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Nothing Else Matters

Metallica

from the album Metallica released in 1992

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Lyrics

Intro

Em (with riff)

Verse

Em D C So close, no matter how far Em D C Couldn't give much more from the heart Em D C Forever trusting who we are G B7 Em And nothing else matters Never opened myself this way Life is ours, we live it our way All these words I don't just say And nothing else matters Trust I seek, and I find in you Everyday for us something new Open mind for a different view And nothing else matters

Chorus

CAmD C .....Never cared for what they do AmD C .....Never cared for what they know AmD Em .....But I know So close, no matter how far Couldn't give much more from the heart Forever trusting who we are And nothing else matters Never cared for what they do Never cared for what they know But I know (verse chords with solo) I never opened myself this way Life is ours, we live it our way All these words I don't just say And nothing else matters Trust I seek, and I find in you Everyday for us something new Open mind for a different view And nothing else matters Never cared for what they say Never cared for games they play Never cared for what they do Never cared for what they know And I know So close, no matter how far Couldn't give much more from the heart Forever trusting who we are No, nothing else matters (intro chords to end)

Notes & Tabs

Basic Chords Used

The chords used in this song can be played as follows. Open (simpler) versions are shown on the left, with barred (advanced) versions shown on the right. Feel free to mix these up depending on the circumstances (electric vs. acoustic, playing as a group vs. individual, etc).

e-|---0-----2----0----0----3----2----      ---7-----5----3----5----3----2----
B-|---0-----3----1----1----0----0----      ---8-----7----5----5----3----4----
G-|---0-----2----0----2----0----2----      ---9-----7----5----5----4----2----
D-|---2-----0----3----2----0----1----  or  ---9-----7----5----7----5----4----
A-|---2----------2----0----2----2----      ---7-----5----3----7----5----2----
E-|---0--------------------3---------      ---0---------------5----3---------
      Em    D    C    Am   G    B7            Em    D    C    Am   G    B7 

Main Intro Riff / Arpeggio

The opening riff can be played like this. In standard tuning, you can keep the fretboard entirely empty (technically these notes are in the chord of Em).

e-|------------0-----------------0-----------------0-----------------0--------
B-|---------0-----0-----------0-----0-----------0-----0-----------0-----0-----
G-|------0-----------0-----0-----------0-----0-----------0-----0-----------0--
D-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------
A-|---------------------------------------------------------------------------
E-|---0-----------------0-----------------0-----------------0-----------------
      Em 

Secondary Intro Riff

Later in the intro, this riff can be heard. It follows the EmDC progression you'll hear in the verse, and then (just like the verse) continues to the GB7 chords before going back to Em.

Version 1 (Open, simpler)
e-|-----------0----------2---------0---            -------3---------2-----0---
B-|----------0-----------3---------1---            -------0---------0-----0---
G-|---------0---------2------------0---            -------0---------2-----0---
D-|--------2-------0------------2------  3x, then  -------0-------1-------2---
A-|-------2------------------3---------            -----2-------2---------2---
E-|---0--------------------------------            ---3-------------------0---
      Em           D         C                        G         B7        Em 
Version 2 (Barred, advanced)
e-|-----------7----------5---------3---            -------3---------2-----0---
B-|----------8-----------7---------5---            -------3---------4-----0---
G-|---------9------------7---------5---            -------4---------2-----0---
D-|--------9----------7---------5------  3x, then  -------5-------4-------2---
A-|-------7--------5---------3---------            -----5-------2---------2---
E-|---0--------------------------------            ---3-------------------0---
      Em           D         C                        G         B7        Em 

Looking for the complete intro solo?

If you're looking for the complete intro solo, check out YouTube or other resources online -- other guitarists have covered that with greater skill than I can bring to the table. The chords and riffs above should otherwise be enough for you to make your way through this song adequately. Enjoy!

Chord Progressions

Intro

 Em (with riff)

Verse

"So close, no matter how far..."
| Em . . | .  . . | D  . . | C . . |
| Em . . | .  . . | D  . . | C . . |
| Em . . | .  . . | D  . . | C . . |
| G  . . | B7 . . | Em . . | . . . |

Chorus

"Never cared for what they do..."
| C  . . | Am . . | D . . | . . . |
| C  . . | Am . . | D . . | . . . |
| C  . . | Am . . | D . . | . . . |
| Em . . | .  . . | . . . | . . . |

Song Info

Song: Nothing Else Matters
Artist: Metallica
Album: Metallica
Year: 1992
Label: Elektra

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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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