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).



Can I Get A Witness Chords: Learn the progressions


Can I Get A Witness‘ chord progression is a play on a traditional Blues in the key of Eb.

Instead of staying on chords I, IV, and V, we quickly move to chords around each I, IV, and V, 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 (bVIIx).

This pattern is not repeated when we go to chord IV. Instead of staying on Ab, we’ll go from Ab to Db and up to Eb. If it had been the same, we would have played Gb instead of Eb.

For the V chord, we play “up a 4th”, and then chromatically go down to chord IV.

Here’s a chord chart I made for you.

Can I Get A Witness chord chart

Can I Get A Witness Chord Chart | PDF + iReal Pro


The chord chart you see above may look very busy, but it’s just a blues with those variations applied to each I, IV, and V chord discussed earlier.

The only other change is that we go to the V chord again in the middle of the song (verses 2 and 3). In the chord chart, I’ve called this section B.

Should you want to download this chart, here’s a PDFCan I Get A Witness Chord Chart PDF.

This chord chart was created using iRealPro, here’s a link to that file: Can I Get A Witness iReal Pro.

You can change the key using this and the iRealPro app, should the singer in your band request this last minute.

Playing all those chords is very difficult if you haven’t methodically built up to it, ingraining it in your muscle memory.

In the course, we do this all over the neck so you can improvise these fast changes, making Can I Get A Witness’ chords great fun to play, every time.

To find out exactly how we do this, check the preview below.


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Can I Get A Witness TAB | Course Preview


Can I Get A Witness 8 step-by-step guitar lessons.

The best thing about learning 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’ll find a playalong TAB loop, demonstrating how this is done for the verse chords in the first position.

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

In the course, we next move up the fretboard and do it all there. After four more examples, you will have covered the entire neck.

By methodically working through all shapes like this, you can decide how to play these chords using your taste, not your limitations.

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

Here’s a link to the 8 step-by-step guitar lessonsCan I Get A Witness – Guitar Lessons with TAB.



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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