Angel Eyes chords by Frank Sinatra


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Angel Eyes | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| 3/4 Am | Am/G | Am/F# | Am/F |
| Am | Am | Am | Am |

Verse 1

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

Verse 2

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

Bridge 1

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

Verse 3

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

Bridge 2

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

Verse 4

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

End

| Am | Am | Am | Am | Am | Ammaj7 |



Angel Eyes Chords: Learn the progressions


Angel Eyes guitar lesson + TAB T

Angel Eyes verse chords use a chromatic descending bass line as it moves:

Am – Am/G – Am/F# – Am/F – Am/E – Am/Eb.

This is a very sad movement, only varied by what looks like a II – V but really, it’s a VII – IIIx, like this:

| Am (VI) | Am/G | Am/F# | Am/F# |
| Bm7 (VII) | Bm7 | E7 (IIIx) | E7 |

Here’s the TAB for verse 1 (the tune is in 3/4 by the way).

Angel Eyes chords and TAB, verse 1, first half.

That was only the first half of Angel Eyes’ verse chords, After repeating the Am chords, we go to a descending movement starting on chord II, like this:

| Dm (II) | C (I) | B7 (VIIx) | E (IIIx) | Am (VI) |

All these descending movements really are very sad so when moving to the bridge’s II – V – I in the new key of F, we get a serious dose of harmonic release, like this:

| Gm (II) | Gm | C7b9 (V) | C7b9 |
| Fmaj7 (I) | Fmaj7 | F#dim7 (#Idim7) | F#dim7 |

After repeating that movement, we change the key to E and play a II – V – I, like this:

| F#m (II) B7b9 (V) | E6 (I) |

The last two bars modulate back to Am using an Ebsus4 (lots of tension!) Bm7 and a tritone substitution in Bb7, like this:

| Ebsus4 | Bm7 Bb7 |

Members get TAB for the entire arrangement, exactly as I play it in the video with the singer.

Mainly being in the key of Am, it is certainly very tempting to stick with the open-position chords as you see first in the video above and in the TAB.

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.

Therefore, 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 will soon be available as 8 step-by-step guitar lessons. Until then, the TAB for what I play in the video is available for members.



Angel Eyes is a Jazz standard!

Composed and first released (motion picture Jennifer) back in 1953 by Matt Dennis and Earl Brent, it has become a jazz standard as it’s been recorded by a seemingly endless stream of artists.

Here’s an incomplete list of famous singers and instrumental artists that have recorded their versions since.

Frank Sinatra, Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Nancy Wilson, Kandace Springs featuring Norah Jones, Oscar Peterson, Willie Nelson, Barry Manilow, Roberta Flack, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Kenny Burrell, Sherley Bassey, Chet Baker.

This collective effort is what earned Angel Eyes the title – A Jazz Standard.



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