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Black Velvet Chords

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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE--------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the#
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research.#

Date: Tue, 14 Apr 1998 01:56:00 -0700 (PDT)
From: "R. McPherson" 
Subject: m/myles_alannah/black_velvet.crd

Title: Black Velvet
Artist: Allanah Myles
Transcribed: rjmcpher@uci.edu

Notes: The recording is tuned A half-step flat (Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb)
             but I am writing this as if in standard tuning.
             It doesn't sound good in standard tuning to me though.
              Please correct the chords if you hear more precise alternates.

Intro: [whispering unintelligible phrase "..?  you enjoy yourself all day..?"]

E  (with blues fills)
          Mmmmm     mmmm    oooooo  (ad lib)

Mississippi in the middle of a dry spell

Jamie Rogers on electro up high

Mamas dancing - baby on her shoulder

The sun is setting like molasses in the sky
    B                               A
The boy could sing and knew how to move  -  everything
G                      D
Always wanting more    -   it leaves you longing for

                A                     D
Chorus:         Black Velvet in that little boy's smile
                A                       G            Bm       (or D/F# maybe?)
                Black Velvet with that slow southern style
                A                      D
                A new religion that'll bring you to your knees
                 C7       B7    (no chord)       E
                Black Velvet   -   if you please

Up in Memphis the music is like a heat wave
White Lightnin'  -  bound to drive you wild
Mamas baby is in the heart of every school girl
Love me Tender leaves em cryin' in the isles

The way he moved it was a sin - so sweet and true
Always wanting more it leaves you longing for


A                   B                         E
Every word of every song that he sang is for you
A                  G          C7         B7  (no chord)              E
In a flash he was gone  -  it happened so soon    -    what could you do?


-CHORUS-   2x

fade out on E with blues fills   (  vocals repeat "if you please")
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mitc0242 wrote on October 31 2005, 11:27 pm

what about the minor chords?

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CarloLF wrote on September 11 2010, 10:36 am

the song is not in E major, but E minor;

so note "Em" and "Am" instead of "E" and "A"!

The "G" and "Bm" in the chorus are wrong: you must play "F" and "C" instead! And do not use "C7" before "B7"!

And here is another way to play :

Bsus4 B Asus4 A A7 Gsus2
The boy could sing, knew how to move, everything
Gsus2 G Dsus4 D
Always wanting more, he'd leave you longing for...

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filbglhd wrote on March 30 2013, 03:38 pm

I like It just the way it is. Sounds great on Acoustic. Haven't tried it on Electric and don't care to. "Nice simple and to the point!" I don't care if its not Bluesy enough or Jazz overriden. You did what I, you and others seem to like. Just sit down lay back and play it over and over. As for the ones who posted negative to your rendition. I noticed that some of their corections where to the original format. To those people I have to say everyone has to go there own way so just give'm some room to grow!

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