If you bought the Warning CD, chances are you thought it was defective when you got to the last chorus of Church On Sunday and mistook those triplets for the CD skipping. Don’t worry, we were all caught off guard. But after 2 or 3 listens, it’s difficult to imagine this song without them.

You’ll notice in the instrumental break the use of Asus2 and Asus4 chords. If you’re not familiar with those chords, don’t panic. All it means is that you’re moving around the B (2nd) string a bit while strumming that chord. It’s similar to how parts of Sassafras Roots are played. You’re still playing an open A chord, it’s just that you lift up that note on the 2nd fret of the B (2nd) string to sound the open string to make what is technically an Asus2. For the Asus4, you use your pinky (or a different finger if you’re doing some unique fingering) to hold down the 3rd fret of the B (2nd) string while playing a regular open A chord to make what is technically an Asus4. These are very brief transitions. The result is a strumming pattern that sort of emulates the melody of the verses while you’re playing the open A chord during the instrumental part. Got that??

The rest of the song is pretty simple, and if you’re not comfortable with those “sus” (suspended) chords, you’ll be just fine playing a regular old A.

Church on Sunday by Green Day - chords and lyrics