Band Of Gold chords



You can learn how to play Band Of Gold by Freda Payne!

Band Of Gold is another smash hit by Motown’s main songwriting team, Holland-Dozier-Holland, although they released it under a different name on their own label Invictus.

They even managed to lure over and use some of the band members from Motown’s house band The Funk Brothers.

These events took place in 1970 when the songwriting team had fallen out with Berry Gordy and were involved in a lawsuit with their old boss since 1967.

As an instant success, Band Of Gold reached #2 in the U.S and #1 in the U.K.

Initially reluctant to record the song because of the lyrical content, Band Of Gold was by far Freda Payne’s biggest hit.

As a relatively mature singer, she would mainly perform in musicals as well as act in films and even host TV shows.

Freda Payne did release many more albums but never got close to the success she had with Band Of Gold. Her latest release came in 2021, as she was 78 years old!

On the good old 500 greatest songs Of All Time list by Rolling Stone Magazine, it claimed the #391 spot.


Band Of Gold chords and lyrics


||: G riff :|| x4

| G | G | D/F# |
Now that you’re gone, all that’s left is a band of gold.
| D | C | C
All that’s left of the dreams I hold, is a band of gold.
| G/B | C |
And the memories of what love could be.
| G/B | D7 |
If you were still here with me.

| G | G | D/F# |
You took me from the shelter of my mother, I had never known.
| D | C | C
Or loved any other, we kissed after taking vows.
| G/B | C |
But that night on our honeymoon.
| G/B | D7 |
We stayed in separate rooms.

| G | G | D/F# |
I wait in the darkness of my lonely room. 
| D | C | C
Filled with sadness, filled with gloom, hoping soon. 
| G/B | C |
That you’ll walk back through that door.
| G/B | D7 |
And love me like you tried before.

| G | G | D/F# |
Since you’ve been gone, all that’s left is a band of gold.
| D | C | C
All that’s left of the dreams I hold, is a band of gold.
| G/B | C |
And the dream of what love could be.
| G/B | D7 |
If you were still here with me.

| G | G | D/F# |
| D | C | C
| G/B | C |
| G/B | D7 |

||: G riff :|| x4
Oh, 

| G | G | D/F# |
Don’t you know that I wait, in the darkness of my lonely room.
| D | C | C
Filled with sadness, filled with gloom, hoping soon.
| G/B | C |
That you’ll walk back through that door.
| G/B | D7 |
And love me like you tried before.

| G | G | D/F# |
Since you’ve been gone, all that’s left is a band of gold
| D | C | C
All that’s left of the dreams I hold, is a band of gold
| G/B | C |
And the dream of what love could be.
| G/B | D7 |
If you were still here with me.

| G | G | D |
Since you’ve been gone, all that’s left is a band of gold.


Band Of Gold chord progressions

The chords for Band Of Gold are almost only a I – V – IV progression.

the only difference is that the V chord finds the use of its 3rd in the bass very often, and so does the I chord.

So instead of G – D – C, we get G – D/F# – D – C. Followed by G/B – C – G/B – D7.

It may not sound like a big change but in the world of hit writing, you want to stick with familiarity and simply add a twist.


Berry Gordy

Berry Gordy is the man behind the hit factory that was Motown. The idea behind the label came from working in a car factory.

Housing the label, the studio, and a house band all in the same building proved to be a masterstroke as Berry set out to discover the greatest superstars of our time.

Go to Berry Gordy – Biography.


The Funk Brothers

Motown’s house band didn’t have an official name, only they knew they were the Funk Brothers.

The band played on pretty much everything Motown released until ’72 when they relocated to Los Angeles and the band found a note on the hit factory door.

Go to The Funk Brothers – Biography.


Holland-Dozier-Holland

Lamont Dozier and brothers Eddie and Brian Holland were Motown’s main songwriting team in Motown’s hit factory during the 60s.

Their hits are so many and their influence is so great it is a mystery how their names are not more widely known.

Go to Holland-Dozier-Holland – Biography.


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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.

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