Jolene chords by Dolly Parton


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Jolene | Chords + Lyrics (capo 4)


Intro

||: Am11 | Am11 :||

Chorus 1

| Am C |2/4 G |4/4 Am11 |
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene
| G | Am11 | Am11 |
I’m begging of you please don’t take my man.
| Am C |2/4 G |4/4 Am11 |
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene.
| G | Am11 | Am11 |
Please don’t take him just because you can.

Verse 1

| Am C | G Am |
Your beauty is beyond compare with flaming locks of auburn hair.
| G | Am (Am/E) | Am (Am/E) |
With ivory skin and eyes of emerald green.
| Am C | G Am |
Your smile is like a breath of spring, your voice is soft like summer rain.
| G | Am11 | Am11 |
And I cannot compete with you, Jolene.
| Am C | G Am |
He talks about you in his sleep and there’s nothing I can do to keep.
| G | Am11 | Am11 |
From crying when he calls your name, Jolene.
| Am C | G Am |
And I can easily understand how you could easily take my man.
| G | Am11 | Am11 |
But you don’t know what he means to me, Jolene.

Chorus 2

| Am C |2/4 G |4/4 Am11 |
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene.
| G | Am11 | Am11 |
I’m begging of you please don’t take my man.
| Am C |2/4 G |4/4 Am11 |
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene.
| G | Am11 | Am11 |
Please don’t take him just because you can.

Verse 2

| Am C | G Am |
You could have your choice of men but I could never love again.
| G | Am11 | Am11 |
He’s the only one for me, Jolene.
| Am C | G Am |
I had to have this talk with you, my happiness depends on you.
| G | Am11 | Am11 |
And whatever you decide to do, Jolene.

Chorus 3

| Am C |2/4 G |4/4 Am |
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene.
| G | Am11 | Am11 |
I’m begging of you please don’t take my man.
| Am C |2/4 G |4/4 Am |
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene.
| G | Am11 | Am11 |
Please don’t take him even though you can.
| Am11 | Am11 |
Jolene, Jolene.



Jolene | Chords + Lyrics (no capo)


Intro

||: C#m11 | C#m11 :||

Chorus 1

| C#m E |2/4 B |4/4 C#m11 |
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene.
| B | C#m11 | C#m11 |
I’m begging of you please don’t take my man.
| C#m E |2/4 B |4/4 C#m11 |
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene.
| B | C#m11 | C#m11 |
Please don’t take him just because you can.

Verse 1

| C#m E | B C#m |
Your beauty is beyond compare with flaming locks of auburn hair.
| B | C#m | C#m |
With ivory skin and eyes of emerald green.
| C#m E | B C#m |
Your smile is like a breath of spring, your voice is soft like summer rain.
| B | C#m11 | C#m11 |
And I cannot compete with you, Jolene.
| C#m E | B C#m |
He talks about you in his sleep and there’s nothing I can do to keep.
| B | C#m11 | C#m11 |
From crying when he calls your name, Jolene.
| C#m E | B C#m |
And I can easily understand how you could easily take my man.
| B | C#m11 | C#m11 |
But you don’t know what he means to me, Jolene.

Chorus 2

| C#m E |2/4 B |4/4 C#m11 |
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene.
| B | C#m11 | C#m11 |
I’m begging of you please don’t take my man.
| C#m E |2/4 B |4/4 C#m |
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene.
| B | C#m11 | C#m11 |
Please don’t take him just because you can.

Verse 2

| C#m E | B C#m |
You could have your choice of men but I could never love again.
| B | C#m11 | C#m11 |
He’s the only one for me, Jolene.
| C#m E | B C#m |
I had to have this talk with you, my happiness depends on you.
| B | C#m11 | C#m11 |
And whatever you decide to do, Jolene.

Chorus 3

| C#m E |2/4 B |4/4 C#m11 |
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene.
| B | C#m11 | C#m11 |
I’m begging of you please don’t take my man.
| C#m E |2/4 B |4/4 C#m11 |
Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene.
| B | C#m11 | C#m11 |
Please don’t take him even though you can.
| C#m11 | C#m11 |
Jolene, Jolene.



Jolene Chords: Learn the progressions!


Jolene Analysis + TAB

In order to play Jolene‘s chords in a way that sounds like the original, you must use a capo on fret 4 and think in the key of Am.

Only by doing this can you get the hammer on/pull off chord riff to sound right.

If you include all notes played in the riff, you could call the chord an Am11, but this will only make sense if you know how to play this riff so let’s look at this.

Jolene chords and TAB, main riff in Am using a capo.

Members get TAB for how to play the main riff without a capo as well which would only work on the electric guitar in a band.

Following this initial investigation, members look at TAB for a verse and chorus where this riff is constantly integrated.

Jolene’s chords are easy to remember, the only difference between the verse and the chorus is the time signatures, here’s the chorus:

| Am (VI) C (I) |2/4 G (V) |4/4 Am |
| G | Am11 | Am11 |

And here are the verse chords from Jolene:

||: Am (VI) C (I) | G (V) Am |
| G | Am11 | Am11 :||

Members get complete TAB and a more in-depth analysis so you can play this classic on just one acoustic guitar. Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Jolene – Guitar lesson with TAB.

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.

Jolene is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser!

Imagine writing a tune as great as Jolene and then on the same day, also writing I Will Always Love You. Apparently, that’s what Dolly Parton did back in 1973.

Jolene is Dolly’s most covered song, even Jack White has attempted it. From personal experience I can reveal that it always works, Jolene is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

There’s also a bunch of parody versions around and plenty of jokes based on this song, this only happens when a song is so famous that everybody knows it, I’m sure Dolly sees it as a compliment.

To hear the original, live, Jack White, Miley Cyrus, and even the Post-Modern Jukebox versions of Jolone, check the playlist at the top of this page.



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