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Chord Req: Dancing in the street

Kathryn 26 Apr 06 - 12:06 PM
Peace 26 Apr 06 - 11:07 PM
GUEST 27 Apr 06 - 03:28 AM
M.Ted 27 Apr 06 - 11:11 AM
M.Ted 27 Apr 06 - 11:20 AM
M.Ted 27 Apr 06 - 12:25 PM
M.Ted 28 Apr 06 - 04:37 PM
Kathryn 07 May 06 - 06:34 PM
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Subject: Chord Req: Dancing in the street
From: Kathryn
Date: 26 Apr 06 - 12:06 PM

Hi, friends. I need the chords to the lyrics below. Can't figure out why I can't figure them out.   Love the Mamas and Papas version.
Thanks in advance.

Song: Dancing In The Street Lyrics

Callin' out around the world
Are you ready for a brand new beat?
Summer's here and the time is right
For dancin' in the streets
They're dancin' in Chicago
Down in New Orleans
Up in New York City

All we need is music, sweet music
There'll be music everywhere
There'll be swingin', swayin' and records playin'
And dancin' in the streets

Oh, it doesn't matter what you wear
Just as long as you are there
So come on, every guy grab a girl
Everywhere around the world
There'll be dancin'
They're dancin' in the street

This is an invitation
Across the nation
A chance for the folks to meet
There'll be laughin' and singin' and music swingin'
And dancin' in the streets

Philadelphia, P.A. (Philadelphia, P.A.)
Baltimore and DC now (Baltimore and DC now)
Yeah don't forget the Motor City (can't forget the Motor City)

All we need is music, sweet music
There'll be music everywhere
There'll be swingin', swayin' and records playin'
And dancin' in the street, yeah

Oh, it doesn't matter what you wear
Just as long as you are there
So come on, every guy grasp a girl
Everywhere around the world
There'll be dancin'
They're dancin' in the streets

Philadelphia, P.A. (Philadelphia, P.A.)
Baltimore and DC now (Baltimore and DC now)
Yeah don't forget the Motor City (can't forget the Motor City)
All the way down in L.A. California
Not to mention Halifax Nova Scotia
Manchester
Alexandria, Virginia, Virginia


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Dancing in the street
From: Peace
Date: 26 Apr 06 - 11:07 PM

Dancing In The Street - Performed by: The Mamas And The Papas - Composed by: Marvin Gaye, Ivy Hunter, and William Stevenson - ©1964

I could not locate the chords used by the M + Ps; however, if you google

dancing in the street, chords

you will have various sites to choose from featuring the chords used by different performers/singers.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Dancing in the street
From: GUEST
Date: 27 Apr 06 - 03:28 AM

From memory, and I'm not sure if this is the original key:

The verses are sung over E7 so I suppose it's the middle section you're looking for...........

         (Gsharp7)
It doesn't matter what you wear
         (Csharpminor)
just as long as you are there
         (Fsharpminor)
so come on, every etc, etc,
             (B7)
Everywhere around the world..........


C-flat(No, that's not part of it, that's my handle!!)


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Dancing in the street
From: M.Ted
Date: 27 Apr 06 - 11:11 AM

This is actually pretty simple to play, assuming that you can play a basic funk beat--even though it is the basic beat for a lot of 60's and 70's soul and pop stuff, I think of it as the "Chain of Fools" groove, because that song is just one chord--

Anyway, Dancin' in the Streets in the key of C:

||:C9:|| 8x (for each verse)
||:F7:|| 4x (for "Music, sweet, sweet, music")
||:E9 E9/E9 E9/Am Am/Am Am/D9 D9/G7 Gsus4:||("It doesn't matter what you wear")
||:C9:|| 8x for last verse, repeat for fade out.

You can substitute a C7, E7 for the ninth chords, if it is easier--but you should play closed position, moveable chords(or barre chords) not open chords, because you'll have trouble getting the right feel with them.

C9:
3-x-2-3-3-x

F7:
1-x-1-2-x-x

E9 is C9 fingering played on the 7th fret

D9 is the C9 fingering on the 5th fret

The Am fingering is like the D9, but with the third string raised a step-

4-x-4-4-4-

G7 is the F7 on the 3rd fret-for the G7 sus4, just move the note on the fourth string up I fret--

You can interchange the seventh and ninths, and you can use just one fingering and slide it up and down the neck--

If you can't play a funk beat, just play one downstroke for each count(four counts to a measure, one measure between each pair of slash marks--


Sorry if I am explaining things that you already know--

Good luck with this, it is one of those songs that everyone loves to hear, and, because most of the song is just one chord, everyone can play along, for most of it, anyway--


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Dancing in the street
From: M.Ted
Date: 27 Apr 06 - 11:20 AM

Oops!! Let a couple measures out--

This:
||:E9 E9/E9 E9/Am Am/Am Am/D9 D9/G7 Gsus4:||("It doesn't matter what you wear")

Should be this:

||:E9 E9/E9 E9/Am Am/Am Am/D9 D9/D9 D9/G7 G7/G7sus4 G7sus4:||("It doesn't matter what you wear")--

I left out two measures, one of D9, one of the G--

Sorry.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Dancing in the street
From: M.Ted
Date: 27 Apr 06 - 12:25 PM

As to actual key(I posted C because it is easiest to understand and transpose)--Martha and the Vandellas did it in E(E9th chord), as did The Mamas and the Papas, David Bowie and Mick Jagger's duet is in B, of all things, while Rockapella is in Bb--Greatful Dead in A--Van Halen in D--the Sister Act version was in Eb--Sorry, probably more than you wanted to know--


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Dancing in the street
From: M.Ted
Date: 28 Apr 06 - 04:37 PM

Just refreshing this so that Kathryn can find it if she comes back--


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Dancing in the street
From: Kathryn
Date: 07 May 06 - 06:34 PM

Thanksso much , Catters, for all the info!! That helps bunches.
Just what I needed.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: Dancing in the street
From: PoppaGator
Date: 11 May 06 - 12:22 PM

Thanks to M.Ted for acharacteristically complete answer. Don't apologize, Ted ~ even if your input is not for everybody, there's always a few of us (certainly including the original questioner) who want the help we can get.

One-chord songs (or songs like this one, where the entire verse, if not the chorus, is on one chord) are pretty dern difficult to perform well. Especially for beginnners, and especially for anyone trying to learn the song from paper.


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