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The song "Bright Lights, Big City" is based on the 12 bar blues (also known as basic blues changes). The 12 bar blues progression is one of the most common chord progressions in popular music (the Guitar Tricks blues courses have lots of lessons that can get you up to speed on this).

The 12 bar blues is based on the I-IV-V chords of a key. Since we're going to be learning this song in the key of A, those chords are A (the I chord); D (the IV), and E (the V).

The 12 bar blues in the key of A would be:

|| A | A | A | A | D | D | A | A | E | D | A | A ||
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