Let’s Stay Together chords by Al Green


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Let’s Stay Together chords and lyrics

Intro

| Gm9 Am7 | Gm7 Am7 | Gm9 Am7 | Gm7 C7 |
Let’s stay together.

Verse 1

| F (Fsus4) | F | Dm9 | Dm9 |
I, I’m I’m so in love with you.
| Bbadd9 | Bb69 | Bbm9/Db | Bbm9/Db |
Whatever you want to do, is all right with me.

Bridge 1

||: Am7 Gm7 | Fmaj7 Em7 | Dm9 | Dm9 :||
‘Cause you make me feel so brand new.
And I want to spend my life with you.

Verse 2

| F (Fsus4) | F | Dm9 | Dm9 |
Let me say that since, baby, since we’ve been together.
| Bbadd9 | Bb69 | Bbm9/Db | Bbm9/Db |
Ooh, loving you forever, is what I need.

Bridge 2

||: Am7 Gm7 | Fmaj7 Em7 | Dm9 | Dm9 :||
Let me, be the one you come running to
I’ll never be untrue. Oh baby.

Chorus 1

| Gm9 | Gm9 | Am7 | Am7 |
Let’s, let’s stay together (‘gether).
| Gm9 | Gm9
Lovin’ you whether, whether.
| Bbmaj7 Am7 | Dm7 C7 |
Times are good or bad, happy or sad.

Instrumental

| Gm9 | Gm9 Gm/Bb | C11/Ab | Gm9 |
Oh, oh, oh, oh, yeah.
| Ab (Ab6) | Ab | Bbmaj7 Am7 | Dm7 C7 |
Whether times are good or bad, happy or sad

Verse 3

| F (Fsus4) | F | Dm9 | Dm9 |
Why, somebody, why people break up? Oh, then turn around and
| Bbadd9 | Bb69 | Bbm9/Db | Bbm9/Db |
make up. I just can’t see.

Bridge 3

||: Am7 Gm7 | Fmaj7 Em7 | Dm9 | Dm9 :||
You’d never do that to me, would you, baby?
Just being around you is all I see. Here’s what I want us do.

Chorus 2

| Gm9 | Gm9 | Am7 | Am7 |
Let’s, we oughta stay together (‘gether).
| Gm9 | Gm9
Loving you whether, whether.
| Bbmaj7 Am7 | Dm7 C7 |
Times are good or bad, happy or sad. Come on.

Chorus 3

| Gm9 | Gm9 | Am7 | Am7 |
Let’s, woo (let’s stay together) let’s stay together.
| Gm9 | Gm9
Loving you whether, whether. 
| Bbmaj7 Am7 | Dm7 C7 |
Times are good or bad, happy or sad.


Let’s Stay Together chords and progressions

There are quite a few sections to this song, let’s break them down one by one, starting with the beautiful intro which is chords II – III on repeat, finished off by V.

| Gm9 Am7 | Gm7 Am7 | Gm9 Am7 | Gm7 C7 |

Next, we have the verse. Lots of great extensions here for the pretty standard I – VI – IV – IVm. Personally, this is my favorite IVm chord of all time. He even puts that m3rd in the bass, as well as the 9th on top!

| F (Fsus4) | F | Dm9 | Dm9 |
| Bbadd9 | Bb69 | Bbm9/Db | Bbm9/Db |

This verse is followed by a descending bridge that repeats.

| Am7 Gm7 | Fmaj7 Em7 | Dm9 | Dm9 |

The chorus, just like the verse and intro, has some great extensions over the II – III – II progression. The final two bars are the hook over “good or bad, happy or sad…” It goes IV – III – II – V.

| Gm9 | Gm9 | Am7 | Am7 |
| Gm9 | Gm9 | Bbmaj7 Am7 | Dm7 C7 |

Following the first chorus, we get an instrumental section with some great chords. The final two bars are the same as what ended the chorus, including the vocals.

| Gm9 | Gm9 Gm/Bb | C11/Ab | Gm9 |
| Ab (Ab6) | Bbmaj7 Am7 | Dm7 C7 |


The perfect song for a Soul band

On par with My Girl, this must be the best song in the first set for the Motown/Soul band! The slick and gorgeous Let’s Stay Together will no doubt remain on the working Soul bands set list for many decades to come, it is simply flawless.

Al Green wrote, recorded, and released this in 1971, and had instant success. Once it reached #1, it stayed there for 16 weeks!

Even though Let’s Stay Together is Al Green’s signature song, there are plenty of cover versions out there.

Tina Turner, Isac Hayes, Roberta Flack, Michael Bolton, Boyz II Men, Donny Osmond, Seal, Usher, Maroon 5, and Craig David have all recorded it.

Even Robin Thicke often performs it live, along with another million wedding bands every Saturday!


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Al Green

Al Green is an American gospel and soul singer who has enjoyed great popularity since the early 70s.

Among his hits, you’ll find Let’s Stay Together and Take Me To The River as well as covers of A Change Is Gonna Come, Unchained Melody, Light My Fire, and My Girl.

Go to Al Green.


Tina Turner

Tina was discovered by Ike Turner, joined his band, and even married him. Together they achieved great success with many hits.

Off stage, Ike was an abusive husband, when they divorced Tina would embark on a remarkable solo career and Ike would end up the most hated man in America.

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Song Book

As a guitarist, a repertoire is the greatest asset you can acquire. It is your ticket to playing with other musicians.

To help you on this journey, I’ve gathered tunes I play with acoustic duos, Jazz trios, Indie/Rock/Party bands as well as large Soul/Motown ensembles.

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