Let’s Dance chords by David Bowie


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Let’s Dance | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| Eb | Eb/G | Eb/Bb | Eb |
Ah, ah, ah…
||: Bb7sus4 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C | Gb6 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C :||
Let’s dance. Let’s dance. Let’s dance.

Verse 1

| Bb7sus4 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C |
Let’s dance. Put on your red shoes and dance the blues.
| Gb6 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C |
Let’s dance. To the song they’re playin’ on the radio.
| Bb7sus4 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C |
Let’s sway. While color lights up your face.
| Gb6 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C |
Let’s sway. Sway through the crowd to an empty space.

Bridge 1

| Ab | Ab | Db Eb | Db Eb |
If you say run, I’ll run with you.
| Ab | Ab | Db/Eb Eb | Db/Eb Eb |
And if you say hide, we’ll hide (hide).
| Ab | Fm | Db |
Because my love for you, would break my heart in two.
| Eb | Eb/G | Eb/Bb | Eb |
(Ah) If you should fall, into my arms, and tremble like a flower.

Instrumental 1

||: Bb7sus4 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C | Gb6 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C :||
Let’s dance. Let’s dance.

Verse 2

| Bb7sus4 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C |
Let’s dance. For fear your grace should fall.
| Gb6 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C |
Let’s dance. For fear tonight is all.
| Bb7sus4 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C |
Let’s sway. You could look into my eyes.
| Gb6 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C |
Let’s sway. Under the moonlight, this serious moonlight.

Bridge 2

| Ab | Ab | Db Eb | Db Eb |
And if you say run, I’ll run with you.
| Ab | Ab | Db/Eb Eb | Db/Eb Eb |
And if you say hide, we’ll hide (hide).
| Ab | Fm | Db |
Because my love for you, would break my heart in two.
| Eb | Eb/G | Eb/Bb | Eb |
(Ah) If you should fall, into my arms, and tremble like a flower.

Instrumental 2

||: Bb7sus4 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C | Gb6 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C :||
Let’s dance. Let’s dance.

Verse 3

| Bb7sus4 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C |
Let’s dance. Put on your red shoes and dance the blues.
| Gb6 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C |
Let’s dance. To the song we’re playing.
| Bb7sus4 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C |
Let’s sway.
| Gb6 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C |
Let’s sway. Under the moonlight, this serious moonlight.

Instrumental 2

||: Bb7sus4 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C | Gb6 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C :||

Outro

| N.C | N.C | N.C | N.C |
Let’s dance. Let’s.
| N.C | N.C | N.C | N.C |
Let’s.
| N.C | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C |
Let’s.
| Gb6 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C |
Let’s.
||: Bb7sus4 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C | Gb6 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C :||
Let’s dance…



Let’s Dance Chords: Learn the progressions!


Let's Dance Analysis + TAB

There are only two sections to learn for David Bowie‘s Let’s Dance but since they are so defined, you must get the chords absolutely right.

Start with focusing on Nile Rodgers‘s rhythm part as this is the most important. The chords used are Bb7sus4 to Bbm6, that’s all Bb Dorian.

A minor chord with a 6 can only be Dorian (Aeolian and Phrygian both have b6). The Gb6 is outside the key (bVIIx/backdoor dominant). This makes Let’s Dance verse chords a progression with a modal interchange. This is why it feels like it has built-in tension.

||: Bb7sus4 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C |
| Gb6 | N.C | Bbm6 | N.C :||

Having this “out there” verse progression makes it a relief when the bridge comes in using all Ab major, diatonic, and simple progression, here it is with Roman numerals:

| Ab (I) | Ab | Db (IV) Eb (V) | Db Eb |
| Ab | Ab | Db/Eb Eb | Db/Eb Eb |
| Ab (I) | Fm (VI) | Db (IV) | Eb (V) | Eb/G | Eb/Bb | Eb |

The variation of Db and Db/Eb is a nice touch. The final I – VI – IV – V (Stand By Me!) has familiarity written all over it, very clever.

Getting the chords above right isn’t enough, it has to be the right inversions too, so you must have TAB.

For SRV‘s licks, you could just improvise them. The big challenge will be to find a way to combine these two extremes!

Members get TAB for how to play Nile’s part live, simulating the delay on the original recording. We also look at a chord analysis so you can understand how Let’s Dance was put together.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Let’s Dance – 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.

Let’s Dance combined two iconic guitar heroes!

The unlikely combination of David Bowie (Glam Rock), Nile Rodgers (Disco), and Stevie Ray Vaughan (Texas Blues) proved to be a masterstroke.

Released from the album with the same name in 1983, we had one more Bowie classic in China Girl (lyrics by Iggy Pop!).

These two massive hits made for an album that reached #1 in ten countries, selling over 10 million copies. The single went to #1 in even more countries and sold another couple of million units.

This was somewhat of a comeback for both Bowie and Nile who had both gone through a less successful period than they were used to.

David Bowie’s last big hit was a collaboration with Queen (Under Pressure, 1981), and before then Ashes To Ashes did pretty well but nothing like his incredible ’70s-era had been.

Nile had just about recovered from the ridiculous “Disco Sucks Movement” that had seemingly put an end to a genre he pretty much invented!

Stevie Ray on the the other hand was new on the scene, he’d just put out his debut album (Texas Flood) six months earlier.

Let’s Dance put all three in the limelight overnight.



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

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Launching himself in 1983 to the world with his debut album Texas Flood and simultaneously appearing on David Bowie’s Let’s Dance, SRV was an instant hit.

Following this up with Couldn’t Stand The Weather, Pride & Joy, and Mary Had A Little Lamb, he firmly established himself as one of the greats.


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