One More Cup Of Coffee chords



You can learn how to play One More Cup Of Coffee by Bob Dylan!

One More Cup Of Coffee is a song from Bob Dylan’s fantastic 1976 album Desire.

The song is in Am and uses one modified chord, an E instead of an Em. Using roman numerals this would be a IIIx instead of just a III chord.

This simple change pulls us back towards Am more intensely and is the most common variation around. A classical musician would refer to it as the mediant major.

The original recording has a large live band playing, including a violinist. As we recorded our version, a fellow online musician got in touch, recorded a violin, and sent it over. Back in 1976, they all had to be in the studio, at the same time!


One More Cup Of Coffee chords and lyrics


Chords for One More Cup Of Coffee – Guitar 1

Using a simple falling progression with only one chord being outside the key, we find variation by changing the chord shapes and adding extensions. Here are the chords for the intro.

| Am | G | F/C | E |
| Am | G | F/C | E E7 | Amadd9 | Am7 |

For the first verse, we simplify things.

| Am | G |
Your breath is sweet, your eyes are like two jewels in the sky.
| F/C | E |
Your back is straight your hair is smooth on the pillow where you lie.
| Am | G |
But I don’t sense affection, no gratitude or love.
| F/C | E |
Your loyalty is not to me but to the stars above.

The chorus is even simpler as it hones in on that IIIx chord.

| F/C | E E7 |
One more cup of coffee for the road.
| F/C | E E7 |
One more cup of coffee ‘fore I go, to the valley below

Every chorus is followed by an instrumental section. Here there is again room to vary our chord shapes and extensions.

| Amadd9 | G | Fsus2/C F | E E7 |

Verse 2 goes to an E7, rather than just the E. Small variations like this do make a difference.

| Am | G |
Your daddy he’s an outlaw and a wanderer by trade.
| F/C | E7 |
He’ll teach you how to pick and choose and how to throw the blade.
| Am | G |
He oversees his kingdom so no stranger does intrude.
| F/C | E E7 |
His voice it trembles as he calls out for another plate of food.

The chorus is the same as before, verse 3 has a new F chord. We also play the G and Am further up the neck. This gives us more dynamics to play with.

| Am | G |
Your sister sees the future like your mama and yourself.
| F/C | E E7 |
You’ve never learned to read or write, there’s no books upon your shelf.
| Am | G |
And your pleasure knows no limits, your voice is like a meadowlark.
| Fadd9 | E7 |
But your heart is like an ocean, mysterious and dark.

The end uses chords further up the neck as well as some extensions.

| Am | G | Fadd9 | E7 | Amadd9 |

In the beginner course, we create a 2nd guitar part as we place a capo on fret 5, now you have to think of the progression as if in the key of Em.

Once you’ve learned this 2nd guitar, we can play the song together with the violinist and singer in step 8.

Being able to create guitar parts is the only way you’ll be able to fit into a band situation.


One More Cup Of Coffee chord extensions & Strumming patterns

In my one guitar arrangement, a few different chord shapes and even extensions have crept in. The most obvious change is the Amadd9, a lovely chord with lots of tension played around frets 5-7.

By letting the two top open strings ring (a B and an E) in combination with the m3rd (string three, fret 5) we get a very colorful chord.

The E chord is also turned into an E7 at one point.

The strumming pattern is very repetitive, this creates a meditative feel. We keep the rhythm the same, change the chord shapes and extensions for variation, and even find dynamics.

Below you’ll find some TAB for what’s in the video lesson above. Here you can clearly see how the rhythm repeats itself in bars 1-3. Only for the E chord do we change it.


Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 2)

In the first video above, starting at 3:49, you find a preview of One More Cup Of Coffee’s guitar lesson, it’s the beginning of step 2 of the course.

This lesson discusses how to play the verse, without a capo using 4 TAB examples.

Below you find TAB for the first example.


One More Cup Of Coffee – Guitar Lessons

Before we get our teeth into playing One More Cup Of Coffee by Bob Dylan, we must practice our chromatic exercises some more.

This is followed by practicing each section of the song to loops before we put it all together and play the complete song and finally, build a 2nd guitar part.

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One More Cup Of Coffee (Valley Below) – Lyrics

Your breath is sweet, your eyes are like two jewels in the sky.
Your back is straight your hair is smooth on the pillow where you lie.
But I don’t sense affection, no gratitude or love.
Your loyalty is not to me but to the stars above.

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Bob Dylan – Biography

Widely regarded as the most influential artist in popular culture, Bob Dylan has been covered and copied by almost everyone who ever attempted to write a song.

Some might even say he invented modern songwriting.

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Beginner Acoustic – 9 Songs

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You can learn how to play these 9 beginner acoustic songs!

Ain’t No Sunshine, The Drugs Don’t Work, Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life), One More Cup Of Coffee, Redemption Song, Rewind, Robin Hood, Talking About A Revolution, and Wonderwall.

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