A Night To Remember chords by Shalamar



A Night To Remember chords and lyrics

| Dm7 | Am7 | Cm7 F7 | Bbmaj7 |
| Dm7 | Am7 | Cm7 F7 | Bbmaj7 N.C |

| Bbmaj7 | Am7 |
When you love someone, it’s natural, not demanding.
| Bbmaj7 | Am7 |
And that’s one thing I’m proud to say I’ve found in you.
| Bbmaj7 | Am7 |
I’m so glad we reached an understanding.
| Bbmaj7 Bm7b5 | C | C |
Now I know my heart is safe with you, ooh.
| Ebmaj7 F7 Cm7 | Bbmaj7 |
So now my love to you, baby, I surrender.

| Dm7 | Am7 |
Get ready, tonight.
| Cm7 F7 | Bbmaj7 |
Gonna make this a night to remember.
| Dm7 | Am7 |
Get ready, oh, baby, tonight. 
| Cm7 F7 | Bbmaj7 N.C |
Gonna make this a night to remember.

| Bbmaj7 | Am7 |
Celebrations in the heart ’cause we’re united.
| Bbmaj7 | Am7 |
And there’s nothing in this world to come between me and you.
| Bbmaj7 | Am7 |
We’re together, and it keeps me so excited.
| Bbmaj7 Bm7b5 | C | C |
To think of what the power of love can do, ooh.
| Ebmaj7 F7 Cm7 | Bbmaj7 |
And I’m filled with a love that’s, oh, so tender.

| Dm7 | Am7 |
Get ready (baby), tonight (girl).
| Cm7 F7 | Bbmaj7 |
I’m gonna make this a night to remember.
| Dm7 | Am7 |
Get ready (get ready), tonight.
| Cm7 F7 | Bbmaj7 |
I’m gonna make this a night to remember. 

| Db Eb | Bmaj7 | Bbm7 |
Make this a night to remember. Get ready, tonight. 
| Dbm7 Gb7 | Bmaj7 |
Gonna make this a night to remember.
| Ebm7 | Bbm7 |
Get ready, (get ready) tonight. 
| Dbm7 Gb7 | Bmaj7 |
Gonna make this a night to remember.

| Ebm7 | Bbm7 | Dbm7 Gb7 | Bmaj7 |

| Ebm7 | Bbm7 |
This night you won’t forget. 
| Dbm7 Gb7 | Bmaj7 |
Gonna make this a night to remember.
| Ebm7 | Bbm7 |
‘Cause your love I won’t regret. 
| Dbm7 Gb7 | Bmaj7 N.C |
Gonna make this a night to remember.

| Bmaj7 | Bbm7 |
Let’s make a toast to those who helped make this occasion.
| Bmaj7 | Bbm7 |
They turned their back on love, and that’s what drove you straight to me.
| Bmaj7 | Bbm7 |
Now to you I make a lasting dedication.
| Bmaj7 Cm7b5 | Db | Db |
I’ll show you all that love and life can be, ooh.
| Emaj7 Gb7 Dbm7 | Bmaj7 |
And each day that I live I will deliver.

| Ebm7 | Bbm7 |
Get ready (this night you won’t forget), tonight.
| Dbm7 Gb7 | Bmaj7 |
Gonna make this a night to remember.
| Ebm7 | Bbm7 |
Get ready (‘cause your love I won’t regret), tonight.
| Dbm7 Gb7 | Bmaj7 |
Gonna make this a night to remember.

| Ebm7 | Bbm7 |
Get ready, baby, tonight, darling.
| Dbm7 Gb7 | Bmaj7 |
Gonna make this a night to remember.
| Ebm7 | Bbm7 |
Get ready (it won’t be like the past), tonight (I will make it last).
| Dbm7 Gb7 | Bmaj7 |
Gonna make this a night to remember.


About

In 1982, Shalamar released A Night To Remember as a single on their 6th album Freinds. Seemingly not caring about the idea that Disco by now should be dead, it has been described as post-Disco.

The song did reasonably well in the charts, had it been released three or four years earlier, it would probably have been a worldwide hit.

In 1982, on Top Of The Pops in the U.K, a year before Michael Jackson would famously do it as he performed Billie Jean for the first time, Jeffrey Daniel did the Moonwalk.

Apparently, Jeffrey taught Micahel how to do it! Saying he invented it would be taking it a bit far though as this dance move goes back to the 1930s.

Should you play in a band that wants people to dance, A Night To Remember is a great, unexpected choice. The chords are really great for this unexpected floor filler.


A Night To Remember chord progression

Let’s take a look a the chords for each section of A Night To Remember, they’ve really managed to squeeze the most out of them! Starting with the intro, which later becomes the chorus, looks like this.

||: Dm7 | Am7 | Cm7 F7 | Bbmaj7 :||

We are in the key of Bb here, starting on chord III and then an unexpected Am7, which should really have been a min7b5 as it’s chord VII. Swiftly moving on, we have an obvious II – V – I in Cm7F7Bbmaj7.

Clearly, the Am7 is the standout chord. It makes it feel as if we’re in both the key of F with Dm7 being VI and Am7 being III. As well as in the key of Bb, Dm7 being III and Am7 being a modified VII.

Microscopic changes like this are what give meaning to the saying “familiarity with a twist”.

Let’s now look at the verse. First, we go between what I can only describe as IV – III in the key of F. Nowhere else do we find a maj7 chord, with a min7 a semitone below.

||: Bbmaj7 | Am7 :|| x3

This s followed by Bbmaj7Bm7b5 C. We must here see the Bbmaj7 as chord IV and C as V so still in the key of F. The Bm7b5 is just a passing chord, it’s not chord VII.

Finally, we go back to the key of Bb as the chords move like this:

| Ebmaj7 F7 Cm7 | Bbmaj7 |

That’s IV – V – II – I in the key of Bb.

By now, we’ve essentially played all chords A Night To Remember consists of, the rest is just arrangement tricks!

Starting off with a key change that looks like this:

| Db Eb | Bmaj7 | Bbm7 | Dbm7 Gb7 | Bmaj7 |

That Bmaj7 is a reharmonized Ebm7 which helps with the key change.

Next, we play the chorus a semitone up, like this.

||: Ebm7 | Bbm7 | Dbm7 Gb7 | Bmaj7 :||

This is followed by an instrumental and breakdown chorus, staying on the same chords.

Next, we actually go back to the verse again, although in the new key, like this.

||: Bmaj7 | Bbm7 :|| x3
| Bmaj7 Cm7b5 | Db | Db |
| Emaj7 Gb7 Dbm7 | Bmaj7 |
| Ebm7 | Bbm7 | Dbm7 Gb7 | Bmaj7 |

Finally, we go back to a chorus and play to fade.

||: Ebm7 | Bbm7 | Dbm7 Gb7 | Bmaj7 :||

To summarise, A Night To Remember’s chords are both in the keys of F and Bb, we then move up a semitone, and now both sections are in the keys of Gb and B.


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