American post-grunge band 3 Doors Down landed a major hit with their debut album “The Better Life”, which has sold over five million copies. The lyrics in “Be like that”, the fourth single off the same album, deal with following one’s dreams. The song features a radio-friendly mix of multi-layered acoustic guitars coupled with rock guitars and a simple, yet solid rhythm section.
The band’s frontman and songwriter Brad Arnold claims the writing process was non-linear and that the lyrics for the chorus and verses were written separately. The guitar riff you hear at the beginning was also written by him by means of trial and error. An edited version of the song was featured in the soundtrack for the movie American Pie 2.
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Key of the Song: G major
Be Like That is in the guitar-friendly Key of G major, which makes the song quite simple to play and will not require as much effort as the tunes discussed in previous articles.
You will be dealing with the following chord progressions:
I – V – vi – IV is the turnaround you will be playing for both strophes and verses.
G – D – Emin – C
There is a section where you have
ii – IV – I
Amin Cmaj Gmaj
ii – IV – I – III7
Amin Cmaj Gmaj B7 Cmaj
Be Like That Chords
This tune is fairly uncomplicated to play. You can make use of chords you’re most likely acquainted with:
G – D – Em – C – Am – B7
Some guitar teachers don’t lie when they tell you that these four chords are very important, do they…
Though if you want to get as close to the original as possible, you’d have Dsus2 instead of D and Emin7 instead of Emin and Csus2 instead of Cmaj.
That’s pretty much it.
Be Like That – Video Lesson
This is by far the best lesson I’ve encountered.
Be Like That – Lyrics & Chords
G, Dsus2, Em7, Cadd9
He spends his nights in California
Watching the stars on the big screen
Then he lies awake and wonders
Why can’t that be me?
Cause in his life he’s filled with all these good intentions.
He’s left a lot of things he’d rather not mention right now.
But just before he says goodnight,
He looks up with a little smile at me and he says
If I could be like that
I’d give anything
Just to live one day
In those shoes.
If I could be like that, what would I do?
What would I do?
Am Cadd9 G
Now and dreams we run.
She spends her days up in the north park,
watching the people as they pass.
And all she wants is just a little piece of this dream,
is that too much to ask?
G Dsus2 Em7 Cadd9
With a safe home and a warm bed, on a quiet little street.
G Dsus2 Em7 C
All she wants is just that something to hold onto, that’s all she needs.
Am C G
I’m falling into this, in dreams, we run away.
C G G
I feel I am falling into this again.
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