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Pale Blue Eyes

The Velvet Underground

from the album The Velvet Underground released in 1969

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Lyrics

(capo 3rd fret)

Intro

D ... D ...

Verse

D Sometimes I feel so happy G D Sometimes I feel so sad D Bm Sometimes I feel so happy Em G D But mostly you just... make me mad G A D Baby you just... make me mad

Refrain

A D Linger on... your pale blue eyes A D Linger on... your pale blue eyes Thought of you as my mountain top Thought of you as my peak Thought of you as everything I've had but couldn't keep I've had but couldn't keep Linger on your pale blue eyes Linger on your pale blue eyes If I could make the world as pure And strange as what I see I'd put you in the mirror I put in front of me I put in front of me Linger on your pale blue eyes Linger on your pale blue eyes (solo, with verse + refrain chords) Skip a life completely Stuff it in a cup She said Money is like us in time It lies but can't stand up Down for you is up Linger on your pale blue eyes Linger on your pale blue eyes It was good what we did yesterday And I'd do it once again The fact that you are married Only proves you're my best friend But it's truly truly a sin Linger on your pale blue eyes Linger on your pale blue eyes

Notes & Tabs

Capo 3rd Fret, Standard Tuning

This tab uses my preferred way to play this song, which is using a capo on the 3rd fret (in standard tuning). I acknowledge that most versions online show this song played without a capo, in the key of F. That's great -- but I prefer using the capo. Note that the 3rd fret capo (using chords in the key of D, as shown here) lets you play along with someone playing in the key of F (without a capo).

Guitar Chords Used

Here's how to play the guitar chords used in this song. Fairly straightforward batch of chords within the key of D. I like to freely mix in a Dsus2 in the D sections to emulate the main riff heard on the recorded version.

capo 3
e-|----2-----0-----3-----2-----0-----0-----
B-|----3-----3-----0-----3-----2-----0-----
G-|----2-----2-----0-----4-----2-----0-----
D-|----0-----0-----0-----4-----2-----2-----
A-|----------------2-----2-----0-----2-----
E-|----------------3-----------------0-----
       D   Dsus2   G     Bm    A     Em 

Videos

Official Album Version

Here's the official album version of this song. If you use a capo on 3rd fret and use the chords above, you can play along. Or, you can play without a capo in the key of F and play along.



Recommended Cover Versions

Here's a simple, stripped down, and intimate acoustic cover version of this song. Note, this does not use a capo, but it is played with chords in the key of D. This is helpful to watch how the chord switches are made.



Here's another version I recommend. This one is played using chords in the key of F (which is probably closer to how this song was originally performed?), instead of the key of D. Just the same, it is a good acoustic cover that you can learn a lot from.



Chord Progressions

Intro

| D . . . | D . . . |

Verse

"Sometimes I feel so happy..."
| D . . . | D  . . . | G  . . . | D . . . |
| D . . . | Bm . . . | Em . G . | D . . . |
| G . A . | D  . . . | D  . . . |

Refrain

"Linger on, your pale blue eyes..."
| A . . . | . . . . | D . . . | . . . . |
| A . . . | . . . . | D . . . | . . . . |

Song Info

Song: Pale Blue Eyes
Artist: The Velvet Underground
Album: The Velvet Underground
Year: 1969
Label: MGM

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About

My name is David Potsiadlo, and I created Songnotes to share my collection of guitar tabs, chords, and lyrics for my favorite songs.

Since I started playing guitar over 10 years ago, I've often been frustrated by the preponderance of mediocre and incomplete song tabs littered across the internet. To combat this, I started keeping my own collection of notes for each song I learn -- always taking the extra time to make sure accuracy and completeness are never compromised. Years later, my collection grew to the point where I knew I had to share it online with fellow aspiring musicians.

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