My Guy Lyrics

My Guy – Smokey Robinson/William Robinson Jr/Mary Wells

Lyrics and Guitar Lessons

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My Guy Lyrics

Nothing you could say could tear me away from my guy
Nothing you could do ’cause I’m stuck like glue to my guy
I’m sticking to my guy like a stamp to a letter
Like birds of a feather, we stick together
I’m tellin’ you from the start I can’t be torn apart from my guy

Nothing you could do could make me untrue to my guy (My guy)
Nothing you could buy could make me tell a lie to my guy (My guy, my guy, my guy)
I gave my guy my word of honor, to be faithful and I’m gonna
You best be believing I won’t be deceiving my guy

As a matter of opinion I think he’s tops
My opinion is he’s the cream of the crop
As a matter of taste to be exact, he’s my ideal as a matter of fact

No muscle-bound man could take my hand from my guy (My guy)
No handsome face could ever take the place of my guy (My guy, my guy, my guy)
He may not be a movie star, but when it comes to being happy, we are
There’s not a man today who could take me away from my guy

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No muscle-bound man could take my hand from my guy (My guy)
No handsome face could ever take the place of my guy (My guy, my guy, my guy)
He may not be a movie star, but when it comes to being happy, we are
There’s not a man today who could take me away from my guy (What you say)
There’s not a man today who could take me away from my guy (Tell me more)
There’s not a man today who could take me away from my guy


GUitar Lessons


My Guy – Step 1

A standard on the Motown/Soul set list, this sugar-sweet pop hit is a must to learn for the aspiring soul guitarist.

With one foot in jazz rather than blues, we get more maj7 and 6 chords than dom7 chords.

Go to My Guy step 1.


My Guy – Step 2 (Free Preview)

The more you change between the rhythms and positions, the better.

Right now, this is not about performing the song, this is practicing getting good at moving around the neck. First, we develop, then we refine.

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My Guy – Step 3

Today we dive into the bridge. As always, start by playing exactly like the TAB says.

Should you do this in less than half an hour, spend the remaining time improvising what shapes you play.

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My Guy – Step 4

If you can move around the neck, rhythmically, and dynamically communicate with the band you’re playing with, then you’re making music.

Perhaps you spend today practicing the licks. If you do, remember, the guy who played it just came up with it, he didn’t practice it.

Go to My Guy step 4.


My Guy – Step 5

There was a lot of TAB in the last few lessons, today there’s even more!

Luckily it is the same concepts repeated, and they all build on what you’ve done before so it shouldn’t be too difficult to get through it all.

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My Guy – Step 6

For the first three examples, we just play chords using the same rhythm as the bridge had. We also mainly stay in each area.

In these last three examples, we play licks instead of chords. Notice how the licks follow the chords.

Go to My Guy step 6.


My Guy – Step 7

Today you’ll find out how well all that preparation paid off as it’s time to play the full song.

Use the TAB to play along with me before you tackle the song on your own.

Go to My Guy step 7.


My Guy – Step 8

You could still use the TAB when you play on your own with the band, but it would be better if you didn’t.

Instead, aim to explore the fret board as you play the song. This is what will create your most organic and best sounding “part”.

Go to My Guy step 8.


Related Pages


Chords and Guitar Lessons

My Guy was an early Motown hit from Mary Wells who was the first female Motown star.

Using more jazz-influenced harmony and playing, when you learn this song you’ll get an introduction to “playing over changes” as the licks use new scales for each chord.

Go to My Guy chords and guitar lessons.


The Funk Brothers

Motown’s house band didn’t have an official name, only they knew they were the Funk Brothers.

The band played on pretty much everything Motown released until ’72 when they relocated to Los Angeles and the band found a note on the hit factory door.

Go to The Funk Brothers biography.


Mary Wells

Mary Wells was a female superstar for early Motown and an important part of the label’s success. Smokey Robinson and Motown’s main songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland all wrote for her.

Things started to go sour when Berry Gordy started prioritizing other singers.

Go to Mary Wells biography.


Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson is a huge part of Motown’s success. Not only was he an artist with many hits in his own band The Miracles, but he also wrote and produced a massive part of Motown’s 60s catalog.

Smokey’s hits include Shop Around, You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me, The Tears of a Clown, My Guy, My Girl, and Get Ready.

Go to Smokey Robinson biography.


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