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Everyday Buddy Holly Chords & More
A Toe-Tapping Time Capsule of the 50s

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If you're a guitarist with a soft spot for the golden era of music, this Everyday Buddy Holly chords page is likely strumming its way through your heartstrings. This timeless toe-tapper is a cherished classic, and if you're in the mood to uncover its history, meaning, and more, you're in the right place.

You'll also find the lyrics to this song, a free pdf chords and lyrics sheet along with tutorial demos and a link to purchase full lessons in .mp4 format below

History and Origins

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"Everyday" is more than just a song; it's a musical time capsule from the late 1950s. Written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty, this gem first saw the light on his 1957 debut album, "The 'Chirping' Crickets." It's worth noting that this album was also the last one released during Holly's lifetime.

The song itself was recorded in 1957 at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico. Interestingly, the studio's unorthodox design led to a unique sound, giving "Everyday" its distinctive and soothing quality. The song was released on the B-side of Peggy Sue. 

The Meaning Behind the Lyrics

"Everyday" exudes an upbeat and sentimental vibe that captures the essence of young love. Its lyrics speak of longing and devotion, and the recurring phrase "Everyday, it's a-gettin' closer" encapsulates the anticipation and excitement of being reunited with a loved one. It's the kind of song that makes your heart skip a beat and your feet tap along.

Significance in Buddy Holly's Career

This song holds a special place in Buddy Holly's career. As one of his signature tunes, it showcased his songwriting talent and ability to craft catchy, relatable melodies. The song's simplicity and universal themes resonated with audiences then and continue to do so today.

Artists Who've Covered "Everyday"

"Everyday" has not only left a mark on the hearts of listeners but also inspired fellow musicians. Over the years, numerous artists have covered this timeless classic. Whether it's a faithful rendition or a unique interpretation, these covers pay homage to Buddy Holly's legacy.

Some notable artists who have covered "Everyday" include:

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James Taylor's version of "Everyday" is a cover of the classic song originally written by Buddy Holly and Norman Petty. James Taylor included his rendition of the song on his 1979 album titled "Flag."

In Taylor's signature folk and soft rock style, he brought his own unique interpretation to the song, giving it a mellow and soothing quality that's characteristic of his music.

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Don McLean, the American singer-songwriter best known for his iconic song "American Pie," recorded a version of the Buddy Holly song "Everyday" for his 1973 album titled "Playin' Favorites."

McLean's cover of "Everyday" is part of a collection of classic songs that he chose to reinterpret on the album.

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Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, the American rock band led by Joan Jett, recorded a version of Buddy Holly's song "Everyday" for their 2004 album "Naked."

Joan Jett, known for her powerful and gritty rock vocals, gave the classic song her signature rock 'n' roll treatment.

Buddy Holly Everyday Song Lyrics

Everyday - it's a-gettin' faster
Everyone said, "Go ahead and ask her"
Love like yours will - surely come my way
A-hey, a-hey hey

Everyday - it’s a getting faster
Everyone says go ahead and ask her
Love like yours will - surely come my way
A-hey, a-hey hey

Everyday seems a little longer
Every way - love's a little stronger
Come what may - do you ever long for
True love from me?

Everyday, it's a-gettin' closer
Goin' faster than a roller coaster
Love like yours will - surely come my way
A-hey, a-hey hey


Everyday seems a little longer
Every way - love's a little stronger
Come what may - do you ever long for
True love from me?

Everyday, it's a-gettin' closer
Goin' faster than a roller coaster
Love like yours will - surely come my way
A-hey, a-hey hey

Love like yours will - surely come my way

Download the free Buddy Holly Everyday chords and lyrics sheet below.

Everyday Buddy Holly Chords

  • Drop D Tuning - Non
  • Capo - No
  • Rhythm - root up down up pause up down up and repeat
  • Picking - a little
  • Chords - G, Em, Am7, D7, C, D, F, A#, D#

Tips On How To Play Everyday by Buddy Holly

The original key for this song is D#, but for my vocal range that didn't work, so I'm down in G for this one. Other chords needed are Em, Am7, D7, C, F, A#, Eb. The rhythm pattern I'm using is a down up stop up and repeat as you move through the chords. It appears that I'm playing a steady up and down pattern, which you can do also, but if you look closely, the one down-stroke is a mute on the strings which equates to a snare drum beat.

Chords & Lyrics


As mentioned above, the lead break in this is from a Celesta but you can play this break on virtually any instrument including guitar as I'm doing here. I'm basically playing the melody line, but the rhythm here is a steady up and down. The muting resumes when I start singing once more.

Cultural Impact

Decades have passed since the release of "Everyday," but its charm and catchiness have not dimmed. The song has appeared in various films, TV shows, and commercials, becoming a part of pop culture. It's a testament to the enduring appeal of Buddy Holly's music.

Live Performances and Documentaries

For those who want to go deeper, consider checking out live performances by Buddy Holly and documentaries about his life and music. These resources provide valuable insights into the artist behind the music and the era that gave birth to "Everyday." There are a few clips below.

Trivia and Tidbits

Did you know that "Everyday" was one of the last songs Buddy Holly recorded before his tragic plane crash in 1959?
The song's gentle, soothing melody is often credited to the celesta, a keyboard instrument that added a unique touch to the recording.
"Everyday" was a chart success, reaching number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1957.

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