Arthur’s Theme (Christopher Cross) Guitar Lesson with TAB

Arthur's Theme Guitar Lesson + TAB
In this guitar lesson, you get TAB for how to play both sections of Arthur's Theme, arranged for one acoustic guitar + the solo!


Arthur’s Theme | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| Dm7 G | C Fmaj13 |
| Bb E7 | Aadd4 A Asus2 A |

Verse 1

| Dm7 G | C Fmaj13 |
Once in your life you find her, someone that turns your heart around,
| Bb E7 | Aadd4 A Asus2 A |
and next thing you know you’re closing down the town.
| Dm7 G | C Fmaj13 |
Wake up and it’s still with you, even though you left her way across town,
| Bb E7 | Aadd4 A Asus2 A |
wondering to yourself, “Hey, what have I found?”

Chorus 1

| Dmaj7 (Dmaj7#11) | Asus2 A |
When you get caught between the moon and New York City.
| (Bsus2) Bm Bsus2 | Asus2 C#m7 |
I know it’s crazy, but it’s true.
| Dmaj7 (Dmaj7#11) | C#m7 F#7 |
If you get caught between the moon and New York City.
| Bm (Bsus2) | Bm (Bsus2) | Asus2 A |
The best that you can do, the best that you can do, is fall in love.

Verse 2

| Dm7 G | C Fmaj13 |
Arthur, he does as he pleases, all of his life, he’s mastered choice.
| Bb E7 | Aadd4 A Asus2 A |
Deep in his heart, he’s just, he’s just a boy.
| Dm7 G | C Fmaj13 |
Living his life one day at a time and showing himself a really good time,
| Bb E7 | Aadd4 A Asus2 A |
laughing about the way they want him to be.

Chorus 2

| Dmaj7 (Dmaj7#11) | Asus2 A |
When you get caught between the moon and New York City.
| (Bsus2) Bm Bsus2 | Asus2 C#m7 |
I know it’s crazy, but it’s true.
| Dmaj7 (Dmaj7#11) | C#m7 F#7 |
If you get caught between the moon and New York City.
| Bm (Bsus2) | Bm (Bsus2) | Asus2 A |
The best that you can do, the best that you can do, is fall in love.

Solo

||: Dm7 G | C Fmaj13 |
| Bb E7 | Aadd4 A Asus2 A :||

Chorus 3

| Dmaj7 Dmaj7#11 Dmaj7 | A |
When you get caught between the moon and New York City.
| (Bsus2) Bm Bsus2 | Asus2 C#m7 |
I know it’s crazy, but it’s true.
| Dmaj7 (Dmaj7#11) | C#m7 F#7 |
If you get caught between the moon and New York City.
| Bm (Bsus2) | Bm (Bsus2) |
The best that you can do, the best that you can do, is fall in love.

Chorus 4

| Dmaj7 Dmaj7#11 Dmaj7 | A |
When you get caught between the moon and New York City.
| (Bsus2) Bm Bsus2 | Asus2 C#m7 |
I know it’s crazy, but it’s true.
| Dmaj7 (Dmaj7#11) | C#m7 F#7 |
If you get caught between the moon and New York City.
| Bm (Bsus2) | Bm (Bsus2) | Asus2 A |
The best that you can do, the best that you can do, is fall in love.


Arthur’s Theme chords, progression, and TAB

Arthur’s Theme uses the concept of moving up a 4th, or the cycle of 4th to change the key from C to A, here’s the verse chord progression:

||: Dm7 (II) G (V) | C (I) Fmaj13 (IV) |
Bb (bVIIx) E7 (IIIx) | Asus4 (VI) A (VIx) Asus2 A :||

That final chord takes us back to the Dm, here’s TAB.

Notice how the Fmaj13 is what it is because of the intervals, it goes from the root – maj7 – 6 – 5.

Here’s the chorus.

I’m starting with a D shape, but borrowing the 5th from the A shape. A semitone below we temporarily find the #4, then down to the 3rd.

For the Bm, we start with sus2 to join the melody.

When the D chord returns, we use the upper part of the A shape to find some variation. Fret this using your little finger on string 2.

Practice both sections until you feel comfortable, then play along with the original recording.

If you have an electric guitar, try the sax solo as well, here’s TAB.


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