Beyoncé - If I Were A Boy Guitar Chords

Beyoncé

dance pop, pop, post-teen pop, r&b

Song versions: 1 2 3 4 5
Chords: Am7, Fadd9, C, G, G/B, Dm7, F, Am, Em7, Cadd9, D, D/F#, Em
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            If I Were a Boy – Beyonce
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Written by: BC Jean/Toby Gad
From: "I Am... Sasha Fierce" (2008)

Tabbed by: maguri
Tuning: Standard

Two versions:
1 capo 6th fret: original key
2 no capo: more bottom end 
              – for original key tune the guitar one half step down

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[Verse 1]

capo: 6th fret
play: Am
key: Ebm

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CHORDS

               E-A-D-G-B-e
Am7            x-0-2-0-1-x
Fadd9       (t)1-3-3-0-1-x
C              x-3-2-0-1-x
G              3-x-0-0-0-x
G/B            x-2-0-0-0-x
Fsus2add#11 (t)1-3-3-0-0-x

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[Verse]

           | Am7 Fadd9 |
If I were a boy
C     G         | Am7 Fadd9 | C G |
 Even just for a day
                Am7        Fadd9
I’d roll out of bed in the morning 
    C               G        | Am7 Fadd9 | C G/B |
And throw on what I wanted and go            (Drink beer ...)


[Verse]

                   | Am7 Fadd9 |
Drink beer with the guys 
C     G          | Am7 Fadd9 | C G/B |
  And chase after girls 
    Am7                Fadd9
I’d kick it with who I wanted 
        C            G
And I’d never get confronted for it 
Am7             Fadd9        C
 Because they’d stick up for me 


[Chorus]

   G       | Am7 Fadd9 |
If I were a boy 
C          G         | Am7 Fadd9 | C G |
 I think I could understand 
       Am7             Fadd9
How it feels to love a girl 
  C              G         | Am7 Fadd9 | C G/B |
I swear I’d be a better man              (I’d listen ...)

    G/B      | Am7 Fadd9 |
I’d listen to her 
C         G          | Am7 Fadd9 | C G |
 ‘Cause I know how it hurts 
         Am7              Fadd9
When you lose the one you wanted 
            C             G 
‘Cause he’s taken you for granted
    Fadd9                     Fadd9
And everything you had got destroyed

 
[Verse]

          | Am7 Fadd9 |
If I were a boy 
C        G            | Am7 Fadd9 | C G |
 I would turn off my phone 
     Am7           Fadd9
Tell everyone it’s broken 
        C                G       | Am7 Fadd9 | C G |
So they think that I was sleeping alone         (I’d put ...)

    G         | Am7 Fadd9 |
I’d put myself first 
C             G         | Am7 Fadd9 | C G/B |
 And make the rules as I go 
         Am7                Fadd9
‘Cause I know that she’d be faithful 
C           G         |  Am7  Fadd9   |  C   G |
Waiting for me to come  home  ( to come home) 


[Chorus]

   G       | Am7 Fadd9 |
If I were a boy 
C          G         | Am7 Fadd9 | C G |
 I think I could understand 
       Am7             Fadd9
How it feels to love a girl 
  C              G         | Am7 Fadd9 | C G/B |
I swear I’d be a better man              (I’d listen ...)

    G/B      | Am7 Fadd9 |
I’d listen to her 
C         G          | Am7 Fadd9 | C G |
 ‘Cause I know how it hurts 
         Am7              Fadd9
When you lose the one you wanted 
            C             G 
‘Cause he’s taken you for granted
    Fadd9                     Fadd9
And everything you had got destroyed


[MIDDLE 8]

Dm7     F          Am       G           Dm7
 It’s a little too late for you to come back 
         F         Am
Say it’s just a mistake 
           G             Dm7
Think I forgive you like that 
       F               Am
If you thought I would wait for you 
G           | Fadd9 | Fsus2add#11 |
 You thought wrong 


[Chorus]

                | Am7 Fadd9 |
But you’re just a boy 
C     G          Am7            Fadd9     | C G/B |
  You don’t understand (and you don’t understand) 
       Am7             Fadd9
How it feels to love a girl, someday you’ll 
C                G       | Am7 Fadd9 | 
 Wish you were a better man 
C          G        | Am7 Fadd9 |
 You don’t listen to her 
C          G          | Am7 Fadd9 | C G |
 You don’t care how it hurts 
          Am7              Fadd9
Until you lose the one you wanted 
          C             G
Cause you taken her for granted 
    Fadd9                     Fadd9
And everything you had got destroyed 


[Outro]

                | Am7 Fadd9 | C G 
But you’re just a boy… 



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[Verse 2]

No capo – one semi-tone up compared to Beyonce’s recording. In order to 
match with the original, tune down the guitar one-semi tone to 
Eb-A-Db-G-Bb-Eb.

