Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind (Chords)

Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind (Chords)

I became completely obsessed with hiking simulator Firewatch recently. And the game’s soundtrack is perfect. I already made a guitar tab of the main theme. And I had to write up the chords for I’d Rather Go Blind which features on the closing credits.

Chris Stapleton must have taken a chunk of inspiration from I’d Rather Go Blind for Tennessee Whiskey. It’s the same two chords, same time signature, similar tempo and uses similar guitar lines.

Suggested Strumming

For the strumming I like to use:

d – d u d –

Do that four times for each chord written (the chord chart shows Bm then Bm again and A then A again so really you’re doing the pattern eight times).

Here’s how that sounds:


Twiddly Bits

Here’s a ukulele version of the guitar part in the intro:


Which sounds like this:



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  1. allan mc donald July 20th, 2016 8:05 am

    Thanks again Al, especially the intro… love this song…

  2. Dave July 20th, 2016 9:31 am

    Al, what have you done to me? I’d never heard of that game before but it looks amazing. There go my evenings!

  3. Woodshed July 20th, 2016 4:34 pm

    Allan: You’re very welcome!

    Dave: Hope you enjoy it! It’s not very long so it’s not a big time sink.

  4. Nancy July 21st, 2016 6:26 am

    I couldn’t open any of the Etta James links for her song or the uke solo. Unless I’ve gone deaf. But I don’t think so. They’ve always worked on my iPad before. Has anyone else had this problem? Thanks for all of your great work, uke tidbits and opening up my reprpetoir of music possibilities.

  5. Woodshed July 22nd, 2016 6:43 am

    Nancy: Sorry about that. It’s all working okay for me.

    Thanks for the kind words!

  6. rob July 23rd, 2016 12:36 am

    wonderful version of a killer song well done (again) Al ,
    all the best

  7. Woodshed July 23rd, 2016 10:16 am

    rob: Thanks very much!

  8. Simone April 3rd, 2017 11:27 pm

    Do you happen to have a tutorial on how to strum and pick at the same time?

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