Can I Get A Witness chords



You can learn how to play Can I Get A Witness by Marvin Gaye!

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

The best thing about learning 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 we must, 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, in the course, you learn these chords by learning how to play Can I Get A Witness chords, in one area at a time.

All exercises are practiced with live band loops, this provides context, a must in order to create authentic guitar parts.


Can I Get A Witness chords and lyrics


Chords for Can I Get A Witness

||: Eb Ab | Db Ab :||

| Eb Ab | Db Ab | Eb Ab | Db Ab |
Ah listen everybody, especially you girls,
| Eb Ab | Db Ab | Eb Ab | Db Ab |
is it right to be left alone by the one you love is never home.
| Ab Db | Eb Db | Ab Db | Eb Db |
I love too hard, my friends sometimes say,
| Eb Ab | Db Ab | 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?

| 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 | Eb Ab | Db Ab Absus4 Ab |
(Can I get a witness) Somebody (Can I get a witness).
| Ab Db | Gb Db Dbsus4 Db | 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 | 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 | 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).

| Eb Ab | Db Ab | 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 | 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 | Eb Ab | Db Ab Absus4 Ab | Bb | Bb |
somebody, somewhere, tell her it ain’t fair – Can I get a witness?

| Eb Ab | Db Ab | Eb Ab | Db Ab |
Can I get a witness? (Can I get a witness) I want a witness. (Can I get a witness)
| Eb Ab | Db Ab | Eb Ab | Db Ab |
Witness, witness. (Can I get a witness) Witness, witness (Can I get a witness).
| Ab Db | Gb Db Dbsus4 Db | Ab Db | Eb Db Dbsus4 Db |
Everybody knows, especially you girls,
| Eb Ab | Db Ab | 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 | Eb Ab | Db Ab Absus4 Ab |
I want a witness, I want a witness, come on witness (Can I get a witness).
| Eb Ab | Db Ab Absus4 Ab | Eb Ab | Db Ab Absus4 Ab |
I want a witness (Can I get a witness), just a little bit louder
| Eb Ab | Db Ab Absus4 Ab | Eb Ab | Db Ab Absus4 Ab |
(Can I get a witness), louder (Can I get a witness)


Can I Get A Witness chord progression

The chord boxes you see above are only for one area of the fretboard, as you’ll see in the TAB examples below (course preview), we must learn how to play all these chords in all CAGED shapes.

Only by doing this can we improvise our rhythm guitar part.

The chord progression is played in the key of Eb and switches quickly between chord stabs, as the bass stays on the root. For example, Eb, Ab, Db, Ab, as the bass stays on Eb.

The intro is played by the keyboards, it’s these chords.

||: Eb Ab | Db Ab :||

As the verse starts, we keep playing the same chords as the bass stays on Eb. When the bass switches to Ab, we play these chords:

||: Ab Db | Gb Db Dbsus4 Db :||

Following this, we move back to the Eb chords, then play the turnaround, like this:

| Bb Eb | Bb A | Ab Db | Gb Db Dbsus4 Db |

The key to playing Can I Get A Witness’ chords well, lies within being able to play them all in all positions of the fretboard.

In the course preview, you can see how we in the course achieve this.


Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 2)

In the video above, starting at 2:49, you find a preview of Can I Get A Witness’s guitar lesson, it’s the beginning of step 2 of the course.

In this step, we work on playing all chords of the main riff, all over the fretboard. You can use the video to play along with all five examples. You can also see the TAB for the first two examples of this below.

In the course, you get all the TAB and a loop to play along with the band. First practice each example in isolation, then start moving freely around the fretboard.



Can I Get A Witness – 8 Guitar Lessons

The chord changes of Can I Get A Witness are very fast, to play these comfortably, we must practice each section on a loop in every area of the neck.

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

Go to Can I Get A Witness 8 Guitar Lessons.


Can I Get A Witness – Lyrics

Ah listen everybody (everybody), especially you girls (especially you girls),
is it right to be left alone by the one you love is never home.
I love too hard, my friends sometimes say,
but I believe, I believe, that a woman should be loved that way.

Go to Can I Get A Witness lyrics.


Holland-Dozier-Holland – Biography

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.

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Marvin Gaye – Biography

Marvin Gaye helped to shape the Motown sound as a drummer, session singer, writer, lead singer and producer in the 60’s and 70’s.

Marvin’s hits include I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Can I Get A Witness, and politically fueled What’s Going On.

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The Funk Brothers – Biography

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.

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Intermediate Electric – 13 Songs

You can learn how to play these 13 intermediate electric songs!

Be My Baby, Can I Get A Witness, Get Ready, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Jimmy Mack, Master Blaster (Jammin’), Money (That’s What I Want), My Guy, Rescue Me, Respect, Son Of A Preacher Man, Soul Man, and You Can’t Hurry Love.

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