Robin Hood chords by Ocean Colour Scene


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Robin Hood | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| G5 |

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.

Chorus 1

| 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.

Chorus tag 1

| 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 D |
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

| 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.

Chorus 2

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

Chorus tag 2

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

Chorus tag 3

| C | D |
Stealing from the backrooms of my mind,
| 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.

Outro

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


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Robin Hood Chords: Learn the progressions


Robin Hood 8 step by step guitar lessons

Ocean Colour Scene‘s Robin Hood is a tune I’ve chosen to include in the beginner course for a few reasons.

Firstly, it’s got great chords and strumming patterns that a beginner can learn a lot from.

But it’s also an interesting composition if you are interested in what makes a hit as Robin Hood was only a fan favourite, not a chart-topper (more about this below).

A few of Robin Hood’s chords have been manipulated, they’re not just simple open-position chords. 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. This movement then continues down to chords D and even C.

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

Members look at 5 TAB examples to practice using loops. The TAB for example 1 looks like this:

Robin Hood verse chords and TAB example 1

Notice how the pattern here is to play the full chord, then strum the upper half.

In the video above, you can play along with this TAB and get a taste of what it’s like to learn guitar with Spytunes.

In the course, we look at all sections like this, play the complete song with a singer, practice chromatic exercises, and even invent a 2nd guitar part.

When creating a 2nd guitar part, you have to learn even more chords as a capo is applied and we must now “think in a different key”.

Learn this 2nd guitar and you’ll be in a position to play Robin Hood with me and the singer as if we are an acoustic trio.

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

Become a member today and get unlimited access to all step-by-step guitar coursesTAB for the songbook, the Self-Eliminating Practice Routine, and the eBook Spytunes Method.

Robin Hood – The hit that never was!

Ocean Colour Scene’s best album, the 1996 Moseley Shoals had three top 20 singles that in many ways made the band; The Day We Caught the Train, The Riverboat Song, and You’ve Got It Bad.

Robin Hood, which you see the chords and lyrics for above and will spend 8 lessons playing, even developing in the beginner course, didn’t even make the album.

Instead, it was a B-side to the aforementioned You’ve Got It Bad. To me, it should have been included on the album and even released as a single, it has all the ingredients to be a hit.

You may say (and I bet you this is what the label preached) that it’s too sad, too depressing even but then how do you explain hits such as Everybody Hurts, Mad World, and The Drugs Don’t Work?

The fans of the band clearly agreed with me as Robin Hood has gone on to become a fan favourite, the one that you only know about if you’re a true Ocean Colour Scene fan, it’s a hidden gem if you like.



Robin Hood Chords | Related Pages


Beginner Acoustic

You can learn more Beginner Acoustic Songs with similar chords to Robin Hood.

This collection of beginner acoustic tunes will teach you how to arrange for one acoustic guitar, as well as how to create a supporting part.

Playing songs will help you with switching between open-position chords and give you the context you need to understand how music works theoretically.


Five similar tunes with chords and lyrics

When you can play Robin Hood's chords, try these five tunes from the songbook.


Ocean Colour Scene

Ocean Colour Scene wrote Robin Hood.

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.


Ocean Colour Scene on the web

Listen to Ocean Colour Scene on Spotify.


Ballads

There are more Ballads like Robin Hood to learn.

The perfect first dance or an emotional piece for your next audition, this collection of Ballads is great for working on your expression.

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Pop & Rock

When you can play Robin Hood, try more Pop & Rock tunes.

Whenever a tune doesn’t fit into a specific genre, it tends to end up here, in the Pop & Rock section.

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Dan Lundholm wrote this article on Robin Hood's chords.

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

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