Robin Hood chords



You can learn how to play Robin Hood by Ocean Colour Scene!

Robin Hood is a fan favorite B-side from the hit single You’ve Got It Bad by British Indie rock band Ocean Colour Scene. The song has a descending chord progression with only a few extensions and variations.

To get the TAB for what happens in the video and learn how to arrange a song like this, turn to the 8 lessons in the beginner course.

First, you’ll first learn Robin Hood on one acoustic guitar, we then invent a 2nd guitar part so we can play it together with the singer in the video.


Robin Hood chords and lyrics


Chords for Robin Hood – Guitar 1

The intro is simply a G5 chord strummed, waiting for the vocal to come in.

The verse uses a descending progression, here displayed using the lyrics of verse 1.

| G5 D/F# | Em D5/A |
When you’re starting to choke take some pills with your coke,
| C | Dsus4 D |
it’s inspirational.
| G5 D/F# | Em D |
When your life is a mess light one more cigarette,
| C | Dsus4 D |
it’s so logical.

The chorus is a classic I – V – IV – V progression.

| G5 D | C D |
Well it’s something your mother can’t abide,
| G5 D | C D |
but it’s something that I freely prescribe.

The chorus tag gets back to the descending verse progression but adds an unexpected A chord at the end. This should have been an Am in the key of G.

| G5 | D/F# | Em | A |
Take yourself for a ride, it never felt so good, as the night that you and I played Robin Hood.
| C | Dsus4 |
Stealing from the backrooms of my mind,
| C | D | G5 D/F# | Em A | A |
remembering a time when we were five, a time I thought we’d left behind.

Verse 2 has a few subtle variations over the D chords, compared with the previous verse.

| G5 D/F# | Em D5 |
When you’re starting to cry, I’ll come and sit by your side,
| C | Dsus4 D |
I will love you so.
| G5 D/F# | Em D5 |
And when nightmares come, I will try to be fun, even though,
| C | Dsus4 D |
I’m so scared you know.

This is followed by another chorus and tag, which then has yet another tag, now with different chords and an added half bar.

| C | D |
Stealing from the backrooms of our minds,
| C | D | G5 D/F# | Em A | 2/4 A | 4/4 A |
stealing from a time when we were five, a time I thought we’d left behind.

The outro is similar to the first verse.

| G5 D/F# | Em D5 | C | Dsus4 D | G5 |
When you’re starting to choke take some pills with your coke, it’s hysterical.


Understanding chord extensions and variations

A few chords have been extended. First, the D/F# is a D chord with the 3rd of the chord (the F#) in the bass.

As the progression moves from GDEm, it makes sense to add the F# to the D as this creates a descending bass line of GF#E.

We also find a Dsus4. Sus4 means suspended 4th. To create this chord, replace the 3rd (an F#) with the 4th (a G).

One chord in the song is a variation, it’s the A (chord IIx) which should have been an Am (chord II). This A appears during the chorus tag.


Course preview (Guitar Lesson – Step 2)

In the first video above, starting at 3:20, you find a preview of Robin Hood’s guitar lesson, it’s the beginning of step 2 of the course.

In this lesson, we work on the verse. There are 5 examples in this step, below you find TAB for example 1 which is what I discuss in the video lesson.


Robin Hood – Guitar Lessons

When you learn how to play Robin Hood by Ocean Colour Scene you’ll also learn how to pick and strum with more accuracy as you practice along with loops.

We also practice more chromatic exercises and build a 2nd guitar part so we can play the song together with the singer, like a little band.

Go to Robin Hood guitar lessons.


Robin Hood – Lyrics

When you’re starting to choke take some pills with your coke,
it’s inspirational.
When your life is a mess light one more cigarette,
it’s so logical.

Go to Robin Hood lyrics.


Ocean Colour Scene – Biography

Ocean Colour Scene (OCS) is an English rock band from Birmingham. The band had the most success with their 1996 album Moseley Shoals.

The album contained the band’s three biggest hits The Riverboat Song, The Day We Caught The Train, and You’ve Got It Bad.

Go to Ocean Colour Scene – Biography.


Beginner Acoustic – 9 Songs

Beginner acoustic guitar songs

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.

Go to Beginner Acoustic Songs.


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