Shake A Tail Feather chords by Ray Charles


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Shake A Tail Feather | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| D7 | D7 | G7 | D7 | A5 |

Verse 1 (Fender Roades only)

| D5 (D6) | G (G6) | D5 (D6) | G (G6) |
Well, I heard about the fellow you’ve been dancin’ with, all over the neighborhood.
| D5 (D6) | Bm (Bm7) | E (E7) | A (A7) |
So why didn’t you ask me, baby? Didn’t you think I could?

Verse 2 (Band in)

| D5 (D6) | G (G6) | D5 (D6) | G (G6) |
Well, I know that the boogaloo is outta sight. But to shake a leisure thing tonight.
| D5 (D6) | Bm7 (Bm) | E7 (E) |
Would it happen to me and you baby? I want to show you how to do it right.

Pre-chorus

| A5 | A5 | A | A | A | A | A7 | A7 | A lick | A lick |
Do it right. Uh-huh. Do it right. Do it right, do it right, do it right, do it right! Uhhh!

Chorus 1

| D5 (D6) | G (G6) | D5 (D6) | A |
Twist it! Shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it, baby!
| G | G | D | D | G | G |
Here we go loop di loo! Shake it out, baby! Here we go loop di lie!
| A5 | A5 |
Bend over, let me see you shake your tail feather.
| A | A |
Bend over, let me see you shake your tail feather.
| A | A |
Come on, let me see you shake your tail feather. Uh!
| A7 | A7 | A lick | A lick |
Come on, let me see you shake your tail feather. Uh!

Chorus 2 (same as Chorus 1)

| D5 (D6) | G (G6) | D5 (D6) | A |
Twist it! Shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it, baby!
| G | G | D | D | G | G |
Here we go loop di loo! Shake it out, baby! Here we go loop di lie!
| A5 | A5 |
Bend over, let me see you shake your tail feather.
| A | A |
Bend over, let me see you shake your tail feather.
| A | A |
Come on, let me see you shake your tail feather. Uh!
| A7 | A7 | A lick | A lick |
Come on, let me see you shake your tail feather. Uh!

Outro

||: D5 (D6) | G (G6) :||
Come on! Come on babe!
Come on! Yeah, come on babe! Alright!
Do the twist! Do the fly! Do the swim! (Ha! Ha! Ha!)
And do the bird! (Oh!) Do the duck!
(Ah!) Do the monkey!
(Hey! Hey!) Watootsie!
And the… what about the food?
Do the mashed potato! What about the boogaloo?
The Boney Muroney! Come on let’s do the twist!
| A5 | A5 |
Uhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

End

||: D5 (D6) | G (G6) :|| to fade
Twist it! Shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it baby!
(Oh!) Twist it! Shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it baby!


Shake A Tail Feather chords and progressions (lesson preview)

Shake A Tail Feather Analysis + TAB

Mainly played on the Electric piano, for a guitarist, Shake A Tailfeather‘s chords can be played in several different ways depending on if there’s a keyboard player present or not at the gig.

Members discover this using TAB for whether they have a keyboard player or not, we even work out how to play the intro keyboard part on the guitar.

Just looking at the chords won’t be enough as all they do is indicate that there needs to be some kind of honky-tonk comping.

As you can see below, I’ve put the 6 chords in brackets and then also min7 and dom7. These will serve as a reminder of what intervals to reach for when honky-tonking.

Here are the chords for verse 2, highlighting the honky tonk intervals in brackets:

| D5 (D6) | G (G6) | D5 (D6) | G (G6) |
| D5 (D6) | Bm (Bm7) | E (E7) | A (A7) |

To get better at this kind of rhythm guitar playing in general, play along with the original recording above as well as compare how these kinds of 6 chord parts are played in other tunes like I Can’t Stand The Rain, Son Of A Preacher Man, You Never Can Tell, Nutbush City Limits, and perhaps most famously, Johnny B. Goode.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Shake A Tailfeather, guitar lesson with TAB.

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Shake A Tailfeather is a modern standard!

Ray CharlesShake A Tailfeather became known to the greater world in 1980 as it featured in the amazing Blues Brothers film.

Before Ray made it his own in 1980, Ike and Tina Turner recorded it in 1968, the original goes all the way back to 1963 and the Five Du-Tones.

This is one of those tunes that have become a standard on the function band/wedding circuit mainly down to the dance craze bit.

Successful working bands in the entertainment industry know one thing better than anything – the audience wants to participate.

Shake A Tailfeather is perfect for this as the lyrics call out for everyone to do different dance moves like the boogaloo, twist it, shake it, and of course; bend over and shake that tail feather!


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