How to Play Yellow by Coldplay | Lyrics with Guitar Chords

Yellow by Coldplay – Introduction

Yellow, is one of the biggest hits from Coldplay’s debut album Parachutes released in 2000. The song has stood the test of time and is still a favorite amongst fans. As shared by the band’s frontman Chris Martin, Yellow was inspired by a heartbreak and the lyrics are in reference to his unrequited love.

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Key of The Song: Yellow

The song is framed within the bright-sounding Key of B major. The song is unique in the sense that it features a slight modification of the E standard tuning for guitar. The chords employed in “Yellow” truly come to live when your high E string is tuned to D#. Simply tune your first string to the note in the 4th fret of the second string.

In terms of chord progressions, the song doesn’t feature many changes. The intro and the verses is based upon the following:

I – V – VI

This gives us B – F# – E.

The chorus is based on a three-chord progression that goes like this: IV – VI – V, which results in the chords E – G#min – F#.

Chords for Yellow

Much like most of Coldplay’s material, this tune relies on a simple structure and equally simple chords. Although the original version employs chords with tension notes, you can get away with simply strumming the following chords:

B major – F# major – Emaj – G# minor

As you will see in the video lesson provided to you below, you will not have to employ that many bar chords for this one, since the first string will be tuned down to D#, as explained above.


Emajor – G#minor – F#major –

Video Lesson – Yellow

Lyrics & Chords – Yellow

Bmaj                                                             F#maj
Look at the stars, look how they shine for you,

Emaj                             Bmaj
And everything you do, yeah, they were all yellow.

Bmaj                                             F#maj
I came along, I wrote a song for you,

Emaj                          Bmaj
And all the things you do, And it was called “Yellow”.

F#maj                                        Emaj7
So then I took my turn, Oh what a thing to have done,

And it was all yellow.


Emaj        G#min                     F#maj
Your skin, Oh yeah your skin and bones,

Emaj        G#min    F#maj
Turn into something beautiful,

Emaj                             G#min  F#maj
Do you know, You know I love you so,

You know I love you so.

Bmaj                                               F#maj
I swam across, I jumped to cross for you,

Emaj7                                         Bmaj
Oh, what a thing to do. ‘Cause you were all yellow,

Bmaj                                        F#maj
I drew a line, I drew a line for you,

Emaj7                               Bmaj
Oh what a thing to do, And it was all yellow.


(here you just play the chords played during the intro)
It’s true,
Look how they shine for you

Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And all the things that you do.

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