Desperado Chords & Guitar Lesson

Welcome to my Desperado Chord Chart by the Eagles. This is a super cool song in that it has a lot of chord variations and uses a lot of 7 chords. I would consider this a more intermediate song due to the lack of repetition in chords and variety. You really have to pay attention to this one.

Ideally, if I were going to play this song, I would finger pick it since it's played on a piano, but I'll give you a general strumming pattern you can use. Each chord is this chart is 2 beats each.

Desperado Guitar Chords:

Desperado Strumming Patterns:

Strum Pattern 1:
1  2 + 3 4 +

Strum Pattern 2:
1  2 + a  3 4 + a

Desperado Guitar Lesson:

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Desperado Chord Chart:

Intro:|G G7| |C C7| |G Em7| |A7 D7| (Hold)
             |G    G7|                          |C                          C7|
Desperado,   why don't you come to your senses
                    |G                Em7|         |A7             D7|
You been out ridin’   fences for so long now
                        |G            G7|                     |C                         C7|
Oh, you're a hard one,   I know that you got your reasons,
               | G                 A7|                               |A7                        D7|     |G        D/F#|
These things that are pleasin' you can hurt you somehow
                    |Em                               Bm|
Don't you draw the queen of diamonds boy,
          | C                              G |
She'll beat you if she's able,
                            |Em7                          C|                              |G      D/F#|
You know the queen of hearts is always your best bet
              | Em                              Bm|                                   |C                           G|
Now it seems to me some fine things have been laid upon your table
                 |Em                      A7|                    |Am7      D7|
But you only want the ones you can't get
              |G    G7|                      |C                 C7|
Desperado,    oh you ain't gettin' no younger,
          |G                        Em7|                      |A7               D7|
Your pain and your hunger, they're drivin' you home
               |G      G7|                                |C                                          C7|
And freedom,  oh freedom, well that's just some people talkin'
        | G              Em7|                     |A7                         D7|   |G     D/F#|
Your prison is walkin' through this world all alone
                       |Em                                Bm|
Don't your feet get cold in the winter time
         |C                                            G |
The sky won't snow and the sun won't shine
        |Em7                         C|                             |G        D/F#|
It's hard to tell the nighttime from the day
              |Em                  Bm|
You're losin' all your highs and lows
               |C                          G|                 |Am7       D7|
Ain't it funny how the feelin' goes away
             |G     G7|                            |C                      C7|
Desperado,     why don't you come to your senses
                |G                          Em7|       |A7           D7|
Come down from your fences, open the gate
                    |G       G7|                          |C             C7|
It may be rainin',   but there's a rainbow above
                      |G                        Em|         |C                         A7|
You better let somebody love you, (let somebody love you)
|                     |G                       Em|               |D7                    G|
You better let somebody love you before it's too late
|G G7| |C C7| G (hold)

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