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Rikki Dont Lose That Number Chords

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Rikki don´t lose that number    -       Steely Dan

Intro:
                      E9/D                E9/D              
e|---------/---------/2-2-0----/2-2-0----/2-2-0----/--------|
B|---------/---------/3-3-2-3-2/3-3-2-3-2/3-3-2-3-2/3-3-----|
G|---------/---------/1-----4-2/------4-2/1-----4-2/4-4-----|
D|---------/---------/2--------/---------/2--------/--------|
A|---2-2---/---2-2---/2--2-2---/---2-2---/2--2-2---/---2-2--|
E|0-------0/0-------0/0-------0/0-------0/0-------0/0------0|


D                  A                      E     Esus4 - E                            
   We hear you're    leaving, that's O. -    K. 
D                        A                         E       C# - B -                
   I thought our little    wild time had just be -    gun. 
D                       A                       E               Esus4 - E            
   I guess you kind of    scared yourself, you    turn and run. 
F#m7                     A                  theme 1                                 
      But if you have a    change of heart, 


Chorus:
E                                                                    
   Rikki don't lose that number, 
          G                                                          
You don't    wanna call nobody else.
A                     G                D                                   
    Send it off in a    letter to your    self.
G13/F                                                                    
       Rikki don't lose that number 
          Em9/D                                                           
It's the        only one you own.
           G13/F                     D       A                                 
You might        use it if you feel    bet -    ter /
              E        E9/D                                                
When you get    home. 


D            A                                 E         Esus4 - E                   
   I have a    friend in town, he's heard your    name. 
D                 A                       E       C# - B -                         
   We can go out    driving on, slow hand    row. 
D                      A                              E       Esus4 - E              
   We could stay in -    side and play games I don't    know. 
F#m7                       A                   theme 1                             
      And you could have a    change of heart, 


Chorus:
E                                                                    
   Rikki don't lose that number, 
           G                                                          
You don't    wanna call nobody else.
A                    G                D                                    
    Send it off in a    letter to your    self.
G13/F                                                                    
       Rikki don't lose that number 
         Em9/D                                                           
It's the        only one you own.
          G13/F                      D        A                                
You might        use it if you feel     bet -    ter /
              E       E9/D                                                 
When you get    home. 


Break:
D - A - E -     D - A - G - 
Fmaj7/C - Gmaj7/D - Fmaj7/C - Em - D - A - E -


Amaj7                            Abm7                                           
       You tell yourself you're       not my kind,
Amaj7                      C#m7                                                 
       But you don't even       know your mind.
F#m7                         A                    theme 1                           
       And you could have a     change of heart, 


Chorus:
E                                                                    
   Rikki don't lose that number, 
          G                                                          
You don't    wanna call nobody else.
A                    G                D                                    
   Send it off in a    letter to your    self.
G13/F                                                                    
       Rikki don't lose that number 
          Em9/D                                                           
It's the        only one you own.
           G13/F                    D         A                                 
You might        use it if you feel    bet -    ter /
              E         E9/D                                                
When you get     home. 

Outro:
E9/D                                                                    
       Rikki don't lose that number, (Rikki don't lose that number)
E9/D                                                                    
       Rikki don't lose that number //


E9      022132
D       xx0232
A       x02220
E       022100
C#      x46664
B       x24442
F#m7    242220
G       320003
G13/F   332000
Em9/D   022002
Fmaj7/C x33210
        x33555
Gmaj7/D x55432
        x55777
Em      022000
Amaj7   x02120
Abm7    464444
C#m7    x46454


Theme1
e|----------|
B|-----3----|
G|--1h2-1h2-|
D|-1-------2|
A|2---------|
E|----------|
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liasmulevici 10 Dec 31, 2015 03:49 AM

Those G13/F ,Em9/D & E9/D, I just don't hear them. The bass is definitely playing in C down to Em as roots, but it's busy & not hitting the root on every beat, so it's perhaps misleading. The bass IS the chord; I don't hear F's & D's there. All the other versions suggest C's & Em's with some suspensions. Also, on the break at the end of "change of heart" the guitar/piano riff is technically on the B (or the 5). I think the bass hits that.

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siemj 6,822 Jan 09, 2016 02:36 PM

Since I play solo, i try to 'catch' as much of the overall sound into the chords. You may be right all the way, but when i play the other versions i do not hear that whole sound. Thus i wrote my version.
The only thing i know about steely dan - music is that nothing is ever simple.

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CPWKruger 2,884 Mar 06, 2016 01:23 PM

The sequence in question: G13/F and Em9/D "Rikki don't lose that number-its the only one you own" is two triads alternating over one bass notes---and then the same two triads alternating over another bass note. I have heard the same idea in at least two other songs . :Choruses in the songs "It Keeps You Running" By the Doobies and "Time in the Keeper" by Ian Thomas.

The first line is alternating Em and D triads over a C bass.
And the second line is alternating again Em and D triads over and E bass.

On Rikki, most of this is done in the vocals and the guitar is far back in the mix. I only hear a faint C chord played at the end of the first line and a faint Em chord played at the end of the second line.

IT's easy to play incorporating all the notes on a keyboard --but I wouldn't want to try it on guitar.

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