River Deep, Mountain High chords by Tina Turner (Phil Spector)


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River Deep, Mountain High | Chords + Lyrics

Intro

| N.C (F) |3/4 Bb Intro riff | 4/4 Bb Intro riff | Intro riff |

Verse 1

| Bb N.C | N.C | Eb | Eb | Eb | Eb | Bb | Bb |
When I was a little girl, I had a rag doll, only doll I’ve ever owned.
| Bb | Bb | Eb | Eb | Eb | Eb | Bb | Bb |
Now I love you just the way I loved that rag doll. But only now my love has grown.

Bridge 1

||: F | F | Bb | Bb :|| x3
And it gets stronger, in every way.
And it gets deeper, let me say.
And it gets higher, day by day.

Chorus 1

| Ab | Ab | Ab (Ab G Ab) | Ab (Bb Ab G Ab) |
And do I love you, my oh my.
| Bb | Bb | Bb (Bb A Bb)| Bb (C Bb A Bb) |
Yeah, river deep, mountain high, yeah, yeah, yeah.
| Ab | Ab | Ab (Ab G Ab) | Ab (Bb Ab G Ab) |
If I lost you would I cry.
| Bb | Bb | Bb |6/4 Bb (F) |
Oh how I love you baby. Baby, baby, baby.

Instrumental 1

|3/4 Intro riff | 4/4 Intro riff | Intro riff |

Verse 2

| Bb N.C | N.C | Eb | Eb | Eb | Eb | Bb | Bb |
When you were a young boy did you have a puppy, that always followed you around?
| Bb | Bb | Eb | Eb | Eb | Eb | Bb | Bb |
Well, I’m gonna be as faithful as that puppy. No, I’ll never let you down.

Bridge 2

||: F | F | Bb | Bb :|| x3
‘Cause it grows stronger, like a river flows.
And it gets bigger baby, and heaven knows.
And it gets sweeter baby, as it grows.

Chorus 2

| Ab | Ab | Ab (Ab G Ab) | Ab (Bb Ab G Ab) |
And do I love you, my oh my.
| Bb | Bb | Bb (Bb A Bb)| Bb (C Bb A Bb) |
Yeah, river deep, mountain high, yeah, yeah, yeah.
| Ab | Ab | Ab (Ab G Ab) | Ab (Bb Ab G Ab) |
And if I lost you would I cry.
| Bb | Bb | Bb | Bb |6/4 Bb (F Ab A) |
Oh how I love you baby. Baby, baby, baby.

Middle 8

||: Bb (M8 riff) | Bb (M8 riff) :|| x6
I love you baby like a flower loves the spring.
And I love you baby like a Robin loves to sing.
||: Eb (M8 riff) | Eb (M8 riff) :||
And I love you baby like a school boy loves his pet.
| Bb (M8 riff) | Bb (M8 riff) | Bb N.C (Bb F Ab) | Bb (F Ab A) |
And I love you baby, river deep, mountain high.

Instrumental 2

||: Bb (M8 riff) | Bb (M8 riff) :|| x6
Oh baby, hey yeah, baby, oh, baby, yeah, hey, yeah.

| Ab | Ab | Ab (Ab G Ab) | Ab (Bb Ab G Ab) |
Do I love you my oh my, oh my.
| Bb | Bb | Bb (Bb A Bb)| Bb (C Bb A Bb) |
Yeah river deep, mountain high, yeah, yeah, yeah.
| Ab | Ab | Ab (Ab G Ab) | Ab (Bb Ab G Ab) |
If I lost you would I cry.
| Bb | Bb | Bb |6/4 Bb (F) |
Oh, how I love you baby. Baby, baby, baby.

Outro

|3/4 Intro riff | 4/4 Intro riff | Intro riff | Bb N.C |


River Deep, Mountain High’s chords and progressions

Tina Turner and Phil Spector‘s epic River Deep, Mountain High is perhaps surprisingly not on too many working Soul band’s repertoires. I put this down to the arrangement having different time signatures, not strange chords.

I’ve played in a few bands that attempted this tune and without rehearsal or a new member booked last minute, it often turned into a car crash.

Saying that, if you have a band with a steady lineup, all you have to do is get your time signatures right and you have an awesome tune, maybe even the highlight of the night Let’s go through the arrangement.

First up, we have the intro, which starts on the 4 & with the 5th of a Bb chord. This then turns into a 3/4 bar, then two 4/4 bars before it stops on the 1. The intro riff uses the Bb Minor Pentatonic and looks like this in TAB.

River Deep, Mountain High Intro TAB

The verse is easier, starting with a stop, only has chord IV and I.

| Bb N.C | N.C | Eb | Eb | Eb | Eb | Bb | Bb |
| Bb | Bb | Eb | Eb | Eb | Eb | Bb | Bb |

The bridge is just chords V – I:

||: F | F | | Bb | Bb :||

The chorus starts on chord bVIIx but uses the maj7 as a bass line which is unusual. When we then go back to chord I, we use the same intervals for this chord, again, this is a bit strange.

| Ab | Ab | Ab (Ab G Ab) | Ab (Bb Ab G Ab) |
| Bb | Bb | Bb (Bb A Bb)| Bb (C Bb A Bb) |

The last part of the chorus varies depending on where we go next. chorus 1 and 3 go to the intro riff, and chorus 2 goes to the middle 8 riff. Both of them have a 6/4 bar at the end. This is where most bands fail.

| Ab | Ab | Ab (Ab G Ab) | Ab (Bb Ab G Ab) |
1.3 | Bb | Bb | Bb |6/4 Bb (F) |
2. | Bb | Bb | Bb | Bb |6/4 Bb (F Ab A) |

The middle 8 is using a Bb Conspirian scale for the Bb riff, then an Eb Conspirian for the Eb riff, looks like this in TAB.

River Deep, Mountain High M8 TAB

The outro is just the intro riff again.

As I mentioned above, it’s not difficult to get River Deep, Mountain High’s chords right, it’s the time signatures that will cause a problem!