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CHORDS

            E-A-D-G-B-e
Em7         0-2-2-0-3-x
Cadd9       x-3-2-0-3-x
G           3-x-0-0-3-x
D           x-x-0-2-3-x
D/F#        2-x-0-2-3-x
Cadd9/#11   x-3-2-0-3-2
Am7         x-0-2-0-1-0

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[Verse]

           | Em7 Cadd9 |
If I were a boy
G     D         | Em7 Cadd9 | G D |
 Even just for a day
                Em7        Cadd9
I’d roll out of bed in the morning 
    G               D        | Em7 Cadd9 | G D/F# |
And throw on what I wanted and go            (Drink beer ...)


[Verse]

                   | Em7 Cadd9 |
Drink beer with the guys 
G     D          | Em7 Cadd9 | G D/F# |
  And chase after girls 
    Em7                Cadd9
I’d kick it with who I wanted 
        G            D
And I’d never get confronted for it 
Em7             Cadd9        G
 Because they’d stick up for me 


[Chorus]

   D       | Em7 Cadd9 |
If I were a boy 
G          D         | Em7 Cadd9 | G D |
 I think I could understand 
       Em7             Cadd9
How it feels to love a girl 
  G              D         | Em7 Cadd9 | G D/F# |
I swear I’d be a better man              (I’d listen ...)

    D/F#      | Em7 Cadd9 |
I’d listen to her 
G         D          | Em7 Cadd9 | G D |
 ‘Cause I know how it hurts 
         Em7              Cadd9
When you lose the one you wanted 
            G             D 
‘Cause he’s taken you for granted
    Cadd9                     Cadd9
And everything you had got destroyed

 
[Verse]

          | Em7 Cadd9 |
If I were a boy 
G        D            | Em7 Cadd9 | G D |
 I would turn off my phone 
     Em7           Cadd9
Tell everyone it’s broken 
        G                D       | Em7 Cadd9 | G D |
So they think that I was sleeping alone         (I’d put ...)

    D         | Em7 Cadd9 |
I’d put myself first 
G             D         | Em7 Cadd9 | G D/F# |
 And make the rules as I go 
         Em7                Cadd9
‘Cause I know that she’d be faithful 
G           D         |  Em7  Cadd9   |  G   D |
Waiting for me to come  home  ( to come home) 


[Chorus]

   D       | Em7 Cadd9 |
If I were a boy 
G          D         | Em7 Cadd9 | G D |
 I think I could understand 
       Em7             Cadd9
How it feels to love a girl 
  G              D         | Em7 Cadd9 | G D/F# |
I swear I’d be a better man              (I’d listen ...)

    D/F#      | Em7 Cadd9 |
I’d listen to her 
G         D          | Em7 Cadd9 | G D |
 ‘Cause I know how it hurts 
         Em7              Cadd9
When you lose the one you wanted 
            G             D 
‘Cause he’s taken you for granted
    Cadd9                     Cadd9
And everything you had got destroyed


[MIDDLE 8]

Am7     C          Em       D           Am7
 It’s a little too late for you to come back 
         C         Em
Say it’s just a mistake 
           D             Am7
Think I forgive you like that 
       C               Em
If you thought I would wait for you 
D           | Cadd9 | Cadd9/#11 |
 You thought wrong 


[Chorus]

                | Em7 Cadd9 |
But you’re just a boy 
G     D          Em7            Cadd9     | G D/F# |
  You don’t understand (and you don’t understand) 
       Em7             Cadd9
How it feels to love a girl, someday you’ll 
G                D       | Em7 Cadd9 | 
 Wish you were a better man 
G          D        | Em7 Cadd9 |
 You don’t listen to her 
G          D          | Em7 Cadd9 | G D |
 You don’t care how it hurts 
          Em7              Cadd9
Until you lose the one you wanted 
          G             D
Cause you taken her for granted 
    Cadd9                     Cadd9
And everything you had got destroyed 


[Outro]

                | Em7 Cadd9 | G D 
But you’re just a boy ...

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