Alec Benjamin - Gotta Be a Reason: Guitar Chords

Learn to play "Gotta Be a Reason" on your guitar with our detailed chord guide and lyrics. This page provides everything you need to perform this song on the guitar, including lyrics integrated with chords, chord diagrams, and a key transposer to match your vocal range.

Learn Gotta Be a Reason Guitar Chords and Lyrics by Alec Benjamin

This section will guide you through each part of the song, providing the guitar chords placed directly above the lyrics for easy playing. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced player, these elements will help you perform "Gotta Be a Reason" smoothly on your guitar.

For easier playing, use our Simplify Chords feature to remove difficult chords like barre.

        Am                         E7/G#
There's gotta be a reason that I'm here on Earth
C/G                       D/F#
Gotta be a reason for the dust and the dirt
     Fmaj7                         E7
The changing of the seasons never changed my hurt
    Dm                         G
So what's it worth? What's it worth?
Worth another shot of whiskey and another sip of gin
Another drop of poison that is slowly sinking in
If we're going down together, better take another hit
We won't be here forever, so let's make the best of it

     Am       E7/G#
Ooh, ooh, ooh
             C/G           D/F#
Ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
     F        E7
Ooh, ooh, ooh
             Dm        G
Ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

Am                  E7/G#
Walking down to the burial ground
       C/G             D/F#
With a sad song in his brain
F                   E7
General Cloud is an old man now
       Dm                G
But it feels like yesterday
                F                           C/G
He was on the front lines, stranded on the beach
Crawling to his best friend, floating in the sea
               F                       C/G
But he didn't make it, he still can't believe
How arbitrary fate is, he says


Ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

She went down to her job in town
With a sad song in her heart
33 with a wasted dream to become a movie star
Living out a suitcase, serving at a bar
Saving up some pennies, working after dark
Is she gonna make it? She still can't believe
How arbitrary fate is, she says


Ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh


Ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh, ooh, ooh
Ooh-ooh-ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh

You can simplify chords by removing barre



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Simplify chords by removing barre

Guitar Chord Diagrams


Guitar chord Am


Guitar chord C


Guitar chord D


Guitar chord Dm


Guitar chord E7


Guitar chord F


Guitar chord Fm


Guitar chord F#


Guitar chord Fmaj7


Guitar chord Fmaj


Guitar chord G


Guitar chord G#

Here you can see detailed diagrams for each guitar chord used in the song. Utilize our key transposer to adjust the chords to a key that better fits your singing range. Simply select the desired key, and the chords throughout this page will update automatically, ensuring you can play and sing comfortably.

If you are also interested in learning how to play "Gotta Be a Reason" on the ukulele, check out the chords on our sister site: Ukulele Chords for "Gotta Be a Reason" by Alec Benjamin.