More John Legend Songs for Piano



A very popular song amongst my high school piano students is called Ordinary People by John Legend. I have posted this song a few times on my blog before:

ladydpiano.blogspot.com/2008/11/ordinary-people-john-legend.html
ladydpiano.blogspot.com/2008_11_01_archive.html

Also, you'll find a teaching video on the intro to John's song, Ordinary People at:
How To Play Ordinary People

 "John Legend is back with “Evolver”, his new album. It is his third studio opus to date and confirms the undiminished talent of the singer/pianist. Moreover it demonstrates the musician’s knack for inspired songwriting and his ability to come up with original melodies that sound fresh, new."
The above quote was taken from an article written by  Jean-Claude Elias. You can view more at:
 John Legend Really Evolving?


I came upon another interesting article written by John Legend himself. Here's a bit of it:

"I believe in freedom of speech, and you have every right to print what you want. But freedom of speech still comes with responsibilities and consequences. You are responsible for printing this cartoon, and I hope you experience some real consequences for it. I'm personally boycotting your paper and won't do any interviews with any of your reporters, and I encourage all of my colleagues in the entertainment business to do so as well. I implore your advertisers to seriously reconsider their business relationships with you as well."
For more reading on this article, go to:
 John Legend's Open Letter

 So, I thought it would be pretty cool if I shared a few more songs by this great artist with you. If you have a favorite John Legend song, feel free to leave me a comment and I'll look into your request.

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Anyways, here are some more song requests. As always, it's great to hear from you.


* Piano Chords for We Just Don't Care


Intro
  Edim, Bdim, Edim, Bdim, Edim, 
Ddim, Ddim

Chorus
  Edim, Bdim, Edim, Bdim, Edim, 
Ddim, Ddim

Verse
  Edim, Bdim, Edim, Bdim, Edim, 
Ddim, Ddim
* Chords to Save Room


(verse chords)
Am7 Gmaj7
Am7 Gmaj7
Am7 Gmaj7
Cmaj7

Am7 Gmaj7
Am7 Gmaj7
Am7 Gmaj7
Cmaj7 B7
* Chord Chart to Refuge
Intro: 
C/E  F  G  F


Verse 1:
C         F
    I pray for better days to come
G/C                     F
    I pray that I would see the sun
C        F
    Cuz life is so burdensome
G/C                   F 
    When everyday's a rainy one
C                        F
    But suddenly there's no more clouds
G/C    F
    I believe without a doubt
C                       F
    That heaven sent an angel down
G/C                        F
    And then she turned my life around
C                 F
    You know and I know
G/C                     F
    Friends come and friends go
C                     F
    Storms rise and winds blow
G/C                 F
    But one thing I know for sure


Chorus:
          C/E     F    G
When it's cold outside
                     F
There's no need to worry cause
    C/E       F    G
I'm so warm inside
              F
You give me peace
         C/E        F    G
When the storm's outside
               F
Cause we're in love I know
      C/E  F     G
It'll be alright
               F
Alright it's alright

C/E  F  G  F
Oooh...

C/E  F  G  F
Oooh...


Verse 2:
C                           F
    Now peace is so hard to find
G/C                      F
    We're terrorized and victimized
C              F
    But when I close my eyes
G/C                     F
    And think of you to ease my mind
C                    F
    You take me to another place
G/C                           F
    There's no more war, just love and grace
C              F
    Baby you restore my faith
G/C                       F
    I know the struggle's not in vain
C                 F
    You know and I know
G/C                 F
    Through all the battles
C               F
    Baghdad to Israel
G/C                     F
    There's one thing I know for sure


Chorus:
          C/E     F    G
When it's cold outside
                     F
There's no need to worry cause
    C/E       F    G
I'm so warm inside
              F
You give me peace
         C/E        F    G
When the storm's outside
               F
Cause we're in love I know
      C/E  F     G
It'll be alright
               F
Alright it's alright


C/E                F
    Alright it's alright
G                  F
    Alright it's alright
C/E                F     G  F
    Alright it's alright


Chorus:
          C/E     F    G
When it's cold outside
                     F
There's no need to worry cause
    C/E       F    G
I'm so warm inside
              F
You give me peace
         C/E        F    G
When the storm's outside
               F
Cause we're in love I know
      C/E  F     G
It'll be alright
               F
Alright it's alright

(Keep playing the same chords)
Cuz you give me peace
In the middle of the storm
When it's cold you're keeping me warm
It's alright
It's alright
I'm never gonna leave
You give me what I need
It's alright, alright
That's it.. pretty much over and over.
 
* Chart to Everybody Knows 
Everybody Knows
John Legend

Intro:
Ab, Cm7, C#, Fm

Verse:
Ab                   Cm7                                Ab
It gets harder every day, but I can't seem to shake the pain
                                Cm7
I'm trying to find the words to say, please stay
Ab                       Cm7
It's written all over my face, I can't
C#
Function the same when you're not here
    Fm
I'm calling your name and no one's there
C#                 Eb_high                  Ab
And I hope one day you'll see nobody has it easy,
              Cm7                        C#
I still can't believe you found somebody new
                   Eb_high
But I wish you the best, I guess.

Chorus:
Ab               Cm7                       C#
'Cause everybody knows, that nobody really knows
               Fm       Eb_low
How to make it work or how to ease the hurt
Ab                 Cm7                    C#
We've heard it all before, that everybody knows
               Fm               Eb_low           Bbm   Fm
How to make it right, I wish we gave it one more try (try)
         Ab   Cm7
One more try (try)
         Bbm
One more try
                 Eb_low                   Ab
'Cause everybody knows, but nobody really knows

-Intro chords

Verse 2:
Ab                       Cm7                          Ab
I don’t care what people say, they’re probably lonely anyway
                        Cm7                 Ab
Baby don’t fill up your head, with he said, she said
                          Cm7
It seems like you just don’t know, (don’t know)
C#
The radios on, you tuning me out
    Fm
I’m trying to speak, you’re turning me down

C#                 Eb_high                  Ab
And I know one day you'll see nobody has it easy,
              Cm7                        C#
I still can't believe you found somebody new
                   Eb_high
But I wish you the best, I guess

Chorus:

Ab               Cm7                       C#
'Cause everybody knows, that nobody really knows
               Fm       Eb_low
How to make it work, or how to ease the hurt
Ab                 Cm7                    C#
We've heard it all before, that everybody knows
               Fm               Eb_low           Bbm   Fm
How to make it right, I wish we gave it one more try (try)
         Ab   Cm7
One more try  (try)
         Bbm
One more try
                 Eb_low                   Ab
'Cause everybody knows, but nobody really knows


Bridge:
Fm              Bbm
Oh I wish you'd understand
Bdim             Eb_high
Oh, just an ordinary man
Fm                  Bbm
Wish that we'd have known
Eb_high
Everybody knows, but nobody really knows
C#                       Eb_high             Ab
And I know one day you'll see, nobody has it easy
              Cm7                        C#
I still can't believe you found somebody new
               Eb_low
I wish you the best, I guess.

Chorus:
Ab               Cm7                       C#
'Cause everybody knows, that nobody really knows
               Fm       Eb_low
How to make it work, or how to ease the hurt
Ab                 Cm7                    C#
We've heard it all before, that everybody knows
               Fm               Eb_low           Bbm   Fm
How to make it right, I wish we gave it one more try (try)
         Ab   Cm7
One more try  (try)
         Bbm
One more try
                 Eb_low                   Ab
'Cause everybody knows, but nobody really knows
 All the best,
-- LadyD

"The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you." B.B.King
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