Born Under A Bad Sign chords



You can learn how to play Born Under A Bad Sign by Albert King!

If anyone can hold the title of string bending champion it’s Mr. Albert King.

Standing in at a massive 6 ft 4″, The Velvet Bulldozer as he’s known, took to the stage with a flying V played upside down and a transistor amp, no valves here!

Unlike the other Kings (B.B. and Freddie), Albert wasn’t a major figure in blues until around the mid-60s, despite his debut release being as early as 1953 which strangely, made no impact.

Backed by Stax’s house band MD Booker T. Jones, who actually wrote Born Under A Bad Sign, Albert rose to become a blues giant, not just literally!

Since its release in 1967, every blues guitarist/singer worth its salt has attempted to cover it, some even recorded it, including Cream, and Paul Butterfield.

Using the video guitar lesson above, you can learn how to play Albert King’s signature song. Below you find the chords and lyrics.


Born Under A Bad Sign chords and lyrics


| (Gb Ab B Db E) | Db7 | Db7 |

| Db7 | Db7 | Db7 | Db7 (Gb G) |
Born under a bad sign, I’ve been down since I began to crawl.
| Ab7 | Gb7 | Db7 | Db7 |
If it wasn’t for bad luck, you know I wouldn’t have no luck at all.

| Db7 | Db7 | Db7 | Db7 |
Hard luck and trouble, is my only friend, I’ve been on my own, ever since I was ten.
| Db7 | Db7 | Db7 | Db7 (Gb G) |
Born under a bad sign, I’ve been down since I began to crawl.
| Ab7 | Gb7 | Db7 | Db7 |
If it wasn’t for bad luck, you know I wouldn’t have no luck at all.

| Db7 | Db7 | Db7 | Db7 |
I can’t read, haven’t learned how to write, my whole life has been one big fight.
| Db7 | Db7 | Db7 | Db7 (Gb G) |
Born under a bad sign, I’ve been down since I began to crawl.
| Ab7 | Gb7 | Db7 | Db7 |
If it wasn’t for bad luck, I say I wouldn’t have no luck at all. I ain’t no lyin’.

| Db7 | Db7 | Db7 | Db7 |
Aw!
| Ab7 (G7) | Gb7 (G7) |
You know if it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no kinda luck.
| Ab7 (G7) | Gb7 N.C | Db7 | Db7 |
If it wasn’t for real bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all.

| Db7 | Db7 | Db7 | Db7 |
You know wine and women, is all I crave, a big-legged woman is gonna carry me, to my grave.
| Db7 | Db7 | Db7 | Db7 (Gb G) |
Born under a bad sign, I’ve been down since I began to crawl.
| Ab7 | Gb7 | Db7 | Db7 |
If it wasn’t for bad luck, I tell I wouldn’t have no luck at all.

| Db7 | Db7 | Db7 | Db7 | Db7 | Db7 |
Yeah, I’m a bad luck boy, been havin’ bad luck all of my days, yes.


Born Under A Bad Sign chord progression

The chord progression cuts out the traditional I – IV movement of a blues and instead stays on chord I for the verse and the first four bars of the chorus.

When it finally moves, it is straight to the V chord and into the turnaround.

This may seem like a small change but it does set Born Under A Bad Sign apart from the rest and as you know if you study hit songwriting, all you need is to twist the familiar and you may have yourself a hit.

To achieve the huge bends that Albert does it helps to turn the guitar upside down and bend towards the floor like the man himself does, but perhaps you should start with tuning down a half step first and think of Born Under A Bad Sign’s chords as if in the key of D.


Born Under A Bad Sign – Lyrics

Born under a bad sign
Been down since I began to crawl
If it wasn’t for bad luck
You know I wouldn’t have no luck at all

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Albert King – Biography

With his upside-down Flying V, huge bends and imposing nature, Albert King is a legend among legends.

Most great blues guitar players cite the Velvet Bulldozer as one of their main influences.

Go to Albert King – Biography.


Booker T. & The M.G.’s – Biography

Led by piano and organ player Booker T. Jones, the Stax Records house band played behind numerous legendary artists.

Hits include Green Onions, Born Under A Bad Sign, (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay, Ain’t No Sunshine, Soul Man, Hold On I’m Coming, Knock On Wood, and Respect.

Go to Booker T. & The M.G.’s – Biography.


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