Frank Turner – Reasons Not To Be An Idiot (Chords)

Frank Tuner – Reasons Not To Be An Idiot (Chords)

It’s the summer hit of the winter. “Coz it’s a lovely sunny day.” No, it ain’t.

To be fair, he did originally release it last summer but it’s only made a splash on its re-release on the back of the album Love, Ire & Song. The album is full of neat little lyrical twists (and less sweary than previous stuff) which makes you wonder why he spent so much time making hardcore punk with kneejerk where you couldn’t hear any words.

The chords for the song are fairly straight forward (except for the dreaded E) and there’s a nice strumming pattern in the verses:

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  1. cardboardfrog February 5th, 2009 6:20 pm

    yes, an excellent choice mr woodshed!
    good work

  2. Iain February 5th, 2009 8:33 pm

    Lovely tune, but I hate this song because it seems like he’s singing about me.

  3. Woodshed February 5th, 2009 10:38 pm

    cbf: Thanks.

    Iain: I know what you mean. I think everyone has times of hiding themselves away. I know I definitely do it too much.

  4. Tomasz February 8th, 2009 2:27 pm

    Those weren’t the kneejerk album titles, I’ve corrected the wikipedia article you must have snatched them from.

  5. Tom February 8th, 2009 2:32 pm

    Any chance of an mp3 of what we’re supposed to be aiming for? Pretty please?

  6. Woodshed February 8th, 2009 3:38 pm

    Tomasz: Thanks. Damn shame, they’d be great album titles.

    Tom: It’s the same strumming pattern as the song itself.

  7. Woodshed February 8th, 2009 3:41 pm

    asd: I have thought about doing a Maccabees track – since they use a guitarlele. So it’s possible.

  8. Tuscadero February 13th, 2009 7:38 pm

    Do you think an E7 substitution for the dreaded E will work? I don’t have my uke here at the office (ok, it’s in the car, but I’m not in a position to run out to the parking lot) Seems whenever the song starts in A and has a punk-pop lean the E7 is a quick fix for this lazy uker.

  9. Woodshed February 13th, 2009 8:19 pm

    Tuscadero: I think it works pretty well in the chorus. The verse… I think you’ll get away with it.

  10. Liam February 22nd, 2009 12:58 pm

    cheers for this he’s one of my favourite acoustic artists,wanted to learn it for a while :)

  11. Woodshed February 22nd, 2009 4:03 pm

    Liam: You’re welcome.

  12. CrazyCat February 22nd, 2011 11:54 pm

    I don’t know how to read sheet music, so I don’t understand the strumming pattern. Could someone let me know what the Down-Up pattern is?

  13. Woodshed February 23rd, 2011 3:48 pm

    CrazyCat: It’s just d u d u d u etc. Except some of them are muted.

  14. Aliza;) January 9th, 2012 6:57 pm

    I love Frank Turner, I was wondering if you could do any of the songs from his latest album??

  15. Woodshed January 9th, 2012 10:20 pm

    Aliza: Sorry, I don’t think so.

  16. Abi June 1st, 2012 10:49 pm

    I love Frank Turner and this track big style. What the strumming pattern?

  17. Mkat April 16th, 2013 4:09 am

    This is one of my favorite songs. I’m using it to learn the dreaded E. Thank you!

  18. Woodshed April 16th, 2013 8:16 am

    Mkat: You’re welcome!

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