Desperado by The Eagles was released in 1973. The song was one of the first Glenn Frey and Don Henley wrote together. Despite its popularity today, the song was not a hit at first until it was covered by Linda Ronstadt.
You can learn to play Desperado by The Eagles with guitar chords, lyrics and a strumming trainer directly in the Uberchord app. This app listens to your guitar chords and gives you visual feedback in real-time in case you make a mistake.
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Key of the Song:
The original key of Desperado by The Eagles is in G major.
Guitar Chords for Desperado by The Eagles
The challenging part about this song, like others, is that it’s originally written for piano. This means many of the chord voicings below won’t match what you hear on the record. Some of these chords may be unfamiliar too, due to the “slash” markings (G7/D).
However there are lots of rewards to working these details out. The chords themselves will suit just fine for playing along with the song’s melodies though.
Desperado by The Eagles – Lyrics with Chords
[Intro] G G7/D C Cm G Em7 A7 D7 [Verse] G Dm7add11 C Cm Desperado, why don't you come to your senses? G Em7 A7 D7 You been out ridin' fences for so long now G Gadd11 C Cm Oh, you're a hard one, I know that you got your reasons, G Baug Em7 A7 D7 G D/F# These things that are pleasin' you can hurt you somehow [Chorus] Em Bm Don't you draw the queen of diamonds boy, C G She'll beat you if she's able, Em7 C G D/G D/F# You know the queen of hearts is always your best bet Em Bm C G Now it seems to me some fine things have been laid upon your table Em A7 Am7 D But you only want the ones you can't get [Verse] G Dm7add11 C Cm Desperado, oh you ain't gettin' no younger, G Em7 A7 D7 Your pain and your hunger, they're drivin' you home G Dm7add11 C Cm And freedom, well, that's just some people talkin' G B7 Em7 A7 D7 G D Your prison is walkin' through this world all alone [Chorus] Em Bm Don't your feet get cold in the winter time? C G The sky won't snow and the sun won't shine Em7 C G D/F# It's hard to tell the night time from the day Em Bm You're losin' all your highs and lows C G Am7 Am7add11 D Ain't it funny how the feelin' goes away [Verse] G Dm7add11 C Cm Desperado, why don't you come to your senses G D/B Em A7 D7 Come down from your fences, open the gate G G7 C Cm It may be rainin', but there's a rainbow above you G B7 Em C C/B Am7 You better let somebody love you, G B7 Em C Am7add11 G You better let somebody love you before it's too late [Outro] G G7/D C Cm G