Spooky chords by Dusty Springfield

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Spooky | Chords + Lyrics


| Am7 | D6/9 | Am7 | D6/9 |

Verse 1

| Am7 | D6/9 | Am7 | D6/9 |
In the cool of the evening when everything is getting kind of groovy.
| Am7 | D6/9 | Am7 | D6/9 |
You call me up and ask me would I like to go with you and see a movie.
| Am7 | Am7 | D6/9 N.C | D#dim7 |
First I say “no”, I’ve got some plans for the night and then I stop, and say, “all right”.
| Am7 | D6/9 | Am7 | E7#9 |
Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little boy like you.

Verse 2

| Am7 | D6/9 | Am7 | D6/9 |
You always keep me guessing, I never seem to know what you are thinking.
| Am7 | D6/9 | Am7 | D6/9 |
And if a girl looks at you, it’s for sure your little eye would be a-winkin’.
| Am7 | Am7 | D13 N.C | D#dim7 |
I get confused, ’cause I don’t know where I stand and then you smile, and hold my hand.
| Am7 | D13 | Am7 | E7#9 |
Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little boy like you. Spooky yeah.


| Am7 | D6/9 | Am7 | D6/9 |
| Am7 | D6/9 | Am7 | E7#9 |

Verse 3

| Am7 | D6/9 | Am7 | D6/9 |
If you decide someday to stop this little game that you are playing.
| Am7 | D6/9 | Am7 | D6/9 |
I’m gonna tell you all that my heart’s been a-dyin’ to be sayin’.
| Am7 | Am7 | D6/9 N.C | D#dim7 |
Just like a ghost, you’ve been a-hauntin’ my dreams but now I know, you’re not what you seem.
| Am7 | D6/9 | Am7 | E7#9 |
Love is kinda crazy with a spooky little boy like you. Spooky, hey.


||: Am7 | D6/9 | Am7 | D6/9 :||
Ha, ah, ha. Spooky, mm, hm.
Spooky, ah, ah, ah, ah. Spooky, oh, oh.
Spooky, ah, ah, ah. Spooky.

Spooky Chords: Learn the progressions

Spooky guitar lesson + TAB T

Spooky‘s intro sets up the general loop of Am7 D6/9.

On the guitar, it sounds best to use an Em shape and a C shape for these chords. A 6/9 chord btw is like a 9 chord but you replace the b7 with a 6.

Here’s a basic part in TAB that would work if you played Spooky in a band as the only guitarist, even if there is no keyboard player!

Spooky chords and TAB idea 1 first line

Notice how I’m not playing the bass notes for either chord. By playing only on strings 2-4, the guitar sits perfectly in the mix.

Also, check how the slides are varied in bars 1 and 2 compared to 3 and 4. The D6/9 chord is also held for a longer time the first time around.

Making tiny variations like this is better than playing the same thing over and over, as well as constantly changing every time you play the loop.

The verse simply continues with this loop until bar 11 when it stops, then goes to a D#dim7. This is usually the car crash moment if band members haven’t discussed the chords before the gig.

For the final chord of the verse, we get an E7#9, many musicians get this one wrong too as they play either an Em7 or an E7, which is ironic because if you put those two chords together, they become an E7#9. In this case, two wrong chords become a right chord – Spooky!

Finally, let’s have a look at the solo as this is not a verse, instead, it’s an 8-bar minor blues. Am7D6/9 hints that we should probably see this as a II – V and solo in A Dorian. Finish off with an E7#9 again, like this:

| Am7 | D6/9 | Am7 | D6/9 |
| Am7 | D6/9 | Am7 | E7#9 |

Members get two sets of TABs for a complete verse, as well as a rhythm part to play for the solo. In the second example, we change the D6/9 chord to move from D7D13D9.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson: Spooky – Guitar Lesson with TAB.

Spooky was never a big hit for Dusty at the time

Spooky was originally released by Classic IV in 1967. Dusty Springfield recorded it in 1968 but didn’t include it on her album Dusty… Definitely. Only on the rerelease in 2001 was it included.

Dusty’s version was a B-side in 1970 to How Can I Be Sure. By then she had already reached worldwide fame with hits like Son Of A Preacher Man and The Look Of Love.

I feel they missed a trick here as her next big hit would take until 1989, with In Private.

To me, Spooky is an excellent, slightly unexpected choice for a first-set tune by the working soul band, perhaps surrounded by I Say A Little Prayer and Let’s Stay Together.

Over the years, it’s also become a fun tune to jam for instrumental jazz bands, similar to Sunny by Bobby Hebb.

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Dusty Springfield is the 60s and 70s singer from London U.K who was a big part of bringing American R&B and soul to the U.K

Her most famous songs include Son Of A Preacher Man, Spooky, You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me, and I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself.

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When you can play Spooky, check out these Motown and Soul tunes for more of the same!

You can learn how to play these Motown & Soul tunes, and in doing so, gain yourself a repertoire so you can jam with, or even join a working band.

Study these tunes in-depth and you will map out the fretboard, master the CAGED system, and learn how to design a rhythm guitar part that works in a band.

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