theory it is based on the harmonic minor scale. All of the vocals and piano were done by Freddie alone, and it was at Hyde Park before recording it. There is a vocal interlude with some forward playing and reversed tracks of ‘Take my breath’ at the end of the song and it leads into the next song. Myself I don’t like this bit but I’m sure Freddie knew what he was doing!

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  • Song Difficulty to learn / play 87%
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