Dreadlock Holiday chords



You can learn how to play Dreadlock Holiday by 10cc!

Dreadlock Holiday is a single from 70s Prog/Rock/Poppers 10cc.

The song has been adapted into a one acoustic guitar arrangement by using a capo on fret three.

This way you can play as if in Em, using open strings and chords in combination with bass lines. This is all well and good until the key goes up a semitone!


Dreadlock Holiday chords and lyrics (capo 3 and 4)


||: Em Bm7 | Am7 :||: Em (Bm) | Am (Bm) :||

||: Em (Bm) | Am (Bm) :||
I was walking down the street, concentrating on truckin’ right.
I heard a dark voice beside of me, and I looked round in a state of fright.
I saw four faces, one mad, a brother from the gutter.
They looked me up and down a bit, and turned to each other.

| Em Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Em Bm7 | Am7 N.C |

| Em D | C Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | C D |
I say, I don’t like cricket, oh no, I love it.
| Em D | C Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | C D |
I don’t like cricket, oh no, I love it.

| G | G |
Don’t you walk thru my words, you got to show some respect.
| G | G Bm7 |
Don’t you walk thru my words, ’cause you ain’t heard me out yet.

| Em Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Em Bm7 | Am7 |

||: Em (Bm) | Am (Bm) :||
Well he looked down at my silver chain, he said I’ll give you one dollar.
I said you’ve got to be joking man, it was a present from me Mother.
He said I like it, I want it, I’ll take it off your hands.
And you’ll be sorry, you crossed me, you’d better understand that you’re alone.
| Em (Bm) | Am (Bm) | Em (Bm) | Am N.C |
A long way from home.

| Em D | C Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | C D |
And I say, I don’t like reggae, oh no, I love it.
| Em D | C Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | C D |
I don’t like reggae, oh no, I love it.

| G | G |
Don’t you cramp me style, don’t you queer on me pitch.
| G | G Bm7 |
Don’t you walk thru my words, ’cause you ain’t heard me out yet.

| Em (Bm) | Am (Bm) | Em (Bm) | Am N.C |

Key change – move the capo up!

||: Em (Bm) | Am (Bm) :||
I hurried back to the swimming pool, sinkin’ Pina Coladas.
I heard a dark voice beside me say, would you like something harder.
She said I’ve got it, you want it, my harvest is the best.
And if you try it, you’ll like it, and wallow in a Dreadlock Holiday (Dreadlock Holiday).

| Em Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Em Bm7 | Am7 N.C |

| Em D | C Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | C D |
And I say, don’t like Jamaica, oh no, I love her.
| Em D | C Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | C D |
Don’t like Jamaica oh no, I love her, oh yea.

| G | G |
Don’t you walk thru her words, you got to show some respect.
| G | G Bm7 |
Don’t you walk thru her words, ’cause you ain’t heard her out yet.

| Em Bm7 | Am7 Bm7 | Em Bm7 | Am7 |

||: Em (Bm) | Am (Bm) :||
||: I don’t like cricket, I love it (Dreadlock Holiday).
I don’t like reggae, I love it (Dreadlock Holiday).
Don’t like Jamaica, I love her (Dreadlock Holiday). :||


Dreadlock Holiday chord progression (capo 3)

The intro is not played correctly in the video above. These would be the correct chord. VI – III – II. EmBm7Am7, should you have a capo.

Next, we move to what will also be played during the verse, chords VI – II. Em (Bm) – Am (Bm). The Bm acts as a passing chord. The same chords are played during the bridge.

The chorus uses passing chords on beat 4. Em (D)C (Bm7) – Am7 (Bm7) – C (D). VI – IV – II – IV, disregarding the passing chords.

The chorus tag simply stays on a G chord, which is chord I, only a Bm7 is added as a passing chord at the end.

Next up, we have a key change, if you move the capo up a fret you simply play the same chords again.

The advantage of having a capo is that using the chords above, you can adjust the capo up or down the neck to find what key suits your singer.

Dealing with key changes a semitone up in the middle of a song is always going to be awkward for a guitarist. The Glider Capo might be the only real practical solution to this problem.

Without a capo, the chords are from the key of Gm. If you choose to play it like this, you will need to barre most chords.

Let’s take a look at what all this would be without a capo, including those new chords for the key change.


