How The World Works chords by Bo Burnham

How The World Works Chords

Song Info

Chords Info

  • Tuning: Standard(EADGBE)
  • Key: D
  • Chords: D, Em, A, B/Eb, Gb/Bb, Bm, Daug/Bb, D/A, D(b5)/Ab, G, E, Gb7, Gbm/Db, Bm7, E/Ab
  • Suggested Strumming:
    D= Down Stroke, U = Upstroke, N.C= No Chord
Em A Hey, kids D D B/Eb Today, we're gonna learn about the world [Verse 1]
Em A The world that's around us D Is pretty amazing D But how does it work? B/Eb It must be complicated Em A D The secret is the world can only work D B/Eb When everything works together [Verse 2]
Em A A bee drinks from a flower D And leaves with its pollen D A squirrel in a tree B/Eb Em Spreads the seeds that have fallen A Everything works together D B/Eb Em A The biggest elephant, the littlest fly D B/Eb Em A The gophers underground, the birds in the sky Gb/Bb Bm Daug/Bb D/A D(b5)/Ab And every single cricket, every fish in the sea G E A Gives what they can and gets what they need [Chorus]

D E That is how the world works G Em A That is how the world works D From A to Zebra Gb7 Bm To the worms in the dirt G D/A That's how it works [Interlude 1]

D Gbm/Db Hey everyone Bm7 Look who stopped by to say hello Gbm/Db It's Socko D Hey! Gbm/Db Where you been, Socko? Bm7 Gbm/Db I've been where I always am when you're not wearing me on your hand D Gbm/Db Bm7 In a frightening, liminal space between states of being Gbm/Db Not quite dead, not quite alive D Gbm/Db It's similar to a constant state of sleep paralysis Bm7 Gbm/Db Socko, we were just talking about the world and how it works D Gbm/Db Boy, that sounds complicated! Bm7 Do you have anything you'd want to teach us about the world? Gbm/Db D I wouldn't say anything that you probably haven't already said yourself Gbm/Db I don't know about that, Socko E A How about you give it a try? Alright! [Verse 3]
Em A D The simple narrative taught in every history class D B/Eb Em Is demonstrably false and pedagogically classist A D Don't you know the world is built with blood? D B/Eb And genocide and exploitation Em A D The global network of capital essentially functions D B/Eb Em To separate the worker from the means of production A D And the FBI killed Martin Luther King D B/Eb Em A Private property's inherently theft D B/Eb Em A And neoliberal fascists are destroying the left Gb/Bb Bm Daug/Bb D/A D(b5)/Ab And every politician, every cop on the street G E A Protects the interests of the pedophilic corporate elite [Chorus]
D E That is how the world works Really? G E/Ab A That is how the world works D Gb7 Bm Genocide, the Natives say you got to it first G D/A That's how it works [Interlude 2]
D Gbm/Db That's pretty intense Bm No sh*t Gbm/Db What can I do to help? D Read a book or something, I don't know Gbm/Db Bm7 Just don't burden me with the responsibility

of educating you
Gbm/Db It's incredibly exhausting D I'm sorry, Socko Gbm/Db Bm7 I was just trying to become a better person Gbm/Db D Why do you rich f*cking white people insist on seeing every Gbm/Db Bm7 Gbm/Db socio-political conflict through the myopic lens of your own self-actualization?

the myopic lens of your own self-actualization?
D This isn't about you Gbm/Db Bm7 So either get with it, or get out of the f*cking way Watch your mouth, buddy Gbm/Db D Remember who's on whose hand here But that's what I-- Gbm/Db Have you not been f**king listening? Bm We are entrenched in-- Alright, alright Gbm/Db Wait, no please! I don't wanna go back, please D I can't go, I can't go back N.C. Please, please, I'm sorry Are you gonna behave yourself? Yes Yes, what? Yes, sir Look at me Yes, sir That's better [Chorus]
D E That is how the world works G E/Ab A That is how the world works D I hope you learned your lesson Gb7 Bm I did and it hurt G D/A That's how it works

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