Candy chords by Cameo


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Candy | Chords and lyrics

Intro

||: G | G | A | Bm :||
Yeah, hm.

Chorus 1

| G | G |
It’s like candy, I can feel it when you walk,
| A | Bm |
even when you talk it takes over me.
| G | G |
You’re so dandy, I wanna know, 
| A | Bm Bb5 A5 Ab5 |
can you feel it too, just like I do? (Just like I do, hoo).

Verse 1

| G | G |
This stuff is starting now,
| A | Bm |
It’s the same feeling I always seem to get around you.
| G | G |
There’s no mistaking, 
| A | Bm |
I’m clearly taken by the simple mere thought of you (oh).

Instrumental

| G | G | A | Bm Bb5 A5 Ab5 |

Verse 2

| G | G |
This stuff is starting now (this stuff is starting now).
| A | Bm |
This stuff is starting now (oh). This stuff is starting now (hoo).
| G | G |
My eyes roll in my head,
| A | Bm |
I toss and turn in my bed, in the morning when I think about you.

Verse 3

| G | G |
Yes, I do. Simply put, 
| A | Bm |
you’re the reason why, even though I’m real shy (real shy).
| G | G |
I attempt to look my best for you,
| A | Bm Bb5 A5 Ab5 |
Indeed, I do (just for you).
| G | G |
‘Cause you affect me, 
| A | Bm |
fascinate me, I thank heaven for the things that you do (for the things that you do).

Chorus 2

| G | G |
It’s like candy (candy), oh
| A | Bm Bb5 A5 Ab5 |
You sure are sweet, sweet (sweet).
| G | G |
You’re so dandy (dandy).
| A | Bm |
You’re taking my appetite, but it’s all right.

Guitar solo

| G | G | A | Bm |

Chorus 3

| G | G |
It’s like candy (candy) (Ooh, vanilla, oh, chocolate).
| A | Bm |
Look real nice (real nice), wrapped up tight.
| G | G |
You’re so dandy (dandy) (Would you mind if I had a little bit more of your time?).
| A | Bm Bb5 A5 Ab5 |
Giving me a heart attack, it’s the kind I like (oh, oh, oh).

| G N.C | N.C | (F#) G N.C | N.C |

Sax solo

| G | G | A | Bm |
It’s like candy (candy).
| G | G | A | Bm |
You’re so dandy (dandy). What you do (what you do).
| G | G | A | Bm |
| G | G | A | Bm Bb5 A5 Ab5 |

Verse 4

| G | G |
You’re like a brand new feeling (feeling), in a special way,
| A | Bm |
a surprise package on a bright clear sunny day.
| G | G |
You’re so dandy (dandy) and wrapped up tight. So good, 
| A | Bm Bb5 A5 Ab5 |
so good (yeah, yeah, yeah).

Outro

| G | G |
Strawberry (strawberry), raspberry (raspberry) all those good things.
| A | Bm |
Violets and gumdrops, that’s what you’re saying to me, me (me, oh).
| G | G | A | Bm |
Sweet candy, candy.
| G | G | A | Bm |
It’s like candy (candy), sure seems like good candy to me (good candy to me), oh, baby (oh).
| G | G | A | Bm |
You’re so dandy, just keep doing what you do, baby (oh, yeah) (Doing to me, yeah, doing to me).


Candy chords, progressions, and TAB

Usually, these chords move down from Bm – A – G, that’s VI – V – IV. One More Cup Of Coffee is just one example out of hundreds, although the key is different (Am, not Bm).

In Candy, we instead start on chord IV, the G chord, stay here for two bars, then go up to A, then Bm.

Apart from this GABm progression, we only have one addition and that’s the chromatic distorted guitar which appears once in a while taking us from Bm, back to G, like this:

| G | G | A | Bm Bb5 A5 Ab5 |

I guess the most complicated thing about playing Candy is to know when this chromatic descending part appears.

To me, the best way to know is to not have a chart, but instead use Candy’s chords and lyrics, just like you see above.

Obviously, you need to get the syncopation right, and also work out where on the neck it’s best to play Candy’s riff on the guitar. For that, you need TAB.

TAB for Candy riff

Candy used a dance routine and sax solo to find success

Songs featuring a dance routine tend to work really well, Cameo’s Candy is no exception. If you want to get the crowd going, this is a safe bet, as long as you’re looking at a generation that learned this routine when they grew up that is!

Released in 1986, Candy did reasonably well in the charts, it’s the legacy since then that is more impressive, you still hear this song played by DJs and clever bands today, almost three decades later.

The awesome sax solo, which is played by legendary Micahel Brecker makes me want to put together a step-by-step guitar lesson series on this song.

Until that’s materialized, there’s a video in the playlist that transcribed it. As it’s a saxophone, it’s transposed up a tone, those guys are so weird!

Should this be too complicated for you, you just have to wait until I get it done in TAB and make do with the chords and lyrics above.

Should you want to play sax solos on the guitar already now, check Respect and Get Ready, I’ve done lessons for those.


Candy | Related pages


Cameo

Best known for their tunes Word Up and Candy, Cameo formed in 1974 and is one of the best funk bands around.

Candy has managed to remain relevant by having the dance routine The Electric Slide performed to it. Personally, I’m more into the sax solo by Michael Brecker.

Go to Cameo.


Song Book

As a guitarist, a repertoire is the greatest asset you can acquire. It is your ticket to playing with other musicians.

To help you on this journey, I’ve gathered tunes I play with acoustic duos, Jazz trios, Indie/Rock/Party bands as well as large Soul/Motown ensembles.

Go to Song Book.


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