I Got You (I Feel Good) chords by James Brown


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I Got You (I Feel Good) | Chords + Lyrics


Verse 1

| N.C | D7 | D7 | D7 | D7 |
Whoa! I feel good, I knew that I would, now
| G9 | G9 | D7 | D7 |
I feel good, I knew that I would, now
| A7 | G7 | Riff 1 | Riff 1 |
So good, so good, I got you

Verse 2

| D7 | D7 | D7 | D7 |
Whoa! I feel nice, like sugar and spice
| G9 | G9 | D7 | D7 |
I feel nice, like sugar and spice
| A7 | G7 | Riff 1 | Riff 1 |
So nice, so nice, I got you

Instrumental 1

||: Riff 2 | Riff 2 :||

Bridge 1

| G9 | G9 | D7 | D7 |
When I hold you in my arms, I know that I can’t do no wrong.
| G9 | G9 | A9 | N.C |
And when I hold you in my arms, My love won’t do you no harm.

Verse 3

| D7 | D7 | D7 | D7 |
And I feel nice, like sugar and spice
| G9 | G9 | D7 | D7 |
I feel nice, like sugar and spice
| A7 | G7 | Riff 1 | Riff 1 |
So nice, so nice, I got you

Instrumental 2

||: Riff 2 | Riff 2 :||

Bridge 2

| G9 | G9 | D7 | D7 |
When I hold you in my arms, I know that I can’t do no wrong.
| G9 | G9 | A9 | N.C |
And when I hold you in my arms, My love won’t do you no harm.

Verse 4

| D7 | D7 | D7 | D7 |
And I feel nice, like sugar and spice
| G9 | G9 | D7 | D7 |
I feel nice, like sugar and spice
| A7 | G7 | Riff 1 | Riff 1 |
So nice, so nice, ’cause I got you

Verse 5

| D7 | D7 | D7 | D7 |
Whoa! And I feel good, I knew that I would, now
| G9 | G9 | D7 | D7 |
I feel good, I knew that I would
| A7 | G7 | Riff 1 | Riff 1 |
So good, so good, ’cause I got you
| A7 | G7 | Riff 1 | Riff 1 |
So good, so good, ’cause I got you
| A7 | G7 | Riff 3 | Riff 3 | D9 |
So good, so good, ’cause I got you. Hey. Oh-whoo.



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I Got You (I Feel Good) Analysis + TAB

The verse chords for I Feel Good are the same as a 12-bar blues in the key of D, like this:

| D7 | D7 | D7 | D7 |
| G9 | G9 | D7 | D7 |
| A7 | G7 | Riff 1 | Riff 1 |

That riff at the end is not major on minor pentatonic, it’s actually a D9 arpeggio which feels suitable as a dom9 is James Brown‘s signature chord.

Before we get to the next section we have another riff, this time it’s a Dm7 arpeggio, which feels very bluesy over what we hear as a D7 chord. There is actually no chord playing, we just hear the arpeggio but that major chord is lingering in our minds from the verse.

There is also a bridge, another must in a James Brown tune as without it, James can’t say: Take it to the bridge!

This section is only 8 bars long and starts on the IV chord, like this:

| G9 | G9 | D7 | D7 |
| G9 | G9 | A9 | N.C |

Finally, the classic end (which we all must play as written) is a variation on riff 1, but ending on a minor 3rd like riff 2. The final chord is a D9, played using the same voicing as Kiss by Prince.

Members take a look at all sections (with TAB) and get some tips on what is guaranteed to happen on the gig when playing this classic.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): I Feel Good – Guitar lesson with TAB.

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I Feel Good – The classic with many names!

As one of the most obvious covers to learn, I Feel Good is a genuine classic.

Up there with Respect and Proud Mary, this is a tune you simply must know if you want to play guitar for a living.

Released in 1962 as I Found You by James’s backup singer Yvonne Fair, it was developed into the 1965 original version called I Got You on the album Out of Sight. Surprisingly, it didn’t catch on.

Once an alternative take was released under the title I Got You (I Feel Good) it finally all clicked and became James’s highest-charting tune and signature song.

In a final twist, working bands have played this for decades, always under the title I Feel Good.



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