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How to Play “Our Song” by Taylor Swift on Guitar

“Our Song” is a country-pop song by American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, released in 2006 as the third single from her debut album. The song was written by Swift when she was in ninth grade, and it tells the story of a young couple who use the events in their lives as a way to identify their song. The song has a catchy melody and simple chords that make it easy to play on guitar. In this article, we will show you how to play “Our Song” by Taylor Swift on guitar, with the chords, strumming pattern, and lyrics.

Chords

To play “Our Song” by Taylor Swift on guitar, you will need to know four basic chords: D, G, A, and Em. These are all open chords, meaning that you do not need to use a capo or barre any strings. Here are the chord diagrams for each chord:

                             OUR SONG – Taylor Swift
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
Tuning: Standard
 
There's more than one way you could play this,
I'm not sure how Taylor plays it because she mutes it a bit,
so you don't really hear the high strings.
 
   D   Em  G   A  or   D   Em7   G  Asus4
e|-2---0---3---0-|  e|-2----0----3----0-|
B|-3---0---3---2-|  B|-3----3----3----3-|
G|-2---0---0---2-|  G|-2----0----0----2-|
D|-0---2---0---2-|  D|-0----2----2----2-|
A|-x---2---2---0-|  A|-x----2----2----0-|
E|-x---0---3---x-|  E|-x----0----0----x-|
 
(You could even play Em7: 022033 and Asus4 x02233)
 
[Intro]
D Em G A x2
 
[Verse 1]
      D                      Em                 G                 A
I was riding shotgun with my hair undone in the front seat of his car
           D                  Em
He’s got a one-hand feel on the steering wheel
    G          A
The other on my heart
D                       Em
I look around, turn the radio down
        G                 A
He says baby is something wrong?
  D                 Em                G               A
I say nothing I was just thinking how we don’t have a song
 
And he says...
 
[Chorus]
D               Em
Our song is the slamming screen door,
G                          A
Sneakin’ out late, tapping on your window
D                  Em                 G
When we’re on the phone and you talk real slow
           A                        D
Cause it’s late and your mama don’t know
                Em
Our song is the way you laugh
    G                         A
The first date “man, I didn’t kiss her, but I should have”
Em             A                       Em
And when I got home ... before I said amen
          D   G
Asking God if he could play it again
 
[Interlude]
D Em G A
 
[Verse 2]
D                    Em                      G          A
I was walking up the front porch steps after everything that day
    D                      Em
Had gone all wrong or been trampled on
    G                A
And lost and thrown away
D                   Em             G            A
Got to the hallway, well on my way to my lovin’ bed
  D                    Em
I almost didn’t notice all the roses
G                A
And the note that said...
 
[Chorus]
D               Em
Our song is the slamming screen door,
G                          A
Sneakin’ out late, tapping on your window
D                  Em                 G
When we’re on the phone and you talk real slow
           A                        D
Cause it’s late and your mama don’t know
                Em
Our song is the way you laugh
    G                         A
The first date “man, I didn’t kiss her, but I should have”
Em             A                       Em
And when I got home ... before I said amen
          D   G
Asking God if he could play it again
 
[Interlude]
D Em G A
        Da da da da
D Em G A
 
[Bridge]
     Em                          G
I’ve heard every album, listened to the radio
D          A            Em
Waited for something to come along
            G
That was as good as our song
 
[Chorus]
D                     Em
Cause our song is the slamming screen door
G                          A         D
Sneaking out late, tapping on his window
                   Em                     G
When we’re on the phone and he talks real slow
                A                  D
Cause it’s late and his mama don’t know
                Em
Our song is the way he laughs
    G                         A
The first date “man, I didn’t kiss him, and I could have”
Em             A                       Em
And when I got home ... before I said amen
          D   G                 D Em G A
Asking God if he could play it again...
 
         D Em G A    D Em G A
Play it again... Ho yea ho yea
 
      D                      Em
I was riding shotgun with my hair undone
       G                 A
In the front seat of his car
D                      Em
I grabbed a pen and an old napkin
      G
And I... wrote down our song

You can also use some variations of these chords to add some flavor to your playing. For example, you can play Dsus4 (xx0233) instead of D, Gsus4 (320013) instead of G, Asus4 (x02230) instead of A, and Em7 (020000) instead of Em. These variations add some extra notes that create a suspended or seventh sound, which can make the chords sound more interesting.

Strumming Pattern

The strumming pattern for “Our Song” by Taylor Swift is fairly simple and consistent throughout the song. You can use a down-down-up-up-down-up pattern for each chord, or you can vary it slightly depending on how you feel the rhythm. The main thing is to keep the strumming steady and smooth, and to accent the first and third beats of each measure. Here is an example of how the strumming pattern looks like for the first line of the chorus:

D G A G 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + D D U U D U D D U U D U D D U U D U D D U U D U

Lyrics

Now that you know the chords and the strumming pattern, you can play along with the lyrics of “Our Song” by Taylor Swift. Here are the lyrics with the chords above them:

Verse 1: D G I was riding shotgun with my hair undone A G In the front seat of his car D G He’s got a one-hand feel on the steering wheel A G The other on my heart D G I look around, turn the radio down A G He says baby is something wrong? D G I say nothing I was just thinking how we don’t have a song A G And he says…

Chorus: D G Our song is the slamming screen door, A G Sneakin’ out late, tapping on your window D G When we’re on the phone and you talk real slow A G Cause it’s late and your mama don’t know D G Our song is the way you laugh A G The first date man, I didn’t kiss her, and I should have D G A G And when I got home … before I said amen D G A G D G A G Asking God if he could play it again

Verse 2: D G I was walking up the front porch steps after everything that day A G Had gone all wrong and been trampled on D G And lost and thrown away A G Got to the hallway, well on my way to my lovin’ bed D G I almost didn’t notice all the roses A G And the note that said…

(Repeat Chorus)

Bridge: Em A I’ve heard every album, listened to the radio Em A Waited for something to come along Em A That was as good as our song…

Verse 3: D G Cause our song is the slamming screen door A G Sneaking out late, tapping on his window D G When we’re on the phone and he talks real slow A G Cause it’s late and his mama don’t know D G Our song is the way he laughs A G The first date man, I didn’t kiss him, and I should have D G A G And when I got home … before I said amen D G A G D G A G Asking God if he could play it again

Outro: D G Play it again, play it again A G Oh yeah, oh yeah D G I was riding shotgun with my hair undone A G In the front seat of his car D G I grabbed a pen and an old napkin A G And I wrote down our song

Conclusion

“Our Song” by Taylor Swift is a fun and easy song to play on guitar, with only four basic chords and a simple strumming pattern. The song is a great example of how to use storytelling and imagery to create a memorable and catchy tune. If you want to learn more songs by Taylor Swift, you can check out some of her other hits, such as “You Belong With Me”, “Love Story”, and “Blank Space”. You can also search for more guitar lessons and tutorials on Bing. Happy playing!

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