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“Take Me (Baby) or Leave Me” Jonathan Larson’s Rent Piano and Guitar Chords

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takeme_rent.jpgI just lost my virginity … that is, my Broadway musical virginity. Until recently, I’ve never seen a musical in my life. In line with my things to do article, I wanted to do fun things that were more unconventional than the typical movie. So, what was to come in town but Rent?

As my first Broadway musical – before many more to come I’m sure – the band, tight vocal harmonies, acting, and dancing dazzled me. It was filled with so many elements that appealed to people young and old. The next week after watching the musical, I searched for songs from it that could be played on the piano. I found two. One of the hallmark songs of this music is, of course, the Seasons of Love. The other one was the duet “Take me (Baby) or Leave Me” sung by the characters Joanne and Maureen.


There are several versions of “Seasons of Love” online since the song is the musical icon of the film and often the most favored. But I could not find “Take me or Leave Me” anywhere online. I could not even find it in book form. So as usual, I had to chord it myself. These chords work well on piano even without the band in the background. Enjoy!

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Song: Take Me or Leave Me
Artist: Jonathan Larson
Album: “Rent”
Chords By: Allan Barizo
http://www.art-app.com
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Intro:
F Gm Am Bb Am Gm F Gm F Eb Bb (Repeat)

Verse I:
F Gm Am Bb
Every…
Am Gm F
I walk…
Gm F Eb Bb
I hear …
F Gm Am Bb
Ever…
Am Gm F
Everybody stares…
Gm F Eb F
Boys, girls…
F/D C/A Bb
So be kind…
F/A Bb/G F/G Bb F/C C
Just remember…

Chorus:
F Eb Bb
Take me…
F Eb Bb
Who I…
Dm C/A Bb F/A
And if…
Bb/G Bbmaj7/C
Take me…

Interlude:
F Gm Am Bb Am Gm F Gm F Eb Bb
Take me…

Verse II:
F Gm Am Bb
A tiger…
Am Gm F
Can never…
Gm F Eb Bb
This diva…
F Gm Am Bb
You are…
Am Gm F
Folks would…
Gm F Eb F
You love…
F/D C/A Bb
So be mine…
F/A Bb/G F/G Bb F/C C
Cryin’…

(Chorus)

Bridge I:
Bb7 F7
No way…
Bb7 F7
But hey…
Bb7 Dm7
Don’t fight…
G7 C9
‘Cause every…
F Gm Am Bb Am Gm F Gm F Eb Bb
Who?…

Verse III:
F Gm Am Bb
I look…
Am Gm F
I love…
Gm F Eb Bb
I make…
F Gm Am Bb
Never quit…
Am Gm F
I hate…
Gm F Eb F
What to…
F/D C/A Bb
So be wise…
F/A Bb/G F/G Bb F/C C
You got a prize…

(Chorus)

Bridge II:
Bb7 F7
That’s it…
Bb7 F7
I quit…
Bb7 Dm7
Women…
G7 C9 (gliss)
Can’t live…

Chorus (Key Change):
G F C
Take me…
G F C
Who I was…
Em D/B C G/B
And if…
C/A
Take me baby
C/A Cmaj7/D
Take me baby, or leave me!

Outro:
G Am Bm C Bm Am G Am G F C

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Posted on Friday, May 4th, 2007

2 Responses to ““Take Me (Baby) or Leave Me” Jonathan Larson’s Rent Piano and Guitar Chords”

  1. name Says:

    Hello!,

  2. Svenja Says:

    Hallo hast du die Noten auch richtig? Wenn ja könntest du mir die per E-mail zukommen lassen?
    Wäre lieb.

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