Oh, Pretty Woman chords by Roy Orbison


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Oh, Pretty Woman | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| N.C |
| E7 (riff) | E7 (riff) | E7 (riff) |
||: E9 (riff) :|| x4

Chorus 1

| A | F#m |
Pretty woman, walkin’ down the street.
| A | F#m |
Pretty woman, the kind I like to meet.
|6/4 D |4/4 E | E |
Pretty woman, I don’t believe you, you’re not the truth.
| E | E |
No one could look as good as you.
||: E9 (riff) :|| x4
Mercy.

Chorus 2

| A | F#m |
Pretty woman, won’t you pardon me.
| A | F#m |
Pretty woman, I couldn’t help but see.
|6/4 D |4/4 E | E |
Pretty woman, that you look lovely as can be.
| E | E |
Are you lonely just like me?
||: E9 (riff) :|| x4
Rrrowrr…

Verse 1

| Dm | G | C | Am |
Pretty woman stop awhile. Pretty woman, talk a while.
| Dm | G | C | C |
Pretty woman, give your smile to me.
| Dm | G | C | Am |
Pretty woman, yeah, yeah, yeah. Pretty woman look my way.
| Dm | G | C | A |
Pretty woman, say you’ll stay with me.

Bridge

| F#m | Dm | E |
‘Cause I need you, I’ll treat you right.
| A | F#m | Dm |
Come with me baby, be mine tonight.
||: E9 (riff) :|| x4

Chorus 3

| A | F#m |
Pretty woman, don’t walk on by.
| A | F#m |
Pretty woman, don’t make me cry.
|6/4 D |4/4 E | E | E |
Pretty woman, don’t walk away, hey.
| E | E | E | E |
OK. If that’s the way it must be, OK.
| E | E | E | E |
I guess I’ll go on home, it’s late, there’ll be tomorrow night,

Outro

| N.C | N.C | E7 (riff) | E7 (riff) | E7 (riff) |
but wait, what do I see? Is she walkin’ back to me?
||: E9 (riff) :|| x8
Yeah, she’s walkin’ back to me. Oh, oh.
| E9 (riff) | A |
Pretty woman.


Pretty Woman chords, progressions, and TAB

Roy Orbison‘s Oh, Pretty Woman is built around a series of modal interchanges.

During the intro, the riff is in E, although it is very bluesy so you could potentially argue that it’s chord V, but really, it’s a blues riff in E, let’s be honest.

When the chorus starts it goes to AF#m, these are chords I – VI, the minor fall, we are now in the key of A.

After repeating the A- F#m, we go to chords IV – V, DE. After playing E for a while, we start playing the riff again. It would be easy to just call this chord V but somehow, we feel at home.

After another chorus we go to the verse, this verse is in the key of C/Am. This means we’ve had a modal interchange where A has gone from Ionian to Aeolian.

Pretty Woman’s chord progression is now II – V – I – VI, and then II – V – I, like this:

||: Dm | G | C | Am |
| Dm | G | C |1. C :||2. A |

Before the bridge, we go to an A instead of staying at The C. This A chord takes us back to the key of A.

Now Pretty Woman’s chords are VI – IVm – V, and then I – VI – IVm, like this:

| F#m | Dm | E |
| A | F#m | Dm |

This is followed by the E9 riff again, taking us to the final chorus where we stay on the E for 11 bars before the outro.

The final section is at first just drums, then the intro riff repeated, and we finish on chord I, the A making us all think that perhaps that E chord was chord V all along.

Speaking of that intro riff, here it is in TAB:


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