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.


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Oh, Pretty Woman Analysis + TAB

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

During the intro, because the riff is in E, we could potentially argue that it’s chord V, but really, it’s a blues riff in the key of E.

When the chorus starts we are in the key of A (this is why we could be fooled to say E is chord V). It moves I – VI on repeat, then IV – V with a 6/4 bar, like this:

||: A | F#m :|| 6/4 D |4/4 E | E |

The verse is in the key of C/Am. This means we’ve had a modal interchange where A has gone from Ionian to Aeolian, which looks like this:

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

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Oh, Pretty Woman is Roy Orbison’s signature song!

Oh, Pretty Woman is synonymous with Roy Orbison. Released in 1964, it was a worldwide hit, reaching #1 in 10 countries, and selling over 2 million copies.

Interestingly, the mono version (single) had different lyrics to the stereo version that you got on the album which sold a further 7 million copies.

The song was revived in 1990 as it was featured in the Richard Gere/Julia Roberts classic movie, Pretty Woman.

Before then, Van Halen covered and released it as a single in 1982 complete with an insane music video (you simply must check the playlist above!).

The last time I saw it out of context was during Tyson Fury’s crossover fight with Francis Ngannou. Tyson walked on to Oh, Pretty Woman, a very strange choice perhaps but when a tune is this great, nobody cares, it just always works.

If you have a band that plays tunes from the ’60s, you simply must try fitting this classic in, it will work.


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