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Say You, Say Me is another number-one hitsingle written and recorded by American singer- songwriter Lionel Richie for the film ‘White Nights’. It earned him an Academy Award and Golden Globe. It was released in 1985 and appears on his album ‘Dancing on the Ceiling’ (1986). 

The song is mainly performed on a piano/keyboard. It’s easy to translate to the guitar, using the chords in the key of G where the guitar is capoed on the 1st fret. 

We take a look at the chords, the ballad strum and of course the progression. 

It is all relatively easy, if not for the bridge. The latter introduces a few challenges such as a significant tempo change, a time signature change and a couple of much harder chord shapes. 

All in all, a beautiful ballad, easy to play and challenging at the same time.