Songwriting – Part 3 – A Ballad – 6/8 “Given My Heart”

A Ballad –


So Ive been writing a ballad for my girlfriend wife, Heather. Shes always been supportive and I wanted to push past my insecurities and write a tune inspired by her faith in me. I figured it would be a good test for me to personally accomplish as well. Ive been listening to a lot of John Hiatt and Bruce Springsteen and I think it came out in the song. After a few lyrical revisions I came up with this progression on acoustic. The first part was the verse progression and I began humming along and jotting down any words that popped in my head. I wanted to flesh out the melody first and not worry to much about the words at first.
After a few hours messing around at my kitchen table I came up with the verse and the chorus. The lyrics still need work in my opinion but I figure I can get something down and continue revising. I like how the verse starts in a minor for a softer feel and then it lifts to G major for a brighter happier chorus. The verse has a nice walk down from the G to F# (the 3rd of a d major chord) back around to the E.
I had a Verse Chorus Verse thing going on for a few days and decided I would record it and see how I could inspire myself with some drums underneath. It wasnt until then that I noticed the meter was not your typical 4/4 (4 beats a measure) but rather 6/8. So you would count 6 beats to a measure. Its kind of a slow waltz feel.
Verse Progression – Key of G
Em
C
G
D/F#
vi
IV
I
V inversion
Em
C
G
D/F#
vi
IV
I
V inversion
Em
D
C
vi
V
IV
Em
D
D
vi
V
V
Chorus
G
D
Em
C
I
V
vi
IV
Bridge
Am
C
G
D
ii
IV
I
V
SOLO
G
D
Em
C
I
V
vi
IV
Given My Love –
6/8 meter Tempo 98
Verse 1
Em C G D/F#
I’d been torn down and thrown away
Em C G D/F#
a mess of baggage, and shame
Em D
honey you held my hand
C Em D
saw inside a better man than I could see
Verse 2
Em C G D/F#
Takes a strong woman to see it all
Em C G D/F#
cause walls grow high and rarely fall
Em D
Patience and a lot of risk
C Em
to break thru whats been missed
D D7
But not by you
Chorus
G D Em
So Ive given my heart to you
C G
All my love too
D Em
given My heart to you
G D Em
So Ive given my heart to you
C G
All my love too
D Em
given My heart to you
Verse 3
Chorus
Bridge– Am C G D
Solo-G D Em C x4
Chorus
It was a demo but my buddy decided to put it on our album. Surprise. :-/