Do You Love Me chords by The Contours


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Do You Love Me | Chords and lyrics

Intro

| F | Bb | C | Dm |
You broke my heart, ‘cause I couldn’t dance, you didn’t even want me around.
| C N.C | N.C | C |
And now I’m back, to let you know. I can really shake ’em down.

Chorus 1

||: F | Bb C :||
Do you love me? (I can really move).
Do you love me? (I’m in the groove).
Now do you love me? (Do you love me?)
| Bb | Bbm | C | C/E | C7/G | C7 N.C |
Now that I can dance (dance). Watch me now, hey!

Verse 1

| F | Bb C |
(Work, work) Ah, work it all baby.
| F | Bb C |
(Work, work) Well, you’re drivin’ me crazy.
| F | Bb C | F N.C | C7 |
(Work, work) Just a little bit of soul now (work).

Verse 2

||: F | Bb C :||
I can mash-potato (I can mash-potato).
And do the twist (I can do the twist).
Now, tell me baby (tell me baby).
Do you like it like this? (Do you like it like this?)
| C | C/E | C7/G | C7 N.C C7 |
Tell me (tell me), tell me.

Chorus 2

||: F | Bb C :||
Do you love me? (Do you love me?)
Now, do you love me? (Do you love me?)
Now, do you love me? (Do you love me?)
| Bb | Bbm | C | C/E | C7/G | C7 N.C C7 |
Now that I can dance (dance), dance. Watch me now, hey!

Verse 3

| F | Bb C |
(Work, work) Ah, shake it up, shake it.
| F | Bb C |
(Work, work) Ah, shake ’em, shake ’em down.
| F | Bb C | F N.C | C N.C |
(Work, work) A little bit of soul now.

Verse 4

| F | Bb C |
(Work) Ah, shake it, shake it baby.
| F | Bb C |
(Work, work) Ah, you’re driving me crazy.
| F | Bb C | F N.C | C7 |
(Work, work) Ah, don’t get lazy (work).

Verse 5

| F | Bb C |
I can mash-potato. (I can mash-potato).
| F | Bb C |
I can do the twist (I can do the twist).
| F | Bb C |
Well now tell me baby (Tell me, baby).
| F | Bb C |
Do you like it like this? (Do you like it like this?)
| C | C/E | C7/G | C7 |
Tell me (tell me), tell me.

Chorus 3

||: F | Bb C :||
Do you love me? (Do you love me?)
Do you love me? (Do you love me?)
Do you love me? (Do you love me?)
| C | C/E | C7/G | C7 N.C C7 |
(Now, now, now)

Verse 6

| F | Bb C |
(Work, work) I’m working hard baby.
| F | Bb C |
(Work, work) Well, you’re driving me crazy.
| F | Bb C | F N.C | C7 N.C |
(Work, work) And don’t you get lazy.

Verse 7

| F | Bb C |
(Work) Ah, hey hey baby
| F | Bb C |
(Work, work) Well, you’re driving me crazy
| F | Bb C | F N.C | C7 |
(Work, work) Oh, don’t get lazy (work).


Do You Love Me chords and progressions

In the key of F, the main chords are I – IV – V, F BbC. with the C sometimes being a C7.

The two stand-out moments are the IV – IVm, BbBbm during “now that I can dance…” and the build-up “tell me, tell me…” which is just a C chord, but it’s nice to change the bass note to /E and /G to enhance the backing vocals.

The potential car crash moment is the intro which is free time with the guitar playing a tremolo melody as the piano plays these chords: FBbCDm.

Other than these, relatively simple chords, there are a bunch of stops to keep track of.

After playing this song (as well as seeing other bands play it) hundreds of times, I can safely say that nobody has ever done this exactly in the same arrangement as the original.

Instead, it is often used to interact with the audience, using the stops whenever the singer signals it.

Berry Gordy did write Do You Love Me for a dance craze (mash potato) so when you play it, focus on getting the audience to dance, not recreating the stops faithfully.


Was The Contours a one-hit wonder?

Berry Gordy wrote Do You Love Me for The Temptations, after they rejected it, The Contours picked it up and had an immense hit, selling over a million singles.

Released in 1962 it would be the band’s only hit, making them one of the first bands to be regarded as a one-hit-wonder.

The group actually had another hit, in 1988 as part of Dirty Dancing’s soundtrack, although this was with the same song! Does this make the Contours the only double one-hit wonder?

Or perhaps, after watching the robots dance in the third video of the playlist above, Do You Love Me will be a triple one-hit wonder, surely, that would be a first!?!


Do You Love Me | Related pages


The Contours

The Contours had a worldwide hit with Do You Love, written by Berry Gordy in the early 60s and still played by bands and DJs today.

In 1987, the tune again became a hit thanks to the film Dirty Dancing with Patrick Swayze.

Go to The Contours.


Berry Gordy

Berry Gordy is the man behind the hit factory that was Motown. The idea behind the label came from working in a car factory.

Housing the label, the studio, and a house band all in the same building proved to be a masterstroke as Berry set out to discover the greatest superstars of our time.

Go to Berry Gordy – Biography.


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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