Too Much Love Will Kill You
Words and Music by Brian May
Too Much Love Will Kill You (Back to the Light) Chords Transcribed by Shane McDonald
The intro to this song is relatively easy, but is one of my favorites. If you can master the sequences between the chords, you will be set.
The intro starts with Brian using a multitracked set of ooooh’s then the piano starts. Where you see the * symbol, it indicates a
type of arpeggio on G used in the intro. You will find elements of the intro used throughout the song.
G/B C G/D Em6/C# Oooh oooh oooh oooh (piano) G D/G C/G G C/E Dsus4
Verse 1 : G C/G G * I'm just the pieces of the man I used to be G D/F# Em D C C/B Too many bitter tears are raining down on me Am Em Am Em Dsus4 D C/D I'm far away from home, and I've been facing this alone for much too lo-ng Verse 2 : G C/G G * I feel like no one ever told the truth to me G D/F# Em D C C/B About growing up and what a struggle it would be Am Em Am Em Dsus4 D C/D In my tangled state of mind, I've been looking back to find where I went wrong.
Chorus : G C Em D Too much love will kill you, if you can't make up your mind G C Em D Torn between the lover, and the love you leave behind G/B C G/D C#dim You're headed for disaster, 'cos you never read the signs G/D C/D G Too much love will kill you, every time. - Play the Introduction again -
Verse 3 : use the same chords and timings as Verse 1 I'm just the shadow of the man I used to be And it seems like there's no way out of this for me I used to bring you sunshine, now all I ever do is bring you down
Verse 4 : use the same chords and timings as Verse 2 How would it be if you were standing in my shoes Can't you see that it's impossible to choose No there's no making sense of it, every way I go I have to lose.
Chorus : use the same chords and timings as Chorus above Too much love will kill you, just as sure as none at all It'll drain the power that's in you, make you plead and scream and crawl And the pain will make you crazy. you're the victim of your crimes Too much love, will kill you, every time.
Acoustic Guitar Solo : Solo is very similar to the verses.
G D/G C/G Csus2/G C/G G C G/D G C
G D/F# Em Bm/D C Am Em Am Em Dsus4 D C/D yeaahhh....
Chorus : use the same chords and timings as Chorus above G C Em D Too much love will kill you, it'll make your life a lie G C Em D Yeah too much love will kill you, and you won't understand why G/B C G/D C#dim (slight pause) You'd give your life, you'd sell your soul, but here it comes again G/D C Cmadd9 (play notes from high down : Eb D C G Eb D C) Too much love will kill you Eb ( Vary the way you play Ebsus4 twice) then play Ebsus2 and continue in the end
Gadd9 in the end.