Son Of A Preacher Man chords by Dusty Springfield


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Son Of A Preacher Man | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| N.C (Em) | E | Esus4 E (Em) | E | Esus4 E |

Verse 1

| E E6 | A E E6 |
Billy Ray was a preacher’s son and when his daddy would visit he’d come along.
| E E6 | B B6 |
When they gathered around and started talkin’, that’s when Billy would take me walkin’,
| B7 B6 | B7 B6 | B7 |
out through the back yard, we’d go walkin’, then he’d look into my eyes, Lord knows to my surprise.

Chorus 1

| E E6 | A E E6 |
Well, the only one who could ever reach me, was the son of a preacher man.
| E E6 | A E E6 |
The only one who could ever teach me, was the son of a preacher man.
| E B | A A6 |
Yes, he was, yes he was, oh, yes he was.

Instrumental

| E Em E | E Esus4 E |

Verse 2

| E | A E E6 |
Bein’ good isn’t always easy, no matter how hard I try (oh-oh).
| E E6 | B B6 |
When he started sweet-talkin’ to me, he’d come and tell me “Everything is all right” (oh-oh).
| B7 B6 | B7 |
He’d kiss and tell me “Everything is all right” (oh-oh), can I get away again tonight?

Chorus 2

| E E6 | A E E6 |
Well, the only one who could ever reach me, was the son of a preacher man.
| E E6 | A E E6 |
The only one who could ever teach me, was the son of a preacher man.
| E B | A A6 |
Yes, he was, yes he was, oh, yes he was.

Middle 8

| D (Db) | D (Ab) | A A6 A (Ab) | A A6 A (Bb) |
How well I remember, the look that was in his eyes, stealin’ kisses from me on the sly.
| B B7 B6 (Bb) | B B7 B6 (Eb) |
Takin’ time to make time, tellin’ me that he’s all mine.
| E (Eb) | E E7 |
Learnin’ from each other’s knowin’, lookin’ to see how much we’ve grown and.

Chorus 3

| A A7 A6 A | D A A6 |
The only one boy could ever reach me, was a son of a preacher man.
| A A7 A6 A | D A A6 |
The only one who could ever teach me, was a son of a preacher man.
| A E | D D6 |
Yes he was, he was, ooh yes he was.

Outro

||: A A6 A | D A A6 :|| repeat to fade
(The only one who could ever reach me, was a son of a preacher man) Was son of a preacher man.
(The only boy who could ever teach me, was a son of a preacher man) Oh it was, was a son of a preacher man.
(The only one who could ever woo me, was a son of a preacher man) Oh, yeah, was son of a preacher man.
(The only one who could ever woo me, was a son of a preacher man) Ah, he was the son of a preacher man.
(The only one who could ever reach me, was a son of a preacher man). Oh yes, he was now, oh he was yeah.


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Son Of A Preacher Man Chords: Learn the progressions


Son Of A Preacher Man 8 step by step guitar lessons

Since the original recording of Son Of A Preacher Man doesn’t have any guitar to copy, we must invent our parts.

This makes it a great song to learn more about music in general and guitar in particular.

By working our way through the chords in all areas of the fretboard, what to play will soon become obvious. Best of all, once you get good at this, you can do it to any tune in this genre.

The verse chords move from I to IV and then back again. The use of the 6 over the E chord, hints at the 3rd of the A, like this:

| E (I) E6 | A (IV) E E6 |
| E E6 | B B6 |
| B7 B6 | B7 B6 | B7 |

During the first verse, we play three bars of B, but in verse two, we only play two.

Son Of A Preacher Man’s chord progression needs to have plenty of movement over each chord. Quick extensions appear as chord licks so you need the TAB for all this to make sense.

Apart from adding licks, another very important part of playing this song is to use different chord shapes. This is the opposite concept of playing rock guitar – you don’t have a set part, instead, you improvise your rhythm parts!

Embrace these two ideas (chord extensions as licks and varying the chord shapes) and Son Of A Preacher Man becomes an excellent study in how to move around the fretboard as you create rhythm guitar parts.

Above you can find a play-along TAB loop of how to play the verse, here’s the TAB for what you can play along with in that video:

Son Of A Preacher Man chords and TAB, verse example 1

In the course, you get two more examples like this for how to play Son Of A Preacher Man’s verse chords.

Next up, we do this to the chorus, intro, middle 8, and key change before I play the complete song, give you all the TAB, and then hand it over for you to play with the band in step 8.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson series (members only): Son Of A Preacher Man – 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.

Son Of A Preacher Man is Dusty Springfield’s signature song!

Son Of A Preacher Man is a 1968 single by Dusty Springfield which would become her signature song.

It came as the last hit of her golden era in the ’60s when she released a hit every year between ’63-’68. Starting with I Only Want to Be with You (1963), I Just Don’t Know What to Do with Myself (1964), In the Middle of Nowhere (1965), You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me (1966), and The Look of Love (1967).

Re-released in 1994 for the Pulp Fiction soundtrack, it has been firmly cemented onto most hard-working Soul bands’ setlists.

A word of warning to wedding bands that form in the car park – It can feel a bit slow and if the members of the band haven’t done their homework, things can get a bit wobbly live. My biggest pet hate is when bands play Son Of A Preacher Man badly and too fast, it really can sound terrible.

However, if you do look into it properly, create a solid part, and play with confidence, Son Of A Preacher Man is a guaranteed success that sits perfectly in the first set alongside Let’s Stay Together and My Girl.



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This article on Son Of A Preacher Man’s chords was written by Dan Lundholm. Discover more about him and how learning guitar with Spytunes has evolved.

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