Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
"Brand New Day"

(Chords and lyrics)

Music by Joss Whedon and Jed Whedon
Lyrics transcription from IMaekGaemz.com (with slight corrections by Joe Levy)
Music transcribed by Joe Levy

Standard tuning. Key of Fm.
Since it's not a bass and electronic drum set, I like to add a bit of power to the guitar by quickly striking (and muting) the three lower strings of each chord rather than the single bass note. I still give most of the power to the bass note; the rest are just there for flavor. That's just for the early part of the verse: Where the guitar joins for the chorus, the chords should be fully (and loudly) played.

I play this on capo 1. So if you don't mind (and even if you do), I'm going to transcribe this as though it were in Em. It's a whole lot easier to think of the chords that way. If you need the original chords, feel free to download this and edit everything up a half-step.

A note on the B7 (thanks to ArsNovaChris): The B (originally C) in this chord is hardly touched by the instruments; it occurs mostly in the vocals. So you can play this more authentically as a D#dim (originally Edim) chord. I continue to play it as B7 because I think it sounds better that way. :-)

Em                 C
This appeared as a moral dilemma
          Em                            C
'Cause at first it was weird:  Though I swore to eliminate
    Am                         C
The worst of the plague that devoured humanity
     Am                       D
It's true I was vague on the "how"
                      C   [arpeggiate the C chord]
So how can it be that you
Have shown me the light?

       Em                     B7 (or D#dim)
It's a brand new day, and the sun is high
        C                             Am    D
All the birds are singing that you're gonna die
      Em                Am
How I hesitated.  Now I wonder why
       F              [Riff: F E D B D Bb A G]
It's a brand new day

Em                     C                           Em
All the times that you beat me unconscious I'll forgive
                    C                            Am
All the crimes incomplete:  Listen honestly I'll live
              C                         Am
Mr. Cool, Mr. Right, Mr. Know-It-All is through
                   D                          C
Now my future's so bright and I owe it all to you
Who showed me the light

       Em                      B7 (or D#dim)
It's a brand new me.  I've got no remorse
        C                    Am       D
Now the water's rising but I know the course
          Em                     Am
I'm gonna shock the world, gonna show Bad Horse
It's a brand new day

    C                  G
And Penny will see the evil me
      Dm                      Esus4  E
Not a joke, not a dork, not a failure
    C                   G
And she may cry but her tears will dry
       Am                     B
When I hand her the keys to a shiny new Australia.

       Em                       B
It's a brand new day.  Yeah the sun is high
        C                          Am    D
All the angels sing because you're gonna die
    Em                           C        Em
Go ahead and laugh:  Yeah, I'm a funny guy
          C           Em
Tell everyone goodbye
C      F             Em (mute)
It's a brand new day

[Where the instruments cease for the angelic chorus, you can
gently keep these notes going, before hitting the Am hard:]

  Em   B    C     (Remember, we're transposed.)
|------12---13--  (So that's really Fm, C, C#.)

[Also, You can softly insert the melody for "She may cry but her
tears will dry" on the B string, if you want.  It sounds nice.]

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