I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor | Lyrics with Guitar Chords

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I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor was released in 1978. The song was written by two former writers for Motown who wanted to write something to help them move on. It was recorded in only a few hours as Gaynor and the producers had intended the song to only be a B side track to another single they had produced.

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Key of the Song:

The original key of I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor is in A minor.

Guitar Chords for I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor

This song will have plenty of new chord shapes and changes to challenge many players. When learning chords like this, you should try to see how it relates to chords you already know like Am and Dm. Once you compare the shapes of the chords below to the ones you already know, then you’ll have an easy time adjusting your fingerings and preparing for the changes.

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I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor – Lyrics with Chords

[Verse 1]
 
   Am7                       Dm7
At first I was afraid, I was petrified
              G7                             Cmaj7
Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side
           Fmaj7                         Bm7b5
But then I spent so many nights thinking how you did me wrong
           Esus4             E
And I grew strong, I learned how to get along
              Am7             Dm7
And so you're back from outer space
              G              G7                 Cmaj7
I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face
              Fmaj7                                Bm7b5
I should have changed that stupid lock I should have made you leave your key
         Esus4                              E
If I had known for just one second you'd be back to bother me
 
 
[Chorus]
 
          Am7             Dm7
Go on now go, walk out the door
          G         G7                 Cmaj7
Just turn around now 'cause you're not welcome anymore
Fmaj7                            Bm7b5
Weren't you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye
              Esus4                      E
Did you think I'd crumble? Did you think I'd lay down and die
 
           Am7          Dm7
Oh no, not I, I will survive
   G              G7             Cmaj7
As long as I know how to love I know I'll stay alive
         Fmaj7                         Bm7b5
I've got all my life to live, I've got all my love to give
            Esus4           E          Am7
And I'll survive, I will survive, hey hey
 
 
[Instrumental]
 
Am7   Dm7    G    G7    Cmaj7    Fmaj7    Bm7b5    Esus4  E
 
 
[Verse 2]
 
        Am7                           Dm7
It took all the strength I had not to fall apart
            G                G7           Cmaj7
Kept trying hard to mend the pieces of my broken heart
            Fmaj7                          Bm7b5
And I spent oh so many nights just feeling sorry for myself
          Esus4           E
I used to cry,  but now I hold my head up high
            Am7         Dm7
And you see me somebody new
             G                 G7              Cmaj7
I'm not that chained up little person still in love with you
           Fmaj7                            Bm7b5
And so you felt like dropping in and just expect me to be free
        Esus4                        E
Now I'm saving all my loving for someone who's loving me
 
 
[Chorus]
 
          Am7             Dm7
Go on now go walk out the door
          G         G7                 Cmaj7
Just turn around now 'cause you're not welcome anymore
Fmaj7                            Bm7b5
Weren't you the one who tried to break me with goodbye
              Esus4                      E
Did you think I'd crumble? Did you think I'd lay down and die?
 
           Am7          Dm7
Oh no, not I, I will survive
   G              G7                 Cmaj7
Oh as long as I know how to love I know I'll stay alive
         Fmaj7                         Bm7b5
I've got all my life to live, I've got all my love to give
            Esus4           E
And I'll survive, I will survive, oh ..... 
 
 
[Chorus]
 
          Am7             Dm7
Go on now go walk out the door
          G         G7                 Cmaj7
Just turn around now 'cause you're not welcome anymore
Fmaj7                            Bm7b5
Weren't you the one who tried to break me with goodbye
              Esus4                      E
Did you think I'd crumble? Did you think I'd lay down and die?
 
           Am7          Dm7
Oh no, not I, I will survive
   G              G7                 Cmaj7
Oh as long as I know how to love I know I'll stay alive
         Fmaj7                         Bm7b5
I've got all my life to live, I've got all my love to give
            Esus4           E             Am7
And I'll survive, I will survive, I will survive
 
 
[Instrumental]
 
Am7   Dm7    G    G7    Cmaj7    Fmaj7    Bm7b5    Esus4  E
 
 
[Verse 3]
 
        Am7                           Dm7
It took all the strength I had not to fall apart
            G                G7           Cmaj7
Kept trying hard to mend the pieces of my broken heart
            Fmaj7                          Bm7b5
And I spent oh so many nights just feeling sorry for myself
          Esus4           E
I used to cry,  but now I hold my head up high
            Am7         Dm7
And you see me somebody new
             G                 G7              Cmaj7
I'm not that chained up little person still in love with you
           Fmaj7                            Bm7b5
And so you felt like dropping in and just expect me to be free
        Esus4                        E
Now I'm saving all my loving for someone who's loving me
 
 
[Chorus]
 
          Am7             Dm7
Go on now go walk out the door
          G         G7                 Cmaj7
Just turn around now 'cause you're not welcome anymore
Fmaj7                            Bm7b5
Weren't you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye
              Esus4                      E
Did you think I'd crumble? Did you think I'd reach out and die?
 
           Am7          Dm7
Oh no, not I, I will survive
   G              G7                 Cmaj7
Oh as long as I know how to love I know I'll stay alive
         Fmaj7                             Bm7b5
I've got all my life to live, and I've got all my love to give
            Esus4           E
And I'll survive, I will survive, I will survive
 
 
[Instrumental]
 
Am7   Dm7    G    G7    Cmaj7    Fmaj7    Bm7b5    Esus4  E
 
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