Dancing In The Moonlight (It’s Caught Me In Its Spotlight) chords by Thin Lizzy


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Dancing In The Moonlight (It’s Caught Me In Its Spotlight) | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| Em Em7 | D | C G/B | G (Gsus4) |
| Em Em7 | D | C G/B | G N.C | N.C |

Verse 1

||: Em Em7 | D | C G/B | G (Gsus4) :||
When I passed you in the doorway, well, you took me with a glance.
I should’ve took that last bus home, but I asked you for a dance.
Now we go steady to the pictures, I always get chocolate stains on my pants.
And my father, he’s going crazy, he says I’m livin’ in a trance.

Chorus 1

| Em Em7 | D | C G/B | G (Gsus4) |
But I’m dancing in the moonlight, it’s caught me in its spotlight (it’s alright, alright).
| Em Em7 | D | C G/B | G N.C | N.C |
Dancing in the moonlight, on this long, hot summer night.

Verse 2

||: Em Em7 | D | C G/B | G (Gsus4) :||
It’s three o’clock in the morning, and I’m on the streets again.
I disobeyed another warning, I should’ve been in by ten.
Now I won’t get out until Sunday, I’ll have to say I stayed with friends.
Oh, but it’s a habit worth forming, if it means to justify the end.

Chorus 2

| Em Em7 | D | C G/B | G (Gsus4) |
Dancing in the moonlight, it’s caught me in its spotlight (it’s alright, alright).
| Em Em7 | D | C G/B | G N.C | N.C |
Dancing in the moonlight, on this long, hot summer night.

Verse 3 (breakdown)

||: Em | D | C5 G/B | G (Gsus4) :|| x3
And I’m walking home, the last bus has long gone.
| Em | D | C5 G/B | G N.C | N.C |
But I’m dancing in the moonlight.

Solo

||: Em Em7 | D | C G/B | G (Gsus4) :|| x4

Outro

||: Em Em7 | D | C G/B | G (Gsus4) :||
Dancing in the moonlight, it’s caught me in its spotlight (it’s alright, it’s alright).
Dancing in the moonlight, on this long, hot summer night.
Dancing in the moonlight (I’m dancing in the moonlight) it’s caught me in its spotlight (it’s caught me in its spotlight).
Dancing in the moonlight (dancing in the moonlight), on this long, hot summer night (it’s got me hot).
Dancing in the moonlight (I’m dancing in the moonlight), it’s caught me in its spotlight (it’s caught me alright, alright).
Dancing in the moonlight (alright, alright, alright, alright, alright), on this long, hot summer night (got so goddamn hot).
Dancing in the moonlight (I’m dancing), it’s caught me in its spotlight (I’m still dancing).
Dancing in the moonlight (I’m dancing in the moonlight), on this long, hot summer night.



Dancing In The Moonlight (It’s Caught Me In Its Spotlight) Chords: Learn the progressions!


Dancing In The Moonlight It's Caught Me In It's Spotlight Analysis + TAB T

Throughout, the chords for Dancing In The Moonlight (It’s Caught Me In Its Spotlight) are almost only VI – V – IV – I, like this:

||: Em | D | C | G :||

However, you do need to include some extensions, and most importantly, that bass line which is so cool!

So let’s start with that, I’ll give you an idea of what chords you could use above it. Start with playing that bass line and then see if you can add the chords.

Dancing In The Moonlight (It's Caught Me In Its Spotlight) chords and TAB intro bass

Members get three TAB examples of how we could turn this bass line into an acoustic guitar part.

Learn these and you could play this very cool tune on your own or easily in a band as you’ll have a full understanding of how it’s been put together.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Dancing In The Moonlight (It’s Caught Me In Its Spotlight) – Guitar lesson 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.

This is not a tune by Toploader or King Harvest!

Thin Lizzy‘s Dancing In The Moonlight is clearly a completely different song to Toploader‘s cover of that old King Harvest hit!

Dropped a few months before the album Bad Reputation (1977), Dancing In The Moonlight (It’s Caught Me In Its Spotlight) was released as a single.

It did reasonably well in the U.K. and Canadian charts and has grown over the years, still being played on the radio decades later. It’s also been used in several ads.

There is a guest artist on this recording, the sax is played by Supertramp’s John Helliwell.

For the working guitarist, playing this tune comes with a caveat, which tune do they mean when the singer exclaims: Let’s play Dancing In The Moonlight!

I would advise you to learn both and be prepared for half the band playing the wrong one.



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This article was written by Dan Lundholm, Spytunes guitar guru. Discover more about him and how learning guitar with Spytunes has evolved.

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