Things We Lost In the Fire – Introduction
Along with “Pompeii”, this song by British indie rockers Bastille is one of the successful singles off their debut album. Although indie bands tend to boast rather unpolished and simply produced records, Bastille’s sound can be described as hi-fi and very lush. This song in particular features multi-layered singing as well as sampled strings playing pizzicato overdubs, as well as vocal overdubs that bring the music closer to the electropop realm.
You can learn to play the complete “Things We Lost In the Fire” song with guitar chords, lyrics and a strumming trainer directly in the Uberchord app.
Things We Lost In the Fire – Key of the Song
The song is in the guitar-friendly Key of E-minor, which certainly eases thing up quite a bit. Unlike “Pompeii”, this song has a more varied structure, featuring a short modulation (change of key) in the middle of the song.
The song is based on two turnarounds. The intro features the following:
i – VI – VII
i – VI – iv – VII
You’d thus have Emin – C – D – Emin – C – Amin – D
Both verses and chorus feature the following:
i – VII – v = VI
Emin – D – Bmin – C
Then there is the aforementioned modulation to the key of A minor around the middle. This modulation is done without much preparation, but it still fits the overall vibe of the tune:
i – VI – III – VII
Amin – Fmaj – Cmaj – Gmaj
In general, these are very common turnarounds. If I were you I’d pay special attention to both of them as you’ll encounter in several other songs.
Things We Lost In the Fire – Lyrics & Chords
The chords you will need are quite simple to fret. C-major seems to cause headaches to several beginners, so make sure your fingers are properly placed, so as to avoid muting strings.
Em C D Things we lost to the flame Em C Am D Things we'll never see again Em C D All that we've amassed Em C Am D Sits before us, shattered into ash Chorus Em D These are the things, the things we lost Bm C The things we lost in the fire fire fire Em D These are the things, the things we lost Bm C The things we lost in the fire fire fire Em D We sat and made a list Bm C Of all the things that we have Em D Down the backs of table tops Bm C Ticket stubs and your diaries Em D I read them all one day Bm C When loneliness came and you were away Em D Oh they told me nothing new, Bm C But I love to read the words you used Chorus Em D I was the match and you were the rock Bm C Maybe we started this fire Em D We sat apart and watched Bm C All we had burned on the pyre Em D (You said) we were born with nothing Bm C And we sure as hell have nothing now Em D (You said) we were born with nothing Bm C And we sure as hell have nothing now Chorus Am F C G Do you understand that we will never be the same again? Am F C G Do you understand that we will never be the same again? Am F C G The future's in our hands and we will never be the same again Am F C G The future's in our hands and we will never be the same again Chorus Ending Em C D Flames they licked the walls Em C Am D Tenderly they turned to dust all that I adore
Video Tutorial – Things We Lost In the Fire
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