L-O-V-E chords by Nat King Cole


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L-O-V-E | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: G G6 | Gmaj7 G6 :||

Verse 1

| G G6 | Gmaj7 G6 | A7sus4 Am7 | A6sus2 Am7 |
L, is for the way you look at me.
| D7 D9 | D7 D9 | G G6 | Gmaj7 G6 |
O, is for the only one I see.
| G7 G9 | G7 G9 | C C6 | Cmaj7 C6 |
V, is very, very extraordinary.
| A7 A | A9 A | D7 N.C | N.C |
E, is even more than anyone that you adore can.

Verse 2

| G G6 | Gmaj7 G6 | A7sus4 Am7 | A6sus2 Am7 |
Love, is all that I can give to you.
| D7 D9 | D7 D9 | G G6 | Gmaj7 G6 |
Love, is more than just a game for two.
| G7 G9 | G7 G9 | C C6 | C#dim7 Edim7 |
Two in love can make it, take my heart and please don’t break it.
| G G6 | D9 D7 | G G6 | Ab7 |
Love, was made for me and you.

Solo

| Ab Ab6 | Abmaj7 Ab6 | Bb7sus4 Bbm7 | Bb6sus2 Bbm7 |
| Eb7 Eb9 | Eb7 Eb9 | Ab Ab6 | Abmaj7 Ab6 |
| Ab7 Ab9 | Ab7 Ab9 | Db Db6 | Ddim7 Fdim7 |
| Ab Ab6 | Eb9 Eb7 | Ab Ab6 | A7 |

Verse 3

| A A6 | Amaj7 A6 | B7sus4 Bm7 | B6sus2 Bm7 |
L, is for the way you look at me.
| E7 E9 | E7 E9 | A A6 | Amaj7 A6 |
O, is for the only one I see.
| A7 A9 | A7 A9 | D D6 | Dmaj7 D6 |
V, is very, very extraordinary.
| B7 B | B9 B | E7 N.C | N.C |
E, is even more than anyone that you adore can.

Verse 4

| A A6 | Amaj7 A6 | B7sus4 Bm7 | B6sus2 Bm7 |
Love, is all that I can give to you.
| E7 E9 | E7 E9 | A A6 | Amaj7 A6 |
Love, is more than just a game for two.
| A7 A9 | A7 A9 | D D6 | D#dim7 F#dim7 |
Two in love can make it, take my heart and please don’t break it.
| A A6 | E9 E7 | A A6 | F#9 F#7 |
Love, was made for me and you.

End

| Bm7 Bm11 | E9 E7 | A A6 | F#9 F#7 |
Love was made for me and you
| Bm7 Bm11 | E9 E7 | A A/G | A/F# A/F | A/E | (E F# G# A) A ||
Love was made for me and you


L-O-V-E Chords: Learn the progressions!


The chords for L-O-V-E are much simpler than they look above with chords and lyrics.

What we have here is a very common chord progression, paired with two melodies that once put together, create difficult-sounding chord extensions.

Once you understand them in isolation, it all makes sense, here’s the basic chord progression in the key of G for verse 1:

| Gmaj7 | Gmaj7 | Am7 | Am7 |
| D7 | D7 | Gmaj7 | Gmaj7 |
| G7 | G7 | Cmaj7 | Cmaj7 |
| A7 | A7 | D7 N.C | N.C |

Make sure you can see how this is just a I – II – V – I for the first half.

For the second half, we turn that I chord into a dom7, move to chords IV and IIx, stop on V. Again, a common movement.

The first melody we pair with this use the notes: DEF#E, for the first half. This creates these chord extensions:

  • G = | G G6 | Gmaj7 G6 |
  • Am = | A7sus4 Am7 | A6sus2 Am7 |
  • D = | D7 D9 | D7 D9 |

For the second half, we move the melody up the scale and play GABA. This creates these chord extensions:

  • G7 = | G7 G9 | G7 G9 |
  • C = | C C6 | Cmaj7 C6 |
  • A = | A7 A | A9 A |

It may take you a while to see this clearly, but once you do, it’s actually a very simple albeit genius concept.

The second verse changes the chords for the second half, like this:

| G7 G9 | G7 G9 | C C6 | C#dim7 Edim7 |
| G G6 | D9 D7 | G G6 | Ab7 |

That IV chord movement (C) gets a dim7 chord. Moving from C#dim7 to Edim7 maintains the momentum that we have when changing chords every two bars. C#dim7 and Edim7 are actually the same notes.

The final line is just I – V – I, again, maintaining the extensions to fit in with what’s been going on so far. The final bar is a key change up a semitone.

For the solo, we play verse 2 again, just a semitone up, in the key of Ab.

For verses 3 and 4 we play verses 1 and 2 again, although now we are in the key of A.

The ending is a II – V – I – VI, again, classic chords. It’s the extensions that make it look more tricky than it is.

Play along with the original recording at the top of the page, use the chords and lyrics as a guide and you’ll soon see how playing L-O-V-E’s chords by Nat King Cole is not at all as difficult as it may first seem.



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