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Take On Me

A-ha

from the album Hunting High and Low released in 1985

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Lyrics

Intro

Bm ... (freely, build up) Bm ... E ... A ... D ... (with intro riff, 3x)

Verse

Bm E A D We're talking away...... I don't know what... I'm to say Bm E A D I'll say it anyway... today's another day to find you Bm E F#m D ...Shying away............ I'll be coming for your love, okay

Chorus

A E/G# F#m D Take... on... me... (take on me) A E/G# F#m D Take... me... on... (take on me) A E/G# F#m D I'll... be... gone... A E/G# D E In a day or two-------- Bm E A D So, needless to say...... I'm odds and ends... but I'll be---- Bm E A D Stumbling away...... slowly learning that life is okay Bm E F#m D Say after me............ "It's no better to be safe than sorry" A E/G# F#m D Take... on... me... (take on me) A E/G# F#m D Take... me... on... (take on me) A E/G# F#m D I'll... be... gone... A E/G# D E In a day or two--------

Bridge

C#m ... C#m ... G ... G ... C#m ... C#m ... G ... G ... Bm ... Bm ... E ... E ... ...then, intro riff x3 Bm E A D Oh, things that you say.....oh... is it life or just to play Bm E A D My worries away..... you're all the things I've got to remember Bm A F#m D ...You're shying away........ I'll be coming for you anyway A E/G# F#m D Take... on... me... (take on me) A E/G# F#m D Take... me... on... (take on me) A E/G# F#m D I'll... be... gone... A E/G# D E In a day-------------------- (repeat chord as desired, fade into glorious oblivion)

Notes & Tabs

How to Play the Chords on Guitar

Here are the tabs for how to play the necessary chords for this song on guitar. Note that I'm including the basic E chord, as well as the E/G# -- the latter being much trickier to play, and optional should you want a more advanced manner to play the song. If the E/G# is giving you problems, you can replace it with a standard E chord and be just fine.

e-|---0----2----0----x----2----2----4----3----
B-|---2----3----0----5----3----2----5----0----
G-|---2----2----1----4----4----2----6----0----
D-|---2----0----2----2----4----4----6----0----
A-|---0---------2----x----2----4----4----2----
E-|-------------0----4---------2---------3----
      A    D    E   E/G#  Bm  F#m  C#m   G 

Intro Tab, Simple

This approach to the intro tab utilizes the open E string as much as possible, which undoubtedly makes it easier for you to play. This is the same version described in the Marty Schwartz video guitar lesson included on this page.

e-|---2--2----------------|---0--0---0--4--4--5--7---|-
B-|----------3------------|--------------------------|-
G-|--------------4---4----|--------------------------|-
D-|-----------------------|--------------------------|-
A-|-----------------------|--------------------------|-
E-|-----------------------|--------------------------|-
      Bm                      E 

 -|---5--5--5----0--------|---2--2---2--0--0--2--0---||
 -|------------------3----|--------------------------||
 -|-----------------------|--------------------------||
 -|-----------------------|--------------------------||
 -|-----------------------|--------------------------||
 -|-----------------------|--------------------------||
      A                       D 

Intro Tab, Advanced

Here is a sightly more advanced approach to the intro, should you want to be able to strum the full chords a bit while you play. Here, in the beginning of each measure I show the chord placement your hands should be in. This allows you to strum all strings used in the chord, while at the same time emphasizing the strings heard in the main melody. This version matches Totally Guitars lesson included on this page.

e-|---2--2----------------|--(4)---------4--4--5--7--|-
B-|---3------3------------|---5--5---5---------------|-
G-|---4----------4---4----|---4----------------------|-
D-|---4-------------------|---6----------------------|-
A-|---2-------------------|--------------------------|-
E-|-----------------------|--------------------------|-
      Bm                      E 

 -|---5--5--5-------------|---2--2---2--0--0--2--0---||
 -|---5----------5--------|---3----------------------||
 -|---6--------------7----|---2----------------------||
 -|---7-------------------|---0----------------------||
 -|---0-------------------|--------------------------||
 -|-----------------------|--------------------------||
      A                       D 

Videos

Official Music Video

To hear the album recording along with the official music video, check out this video.



Recommended Guitar Lessons

There are a few great guitar tutorials for this song. I would start by recommending that of Marty Schwartz, whose guitar lesson can be found here:



Also, there is that from Totally Guitars. While this video is only a teaser, you can immediately see the different approach taken to playing the intro riff with full chord strumming (while the Marty version is more simply concerned with picking a single string at a time).



Chord Progressions

Intro

| Bm . . . | E . . . | A . . . | D . . . | (with riff, repeat as desired)

Verse

"We're talking away, I don't know what I'm to say..."
| Bm . . . | E . . . | A   . . . | D . . . |
| Bm . . . | E . . . | A   . . . | D . . . |
| Bm . . . | E . . . | F#m . . . | D . . . |

Chorus

"Take on me..."
| A . . . | E/G# . . . | F#m . . . | D . . . |
| A . . . | E/G# . . . | F#m . . . | D . . . |
| A . . . | E/G# . . . | F#m . . . | D . . . |
| A . . . | E/G# . . . | D   . . . | E . . . |

Bridge

| C#m . . . | C#m . . . | G . . . | G . . . |
| C#m . . . | C#m . . . | G . . . | G . . . |
| Bm  . . . | Bm  . . . | E . . . | E . . . |

Song Info

Song: Take On Me
Artist: A-ha
Album: Hunting High and Low
Year: 1985
Label: Warner Bros.

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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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