Angie chords

You can learn how to play Angie by The Rolling Stones!

Angie is a single by The Rolling Stones from the 1973 album Goats Head Soup.

Angie’s chords clearly point to Am as the home chord, making it in the key of Am. Two chords wander outside the key, an E7, and the Fsus4.

E7 is chord IIIx and its job is to point towards Am more clearly than an Em (chord III) would have. Funnily enough, in Angie, we go to E7 after Am, so backward.

The Fsus4 is chord IV, a chord derived from the Lydian mode. Lydian doesn’t have a 4, it has a #4. Clearly, The Rolling Stones are rock n roll even when it comes to their chord movements!

Below, you find chord boxes, lyrics, and all the chords for how to play Angie.

To use chord boxes when explaining Angie is not ideal, maybe even misleading. There are so many licks that use a note which could be described as a chord, but maybe it only happens for one 16th note. TAB does a much better job in this case.

For example, during the intro, for the first bar, we play an Am, Am7, and an A5. We could describe this as an Am7 for the second half of the bar, even though the b7 only appears for one 16th!

Next, the E/G# is a huge, unique stretchy chord that won’t even fit into a box.

All this means that chord boxes aren’t that useful, instead you need TAB. You get all the TAB, as well as loops to practice along with for all individual sections in the intermediate acoustic course.

Angie chords and lyrics

Chords for Angie – Guitar 1

| Am Am7 | E7 E/G# | Gsus4 Fsus4 F | F Csus4 C Gsus4/B |

| Am Amadd4 | E7 |
Angie, Angie,
| Gsus4 Fsus4 F | Csus4 C G/B |
when will those clouds all disappear?
| Am Amadd4 | E7 |
Angie, Angie,
| Gsus4 Fsus4 F | Csus4 C |
where will it lead us from here?

| G5 | Dm Am |
With no loving in our souls, and no money in our coats.
| C F | G5 |
You can’t say we’re satisfied.

| Am Amadd4 E7 | E7 Eb E |
but Angie, Angie,
| Gsus4 G Fsus4 F | Csus4 C G/B |
you can’t say we never tried.

| Am Amadd4 | E7 |
Angie, you’re beautiful, yeah.
| Gsus4 G Fsus4 F | Csus4 C G/B |
But ain’t it time we said goodbye.
| Am Amadd4 | E7 |
Angie, I still love you,
| G5 Fsus4 F | Csus4 C |
remember all those nights we cried

| G5 | Dm Am |
All the dreams we held so close, seemed to all go up in smoke.
| C F | G G5 |
Let me whisper in your ear,

| Am Amadd4 E7 | E7omit3 |
Angie, Angie,
| Gsus4 Fsus4 F | Csus4 C G/B |
where will it lead us from here?

| Am Amadd4 | E Eb E7 | Gsus4 Fsus4 F | Csus4 C G/B |
| Am Amadd4 E7 | E7omit3 | Gsus4 Fsus4 F | F C/E G5 C |

| G5 | Dm Am |
Oh Angie, don’t you weep, all your kisses still taste sweet.
| C F | G G5 |
I hate that sadness in your eyes.

| Am Amadd4 | E7omit3 E5 |
But Angie, Angie,
| G5 Fsus4 F | F C/E G5 C G/B |
ain’t it time we said goodbye?

| Am Amadd4 | E7omit3 | Gsus4 Fsus4 F | F C/E G5 C |

| G5 | Dm Am |
With no loving in our souls, and no money in our coats.
| C F | G |
You can’t say we’re satisfied.

| Dm | Am Amadd4 |
But Angie I still love you baby,
| Dm | Am Asus4 Am Asus2 |
everywhere I look I see your eyes.
| Dm | Am |
There ain’t a woman that comes close to you,
| C F | G G5 |
come on baby dry your eyes.

| Am Amadd4 | E7omit3 |
Angie, Angie,
| Gsus4 Fsus4 F | Csus4 C G/B |
ain’t it good to be alive?

| Am11 | E7 |
Angie, Angie,
| Gsus4 G Fsus4 F | F C/E G5 C |
you can’t say we never tried.

