Fever chords by Peggy Lee

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Fever | Chords + Lyrics


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

Verse 1

||: 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.

Chorus 1

||: 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.

Verse 2

||: 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.

Chorus 2

||: 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.

Verse 3

||: 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.

Key change instrumental

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

Verse 4

||: 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.

Chorus 3

||: 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 |

Verse 5

||: 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.

Chorus 4

||: 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?

Verse 6

||: 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.

Chorus 5

||: 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 Chords: Learn the progressions

As there aren’t any chords, just a bass line, 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 are essentially the same things.

Later on, for the turnaround, the IIIx chord is used (E). The bass then moves to what may seem like the V chord (G/D) 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. Having only the bass, the world is your oyster here!

Peggy Lee’s signature song was released just a year before her version!

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 ElvisChristina 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.

Two other songs I know this happened to are The Best, Tina Turner covered Bonnie Tyler, and Blame It On The Boogie.

Blame It On The Boogie is an extreme example, released in the same month by The Jacksons, and an English bloke called Mick Jackson (this is not a joke, check the Battle of the Boogie).

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