Can I Get A Witness Lyrics

Can I Get A Witness – Marvin Gaye

Lyrics and Guitar Lessons

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Can I Get A Witness Lyrics

Ah listen everybody (everybody), especially you girls (especially you girls)
Is it right to be left alone by the one you love is never home
I love too hard, my friends sometimes say
But I believe, I believe, that a woman should be loved that way
But it hurts me so inside, to see how you treat me so unkind
Somebody, somewhere, tell her it’s unfair – Can I get a witness?

(Can I get a witness) Can I get a witness?
(Can I get a witness) Can I get a witness?
(Can I get a witness) Somebody (Can I get a witness)
Is it right to be treated so bad, when you’ve given everything you had
Even tossin’ in my sleep, ’cause I haven’t seen my baby all week
Now you chicks do agree, that this ain’t the way love’s supposed to be
Let me hear you, let me hear you say yeah, (yeah, yeah, yeah) yeah (yeah, yeah, yeah)

Up early in the morning, with her on my mind
Took to find it out all night that I been cryin’
But I believe, a woman’s a man’s best friend
So I’m gonna stick by her, till the very end
But she cause so much misery that I forget how love is supposed to be
Somebody, somewhere, tell her it ain’t fair – Can I get a witness? Can I get a witness?

(Can I get a witness) I want a witness
(Can I get a witness) Witness, witness
(Can I get a witness) Witness, witness (Can I get a witness)
Everybody knows, especially you girls
How love can be sad but half of love is twice as bad
Now all you chicks agree (oh-oh-oh-oh) that this ain’t the way it’s supposed to be
Let me hear you, let me hear you say yeah, yeah, yeah

I want a witness, I want a witness
Come on witness (Can I get a witness)
I want a witness (Can I get a witness)
Just a little bit louder (Can I get a witness)
Louder (Can I get a witness)


Guitar Lessons


Can I Get A Witness – Step 1

Today we start working on Marvin Gaye’s Can I Get A Witness?. This is a song in the key of Eb and structured similarly to a blues.

Before we dive into how to play the main riff, let’s have a listen to the complete song and map out the arrangement.

Go to Can I Get A Witness step 1.


Can I Get A Witness – Step 2 (Free Preview)

To learn how to play this riff in an improvised way all over the neck, first work your way through all examples one by one.

Then start improvising.

Go to Can I Get A Witness step 2.


Can I Get A Witness – Step 3

As we will soon add a sus4 to the riff, let’s work out how to play that chord in all five shapes.

To create a sus4 chord, we need to start with finding the 3rd, then replace it with a 4th one fret up.

Go to Can I Get A Witness step 3.


Can I Get A Witness – Step 4

As the bass moves to chord IV, we get a new set of chords to build the riff.

Before you start flying around the fret board, picking these chord shapes out like it was the easiest thing in the world, make sure you’ve checked each example in detail.

Go to Can I Get A Witness step 4.


Can I Get A Witness – Step 5

In this lesson, I’ll give you three examples that will make sure you’re comfortable playing the turnaround.

As you’ve seen, some chord shapes don’t work as well. Because of this, you only get three examples, not five.

Go to Can I Get A Witness step 5.


Can I Get A Witness – Step 6

It’s time to put all these things together: The riff in Eb, the riff in Ab, the sus4 movements, the turnaround, and the Pentatonic lick.

Practicing to the loop, you’ll soon be able to do it all in an improvised way.

Go to Can I Get A Witness step 6.


Can I Get A Witness – Step 7

In this lesson, you’ll find a video of me playing the complete song, as well as some TAB.

Spend up to half an hour playing along with me, preparing yourself for playing the song on your own.

Go to Can I Get A Witness step 7.


Can I Get A Witness – Step 8

The time has come for you to have a go on your own.

Ensure you play in an improvised way, as in, you don’t plan where on the neck you play the chord riffs.

Go to Can I Get A Witness step 8.


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Chords and Guitar Lessons

Can I Get A Witness is a fast blues format song in the key of Eb.

Over each chord in a blues, you quickly switch between three chords, creating an energetic riff.

Go to Can I Get A Witness chords and guitar lesson.


Holland Dozier Holland

Lamont Dozier and brother Eddie and Brian Holland was Motown’s main songwriting team in Motown’s hit factory during the 60s.

Their hits are so many and their influence is so great it is a mystery how their names are not more widely known.

Go to Holland-Dozier-Holland biography.


Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye helped to shape the Motown sound as a drummer, session singer, writer, lead singer and producer in the 60’s and 70’s.

Marvin’s biggest hits include I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, Can I Get A Witness, and What’s Going On.

Go to Marvin Gaye biography.


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