Angie chord progression

Notice how the verse ends on a C chord, this briefly resolves to the key of C.

The chorus uses common chords but just like with Am to E7 in the verse, it’s all backward. CAmDmG, or I – VI – II – V, is one of the most common progressions around. In Angie, we play this backward, like this: GDmAmC.

The chorus tag’s chords are similar to the verse, although the E7 arrives earlier.

The M8 goes somewhere new by starting on a Dm chord. Another chord is present here, not included in the chord boxes above, the Asus2. Again, you need TAB to fully understand these movements.

Extensions and slash chords

Some chords have been extended or even modified in Angie, let’s look at them.

  • Amadd4 – This is a chord that appears briefly during the first bar of the verse, you quickly add and take away the 4th interval. The sound of minor is still present so it would be slightly misleading to call it sus4, although this is a grey area.
  • Asus2 – This is a chord without a m3rd, it appears during the m8 section.
  • E7 – This should have been an Em, by turning it into an E7, the pull towards Am becomes stronger. However, instead of moving to Am, we go to G, this is very unusual.
  • E/G# – This chord appears during the intro, using an open string and a huge stretch, it’s a unique chord that can’t be moved around the fretboard.
  • Fsus4 – That 4 should have been a #4, by flattening it we get a more angular rock n roll feel.
  • G/B – This is a V chord with the 3rd in the bass, it makes the move from C to Am smoother.

If you have studied too much music theory and not enough songs, you may think that you should play Phrygian Dominant over the E and some other exotic mode over the Fsus4, since these are not from the family of chords we find in the key of Am.

Doing this would make it sound like you’re playing a different song. Instead, look to what notes the vocal melody is using and you’ll find that it’s all A Minor Pentatonic.

There is a video available in the playlist above where you can see me playing the vocal melody. In the intermediate acoustic guitar course, I discuss this in-depth.

Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 1)

In the video above, starting at 4:29 you find a preview of a guitar lesson from the course. This is step 1 and what we discuss here are seven different ways to play the verse and instrumental sections.

These are mostly transcribed note-for-note from the original recording. Only a few modifications have been made in order for it to work without the rest of the band.

In this preview you’ll see example 1 explained and demonstrated, here’s TAB for what you see in the video.

Angie – 8 Guitar Lessons

The intro, verse, instrumental, tag, and outro of Angie all use the same chords but vary in rhythm and note choices.

The chorus and m8 have been created using the whole band as inspiration. Once you can play it on one guitar, we move on and play the vocal melody.

Go to Angie – 8 Guitar Lessons.

Angie – Lyrics

Angie, Angie,
when will those clouds all disappear?
Angie, Angie,
where will it lead us from here?

Go to Angie lyrics.

The Rolling Stones – Biography

The Rolling Stones is an English band that became popular in the early 60s. Incredibly, the band has stuck together ever since.

They’ve had great success with tunes like Start Me Up, Satisfaction, Wild Horses, Angie, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, and Honky Tonk Women.

Go to The Rolling Stones – Biography.

The professional guitarist Song Book

The greatest asset you as a guitarist can acquire is a repertoire.

If you start with learning all these songs, there’s a good chance you won’t have to learn many more when a gig with a new band appears.

Go to Song Book.

Intermediate Acoustic – 16 Songs

Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Songs

You can learn how to play these 16 intermediate acoustic songs!

A Change Is Gonna Come, American Pie, Angie, Babylon, Blowin’ In The Wind, Dreadlock Holiday, Fast Car, Hey There Delilah, I Can’t Stand The Rain, I’m Yours, Kiss Me, Mad World, Red, Starman, Sunny Afternoon, and Whistle For The Choir.

Go to Intermediate Acoustic Songs.