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A Well Respected Man Chords

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A WELL RESPECTED MAN- The Kinks

G

[Verse]
          C    C/B     Am             C     C/B      Am
Cos he gets up in the morning and he goes to work at nine
         C         C/B     Am                    C         C/B   Am
And he comes back home at five thirty, gets the same train every time
          C        C/B     Am     C        C/B  Am
Cos his world is built on punctuality, it never fails


[Chorus]
         C C/B Am             C C/B Am
Cos he's oh so good, and he's oh so fine
          C C/B Am             C      C/B Am
And he's oh so healthy in his body and his mind
         F            Em          
He's a well respected man about town
  F                    D           G    G/C  G
Doing the best things so conservatively


[Verse]
          C    C/B     Am             C     C/B      Am
And his mother goes to meetings while his father pulls the maid
         C         C/B     Am                    C         C/B   Am
And she stirs the tea with councilors while discussing foreign trade
          C        C/B     Am     C        C/B  Am
And she passes looks as well as Bill's at every suave young man ...


[Chorus]
         C C/B Am             C C/B Am
Cos he's oh so good, and he's oh so fine
          C C/B Am             C      C/B Am
And he's oh so healthy in his body and his mind
         F            Em          
He's a well respected man about town
  F                    D           G    G/C  G
Doing the best things so conservatively


[Verse]
          C    C/B     Am             C     C/B      Am
And he likes his own backyard and he likes his fags the best
         C         C/B     Am                    C         C/B   Am
Cos he's better than the rest and his arm sweat smells the best
          C        C/B     Am     C        C/B  Am
And he hope to grab his father's loot when Pater passes on ...


[Chorus]
         C C/B Am             C C/B Am
Cos he's oh so good, and he's oh so fine
          C C/B Am             C      C/B Am
And he's oh so healthy in his body and his mind
         F            Em          
He's a well respected man about town
  F                    D           G    G/C  G
Doing the best things so conservatively


[Verse]
          C    C/B     Am             C     C/B      Am
And he plays the stocks and shares and he goes to a regatta
         C         C/B     Am                    C         C/B   Am
He adores the girl next door cos he's dying to get at her
          C        C/B     Am     C        C/B  Am
But his mother knows the best about the matrimonial stakes ...


[Chorus]
         C C/B Am             C C/B Am
Cos he's oh so good, and he's oh so fine
          C C/B Am             C      C/B Am
And he's oh so healthy in his body and his mind
         F            Em          
He's a well respected man about town
  F                    D           G    G/C  G
Doing the best things so conservatively
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Icarus452 10 Sep 06, 2009 07:56 AM

Instead of a C/B chord, I used a Cmaj7, and it worked just fine, plus I think it is easier to play and makes for a much smoother transition. Other than that, nice chords.
Thanks man!

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Jock68 116 Jun 03, 2011 06:45 AM

It sounds ok as a G, but my ears are not the best.

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Captaincranky 40 Aug 26, 2014 11:34 AM, edited at 05:31 pm

The verses are C, Em, Am. "C/B" IS cmaj7, 3rd inversion.

@Jock68 "Well Respected Man" is in C Major.2 A Led Zeppelin song that uses C, G, Am is, "Stairway to Heaven". However both of those, are more likely considered in A minor, as evidenced by the outro in "Stariway", "Am, G, F". (Am being the tonic, so i, VII, V,I repeat). In those contexts Em7 and G6 are the same chord, si it's king of moot whether you play Em or G anyway.

"Well Respected Man", is simple song, and C, Em, Am is the simplest solution.

The chorus will resolve to G, but with the F chord, it's G mixolydian. The Kinks use pseudo key changes and unresolved cadences fairly often.

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