Chicken Fried chords by the Zac Brown Band


Video blocked due to privacy settings

[rcb-consent type=”change” tag=”link” text=”Change privacy settings”]

Chicken Fried | Chords + Lyrics (tune down 1/2 step)


Intro

| 4/4 N.C G | G D7 G6 | G D7 | G D | 2/4 D/F# |
| 4/4 G D7 | Cmaj7 | Cadd9 C | G (/A /B /C) | D |

Chorus 1

| G5 | G5 | D | D |
You know I like my chicken fried, a cold beer on a Friday night.
| C | C | G | D |
A pair of jeans that fit just right and the radio u-up.

Instrumental 1

| (D) G5 | G5 G5/D | D | D D/A |
| C | C C/G | G | D |

Verse 1 (half tempo)

| G D | C D |
Well, I was raised up beneath the shade of a Georgia pine, and that’s home you know.
| G5 D | C D Dsus4 |
Sweet tea pecan pie and homemade wine, where the peaches grow.
| G5 D | C D |
And my house it’s not much to talk about.
| G5 D | (C B C C#) |
But it’s filled with love that’s grown in southern ground.

Chorus 2

| D5 N.C | (N.C) G5 | G5 G5/D | D | D D/A |
And a little bit of chicken fried, cold beer on a Friday night.
| C | C C/G | G | D |
A pair of jeans that fit just right, and the radio up.
| G5 | G5 G5/D | D | D D/A |
Well, I’ve seen the sunrise, see the love in my woman’s eyes.
| C | C C/G | G | D |
Feel the touch of a precious child and know a mother’s love.

Verse 2 (half tempo)

| G D | C D |
It’s funny how it’s the little things in life, that mean the most.
| G5 D | C D |
Not where you live or what you drive or the price tag on your clothes.
| G5 D | C D |
There’s no dollar sign on a peace of mind this I’ve come to know.
| G5 D |2/4 C |
So if you agree have a drink with me raise your glasses for a toast.

Chorus 3

|4/4 D N.C | (N.C) G5 | G5 G5/D | D | D D/A |
To a little bit of chicken fried, a cold beer on a Friday night.
| C | C C/G | G | D |
A pair of jeans that fit just right and the radio up.
| G5 | G5 G5/D | D | D D/A |
Well, I’ve seen the sunrise, see the love in my woman’s eyes.
| C | C C/G | G | D |
Feel the touch of a precious child and know a mother’s love.

Solo (fiddle)

||: G5 | G5 G5/D | D | D D/A |
| C | C C/G | G | D :||

Instrumental (guitar)

| G (G6) | G | D | D Dsus4 |
| Cmaj7 | Cadd9 C | G | Dadd4 |

Middle 8 (half tempo)

| G | D |
I thank God for my life and for the stars and stripes.
| C | G D |
May freedom forever fly, let it ring.
| G | D |
Salute the ones who died, the ones that give their lives.
| C | G D |
So we don’t have to sacrifice all the things we love.

Chorus 4

| (N.C) G | G G5/D | D | D D/A |
Like our chicken fried. Cold beer on a Friday night.
| C | C C/G | G | D |
A pair of jeans that fit just right and the radio u-up.
| G | G G/D | D | D D/A |
Well, I’ve seen the sunrise, see the love in my woman’s eyes.
| C | C C/G | G | D |
Feel the touch of a precious child and know a mother’s love.

Chorus 5 (half-tempo reggae!)

| G5 (G) | D |
Get a little chicken fried, cold beer on a Friday night.
| C N.C | G D |
A pair of jeans that fit just right and the radio u-up.

Outro

| G | G G/D | D | D D/A |
Well, I’ve seen the sunrise, see the love in my woman’s eyes.
| C | C C/G | G | D | G | C G |
Feel the touch of a precious child and know a mother’s love.



Chicken Fried Chords: Learn the progressions


Chicken Fried guitar lesson with TAB.

To learn how to play Chicken Fried, you must play with the original recording using the chords and lyrics above.

One immediate problem will present itself; you must tune the guitar down 1/2 step. Use my online guitar tuner to achieve this.

Alternatively, you can use the Digitech drop pedal to achieve the same result. Either way, you must play Chicken Fried’s chords as if in the key of G, nothing else will sound right.

The intro, which is the most difficult can help to read as chords but only if you’ve seen the TAB, so here’s the TAB:

Chicken Fried chords and TAB, intro.

I wouldn’t spend forever on this section, the verses and chorus coming up require a lot of work too so perhaps try the intro for a while, move on and then come back to it when you can play the actual song!

The chords are simple (what Zac Brown do with them is not!), being only I – V – IV – I – V for the chorus. If I’m playing Chicken Fried on my own, I like to add an alternating bass every second bar, like this:

| G5 (I) | G5 G5/D | D (V) | D D/A |
| C (IV) | C C/G | G | D |

The verse, which is played at half tempo, moves I – V – IV – V, To get to the second chorus we play a bass line, here shown in brackets:

| G (I) D (V) | C (IV) D (V) |
| G5 D | C D Dsus4 |
| G5 D | C D |
| G5 D | (C B C C#) |

As a member, you get the TAB for all sections of Chicken Fried, even the reggae chorus! Here’s a link to the full lesson: Chicken Fried – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



Zac knew Chicken Fried was gonna be a big hit!

Chicken Fried by the Zac Brown Band has become somewhat of a standard in the contemporary country band’s repertoire.

First released in 2005, it was the re-released version in 2008 on a major label that made it a hit. In between the two dates another band, The Lost Trailers, had a stab at it but their version was withdrawn from radio play when Zac realised he had a hit on his hands.

Anyway, once “out there”, there was no stopping Chicken Fried and its patriotic pro-America undertones as it claimed the #1 spot in the Country charts and sold 5 million copies.

Since then, the Zac Brown Band has gone from strength to strength, lately, they’ve performed Bohemian Rhapsody live and released it, clearly proving that these guys can properly sing and play, no doubt.



Chicken Fried Chords | Related Pages


Advanced Acoustic

Among the Advanced Acoustic Songs, there are more tunes with chords like Chicken Fried.

The advanced acoustic tunes use big chord extensions and sometimes, unique and complex chords that incorporate open strings.

Study these in-depth and you will gain a complete understanding of the guitar fretboard, including how to build any scale, arpeggio, or chord.


Five similar tunes with chords and lyrics

When you can play Chicken Fried's chords, try these five tunes from the songbook.


Zac Brown Band tunes

Zac Brown band wrote Chicken Fried.

After self-releasing an album in 2005, the Zac Brown Band gathered interest from record label Atlantic.

Their best tunes include Chicken Fried, Knee Deep, Toes, Homegrown, Colder Weather, and a cover of Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.


Zac Brown Band on the web

Listen to Zac Brown Band on Spotify.


Country & Folk

When you can play Chicken Fried, check out these Country and Folk tunes as well.

In the primarily acoustic genres of Country & Folk, you must acquire what matters the most: A repertoire. Nothing else will give you the gig.

Learn tunes by Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, America, Don McLean, and many more.


About me | Dan Lundholm

Dan Lundholm wrote this guitar lesson about Chicken Fried's chords.

This was a guitar lesson about Chicken Fried chords, by Dan Lundholm. Discover more about him and learn guitar with Spytunes.

Most importantly, find out why you should learn guitar through playing tunes, not practising scales, and studying theory in isolation.



FOLLOW SPYTUNES

Share this page