Hey Ya! chords by Outkast


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Hey Ya! | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

One, two, three, uh!

Verse 1

||: G | C | C | 2/4 D5 | 4/4 Em | Em :||
My baby don’t mess around because she loves me so and this I know fo sho (uh).
But does she really wanna but can’t stand to see me walk out the door? (Ah).
Don’t try to fight the feeling because the thought alone is killing me right now (uh).
Thank God for Mom and Dad for sticking two together ‘Cause we don’t know how (c’mon).

Chorus 1

||: G | C | C | 2/4 D5 | 4/4 Em | Em :||
||: Hey ya, hey ya! :|| x4

Verse 2

||: G | C | C | 2/4 D5 | 4/4 Em | Em :||
You think you’ve got it. Oh, you think you’ve got it but got it just don’t get it ’til there’s nothin’ at all.
We get together. Oh, we get together but separate’s always better when there’s feelings involved.
If what they say is (nothing is forever). Then what makes, then what makes, then what makes, then what makes (what makes, what makes). Love the exception.
||: G | C | C | 2/4 D5 | 4/4 N.C | N.C :||
So why, oh, why, oh. Why, oh, why, oh, why, oh are we so in denial when we know we’re not happy here?

Chorus 2

||: G | C | C | 2/4 D5 | 4/4 Em | Em :||
Y’all don’t want to hear me, you just want to dance. (Hey ya! Uh oh. Hey ya! Uh oh).
Don’t want to meet your daddy (Hey ya! Uh oh) Just want you in my Caddy (Uh oh. Hey ya! Uh oh).
Don’t want to meet your mama. (Hey ya! Uh oh) Just want to make you cum-a (Uh oh. Hey ya! Uh oh). I’m, I’m.
I’m just being honest (Hey Ya! Uh oh). I’m just being honest. (Hey Ya!) Hey! Alright now. Alright now. 

Verse 3

||: G | C | C | 2/4 D5 | 4/4 Em | Em :||
Fellas (yeah?). Now, what cooler than being cool? (Ice cold!) I can’t hear you. I say what’s, what’s, cooler than. 
Being cool? (Ice cold!) Alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright, alright.
Okay, now ladies (yeah?). Now, we gon’ break this thang down in just a few seconds. Now, don’t have me break this thang down for nothin’. 
Now, I want to see y’all on y’all baddest behaviour. Lend me some sugar, I am your neighbour. Ah! Here we go! 

Breakdown

||: N.C | N.C :||

Shake it, shake, shake it, shake it, shake, shake it (Uh oh) Shake it, shake, shake it, shake it, shake it (Uh oh), shake it. Shake it like a Polaroid picture, hey ya! 
||: Shake it, shake, shake it, shake it, shake, shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it, sugar. Shake it like a Polaroid picture. :|| x3
Now, all Beyonce’s, and Lucy Liu’s and baby dolls, get on the floor. Get on the floor, you know what to do. You know what to do. 

Chorus 3

||: G | C | C | 2/4 D5 | 4/4 Em | Em :||
You know what to do. Hey ya! (Uh oh) Hey ya! (Uh oh).
Hey ya! (Uh oh) Hey ya! (Uh oh).
Hey ya! (Uh oh) Hey ya! (Uh oh).
Hey ya! (Uh oh) Hey ya! (Uh oh).



Hey Ya! Chords: Learn the progressions


Hey Ya! Analysis + TAB T

Extremely simple, yet so clever, Hey Ya!‘s chords are in the key of G and move I – IV – V – VI. Using a 2/4 bar for the V chord, like this:

||: G (I) | C (IV) | C |
| 2/4 D5 (V) | 4/4 Em (VI) | Em :||

If this is not familiarity with a twist (the 2/4 bar being the twist) then I do not know what is!

I like making that D chord a power chord, however, there are layered guitars on the recording and if you play with a capo on fret 5, the chords become this:

||: D5 (I) | G (IV) | G |
| 2/4 A (V) | 4/4 Bm (VI) | Bm :||

Now the V chord (an A) sounds better with a 3rd and the I chord (a D now) sounds better as a power chord.

Should you put a capo on fret 3, the chords become:

||: E (I) | A (IV) | A |
| 2/4 B (V) | 4/4 C#m (VI) | C#m :||

Now all chords can be triads!

If you have a duo or a loop pedal, experiment with which two of these parts sound best together.

Let’s look at some TAB for these three parts and see how they change subtly. These are the first three bars of Hey Ya!’s chord progression.

Hey Ya chords and TAB Outkast 3 guitars 1st half

Two seemingly tiny details appear here. The E chord‘s last upstroke is only two strings as they need to be all open to switch to the A chord. If it’s three strings open we would get an Em.

The D chord is a power chord as the top string (3rd) would have stood out too much).

Here’s the 2nd half of this chord riff.

Hey Ya chords and TAB Outkast 3 guitars 2nd half

Now the D chord in the first part is a power chord, it is so for the same reason as before, the 3rd on top would have stood out too much.

The capo parts sound identical in the 2nd half so which one you choose will be down to how they blended in the first half.

Members get TAB of a cover version by Obadiah Parker as well (included in the playlist above), he changes the key and tunes down to 432Hz, the magical frequency of the universe.

The best version of this is on Spotify, here’s a link: Obadiah Parker Hey Ya – solo version.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Hey Ya! – Guitar Lesson with TAB.

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Hey Ya! was a worldwide hit

Andre’ 3000 wrote, produced, and performed Hey Ya! in 2003. Released under the name Outkast, a duo Andre’ 3000 had with Big Boi, it was an enormous hit, reaching the top 5 in 16 countries, and selling almost 4 million copies.

During 2004, the awards started coming in, claiming the song, video, art direction, performance, visual effects, and outstanding duo categories.

The 2010 version of 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time placed Hey Ya! at #182.

Still played by working bands, radio stations, and DJs a couple of decades later, Hey Ya! has claimed its place in music history. Study the chords and lyrics to work out how this one was put together.

If you always check how the chords change when you add a capo, maybe you’ll come up with an Obadiah Parker version of a tune yourself.



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Dan Lundholm wrote this article about Hey Ya!'s chords.

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