Dreadlock Holiday chords and lyrics (no capo)


||: Gm Dm7 | Cm7 :||: Gm (Dm) | Cm (Dm) :||

||: Gm (Dm) | Cm (Dm) :||
I was walking down the street, concentrating on truckin’ right.
I heard a dark voice beside of me, and I looked round in a state of fright.
I saw four faces, one mad, a brother from the gutter.
They looked me up and down a bit, and turned to each other.

| Gm Dm7 | Cm7 Dm7 | Gm Dm7 | Cm7 N.C |

| Gm F | Eb Dm7 | Cm7 Dm7 | Eb F |
I say, I don’t like cricket, oh no, I love it.
| Gm F | Eb Dm7 | Cm7 Dm7 | Eb F |
I don’t like cricket, oh no, I love it.

| Bb | Bb |
Don’t you walk thru my words, you got to show some respect.
| Bb | Bb Dm7 |
Don’t you walk thru my words, ’cause you ain’t heard me out yet.

| Gm Dm7 | Cm7 Dm7 | Gm Dm7 | Cm7 |

||: Gm (Dm) | Cm (Dm) :||
Well he looked down at my silver chain, he said I’ll give you one dollar.
I said you’ve got to be joking man, it was a present from me Mother.
He said I like it, I want it, I’ll take it off your hands.
And you’ll be sorry, you crossed me, you’d better understand that you’re alone.
| Gm (Dm) | Cm (Dm) | Gm (Dm) | Cm N.C |
A long way from home.

| Gm F | Eb Dm7 | Cm7 Dm7 | Eb F |
And I say, I don’t like reggae, oh no, I love it.
| Gm F | Eb Dm7 | Cm7 Dm7 | Eb F |
I don’t like reggae, oh no, I love it.

| Bb | Bb |
Don’t you cramp me style, don’t you queer on me pitch.
| Bb | Bb Dm7 |
Don’t you walk thru my words, ’cause you ain’t heard me out yet.

| Gm Dm7 | Cm7 Dm7 | Gm Dm7 | Cm7 N.C |

Key change – move the capo up!

||: Abm (Ebm) | Dbm (Ebm) :||
I hurried back to the swimming pool, sinkin’ Pina Coladas.
I heard a dark voice beside me say, would you like something harder.
She said I’ve got it, you want it, my harvest is the best.
And if you try it, you’ll like it, and wallow in a Dreadlock Holiday (Dreadlock Holiday).

| Abm Ebm7 | Dbm7 Ebm7 | Abm Ebm7 | Dbm7 N.C |

| Abm Gb | E Ebm7 | Dbm7 Ebm7 | E Gb |
And I say, don’t like Jamaica, oh no, I love her.
| Abm Gb | E Ebm7 | Dbm7 Ebm7 | E Gb |
Don’t like Jamaica oh no, I love her, oh yea.

| B | B |
Don’t you walk thru her words, you got to show some respect.
| B | B Ebm7 |
Don’t you walk thru her words, ’cause you ain’t heard her out yet.

| Abm Ebm7 | Dbm7 Ebm7 | Abm Ebm7 | Dbm7 |

||: Abm (Ebm) | Dbm (Ebm) :||
||: I don’t like cricket, I love it (Dreadlock Holiday).
I don’t like reggae, I love it (Dreadlock Holiday).
Don’t like Jamaica, I love her (Dreadlock Holiday). :||


Dreadlock Holiday chord progression (no capo)

Capo or no capo, if you understand a chord progression as Roman numerals, you can create licks and build your own guitar parts using suitable scale and chord shapes.

As I was building the intermediate acoustic course, I discovered a few mistakes among my chords in the video above.

By taking a closer look at the song, and transcribing the original bass line, I ended up with a much better way to play this song on one acoustic guitar. All will be revealed in step 8!


Dreadlock Holiday – 8 Guitar Lessons

Dreadlock Holiday by 10cc is a hilarious pop-reggae tune that is almost impossible to play on one acoustic guitar.

You’ll have to go all the way to step 8 to realize how this can be achieved without using an assistant.

Go to Dreadlock Holiday – 8 Guitar Lessons.


Dreadlock Holiday – Lyrics + Official video

I was walking down the street,
concentrating on truckin’ right.
I heard a dark voice beside of me,
and I looked round in a state of fright.

Go to Dreadlock Holiday lyrics.


10cc

With influences such as the late Beatles and Frank Zappa, 10cc was not your average middle-of-the-road band.

Similar to Supertramp, 10cc was prog/rock/pop with long instrumental sections and many styles mixed. Hits include Dreadlock Holiday and I’m Not In Love.

Go to 10cc – Biography.


Intermediate Acoustic Songs

Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Songs

The intermediate songs can not be played using just basic open position chords. We have to move up the fretboard and play CAGED barre chords as well.

We incorporate bass lines, pentatonic licks, extended chords, and play vocal melodies. Most importantly, we invent a 2nd guitar and play these songs together.

Go to Intermediate Acoustic Songs.


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As a guitarist, a repertoire is the greatest asset that you can acquire.

Learn these songs and you can progress from being a bedroom player to working with acoustic duos, Jazz trios, Indie/Rock/Party bands as well as large Soul/Motown ensembles.

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