Fever chords



You can learn how to play Fever by Peggy Lee!

Peggy Lee’s Fever was released in 1958 with so much success it became her signature song. Since then, many famous singers have covered it including Elvis, Christina Aguilera, Michael Buble, Madonna, and Boney M.

However, two years before Peggy Lee’s famous version, Little Willie John released it on his debut album and actually had a massive hit. Sometimes a cover version is so powerful, that the world forgets in a hurry.

Driven by a bass line and a semitone key change, there aren’t really any chords for Fever, so we have to invent some. Try the chords I’ve listed below and see what you think, maybe you can do better!


Fever chords and lyrics


||: Am (C6) | Am (C6) | E E/D | Am :||

||: Am (C6) | Am (C6) :||
Never know how much I love you, never know how much I care.
When you put your arms around me,
| E E/D | Am |
I get a fever that’s so hard to bear, you give me fever.

||: Am (C6) | Am (C6) :||
When you kiss me, fever when you hold me tight.
| Am (C6) | Am (C6) | E E/D | Am |
Fever, in the morning, a fever all through the night.

||: Am (C6) | Am (C6) :||
Sun lights up the day time, moon lights up the night.
I light up when you call my name
| E E/D | Am |
and you know I’m gonna treat you right, you give me fever.

||: Am (C6) | Am (C6) :||
When you kiss me, fever when you hold me tight
| Am (C6) | Am (C6) | E E/D | Am |
Fever, in the mornin’, a fever all through the night.

||: Am (C6) | Am (C6) :||
Everybody’s got the fever, that is something you all know.
| Am (C6) | Am (C6) | E E/D | Am |
Fever isn’t such a new thing, fever started a long ago.

| Bbm (Db6) | Bbm (Db6) | F F/Eb | Bbm |

||: Bbm (Db6) | Bbm (Db6) :||
Romeo loved Juliet, Juliet she felt the same.
When he put his arms around her, he said,
| F F/Eb | Bbm |
“Julie baby you’re my flame”, thou givest fever.

||: Bbm (Db6) | Bbm (Db6) :||
When we kisseth, fever with thy flaming youth.
| Bbm (Db6) | Bbm (Db6) | F F/Eb | Bbm |
Fever, I’m on fire, fever yeah I burn forsooth.
| Bm (D6) | Bm (D6) | F# F#/E | Bm |

||: Bm (D6) | Bm (D6) :||
Captain Smith and Pocahontas had a very mad affair.
| Bm (D6) | Bm (D6) | F# F#/E | Bm |
When her daddy tried to kill him she said, “Daddy oh don’t you dare”, he give me fever.

||: Bm (D6) | Bm (D6) :||
With his kisses, fever when he holds me tight.
| Bm (D6) | Bm (D6) | F# F#/E | Bm |
Fever, I’m his missus and daddy won’t you treat him right?

||: Bm (D6) | Bm (D6) :||
Now you’ve listened to my story, here’s the point that I have made.
| Bm (D6) | Bm (D6) | F# F#/E | Bm |
Chicks were born to give you fever, be it Fahrenheit or Centigrade, they give you fever.

||: Bm (D6) | Bm (D6) :||
When we kiss them, fever if you live you learn.
| Bm (D6) | Bm (D6) | F# F#/E | Bm |
Fever, till you sizzle, oh what a lovely way to burn.
| F# F#/E | Bm | F# F#/E | Bm |
What a lovely way to burn. What a lovely way to burn.
| F# F#/E | Bm | F# F#/E | Bm |
And what a lovely way to burn.


Fever chord progression

As mentioned, there aren’t any chords, just a bass line, so I came up with what you see above.

As the bass moves from chord VI, that’s Am to start off with to its m3rd, I felt we could actually change the chord to a C6 here. C6 and Am/C is essentially the same thing.

Later on, for the turnaround, a IIIx chord is used, that’s an E. The bass then actually moves to the V chord (G) but I felt an E/D worked better here as a chord.

If you play around with Fever’s chords, maybe you’ll find something different from me.


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