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Welcome to my Separate Ways chords page you'll 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.  

Separate Ways Chords
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separate ways chords

Separate Ways is a song recorded by Elvis Presley in 1972. It was released as a single and also appeared on his album titled "Burning Love and Hits from His Movies, Volume 2."

The track was released as a single on January 9, 1973. The B-side of the single was "Always on My Mind."

"Separate Ways" is a ballad with a melancholic and reflective tone. It's characterized by Presley's emotive vocal delivery and the arrangement that emphasizes the song's heartfelt lyrics.

Separate Ways Lyrics

I see a change - is coming to our lives
It's not the same - as it used to be
And it's not too late - to realise our mistake
We're just not right - for each other

Love has slipped away - left us only friends
We almost seem like strangers
All that's left between us - are the memories we shared
Of times we thought we cared - for each other

There's nothing left to do but go our separate ways
And pick up all the pieces left behind us
And maybe someday - somewhere along the way
Another love - will find us

Some day when she's older - maybe she will understand
Why her mom and dad - are not together
The tears that she will cry - when I have to say goodbye
Will tear at my heart - forever

There's nothing left to do but go our separate ways
And pick up all the pieces left behind us
And maybe someday - somewhere along the way
Another love - will find us

Ohhh - ohhhh - ohhh ummmm

Separate Ways chords

  • Drop D Tuning: Yes
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat will work
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: D, Dmaj7, D7, G, Em, A7
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Separate Ways Tips

The rhythm of this one starts with a bit of arpeggio in the D chord position and then moves through the Dmaj7 and D7. When you start to play rhythm just use a down down up down up down up pattern and repeat as you move through the song.

The chords you'll need are D, Dmaj7, D7, G, Em and an A or A7.

Elvis didn't put any picking breaks in this one but instead chose to do a key change in the last verse, but I decided to keep the same key and put in a break instead.

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Separate Ways Overview

The song was written by Red West and Richard Mainegra. Red West was a close friend of Elvis and also a member of his inner circle known as the "Memphis Mafia." The song was a deeply personal one for Elvis, as he had a close relationship with West.

Elvis recorded "Separate Ways" during a recording session at RCA's Studio C in Hollywood on March 27, 1972. The session yielded multiple tracks, including "Always on My Mind" and "For the Good Times."

Elvis's recording of "Separate Ways" was unique in that it was one of the very few songs he recorded in a lower key. This gave the song a distinct and somewhat subdued vocal quality compared to his more well-known hits.

The lyrics of "Separate Ways" speak to the emotional pain of a breakup and the feelings of isolation and heartache that follow. The song reflects on the end of a relationship and the difficulty of moving on.

The single version of "Separate Ways" achieved moderate success on the charts. It reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also performed well on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Elvis performed "Separate Ways" during his concerts in the early 1970s. The song's emotional resonance allowed him to connect with audiences through his live performances.

"Separate Ways" is not as widely remembered as some of Elvis's other hits, but it remains an important part of his later discography. Its introspective lyrics and Presley's heartfelt rendition capture the depth of emotion associated with the end of a relationship. The song did reach #16 on the Hot Country singles chart and #3 on the Easy Listening chart. It also had success on international charts. It became a Top 10 hit in the United Kingdom, demonstrating Elvis's continued global appeal.

In 1973, Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra covered "Separate Ways" on his album, Last Tango in Paris.

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