Rescue Me chords by Fontella Bass


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Rescue Me | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: A | D :|| D C#m Bm A | E |

Verse 1

| A | D |
Rescue me, take me in your arms.
| G | Em |
Rescue me, I want your tender charm,
| A | D |
’cause I’m a lonely and I’m blue,
| G | Em |
I need you and your love too, come on and rescue me.

Chorus 1

||: A | D :||
Come on baby and rescue me.
Come on baby and rescue me.
’Cause I need you, by my side,
| D C#m Bm A | E |
can’t you see that I’m lonely?

Verse 2

| A | D |
Rescue me, come on and take my heart,
| G | Em |
take your love and conquer every part,
| A | D |
’cause I’m a lonely and I’m blue,
| G | Em |
I need you and your love too.

Chorus 2

||: A | D :||
Come on and rescue me,
come on baby and rescue me.
Come on baby and rescue me,
’cause I need you, by my side,
| D C#m Bm A | E |
Can’t you see that I’m lonely?

Instrumental

||: A | D :|| D C#m Bm A | E |

Verse 3

| A | D |
Rescue me, oh take me in your arms.
| G | Em |
Rescue me, I want your tender charm,
| A | D |
’cause I’m lonely and I’m blue,
| G | Em |
I need you and your love too.

Chorus 3

||: A | D :||
Come on and rescue me, come on baby.
Take me baby (take me baby).
Hold me baby (hold me baby).
Love me baby (love me baby).
Can’t you see that I need you baby,
| D C#m Bm A | E |
can’t you see that I’m lonely.

Chorus 4

||: A | D :||
Rescue me, come on and take my hand,
c’mon baby and be my man,
’cause I love you, ’cause I want you,
| D C#m Bm A | E |
can’t you see that I’m lonely.

Outro

||: A | D :||
Mmm-hmm (mmm-hmm),
mmm-hmm (mmm-hmm).
Take me baby (take me baby).
Love me baby (love me baby).
Need me baby (need me baby).
Mmm-hmm (mmm-hmm), mmm-hmm,
| D C#m Bm A | E |
Can’t you see that I’m lonely.

End

||: A | D :||
Rescue me, rescue me.
Mmm-hmm, mmm-hmm.
Mmm-hmm, mmm-hmm.
| D C#m Bm A | E | A |
Can’t you see that I’m lonely.


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Rescue Me Chords: Learn the progressions


Rescue Me 8 step by step guitar lessons

The chords for Rescue Me are great as an introduction to playing improvised rhythm guitar parts all over the neck.

By being able to move freely, you can adjust your part to what the band is doing, changing at a moment’s notice if needed.

The chorus of Rescue Me mainly moves between the two chords A and D. To develop a good guitar part for it, you must first ensure you can play these two chords anywhere on the neck.

The best way to achieve this is to use the so-called CAGED system. By connecting the chord shapes to an actual song, we can create musical exercises. This is what we do in the preview lesson above, we play with the band, not to a metronome or on our own.

Here’s TAB for example 1, we’re using open A and D chords, although we don’t play the open A or D strings!

Rescue Me chorus chords and TAB, example 1

In example 2, we have moved up the neck and now play a G shape and C shape, and so on until the entire fretboard has been covered.

After working your way through all CAGED shapes we do the same with the verse chords which include an Em chord.

This means that by playing Rescue Me’s chords as these exercises show, you will have learned all CAGED chords in just one song!

Here’s a link to the complete lesson series (members only): Rescue Me – Guitar Lessons with TAB.

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Rescue Me was Chess Records’ attempt to rival Motown!

Rescue Me is a single by Fontella Bass. Released on the traditional blues label Chess in 1965, it was a clear attempt from the record label to cross over from blues to “white radio” and rival what Berry Gordy was doing.

The tune was conceived during a writing session where FOntella wrote the lyrics but during recording, forgot some of them. Rather than stopping, she sang: Mmm-hmm, mmm-hmm.

This would prove to be Fontella’s biggest hit, going all the way to #1. She does claim she wrote the lyrics, although the record label disagreed and refused to pay her.

It would take her many years before she finally got a check worth cashing.



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Fontella Bass

Fontella Bass wrote Rescue Me.

Fontella Bass spent a large amount of her life chasing a royalty check she never received for her million-selling smash hit Rescue Me.

It took her 28 years until she got paid, but it wasn’t in royalties for writing the song but for having it played on an ad.


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Dan Lundholm wrote this article about Rescue Me's chords.

This article on Rescue Me’s chords was written by Dan Lundholm. Discover more about him and how learning guitar with Spytunes has evolved.

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