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Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People

Jonathan Groff

from the album Frozen (soundtrack) released in 2013

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Lyrics

Intro

G C/G G A7

Kristoff

D A D D7 Reindeers are better than people G A F#m D7 Sven, don't you think that's true?

Sven

Em A Yeah, people will beat you D B and curse you and cheat you E A D Every one of them's bad except you

Kristoff

(no chord) A7 Oh, thanks buddy... D A D D7 But people smell better than reindeers G A F#m D7 Sven, don't you think I'm right?

Sven

Em A D B That's once again true, for all except you

Kristoff

E A Bm You got me, let's call it a night

Sven

E Good night...

Kristoff

D A7 D D6 Don't let the frostbite bite

Notes & Tabs

Guitar Chords Used

Here is how you play this song's chords on a guitar. Note that in the recorded version of this song, it is played via fingerpicked chords -- and often not all of the strings are plucked for any given chord. You can of course strum/pick the chords however you like, but take note of that if you're listening along for reference.

e-|---3----3----0---0----2---7---2----2----0----0-------2---
B-|---0----1----2---2----3---7---1----2----0----0---4---3---
G-|---0----0----2---0----2---7---2----2----0----1---4---4---
D-|---0----2----2---2----0---0---0----4----2----2---4---4---
A-|---2----x----0---0-----------------4----2----2---2---2---
E-|---3----3--------------------------2----0----0-----------
      G   C/G   A   A7   D   D6  D7  F#m   Em   E   B   Bm  

Intro Guitar Tab

Here is the guitar tab for the intro of this song -- as I play it, at least. This pretty much exactly matches up with the soundtrack version.

e-|---------------------------------0-----------------||
B-|----0-------1----0-------------2-------------------||
G-|----0-------0----0-----------0---------------------||
D-|----0-------2----0---------2-----------------------||
A-|-------------------------0-------------------------||
E-|----3-------3----3---------------------------------||
       G      C/G   G       A7 

Verse Guitar Tab

Here is the guitar tab used in the two verses in this song. This matches how I play it, which is very close to what you hear on the album. Note that some chords are plucked (all strings at once), while others are finger picked in an arpeggio fashion. You can do no wrong, really -- just learn the chords, know the words, and play it.

e-|---2-------------0-----------2---------------------|-
B-|---3-------------2-----------3--------------1------|-
G-|---2-------------2-----------2--------------2------|-
D-|---0-------------------------0--------------0------|-
A-|-----------------0---------------------------------|-
E-|---------------------------------------------------|-
      D             A           D              D7 
     "Reindeers are better than people..."

 -|----------------------------------5----------------|-
 -|------0-----------2---------------2---------1------|-
 -|------0-----------2---------------2---------2------|-
 -|------0-----------2---------------4---------0------|-
 -|------------------0--------------------------------|-
 -|------3--------------------------------------------|-
         G           A               F#m       D7 
     "...Sven, don't you think that's true?"

 -|--------------------------2------------------------|-
 -|------0-----------2-------3--------4---------------|-
 -|------0-----------2-------2--------4---------------|-
 -|------2-----------2-------0--------4---------------|-
 -|------------------0----------------2---------------|-
 -|------0--------------------------------------------|-
         Em          A       D        B 
     "...People will beat... curse... cheat..."

 -|-------------------------------------2-------------||
 -|------------0-------------2----------3-------------||
 -|------------1-------------2----------2-------------||
 -|------------2-------------2----------0-------------||
 -|--------------------------0------------------------||
 -|------------0--------------------------------------||
               E             A          D 
     "...every one of them's bad except you."

Ending Guitar Tab

Here is the guitar tab for the ending of the song (heard in the second verse only). For the final D6 chord, I typically will bar the 2nd fret when playing the D that comes before it, and slide that barred finger up to the 7 fret for the D6.

e-|---------------------------------------------------|-
B-|------------0-------------2---------3--------------|-
G-|------------1-------------2---------4--------------|-
D-|------------2-------------2---------4--------------|-
A-|--------------------------0---------2--------------|-
E-|------------0--------------------------------------|-
               E             A         Bm 
       "...you got me, let's call it a night...".

 -|----------------2-----------------------2-----/7---||
 -|---------0------3-------------2---------3-----/7---||
 -|---------1------2-------------2---------2-----/7---||
 -|---------2------0-------------2---------0------0---||
 -|------------------------------0--------------------||
 -|---------0-----------------------------------------||
            E      D             A         D      D6 
   "...good night, don't let the frostbite bite."

Props to the Original Songwriters

Of course, this song was not written by Jonathan Groff. It was composed by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and appears on the soundtrack to Disney's film "Frozen".

Videos

Official Soundtrack Recording

Here is the song as it appears in the movie and on the Frozen soundtrack. Listen along for reference, if you wish.

My Acoustic Performance

Here is a recording of me playing this song, using the chords and tabs shown above. May be useful to hear in context, in comparison to the original version.

Chord Progressions

"Reindeers are better than people..."
D .. A .. D   .. D7 ..
G .. A .. F#m .. D7 ..
"Yeah, people will beat you..."
Em .. A .. D .. B ..
E  .. A .. D .. D ..  

Song Info

Song: Reindeer(s) Are Better Than People
Artist: Jonathan Groff
Album: Frozen (soundtrack)
Year: 2013
Label: Disney

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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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