21 Guns – Green Day – Piano Notes


Piano Notes for 21 Guns – Green Day – CDE FGAB


Key Information for the Song 21 Guns by Green Day

Scale: F Major Scale (one black key)
Key Signature: One flat (Bb)
F Major Scale Notes: F, G, A, Bb­, C, D, E
Tempo: 80 bpm
Time Signature: 4/4
Difficulty Level: Beginner, Intermediate

This post will provide the letter notes for the melody of 21 Guns by Green Day. The song is in F major with a tempo of 80 BPM and a 4/4 time signature. These notes are intended for piano and are suitable for players with some experience as well as for beginners.


Tips to Play the Piano Notes for 21 Guns

Fast Notes – Brackets

Some letter notes for the song 21 Guns are given in brackets like (notes); they are meant to be played quickly or fast, similar to 16th, 32nd, or sometimes 8th notes in sheet music.

Play these notes continuously and connectedly, following the 21 Guns song’s rhythm and lyrics.

The next regular note is written immediately after the closing bracket.

Sustained Notes – Wavy Lines

The wavy line symbol ~ (tilde) following a note indicates sustained notes.

  • One tilde signifies a quarter-note duration on the piano sheet.
  • Two tildes denote a half-note duration.
  • Three tildes signify a whole note duration.

Therefore, press and hold the note for the appropriate duration based on the number of tildes while playing the piano notes for the 21 Guns song.


Part 1 (Intro Music)

F*~~ D*~~ A*~~ E*~~
F*~~ D*~~ A*~~ E*~~


Part 2 (Verse 1)

Do you know what’s worth fightin’ for
When it’s not worth dyin’ for?
Does it take your breath away
And you feel yourself suffocatin’?


F   F     D*~   D*       C*      C* Bb A G~~
Do you know what’s worth  fightin’ for

F        F  D*~   D*       C* A Bb C* G~~
When it’s not   worth   dyin’~ for?

F       F  D*~  D* C*   C* Bb  A G~~
Does it  take  your     breath away

A     G    G    F F        D F~ A A~ G~~
And you feel yourself  suffocatin’?


Part 3 (Verse 1)

Does the pain weigh out the pride
And you look for a place to hide?
Did someone break your heart inside?
You’re in ruins


F       F   D*~  D* C*  C*  Bb  A G~~
Does the pain weigh  out  the pride

F     F    D*~  D*  C* A Bb  C*  G~~
And you look for  a   place  to  hide?

F    F  D*~     D*      C*   C* Bb  A G~~
Did someone break your heart   inside?

A G G F F~~
You’re in ruins


Part 4 (Chorus)

One, twenty-one guns
Lay down your arms, give up the fight
One, twenty-one guns
Throw up your arms, into the sky
You and I


F~~    A Bb   C*   F*~~~
One,  twenty-one guns

C*   A        F    D*~~   C*  Bb  A    A G~~
Lay down your arms,  give up  the fight


F~~    A Bb   C*   F*~~~
One,  twenty-one guns

C*   A        F    D*~~   C*  Bb  A    A G~~
Throw up your arms, into the sky

A G G F~~
You and I


Part 5 (Verse 2)

When you’re at the end of the road
And you lost all sense of control
And your thoughts have taken their toll
When your mind breaks the spirit of your soul


F        F       D*~ D*  C*  C*  Bb  A G~~
When you’re at   the end of   the road

F     F    D*~ D* C*      A  Bb C* G~~
And you lost all  sense of control

F     F      D*~       D*    C* C* Bb    A G~~
And your thoughts have taken  their toll

A       G      G F  F        D    F~   A  A~   G~~
When your mind breaks the spirit of your soul


Part 6 (Verse 2)

Your faith walks on broken glass
And the hangover doesn’t pass
Nothing’s ever built to last
You’re in ruins


F  F   D*~  D*     C*  C* Bb  A G~~
Your faith  walks on  broken glass

F     F   D*~  D*   C* A Bb  C*  G~~
And the hangover doesn’t pass

F    F      D*~ D* C*   C* Bb  A G~~
Nothing’s ever     built to last

A G G F F~~
You’re in ruins


Part 7 (Chorus)

One, twenty-one guns
Lay down your arms, give up the fight
One, twenty-one guns
Throw up your arms, into the sky
You and I


F~~    A Bb   C*   F*~~~
One,  twenty-one guns

C*   A        F    D*~~   C*  Bb  A    A G~~
Lay down your arms,  give up  the fight


F~~    A Bb   C*   F*~~~
One,  twenty-one guns

C*   A        F    D*~~   C*  Bb  A    A G~~
Throw up your arms, into the sky

A G G F~~
You and I


Part 7 (Bridge)

Did you try to live on your own
When you burned down the house and home?
Did you stand too close to the fire
Like a liar looking for forgiveness from a stone?


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