“Come As You Are” is a seminal song by Nirvana, showcasing their signature grunge sound and introspective lyrics. Released as the second single from their iconic album “Nevermind,” the song resonated with listeners worldwide. With its instantly recognizable guitar riff and Kurt Cobain’s haunting vocals, “Come As You Are” became an anthem of self-acceptance and nonconformity.
Chords Used in Standard C Tuning (GCEA):
Here’s a suggested strumming pattern for the song:
Down, down, up, up, down, up
To break it down further:
- Start with a downward strum on the first beat.
- Follow with another downward strum on the second beat.
- On the third beat, do an upward strum.
- On the fourth beat, do another upward strum.
- Finally, on the last two beats, do a downward strum followed by an upward strum.
This pattern repeats throughout the song for most of the verses and the chorus. It’s important to note that the strumming pattern may vary slightly depending on your interpretation or personal style, so feel free to experiment and adjust it to your liking.
Remember to listen to the song for reference and practice along with it to get the timing and feel of the strumming pattern just right.
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“Come As You Are” Song Facts
Here are some interesting facts about the song:
- Release: The song was released as the second single from Nirvana’s second studio album, “Nevermind,” which came out on September 24, 1991.
- Composition: “Come As You Are” was written by Kurt Cobain, the lead vocalist and guitarist of Nirvana. The song showcases Cobain’s signature grunge style and introspective lyrics.
- Chart Success: The song achieved significant commercial success, reaching number 32 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. It also performed well internationally and became one of Nirvana’s most recognizable and enduring songs.
- Borrowed Bassline: The bassline in “Come As You Are” bears a resemblance to a song called “Eighties” by the British band Killing Joke. However, Nirvana and their label settled the matter amicably out of court.
- Iconic Opening: The distinctive guitar riff that opens the song is instantly recognizable and has become one of the most iconic and memorable guitar hooks in rock music.
- Lyric Interpretation: The lyrics of “Come As You Are” have been subject to various interpretations. Some suggest it reflects Cobain’s struggle with his own identity and authenticity, while others see it as a commentary on societal expectations and conformity.
- Music Video: The song’s music video was directed by Kevin Kerslake and features the band performing in a small, dimly lit room. It incorporates visual effects and has a surreal, dream-like quality.
- MTV Unplugged Performance: Nirvana also performed “Come As You Are” during their famous MTV Unplugged session in 1993. Their acoustic rendition of the song showcased their ability to adapt their grunge sound to a stripped-down, intimate setting.
“Come As You Are” remains one of Nirvana’s most beloved and recognizable songs, contributing to the band’s significant impact on the grunge and alternative rock genres.
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Text Version of Chords
[Intro] Em D Em D Em D Em D [Verse 1] Em D Em D Em Come as you are, as you were, as I want you to be D Em D As a friend, as a friend, as and old enemy Em D Em D Em Take your time, hurry up, choice is yours, don't be late D Em D Take a rest as a friend as and old [Bridge] E G E G E G E G Memori_a memori_a, memori_a, memori_a, [Verse 2] Em D Em D Em Come doused in mud, soaked in bleach, as I want you to be D Em D As a trend, as a friend as an old [Bridge] E G E G E G E G Memori_a, memori_a, memori_a, memori_a [Chorus] A C A And I swear that I don't have a gun C A No, I don't have a gun C A C No, I don't have a gun [Solo] Em D Em D Em D Em D Em D Em D Em D Em D Em D Em G [Bridge] E G E G E G E G Memori_a, memori_a, memori_a, memori_a [Chorus] A C A And I swear that I don't have a gun C A No, I don't have a gun C A No, I don't have a gun C A No, I don't have a gun C A C No, I don't have a gun [Outro] Em D Em D Em D Em D Em