Too Much Love Will Kill You

Words and music by Brian May, Frank Musker, Elizabeth Lamers

Transcribed by Damien Foster
[intro]  G/B    C     G/D    Em6/C#
         Oooh   oooh  oooh   oooh

         (piano)  G  D/G C/G G C/E Dsus4
                    these are quick changes!

[verse]            G             C             G
      I'm just the pieces of the man I used to be
      G    D/F# Em               Bm/D            C
      Too many  bitter tears are raining down on me
          Am            Em                  Am           Em
      I'm far away from home, and I've been facing this alone for much too 
      Dsus4  D   C/D

[w/ verse prog.]
      I feel like no one ever told the truth to me
      About growing up and what a struggle it would be
      In my tangled state of mind, I've been looking back to find where I went

      G                  C                Em                 D
      Too much love will kill you, if you can't make up your mind
      G                C              Em               D
      Torn between the lover, and the love you leave behind
             G/B          C                G/D            Em6/C#
      You're headed for disaster, 'cos you never read the signs
      G/D                C/D             G
      Too much love will kill you, every time.

[play intro chords again]

[w/verse prog.]
      I'm just the shadow of the man I used to be
      And it seems like there's no way out of this for me
      I used to bring you sunshine, now all I ever do is bring you down
[and again]
      HOw would it be if you were standing in my shoes
      Can't you see that it's impossible to choose
      No there's no making sense of it, every way I go I have to

[w/ chorus prog.]
      Too much love will kill you, just as sure as none at all
      It'll drain the power that's in you, make you plead and scream and crawl
      And the pain will make you crazy. you're the victim of your crimes
      Too much love, will kill you, every time.

[guitar solo]
      G   D/G  C/G  G C  G/D  G  C
          quick change!

      G  D/F#  Em  Bm/D C  Am  Em  Am Em  Dsus4 D  C/D

[w/ chorus prog.]
      Too much love will kill you, it'll make your life a lie
      Yeah too much love will kill you, and you won't understand why
      You'd give your life, you'd sell your soul, but here it comes again
      G/D                           Cmadd9
      Too much love will kill you

             Eb    F9/Eb  Eb  F9/Eb       G
      in the end                   in the end.


  I guess I've got to explain some of the chords now...

      G/B    C    G/D  Em6/C#  G    D/F#  Em   Bm/D   Am   Dsus4   D    C/D

E -----3-----0-----3-----0-----3-----2-----0-----2-----0-----3-----2-----0-----
B -----0-----1-----3-----0-----0-----3-----0-----3-----1-----3-----3-----1-----
G -----0-----0-----4-----0-----0-----2-----0-----4-----2-----2-----2-----0-----
D -----0-----2-----5-----x-----0-----0-----2-----0-----2-----0-----0-----0-----
A -----2-----3-----5-----4-----2-----x-----2-----x-----0-----x-----x-----x-----
E -----x-----x-----x-----x-----3-----2-----0-----x-----x-----x-----x-----x-----

      D/G   C/G  Cmadd9 Eb    F9/Eb 

E -----2-----0-----3-----6-----5-----
B -----3-----1-----4-----8-----6-----
G -----2-----0-----0-----8-----5-----
D -----0-----2-----0-----8-----5-----
A -----x-----x-----3-----6-----6-----
E -----3-----3-----x-----x-----x-----

  Quick lesson in music theory:

     9th chord =  1 ,3 ,5 ,b7, 9.

    Thus, F9  = F ,A ,C ,Eb ,G.

    The Cmadd9 chord is actually a down scale, all the notes of which add up
    to make a Cmadd9 chord (C Eb G D)

    I think the F9/Eb chord is right. Then again, the whole damn thing may
    be wrong. Play it through and listen to the song and see what you think.