I'm a huge fan of Lionel Richie and yes, I happen to have his book from Hal Leonard in my music library. Lionel Richie Anthology (Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook)
There's many arrangements that I love, so it's difficult to choose a favorite. Maybe someday we'll do a marathon post of his top hits. Are you familiar with the song, Love Will Conquer All?
"Love Will Conquer All" is a track from Lionel Richie's 1986 album "Dancing on the Ceiling". The song was written by Richie along with Greg Phillinganes and Cynthia Weil.
Oh, and awhile back I listed the chords to another cool song of Lionel's that I like, Jesus Is Love
Here's the chord chart I found online and then I'll do a chord breakdown for you. I believe the song is played in the Key of F.
Fsus2 Gm7 C7 Fsus2 A7sus4 A7 Dmaj7 oooo ooo oooooo whoa whoa whoa Gm7 C7 Fmaj7 Dm7 A7sus4 A7 Dmaj7 oooo ooo oooooo oooo whoa whoa whoa (Drums begin).....fade in synth on Fsus2 Gm7 C7 Fsus2 Here we are A7sus4 A7 Dmaj7 D6 Out here me and you F#+5/Ab Gm7 C7 Fmaj7 Dm7 Reaching out to each o-o-o ther A7sus4 A7 Dmaj7 Is all that we can do D7+5 Gm7 C7 Fmaj7 Here we stand A7sus4 A7 Dmaj7 D6 Trying not to fall F#+5/Ab Gm7 C7 Fmaj7 Dm7 There's no need to wo-o-o-r ry A7sus4 A7 Dmaj7 Love will conquer all Dm7 Gm7 Do you really wanna know C11 C7 Fmaj9 Just how long love will last Am7-5 D7 C7sus4/G All of the bad times, is past C11 C7 Fmaj9 Am7 D7-9 How can we make things right Gm9 Bbmaj7/C Am7 Am7-5 (ooh) And why, why is the world so un kind D7-9 D7 Gm7 We surely can find peace of mind C11 C7 F F C/F If we only see the light Am7 D7+5 Can we see that Gm7 C7 Fmaj7 here we are A7sus4 A7 Dmaj7 D6 Out here me and you F#+5/Ab Gm7 C7 Fmaj7 Dm7 reaching out to each o-o-o- ther A7sus4 A7 Dmaj7 Dm7 Is all that we can do Gm7 C7 Fmaj7 Here we stand A7sus4 A7 Dmaj7 D6 Trying not to fall F#+5/Ab Gm7 C7 Fmaj7 Dm7 There's no need to wo-o-o-r ry A7sus4 A7 Dmaj7 Love will conquer all Dm7 Gm7 Can somebody tell me why C11 C7 Fmaj7 Why do our dreams go wrong Am7-5 D7 Gm7 Why can't we all belong C11 Fmaj9 (ooh) where we do we start Am7 A+5/B Gm9 Oh, and tell me when C11 C7 Am7-5 When will we ever learn D7 Gm7 There's nowhere else we can turn C11 C7 F F C/F The truth is in our heart Am7 Dm7 Here we are together Gm7 C7 Fmaj7 A7sus4 A7 Dmaj7 D6 oooo ooo oooooo whoa whoa whoa F#7+5/Ab Gm7 C7 Fmaj7 Dm7 A7sus4 A7 Dmaj7 Dm7 (baby) oooo ooo oooooo oooo whoa whoa whoa Gm7 C7 Fmaj7 A7sus4 A7 Dmaj7 D6 oooo ooo oooooo ohh ohhh ohh F#7+5/Ab Gm7 C7 Fmaj7 Dm7 A7sus4 A7 Dmaj7 oooo ooo oooooo oooo whoa whoa whoa Bb C/Bb Bb C/Bb Sometimes the road gets hard to travel bass notes G Ab A Bb Gm7 Am7 Dm7 Sometimes the pain's too much to bare Bb C Am7 Sometimes when life seems to unravel Gm7 Gm9 Am7 That's the time, oh I'm saying Dm7 Am7 Bbmaj7 Am7 We gonna make it any wa-a-a-ay Dm7 D7+5 Can we see that Gm7 C7 Fmaj7 Here we are A7sus4 A7 Dmaj7 D6 Out here me and you F#+5/Ab Gm7 C7 Fmaj7 Dm7 Reaching out to each o-o-o ther A7sus4 A7 Dmaj7 Dm7 Is all that we can do F#+5/Ab Gm7 C7 Fmaj7 Here we stand A7sus4 A7 Dmaj7 D6 Trying not to fall F#+5/Ab Gm7 C7 Fmaj7 Dm7 There's no need to wo-o-o-r ry A7sus4 A7 Dmaj7 Dm7 D7+5 Love will conquer all
You'll want to play this piece with a moderate tempo, 4/4 time signature.
E/DA out here,
A/C#G me and
D6, Ab7+5, Gm7
C/GCE out to
Bb/FAD er is
E/DA all that
A/C#G we can
A/C#A not to
G/FBbD There's no
C/GCE need to
E/DA Love will
A/C#G conquer * last time to coda
D/AF# all. Do you really want to
C/FBbD just how long
C/FBbDE love will
F/EAC last? Will
A/EbGC all of the
D/CF#D bad times
G/BbDF How can we
C/BbDF make things
DC/EGF Ooh, and
C/FBbDF why is the
C/FBbDE world, C/EGD so un-
A/EbGC kind? We
D/GACEb sure-ly can
D/F#CF find peace of
G/FBbD mind if we
C/BbDFG see the
F/ACG light.* repeat to beginning
If you're wondering what keys to play in the chords, Am7add4 or Ab7-5 play:
A/GCD, then Ab/GbCD
Love Will Conquer All
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