Breakaway By Kelly Clarkson

This is a great song to play on ukulele. This song is from one of my daughter’s favourite CD’s, and she also memorized this song to sing at her school’s talent show when she was 10. The song has an interesting background. It was written by Matthew Gerrard, Bridget Benenate and Avril Lavigne. It was originally intended for Lavigne’s debut studio album, Let Go (2002), but it was never used. It was instead passed to Clarkson to be recorded as a soundtrack for the Disney film The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Kelly Clarkson loved the song so much she decided to name her second album after it, but “Breakaway” was first released by Walt Disney Records as the first single from The Princess Diaries 2 Soundtrack on July 19, 2004.

Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson, 2004

Intro: (twice)

[Am] Da-da-da n [G] da da,

[C] Da-da-da n [F] da da

[Am] Da-da-da n  [G] da  da  da [F] da…..

 

[Am] Grew up in a [G] small town, [C] and when the rain would [F] fall down

[Am] I’d just [G] stare out my [F] window.

[Am] Dreaming of what [G] could be, [C] and if I’d end up [F] happy

[Am] I      [G] would   [F] pray

 

[Am] Trying hard to [G] reach out   [C]    But when I tried to [F] speak out

[Am] Felt like [G] no one could [F] hear me

[Am] Wanted to be-[G]long here [C]  But something felt so [F] wrong here

[Am] So   [G] I’d  [F] pray

I could [Am] break [G]a-[D]way ay-ay  [F]aa-[G]ay

 

Chorus:

[C] I’ll spread my wings and I’ll [G] learn how to fly.

I’ll [Am] do what it takes till [F] I touch the sky.

(I wanna)

[C] Make a wish, take a chance, [G] make a change,

and [Am] break [G]a-[F]way.

[C] Out of the darkness and [G] into the sun.

But [Am] I won’t forget all the [F] ones that I love.

I’ll [C] take a risk, take a chance, [G] make a change

and [Am] break [G]a-[F]way.  

[Am] Break [G]a-[F]way.

 

(twice)

[Am] Da-da-da n [G] da da,

[C] Da-da-da n [F] da da

[Am] Da-da-da n  [G] da  da  da [F] da…..

 

[Am] Wanna feel the [G] warm breeze, [C] sleep under a [F]palm tree

[Am] Feel the [G] rush of the [F] ocean.

[Am] Get on board a [G] fast train, [C] travel on a [F] jet plane.

and [Am] break [G]a-[F]way.

[Am] Break [G]a-[F]way.

[Am] Break [G]a-[D]way ay-ay  [F]aa-[G]ay

Chorus

Bridge:

[G] Buildings with a hundred floors –  [C] Swinging with revolving doors

[G] Maybe I don’t know where they’ll [C] take me, but

[G] Gotta keep movin’ on, [C] movin’ on, fly a-[D]way

Break a-[F]way-[G]ay

 

[C] I’ll spread my wings and I’ll [G] learn how to fly.

[Am] Though it’s not easy to [F] tell you goodbye, I’ll

[C] Make a wish, take a chance, [G] make a change

and [Am] break [G]a-[F]way.

[C] Out of the darkness and [G] into the sun.

But [Am] I won’t forget the [F] place I come from.

I gotta [C] take a risk, take a chance, [G] make a change

and [Am] break [G]a-[F]way.  

[Am] Break [G]a-[F]way.

[Am] Break [G]a-[F]way. *[C]

 

*Finish with a single strum on the C chord.

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