Sunny Afternoon chords



You can learn how to play Sunny Afternoon by The Kinks!

Sunny Afternoon is a single from British invasion pop/rock 60s band The Kinks. Alongside The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and The Who, The Kinks shaped popular music as we know it.

In Sunny Afternoon, we get the classic minor verse, and major chorus again. However, this time, it’s from Am to A major, rather than Am and C major (relative keys) which is what most hits go for (see Roxanne and Dreadlock Holiday).

Using a capo on fret five, we effectively play the song in the key of Dm but think in Am.


Sunny Afternoon chords and lyrics


||: Am Am/G | Am/F# Am/F | E E/D | E7/C E7/B :||

| Am | G | C | G |
The tax man’s taken all my dough, and left me in my stately home,
| E E/D | E7/C E7/B |
lazing on a sunny afternoon.

| Am | G | C | G |
And I can’t sail my yacht, he’s taken everythin’ I’ve got,
| E E/D | E7/C E7/B | Am Am/E | Am (E F# G#) |
all I’ve got’s this sunny afternoon.

| A | A | D7 | D7 |
Save me, save me, save me from this squeeze.
| G | G7 | C | E7 |
I’ve got a big fat momma tryin’ to break me.
| Am | D7 | Am | D7 G |
And I’d love to live so pleasantly, live this life of luxury,
| C | E7 | Am Am/G | Am/F# Am/F |
lazing on a sunny afternoon.
| E E/D | E7/C E7/B | Am Am/G | Am/F# Am/F | E E/D | E7/C E7/B |
In the summertime, in the summertime, in the summertime.

| Am | G | C | G |
My girlfriend’s run off with my car, and gone back to her ma and pa,
| E E/D | E7/C E7/B |
telling tales of drunkenness and cruelty.

| Am | G | C | G |
Now I’m sitting here, sipping at my ice-cold beer,
| E E/D | E7/C E7/B | Am Am/E | Am (E F# G#) |
lazing on a sunny afternoon.

| A | A | D7 | D7 |
Help me, help me, help me sail away.
| G | G7 | C | E7 |
Well, give me two good reasons, why I ought to stay.
| Am | D7 | Am | D7 G |
‘Cause I love to live so pleasantly, live this life of luxury,
| C | E7 | Am Am/G | Am/F# Am/F |
lazing on a sunny afternoon.
| E E/D | E7/C E7/B | Am Am/G | Am/F# Am/F | E E/D | E7/C E7/B |
In Summertime, in the summertime, in the summertime.

| A | A | D7 | D7 |
Save me, save me, save me from this squeeze.
| G | G7 | C | E7 |
I’ve got a big fat momma tryin’ to break me.
| Am | D7 | Am | D7 G |
And I’d love to live so pleasantly, live this life of luxury,
| C | E7 | Am Am/G | Am/F# Am/F |
lazing on a sunny afternoon.
| E E/D | E7/C E7/B | Am Am/G | Am/F# Am/F |
In the summertime, in the summertime.
| E E/D | E7/C E7/B | Am Am/G | Am/F# Am/F |
In the summertime, in the summertime,
| E E/D | E7/C E7/B | Am | Am | Am | Am |
in the summertime.


Sunny Afternoon chord progression

Sunny Afternoon uses a bass line to create a looped pattern for the intro/chorus tag, these are the chords for when a capo is placed on fret five.

||: Am Am/G | Am/F# Am/F | E E/D | E7/C E7/B :||

The verse uses more conventional chords at first before the descending bass line idea is used over the E chord again, like this.

||: Am | G | C | G | E E/D | E7/C E7/B :||
| Am Am/E | Am A |

The chorus moves to the key of A and has a bVII chord in it (G).

| A | A | D7 | D7 |
| G | G7 | C | E7 |
| Am | D7 | Am | D7 G |

The C (bIIIx) and E7 chords act as a turnaround to get back to Am.

| C | E7 | Am Am/G | Am/F# Am/F |
| E E/D | E7/C E7/B | Am Am/G | Am/F# Am/F | E E/D | E7/C E7/B |

In the guitar course, we first learn to play it like this, then develop a 2nd guitar part so we can play this song together, with the singer in the final step.


Sunny Afternoon – 8 Guitar Lessons

If you want to play Sunny Afternoon by The Kinks on one guitar, it is best to do so using a capo, the bass line is best included with a capo on fret 5.

This enables the 2nd guitar part (played without a capo) to really make this song come alive, let’s play it together!

Go to Sunny Afternoon – 8 Guitar Lessons.


Sunny Afternoon – Lyrics + Live performance

The tax man’s taken all my dough, and left me in my stately home,
lazing on a sunny afternoon.
And I can’t sail my yacht, he’s taken everythin’ I’ve got,
all I’ve got’s this sunny afternoon.

Go to Sunny Afternoon lyrics.


The Kinks

Categorized as a British invasion band, along with the other members of the so-called Big Four, The Kinks changed popular music forever.

Among their hits, you find Lola, Sunny Afternoon and You Really Got Me, which fourteen years later would be covered by Van Halen, using a much louder amp.

Go to The Kinks – Biography.


Intermediate Acoustic Songs

Intermediate Acoustic Guitar Songs

The intermediate songs can not be played using just basic open position chords. We have to move up the fretboard and play CAGED barre chords as well.

We incorporate bass lines, pentatonic licks, extended chords, and play vocal melodies. Most importantly, we invent a 2nd guitar and play these songs together.

Go to Intermediate Acoustic Songs.


The Professional Guitarist Song Book

As a guitarist, a repertoire is the greatest asset that you can acquire.

Learn these songs and you can progress from being a bedroom player to working with acoustic duos, Jazz trios, Indie/Rock/Party bands as well as large Soul/Motown ensembles.

Go to Song Book.


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