Yorke says this is about being in love with someone, but not feeling good enough. He describes the feeling as, “There’s the beautiful people and then there’s the rest of us.”
This song has a lot of feelings and I think that is one of the main reason why I love this song the very first time I heard it. I specially love the bridge part of the song, the one where the lead singer screams his heart out! Full of emotions!
How to Play Creep
Distinct sound of sliding from G note (6th string) to the 7th fret is the important part of the song. Although the song only has 4 chords, it is important that you do that slide.
The chords that the whole song uses are Gmajor, B major, C major and C minor (Cm).
Stay in the chord shape and do the picking of each required note.
All root in the E string. They all have the same bar chord shape.
There are 2 ways you can play this song. If you are playing along (for pleasure using an acoustic guitar), you can get away with just plain old 4/4 strumming of those 4 chords.
Get the strumming right with feeling and when you mix it up with your superb singing, I guarantee enjoyment of 200%.
If you are learning this song with a complete rock band, better to study the main guitar riff of the song. The main guitar riff is the one you hear on the intro. That same riff and plucking/picking pattern is also the one used in the verses.
Here’s how you play it:
Each chord will start with the root not in the E string. You arpeggiate the first 3 notes downward. That’s up to the D string.
You then go back and do the same for the next 3 string, this time starting in the A string (D note). You then arpegiate upward starting at the B string. The last note for the first bar is the G on the octave note found in the D string.
The next chord is B major. You may do the same pattern as in G major. Same goes for C major and Cminor but with a little variation.
Please refer to the tablature photo above or I highly suggest you watch the above video.