Georgia On My Mind chords by Ray Charles


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Georgia On My Mind | Chords and lyrics

Intro

| G D6sus2/F# | Em11 Eb | Dbm7b5 D11 | C/G D13 |

Verse 1

| G | B7/F# B7 |
Georgia, Georgia.
| Em  Dm69 | C C#dim7 |
The whole day through (the whole day through).
| G/D D/F# Em | A7 D7 D7b9 | F9b5 F9 E7b9 | A7 D7b9 |
Just an old sweet song, keeps Georgia, on my mind (Georgia on my mind)

Verse 2

| G | B7/F# B7 |
I said Georgia, Georgia.
| Em Dm69 | Cmaj7 C#dim7 |
A song of you (a song of you).
| G/D D/F# Em7 | A7 D7 | G C7 | G Asus2 B7 |
Comes as sweet and clear, as moonlight through the pines.

Bridge 1

| Em C6/E | Em6 C6/E |
Other arms reach out to me,
| Em Cmaj13/E | Em7 A7 |
other eyes smile tenderly.
| Em7 Cmaj13/E | Em7 D6 C#dim7 Dmaj7 |
Still, in peaceful dreams, I see,
| Bm7 A#7 | A7 D13 |
the road leads back to you.

Verse 3

| G Gsus4 G6 | B7/F# B7 |
I said Georgia, oh Georgia.
| Em Dm69 | Cmaj7 C#dim7 |
No peace I find (peace I find).
| G/D D/F# E7 | A9 D9 | G C7 | G G6 C13 |
Just an old sweet song, keeps Georgia on my mind (Georgia on my mind).

Bridge 2

| Em C6/E | Em6 C6/E |
Other arms reach out to me,
| Em Cmaj13/E | Em7 A7 |
other eyes smile tenderly.
| Em7 Cmaj13/E | Em7 D6 C#dim7 Dmaj7 |
Still, in peaceful dreams, I see,
| Bm7 A#7 | A7 D13 |
the road leads back to you.

Verse 4

| G Gsus4 G6 | B7/F# B7 |
Woah, Georgia, Georgia.
| Em7 Dm69 | Cmaj7 C#dim7 |
No peace, no peace I find.
| G/D D/F# Em7 | A7 D7 | F7 | E7 
Just an old, sweet song, keeps Georgia on my mind (Georgia on my mind).
| A7 A7/B C C#dim7 | D7 Em7 F7 F#dim7 | G/B B7 C C#dim7 | D7 G#7 G7 | G6 |
I said just an old sweet song, keeps Georgia on my mind.


Georgia On My Mind chords and progressions

There are essentially two sections to Georgia On My Mind. Let’s call them A and B. The A section goes like this:

| G | B7/F# B7 | Em Dm69 | C C#dim7 |
| G/D D/F# Em | A7 D7 D7b9 | F9b5 F9 E7b9 | A7 D7b9 |

The last two bars are then varied like this, in order to point to the B section.

| G C7 | G Asus2 B7 |

The key is G, so a simplified roman numeral explanation would be this:

| I | IIIx | VI Vm | IV #IVdim7 |
| I V VI | IIx V | bVIIx VIx | IIx V |

The variation at the end is:

| I IV | I II IIIx |

As the verses go by, Ray does vary the chords, see the chords and lyrics above to see the full picture.

Let’s look at the B section.

| Em C6/E | Em6 C6/E |
| Em Cmaj13/E | Em7 A7 |
| Em7 Cmaj13/E | Em7 D6 C#dim7 Dmaj7 |
| Bm7 A#7 | A7 D13 |

What we have here is the VI chord, with its 5th moving up chromatically, this gives us all sorts of crazy chord names like C6/E and Em6.

On the second line, we vary this with Em7A7, which is VI – IIx, but feels like a II – V.

On the third line, we play four chords in a bar, only keyboard players look at that and go, yes this makes sense!

The final line is a nice turnaround, starting on chord III, then using a tritone substitution to achieve a chromatic descending line.

Lastly, the final line of the song speaks for itself, I had to go and lie down after working out all those chords!


Ray’s signature song was a cover

Ray Charles‘s signature song, Georgia On My Mind, is a masterpiece in chord movements and extensions. It wasn’t actually written by Ray, but by two men called Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell in 1930.

Ray released his version in 1960, which went to #1. The state of Georgia made this version the official state song in 1979. In 2003, Rolling Stone Magazine named it the #44th greatest song of all time.

Since then, Georgia On My Mind has become a standard that you as a musician are expected to know. To dig deeper, check out versions by other artists, for example, Annie Lennox, Michael Bolton, The Spencer Davis Group, and Billie Holiday.

Only comparable to At Last and A Change Is Gonna Come for the string intros, Georgia just keeps going with the crazy chords, it definitely wasn’t easy to work all of them out! You may need a coffee to help you get through this one…


Georgie On My Mind | Related pages


Ray Charles

Ray Charles, nicknamed The Genius, sang songs he wrote himself, songs other people write for him as well as covers.

Best known for Mess Around, I’ve Got A Woman, Georgia On My Mind, Hit The Road Jack, and You Don’t Know Me.

Go to Ray Charles.


Billie Holiday

As the first female jazz singer to record in the 30s, Billie Holiday is up there with the greats that defined the genre of Jazz.

Her hits include Summertime, Blue Moon, Solitude, Pennies From Heaven, and the controversial Strange Fruit.

Go to Billie Holiday.


The Spencer Davis Group

Formed in 1962, The Spencer Davis Group was named after their guitarist, however, the real star of the show was Steve Winwood.

Their best tunes include Keep On Running, Georgia On My Mind, I’m a Man, and their signature song, Gimme Some Lovin’.

Go to The Spencer Davis Group.


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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