Knock On Wood chords by Eddie Floyd

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Knock On Wood | Chords + Lyrics


| E5 | G5 A5 | B5 | D5 B5 |

Verse 1

| A6 | A6 | A6 | A6 |
I don’t want to lose, this good thing, that I got.
| E7 | E7 | E7 | E7 |
‘Cause if I do, I will surely, surely lose a lot.
| A6 | A6 | A6 | A6 |
‘Cause your love, is better, than any love I know.

Chorus 1

| E7 | A7 | E7 | A7 |
It’s like thunder, lightning, the way you love me is frightening.
| N.C | E5 | G5 A5 | B5 | D5 B5 |
I better knock, knock on wood, baby.

Verse 2

| A6 | A6 | A6 | A6 |
I’m not superstitious, about you, but I can’t take no chance.
| E7 | E7 | E7 | E7 |
You got me spinnin’ baby. Baby, I’m in a trance.
| A6 | A6 | A6 | A6 |
‘Cause your love, is better, than any love I know.

Chorus 2

| E7 | A7 | E7 | A7 |
It’s like thunder, lightning, the way you love me is frightenin’.
| N.C | E5 | G5 A5 | B5 | D5 B5 A5 G5 |
I better knock (knock), on wood, baby.


| F#7 | G#7 | A7 | C B |

Verse 3

| A6 | A6 | A6 | A6 |
It’s no secret, that woman, is my lovin’ cup.
| E7 | E7 | E7 | E7 |
‘Cause she sees, to it, that I get enough.
| A6 | A6 | A6 | A6 |
Just one touch, from her, you know it means so much.

Chorus 3

| E7 | A7 | E7 | A7 |
It’s like thunder (huh), lightning (yeah), the way you love me is frightenin’.
| N.C | E5 | G5 A5 | B5 | D5 B5 A5 G5 |
I better knock (knock), on wood, baby. I better knock (knock), knock.


||: E7 | A7 | E7 | A7 :||
Oh yeah, I think I better knock (knock, knock) on wood.
||: I think I better knock (knock, knock) on wood :|| (repeat to fade)

Knock On Wood Chords: Learn the progressions

Knock On Wood guitar lesson + TAB

Knock On Wood has some very clever chords which members examine in great detail using TAB.

For example, the intro, which later comes back as a chorus is not diatonic to the E major scale or any major mode, instead, it follows the E Minor Pentatonic.

Above, I’ve written these chords as 5 chords. Should you have a horn section, you can play them all as smaller major chords instead. If you don’t have a horn section, 5 chords give the riff more power.

The verse has a great 6 chord that you want to slide into, I love how this is used over A chord, but a dom7 over E chord, like this:

| A6 | A6 | A6 | A6 |
| E7 | E7 | E7 | E7 |
| A6 | A6 | A6 | A6 |

If you play the A6 as an E shape and the E7 as a C shape, all on strings 4-2, you’ll go from A, C#, and F#, to G#, D, and E, that’s some tight voice leading!

The instrumental section’s horn line can be played on the guitar should your horn section not be present, it’s easy to play if you have the TAB, guess who gets that? Members!

Here’s a link to the complete lesson: Knock On Wood – Guitar lesson with TAB.

Knock On Wood is Eddie Floyd’s and Amii Stewart’s signature song!

Eddie Floyd‘s signature song, Knock On Wood was co-written with Steve Cropper and released all the way back in 1966 on Stax.

It was a hit, reaching #1 on the Hot Rhythm & Blues charts, and #28 on Billboard.

First covered by Otis Redding the following year, David Bowie did a live version in 1974 on his album David Live. Even Eric Clapton did a version in 1985 on his album Behind the Sun.

But the most successful version was recorded as a disco anthem by Amii Stewart in 1979, she even named her album after it which also has Light My Fire (The Doors) on it (perhaps not the best tune to do as a disco version…).

All these cover versions have resulted in Knock On Wood remaining in the public’s consciousness for decades.

In my opinion, above all these, it’s the working band playing it every weekend that has had the biggest impact, but maybe I’m biased…

Knock On Wood Chords | Related Pages

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There are more intermediate electric songs with chords like Knock On Wood.

The intermediate electric tunes will help you with learning the CAGED system all over the fretboard, both for chords and pentatonic scales.

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Booker T. & The M.G.’s tunes

Booker T. & The M.G.'s played on Knock On Wood.

Led by piano and organ player Booker T. Jones, the Stax Records house band played behind numerous legendary artists.

Hits include Green Onions, Born Under A Bad Sign, Dock Of The Bay, Ain’t No Sunshine, Soul Man, Hold On I’m Coming, Knock On Wood, and Respect.

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David Bowie tunes

David Bowie covered Knock On Wood.

David Bowie was an English singer, songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger, and audio engineer.

His biggest hits include (Is There) Life On Mars?, Starman, Ziggy Stardust, Let’s Dance, China Girl, and Heroes.

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Eric Clapton tunes

Eric Clapton covered Knock On Wood.

As well as a member of bands like Derek & The Dominos, The Yardbirds, and Cream, Eric Clapton has successfully played sessions for more stars than any other guitar player.

His long career earned him three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

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Eddie Floyd tunes

Eddie Floyd wrote Knock On Wood.

Eddie Floyd was signed to Stax as a writer and artist. Here he worked closely with the house band Booker T. & The M.G.’s.

The guitarist of the band, Steve Cropper, helped Eddie pen his signature song Knock On Wood.

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Otis Redding tunes

Otis Redding covered Knock On Wood.

Dubbed the King Of Soul, Otis Redding was an American singer-songwriter who wrote some of the most famous tunes of all time.

His career was tragically cut short only five years after his first studio album was released as he tragically died in a plane crash in 1967.

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Motown & Soul

There are more Motown and Soul tunes with chords like Knock On Wood.

Motown & Soul is the best place to start if you want to get better at playing the electric guitar. The harmony is simple and there is room for improvisation.

Learn tunes by The Supremes, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, and many more.

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