Learn How To Play American Dream

Casting Crowns
Cover of Casting Crowns


In 2003, Mark Hall and Hector Cervantes wrote American Dream. The sheet music for the piano is in the Key of D. I've been playing the piano for quite sometime now and have found that the D5 piano chord is really easy to play. Do you have a favorite Casting Crown song? One of my favorites that I have blogged about earlier is, Voice of Truth.

American Dream by Casting Crowns

Intro 
D               Bm                         D
All work no play may have made Jack a dull boy
                Bm                            D      
But all work no God has left Jack with a lost soul
               D
But he's moving on full steam
Bm                               D
He's chasing the American dream
                              Bm            
And he's gonna give his family finer things


D...Bm...x2

verse 1
D             Bm                           D
Not this time son I've no time to waste
          Bm                             D
Maybe Tomorrow we'll have time to play 
                       Bm             D
And then he slips into his new BMW
                          Bm                       E
And drives farther and farther and farther away

Pre-chorus 1
E                     G                          D
'Cause  he works all day and tries to sleep at night 
E                             G                D
He says things will get better; better in time

Chorus 
D                  Gm                   Bm          
'Cause he works and he builds with his own two hands
D            Gm               Bm                  
And he pours all he has in a castle made with sand 
D             Gm             Bm             
But the wind and the rain are comin' crashing in 
D             Gm                          D      D Bm Gm
Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands
               D Bm Gm
His kingdom stands

Verse 2
D                   Bm
His American dream is begining to seem 
D                             Bm
More and More like a nightmare
                       D
with every passing day
                                 Bm
"Daddy, can you come to my game?" 
                                   D
"Oh Baby, please don't work late."
                         Bm
Another wasted weekend
                           E
And they are slipping away
Pre-Chorus 2
E                     G                          D
'Cause he works all day and lies awake at night 
E                             G                
He tells them  things will get better
                                    D
It'll just take a little more time

Chorus

Verse 3
D                              Bm          
He used to say, "Who ever died with the most toys wins."
D                         Bm
But if he loses his soul, what has he gained in the end
D
I'll take a shack on a rock 
Bm                        E
Over a castle in the sand


Pre-chorus 3
E                     G                          D
Now he works all day and cries alone at night 
E                             G                
It's not getting any better 

Looks like he's running out of time

Chorus

Outro 
D
All they really wanted was you
D
All they really wanted was you
D
All they really wanted was you
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Piano Chords: 

Intro 
D               Bm                         D
All work no play may have made Jack a dull boy
                Bm                            D      
But all work no God has left Jack with a lost soul
               D
But he's moving on full steam
Bm                               D
He's chasing the American dream
                              Bm            
And he's gonna give his family finer things


D...Bm...x2

verse 1
D             Bm                           D
Not this time son I've no time to waste
          Bm                             D
Maybe Tomorrow we'll have time to play 
                       Bm             D
And then he slips into his new BMW
                          Bm                       E
And drives farther and farther and farther away

Pre-chorus 1
E                     G                          D
'Cause  he works all day and tries to sleep at night 
E                             G                D
He says things will get better; better in time

Chorus 
D                  Gm                   Bm          
'Cause he works and he builds with his own two hands
D            Gm               Bm                  
And he pours all he has in a castle made with sand 
D             Gm             Bm             
But the wind and the rain are comin' crashing in 
D             Gm                          D      D Bm Gm
Time will tell just how long his kingdom stands
               D Bm Gm
His kingdom stands

Verse 2
D                   Bm
His American dream is begining to seem 
D                             Bm
More and More like a nightmare
                       D
with every passing day
                                 Bm
"Daddy, can you come to my game?" 
                                   D
"Oh Baby, please don't work late."
                         Bm
Another wasted weekend
                           E
And they are slipping away
Pre-Chorus 2
E                     G                          D
'Cause he works all day and lies awake at night 
E                             G                
He tells them  things will get better
                                    D
It'll just take a little more time

Chorus

Verse 3
D                              Bm          
He used to say, "Who ever died with the most toys wins."
D                         Bm
But if he loses his soul, what has he gained in the end
D
I'll take a shack on a rock 
Bm                        E
Over a castle in the sand


Pre-chorus 3
E                     G                          D
Now he works all day and cries alone at night 
E                             G                
It's not getting any better 

Looks like he's running out of time

Chorus

Outro 
D
All they really wanted was you
D
All they really wanted was you
D
All they really wanted was you
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You can get free piano sheet music, here
 
I play this piano song moderately slow in 4/4 time. Here are my chords: 

D5                Bm
All work no play may have made Jack a dull  
D5
boy
                           Bm
But all work no God has left Jack with a lost  
D5
soul
But he’s moving
            Bm
on full steam
He’s chasing the American dream
D5  Bm  D5  Bm
D5                        Bm
Not this time son I’ve no time to waste
D5        Bm
Maybe Tomorrow we’ll have time to play  
D5                                     Bm
And then he slips into his new BMW
D5                                 Bm                       E5
And drives farther and farther and farther away
E 
E5
‘Cause he works all day
G5
ay and tries to sleep at ni
D5
ght
E5                                 D/F#
He says things will get better
Gsus2
; better in time
D 
D5                       G5                 B5            G5
‘Cause he works and he builds with his own two hands
D5                   G5          B5         G5                        B5
And he pours all he has in a castle made with sand
D5                    D5             G5
But the wind and the rain are comin’ crashing in
B5              D5               G5
Time will tell just how long his kingdom s
D5        Bm
tands
D 
His kingdom sta
D5
nds
D5                              Bm
His American dream is begining to seem
D5                               Bm
More and More like a nightmare
with every passing day
D5
“Oh Baby, please don’t work late.”
D 
And they are slipping away
E5
E 
‘Cause he works all da
G5
y and lies awake at night  
D5
E5                                    D/F#
He tells them things will get
Gsus2
better
It’ll just take a little more time
D5
D(add4)                                         Gmaj7/B
He used to say, “Who ever died with the most toys wins.”
D                             Gmaj7/B
But if he loses his soul, what has he gained in the end
D(add4)
I’ll take a shack on a rock
Gmaj7/B
Over a castle in the sand
E 
E5                       D/F#
Now he works all day a
G5
nd cries alone at night  
D 
E 
It’s not getting any better  
G 
D(add4)
All they really wanted was you
D 
All they really wanted was you
D 
All they really wanted was you
How To Learn To Play Piano

So when you look at this particular chord chart, remember to think about slash chords. You'll be using both hands on the piano with each chord. Example: left hand notes/ right hand notes.
Here are some random piano chords in the song, using different inversions sometimes. 

D5 = DA/ D

Bm = BF#/ F#

D5 = DA/ F#

Bm = BF#/ D

D5 = D/ AD

Bm = B/ ADEF#

D5 = D/ ADF#

Bm = B/ ADE

E5 = EB/ BE

G5 = GD/ D

D5 = DA/ A

D/F# = F#D/ AD

Gsus2 = GD/ GAD

D5 = DAD/ A

G5 = GDG/ A

B5 = BF#/A

G5 = GDG/ A

D5 = DAD/ DA

Bm/D = DB/ ADEF#

D(add4) = D/ EA

Gmaj7/B = BF#/ F#

D5 = DAD/F#A

G5 = GDG/ AD

B5 = BF#/ F#B

A5 = AE/ EA

D(add4) = DAD/ AD

Last Chord: DAD/ GADF#



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