Angel Eyes chords



You Can learn how to play Angel Eyes by Frank Sinatra!

Angel Eyes was perhaps most famously sung by Frank Sinatra in 1958.

Composed and first released back in 1953 by Matt Dennis it has become a jazz standard as it’s been recorded by a seemlesly endless stream of artists.

Here’s an uncomplete list of famous singers and instrumental artits that have recorded their version since.

Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Nancy Wilson, Norah Jones, Willie Nelson, Oscar Peterson, Barry Manilow, Roberta Flack, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat king Cole, Kenny Burrell, Sherley Bassey, and Chet Baker.

If everyone’s doing it, it’s a standard!


Angel Eyes chords and lyrics


| 12/8 Am Am/G Am/F# Am/F | Am |

| Am Am/G Am/F# Am/F | Am/E Am/Eb |
Try to think that love’s not around,
| Am Am/G Am/F# | Bm7 E7 |
but it’s uncomfortably near.
| Am Am/G Am/F# Am/F | Am/E Am/Eb |
My old heart ain’t gaining no ground,
| Dm C B7 E | Am |
because my angel eyes ain’t here.

| Am Am/G Am/F# Am/F | Am/E Am/Eb |
Angel eyes, that old devil sent,
| Am Am/G Am/F# | Bm7 E7 |
they glow unbearably bright.
| Am Am/G Am/F# Am/F | Am/E Am/Eb |
Need I say that my love’s misspent,
| Dm C B7 E | Am |
misspent with angel eyes tonight

| Gm C7b9 | Fmaj7 F#dim7 |
So drink up all you people,
| Gm C7b9 | Fmaj7 |
order anything you see.
| F#m B7b9 | E6 |
Have fun, you happy people,
| Ebsus4 | Bm7 Bb7 |
the drinks and the laughs are on me.

| Am Am/G Am/F# Am/F | Am/E Am/Eb |
Pardon me, but I got to run,
| Am Am/G Am/F# | Bm7 E7 |
the fact’s uncommonly clear.
| Am Am/G Am/F# Am/F | Am/E Am/Eb |
Got to find who’s now number one,
| Dm7 C B7 E | Am |
and why my angel eyes ain’t here.

| Gm C7b9 | Fmaj7 F#dim7 |
So drink up all you people,
| Gm C7b9 | Fmaj7 |
order anything you see.
| F#m B7b9 | E6 |
Have fun, you happy people,
| Ebsus4 | Bm7 Bb7 |
the drinks and the laughs, on me.

| Am Am/G Am/F# Am/F | Am/E Am/Eb |
Pardon me, but I got to run,
| Am Am/G Am/F# | Bm7 E7 |
the fact’s uncommonly clear.
| Am Am/G Am/F# Am/F | Am/E Am/Eb |
Got to find who’s now number one,
| Dm7 C B7 E | Am |
and why my angel eyes ain’t here.
| Dm7 C B7 E | Am Am/G# | Ammaj7 ||
Excuse me while I disappear.


Angel Eyes chord progression

The verse uses a chromatic descending bass line, it moves Am – Am/G – Am/F – Am/E – Am/Eb.

This is a very sad movement, so when moving to the bridge’s II – V – I, we get a serious dose of harmonic release.

Being in Am, it is certainly very tempting to use the open position chords as you see first in the video above.

The bass line really shines this way, but staying down there for the whole song may become a bit boring if you have jazzier aspirations.

The second time the verse appears, I play around fret five instead, using an Am chord in an Em shape. Still, applying the bass line.

This way, when you go back to the open position Am, it sounds even bigger!

By using different positions of the same chord progression like this we can create natural dynamics in any song.

Speaking of chord progressions, compare the falling bass line of chord VI to the #9 spot on my top 10 chord progression spot, the VI – V – IV – IIIx.


Angel Eyes – 8 Guitar Lessons

Angel Eyes by Matt Dennis will soon be available as eight step-by-step guitar lessons.

Until then, there’s complete TAB for what I play in the video available.

Go to Angel Eyes – 8 Guitar Lessons.


Angel Eyes – Lyrics + Live performance

Try to think that love’s not around,
but it’s uncomfortably near.
My old heart ain’t gaining no ground,
because my angel eyes ain’t here.

Go to Angel Eyes lyrics.


Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald released 61 studio albums and 25 live albums between 1936 and 1989. Crowned the First Lady Of Song, she is recognized for performing and recording most of the Great American Songbook.

Before this, she pioneered scat-singing in the 40s as a devoted Bebop singer.

Go to Ella Fitzgerald – Biography.


Frank Sinatra

Frank’s legacy might best be summed up by Stephen Holden who wrote for the 1983 Rolling Stone Record Guide:

“Frank Sinatra’s voice is pop music history. Like Presley and Dylan – Sinatra will last indefinitely. He virtually invented modern pop song phrasing.”

Go to Frank Sinatra – Biography.


Matt Dennis

Exposed to music from an early age with his parents being professional musicians, Matt Dennis took to the piano, singing and arranging like a fish to water!

Performing with his family from an early age in the Vaudeville tradition, Matt got to know American showbiz before he even learned to read or write.

Go to Matt Dennis – Biography.


Advanced Acoustic Songs

These songs use big chord extensions and sometimes, unique and complex chords that incorporate open strings.

Study these in-depth and you will gain a complete understanding of the fretboard, including how to build any scale, arpeggio, and chord, anywhere on the guitar.

Go to Advanced Acoustic Songs.


The Professional Guitarist Song Book

As a guitarist, a repertoire is the greatest asset that you can acquire.

Learn these songs and you can progress from being a bedroom player to working with acoustic duos, Jazz trios, Indie/Rock/Party bands as well as large Soul/Motown ensembles.

Go to Song Book.


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