Can I Get A Witness chords by Marvin Gaye


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Can I Get A Witness | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: Eb Ab | Db Ab :||

Verse 1

||: Eb Ab | Db Ab :||
Ah listen everybody, especially you girls,
is it right to be left alone by the one you love is never home.
||: Ab Db | Eb Db :||
I love too hard, my friends sometimes say,
||: Eb Ab | Db Ab :||
but I believe, I believe, that a woman should be loved that way.
| Bb Eb | Bb A | Ab Db | Gb Db |
But it hurts me so inside, to see how you treat me so unkind.
| Eb Ab | Db Ab | Eb Ab | Db Ab Absus4 Ab |
Somebody, somewhere, tell her it’s unfair – Can I get a witness?

Verse 2

| Eb Ab | Db Ab | Eb Ab | Db Ab Absus4 Ab |
(Can I get a witness) Can I get a witness? (Can I get a witness) Can I get a witness?
||: Eb Ab | Db Ab Absus4 Ab :||
(Can I get a witness) Somebody (Can I get a witness).
||: Ab Db | Gb Db Dbsus4 Db :||
Is it right to be treated so bad, when you’ve given everything you had.
||: Eb Ab | Db Ab Absus4 Ab :||
Even tossin’ in my sleep, ’cause I haven’t seen my baby all week.
| Bb Eb | Bb A | Ab Db | Gb Db Dbsus4 Db |
Now you chicks do agree, that this ain’t the way love’s supposed to be,
||: Eb Ab | Db Ab Absus4 Ab :|| Bb | Bb |
let me hear you, let me hear you say yeah, (yeah, yeah, yeah) yeah (yeah, yeah, yeah).

Verse 3

||: Eb Ab | Db Ab :||
Up early in the morning, with her on my mind,
| Eb Ab | Db Ab | Eb Ab | Db Ab Absus4 Ab |
took to find it out all night that I been cryin’.
||: Ab Db | Gb Db Dbsus4 Db :||
But I believe, a woman’s a man’s best friend,
| Eb Ab | Db Ab | Eb Ab | Db Ab Absus4 Ab |
so I’m gonna stick by her, till the very end.
| Bb Eb | Bb A | Ab Db | Gb Db Dbsus4 Db |
But she cause so much misery that I forget how love is supposed to be,
||: Eb Ab | Db Ab Absus4 Ab :|| Bb | Bb |
somebody, somewhere, tell her it ain’t fair – Can I get a witness?

Verse 4

||: Eb Ab | Db Ab :||
Can I get a witness? (Can I get a witness) I want a witness. (Can I get a witness)
Witness, witness. (Can I get a witness) Witness, witness (Can I get a witness).
||: Ab Db | Gb Db Dbsus4 Db :||
Everybody knows, especially you girls,
||: Eb Ab | Db Ab :||
how love can be sad but half of love is twice as bad.
| Bb Eb | Bb A | Ab Db | Gb Db Dbsus4 Db |
Now all you chicks agree (oh-oh-oh-oh) that this ain’t the way it’s supposed to be.
| Eb Ab | Db Ab | Eb Ab | Db Ab Absus4 Ab |
Let me hear you, let me hear you say yeah, yeah, yeah.
||: Eb Ab | Db Ab Absus4 Ab :||
I want a witness, I want a witness, come on witness (Can I get a witness).
I want a witness (Can I get a witness), just a little bit louder.
(Can I get a witness), louder (Can I get a witness).


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Can I get A Witness chords and progressions (course preview)

Can I Get A Witness 8 step by step guitar lessons

Can I Get A Witness chord progression is a play on a 12-bar Blues where instead of staying on chords I, IV, and V, we quickly move to chords around it, like this:

||: Eb Ab | Db Ab :|| x4
||: Ab Db | Eb Db :||
||: Eb Ab | Db Ab :||
| Bb Eb | Bb A | Ab Db | Gb Db |
| Eb Ab | Db Ab | Eb Ab | Db Ab Absus4 Ab |

For the Eb (chord I) we also play Ab (IV) and Db (bVII). This pattern is not repeated when we go to chord IV, instead, we move from Ab to Db and up to Eb, if it had been the same we should have played Gb instead of Eb.

Incidentally, this is what happens when we next time go to our IV chord! For the V chord, we just play “up a 4th”, and then chromatically go down to chord IV.

The best thing about learning how to play Can I Get A Witness is that you’ll find all your Eb, Ab, Db, Gb, and Bb chords all over the neck, as CAGED shapes.

To achieve this, in the course, we step-by-step, work on all our barre chord shapes in each area of the neck.

Instead of doing this like a boring exercise to a metronome, you’ll learn these chords when playing Can I Get A Witness chords, in one area at a time, along with a band!

Above you can see how this is done for the verse chords, we build up to the comping in three stages and cover all areas of the neck, here’s TAB for the lowest position:

Can I Get A Witness chords and TAB, example 1

You can find all other areas in the playlist above, complete with the band playing.

By methodically working your way through all shapes, you can make decisions on how you want to play these chords using your taste, not your limitations.

Only by being this methodical can we play the complete song in an improvised way with the band in the final step.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson series (members only): Can I Get A Witness 8 step-by-step guitar lessons with TAB.

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.

Can I Get A Witness was Marvin Gaye’s first hit!

Can I Get A Witness is a single by Marvin Gaye. Written and produced by Holland Dozier Holland and released in 1963, it was to be Marvin’s first release with international success.

Apparently, Marvin recorded it in one take, something that impressed Eddie Holland so much he referred to him as “the most versatile vocalist I ever worked with”, not bad praise considering who else he was involved with!

Following Can I Get A Witness, his next hit would be How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You) (1964) which then led to the duet It Takes Two (1966) with Kim Weston and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (1967) with Tammi Terrell.

In just four years, Marvin Gaye had gone from being a session drummer at Motown to one of the label’s biggest stars.


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