Soul Man Lyrics

Soul Man – Sam & Dave

Lyrics and Guitar Lessons

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Soul Man Lyrics

Coming to you, on a dusty road
Good loving, I got a truckload
And when you get it, you got something
Don’t worry, ’cause I’m coming

I’m a soul man x4
And that ain’t all

Got what I got, the hard way
And I make it better, each and every day
So honey, no don’t you fret
‘Cause you ain’t seen-a, nothing yet

I’m a soul man x4

I was brought up, on a side street, yes mam!
I learned how to love, before I could eat
I was educated, at Woodstock
When I start loving, oh I can’t stop

I’m a soul man x4

Look – grab the rope and I’ll pull you in
Give you hope and be your only boyfriend
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah (yeah!)

I’m talking about a soul man
I’m a soul man
And you’re a soul man
Soul man (oh lord)
Soul man
(I’m a) soul man
(And you are) soul man
(And you’re a) soul man


Guitar Lessons


Soul Man – Step 1

Today we start working on Soul Man by Sam & Dave. This song is, unlike many songs in this course, built around a driving and repetitive guitar riff.

The man behind the guitar part is Steve Cropper, a legendary soul guitarist who was a member of Booker T. & the M.G.’s.

Go to Soul Man step 1.


Soul Man – Step 2 (Free Preview)

One bar long, that’s all. Sounds easy, doesn’t it?

Let’s spend half an hour on this one bar of music by digging deep into all its detail.

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Soul Man – Step 3

This lesson is all about the D shape. We’re first going to practice it in three different ways using the cycle of 4th.

This will manifest the D shape all over the fret board and if you haven’t achieved this already, it will teach you all the notes on the B string as well.

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Soul Man – Step 4

In this step, we work on the intro and chorus. They may look very similar at first glance, but there are actually key differences in there.

Saying this, it’s not that much to learn so we also play the verse and chorus on loop.

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Soul Man – Step 5

In this M8 lesson, even though there is a great part to just learn as it is, I would like to encourage you to try different chord shapes for this section.

This is in contrast to the otherwise strict note for note approach this song seemingly craves.

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Soul Man – Step 6

We have arrived at the end of the song and it’s time to change key. It’s similar to the intro, although a semitone up.

If you want to play it note for note, there are some details that are new. We also look at the super simple but clever outro part.

Go to Soul Man step 6.


Soul Man – Step 7

In this lesson, I play the full version of Soul Man in the original key of G.

My aim has been to stay as close to Steve Cropper’s original as possible.

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Soul Man – Step 8

Ok, so now it’s your turn. You already have the TAB, you’ve played along with me, now you’re on your own.

Well, you still have the band to play with!

Go to Soul Man step 8.


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Chords and Guitar Lessons

Soul Man is a song first recorded and performed by Sam & Dave. The band behind them was the legendary Booker T and The M.G.’s.

Steve Cropper was a member of this Stax house band. Let’s play it as Steve did!

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Sam & Dave

Sam & Dave are a Soul duo that made their most successful recordings with Stax house band Booker T and The M.G.’s.

Two years before they would eventually part ways, The Blues Brothers were released in the cinema, the film gave their career one final boost. However, neither Sam or Dave seemed happy about it.

Go to Sam & Dave biography.


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