Learn how to play Layla by Eric Clapton and Derek And The Dominos. This is the original rockin’ electric guitar version. You’ll definitely want to grab the tabs for Layla below. Take advantage of the AB loop in our video player to help you nail it. Not a member yet? No worries. Join completely free for 7 days, no credit card required.

According to loudersound: “I’m incredibly proud of that song. To have ownership of something that powerful is something I’ll never be able to get used to,” Eric Clapton said of Layla in 1988. “It still knocks me out when I play it.”

One of the most recognisable rock songs, Layla begins with a seven-note riff of awesome expectancy, followed by an intense, intoxicating cry of unrequited love: ‘What’ll you do when things get lonely?’

It was directed at Patti Harrison, wife of George. Clapton was trying to lure her away from her husband, with whom he was good mates. That wasn’t widely known when the song appeared in 1970 on the Derek And The Dominos album Layla And Other Assorted Love Songs, but it was certainly obvious to all concerned.

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Layla Lyrics

What’ll you do when you get lonely?
And nobody’s waiting by your side?
You’ve been running and hiding much too long
You know it’s just your foolish pride

Layla
You’ve got me on my knees, Layla
I’m begging, darling please, Layla
Darling won’t you ease my worried mind

I tried to give you consolation
When your old man had let you down
Like a fool, I fell in love with you
You’ve turned my whole world upside down

Layla
You’ve got me on my knees, Layla
I’m begging, darling please, Layla
Darling won’t you ease my worried mind

Let’s make the best of the situation
Before I finally go insane
Please don’t say, we’ll never find a way
And tell me all my love’s in vain

Layla
You’ve got me on my knees, Layla
I’m begging, darling please, Layla
Darling won’t you ease my worried mind

Layla
You’ve got me on my knees, Layla
I’m begging, darling please, Layla
Darling won’t you ease my worried mind

[Guitar solo]

Layla
You’ve got me on my knees, Layla
I’m begging, darling please, Layla
Darling won’t you ease my worried mind

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While playing any video on Guitar Animal, hover over the active video window with your mouse pointer. Or tap on a mobile device. Click the AB Loop button. The button will turn green when activated. Now you can either use the keyboard shortcuts I for in, and O for out, to set your loop points. Or drag the handles to your preferred in and out points. Now the video will loop that segment! Click the A/B loop button again to turn off looping. You can also slow the video down or speed it up. Click the 1x button at the bottom right to select your desired speed.

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2 Comments

  1. Dartanian

    Although it is an intermediate song and I am a beginner thanks to your site I actually made some progress on Layla. Thank you!

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    • guitaranimal

      Nice! We love to hear that. Great job!

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