Misty chords by Ella Fitzgerald


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Misty | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| Bbmaj7 Cm7 | Dm7 Gm7 |
| Gm9 Gm7 Gm | Cm7 F7 |

Verse 1

| Bbmaj7 (Bbmaj9) | Fm7 Bb7 | Ebmaj7 |
Look at me, I’m as helpless as a kitten up a tree.
| Ebm7 Ab7 | Bbmaj7 Gm7 |
And I feel like I’m clingin’ to a cloud, I can’t understand.
| Cm7 F7 | Bbmaj7 Cm7 | C#7 F#6 |
I get misty just holding your hand

Verse 2 (key change)

| Bmaj7 (Bmaj9) | F#m7 B7 | Emaj7 |
Walk my way, and a thousand violins begin to play.
| Em7 A7 | Bmaj7 G#m7 |
Or it might be the sound of your hello, that music I hear.
| C#m7 F#7 | B6 (D7 C#m7 C7) | B6 |
I get misty the moment you’re near

Bridge

| F#m F#mmaj7 |
Can’t you see that you’re leading me on?
| F#m7 B7b9 | Emaj7 B6 | Emaj7 C#9 Fdim7 |
And it’s just what I want you to do.
| A#13 |
Don’t you notice how hopelessly I’m lost.
| A#13 G#m7 | F#13 | Bmaj7 G#m7 C#m7 F#7 |
That’s why I’m following you.

Verse 3

| Bmaj7 (Bmaj9) | F#m7 B7 | Emaj7 |
On my own, when I wander through this wonderland alone.
| Em7 A7 | Bmaj7 G#m7 |
Never knowing my right foot from my left. My hat from my glove.
| C#m7 F#7 | F#7 | D#m7 G#7 |
I’m too misty and too much in love.

Outro

| C#m7 | C#m9 | C7 | N.C | Bmaj7 |
Too misty and too much in love.



Misty Chords: Learn the progressions!


Misty chord analysis and TAB T

There are several important versions to check out of Misty. You’ve got the original instrumental version by Errol Garner (1955).

Then there’s the first version with lyrics by a male singer, Johnny Mathis (1959) which charted and made it famous.

However, Misty would go on and become more famous for the two female vocalists Sarah Vaughan (1959) and Ella Fitzgerald (1960) who both made it their own.

Finally, as late as 2023, a new female jazz artist has released her version, Laufey.

It is the Ella Fitzgerald version which has stuck and what you find the chords and lyrics for above. Should you look for the chords in a real book, they won’t include the key change from Bb to B that Ella used.

Members get TAB for how to play Ella’s chords on one guitar, as a preview, here’s the intro of Ella’s version.

Misty chords and TAB Intro

To complete the picture, members get TAB for the verse and the bridge as well. There is also a very intense chord analysis.

Using this information, you can definitely learn how to play Misty using the chords that Ella Fitzgerald’s pianist played, but on the guitar.

Here’s a link to the full lesson (members only): Misty – 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.

Misty – The tune that inspired a movie!

Clint Eastwood may be mainly known for his Western and Dirty Harry films, but one of his best is the one that was also his debut as a director, Play Misty For Me (1971).

The plot centres around Eastwood as a radio DJ who keeps getting requests from a female to play the tune described above using chords and lyrics, Misty.

After meeting in a bar following his nighttime show, they end up in bed which is followed by the woman starting to stalk poor Clint.

Clint is a huge Jazz fan and Play Misty For Me would not be his last movie to be tied to the musical genre, also check out his 1988 movie Bird, about Charlie Parker.



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This article was written by Dan Lundholm, Spytunes guitar guru. Discover more about him and how learning guitar with Spytunes has evolved.

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