Adele “Set Fire to the Rain” Reggae Song, Chords, & Lyrics

Guitar Chords

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Lead Guitar


Song Lyrics

I let it fall, my heart,
And as it fell you rose to claim it
It was dark and I was over
Until you kissed my lips and you saved me

My hands, they’re strong
But my knees were far too weak,
To stand in your arms
Without falling to your feet

But there’s a side to you
That I never knew, never knew.
All the things you’d say
They were never true, never true,
And the games you play
You would always win, always win.

[Chorus:]
But I set fire to the rain,
Watched it pour as I touched your face,
Well, it burned while I cried
‘Cause I heard it screaming out your name, your name!

When I lay with you
I could stay there
Close my eyes
Feel you here forever
You and me together
Nothing is better

‘Cause there’s a side to you
That I never knew, never knew,
All the things you’d say,
They were never true, never true,
And the games you’d play
You would always win, always win.

[Chorus:]
But I set fire to the rain,
Watched it pour as I touched your face,
Well, it burned while I cried
‘Cause I heard it screaming out your name, your name!

I set fire to the rain
And I threw us into the flames
When it fell, something died
‘Cause I knew that that was the last time, the last time!

Sometimes I wake up by the door,
That heart you caught must be waiting for you
Even now when we’re already over
I can’t help myself from looking for you.

[Chorus:]
I set fire to the rain,
Watched it pour as I touched your face,
Well, it burned while I cried
‘Cause I heard it screaming out your name, your name

I set fire to the rain,
And I threw us into the flames
When it fell, something died
‘Cause I knew that that was the last time, the last time, ohhhh!

Oh noooo
Let it burn, oh
Let it burn
Let it burn

“Three Little Birds” Bob Marley Chords & Lyrics – Video Lesson

Video Lesson

Chord Chart Available in Songbook

reggae guitar lessons songbook

A chord - Bob Marley Song "Three little birds"  D chord - Bob Marley Song "Three little birds"  E chord - Bob Marley Song "Three little birds"

 Guitar Techniques

The lead guitar part is using a pattern of 6ths played with a finger and pick, called hybrid picking. Once you get comfortable picking pattern just move it up the neck to the E and D chords in the same barre chord shape. Also make sure to play your notes super short to get that staccato phrasing.

The guitar chords Bob Marley uses for this song and the classic I, IV, V chord progression in A major. These chords can be played in the open position for acoustic guitar, or you can play the barre chords I have outlined in the chord chart. The rhythm guitar part is played using a downstroke on the offbeat and is explained in detail in my lesson How to play Reggae Rhythm Guitar.

Rare Footage

History of Reggae Jazz with Ernest Ranglin

Ernest Ranglin is a Jamaican guitarist who is credited for inventing the ska guitar style of playing in the late 1950’s. He was also a session player at the famed Studio One where his guitar playing was featured on many reggae artist’s recordings including Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, and the Skatalites.

During the 1960’s & 70’s Ranglin continued to record classic reggae albums and blended the reggae and jazz music genre’s into his own style of guitar playing. He was inducted in the Jamaican Music hall of fame in 2008.

Essential Listening:

“Surfin” – Below the Bassline (1996)