Sweet Home Alabama chords by Lynyrd Skynyrd

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Sweet Home Alabama | Chords + Lyrics


One, two, three.
||: D5 Csus2 | G (fill) :|| (guitar)
Turn it up.
||: D5 Csus2 | G (fill) :|| (band)

Verse 1

||: D5 Csus2 | G (fill) :||
Big wheels keep on turnin’.
Carry me home to see my kin.
Singin’ songs about the south-land.
I miss Alabamy once again and I think it’s a sin, yes.

Instrumental 1

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

Verse 2

||: D5 Csus2 | G (fill) :||
Well, I heard Mister Young sing about her.
Well, I heard ol’ Neil put her down.
Well, I hope Neil Young will remember.
A southern man don’t need him around anyhow.

Chorus 1

||: D5 Csus2 | G (fill) :||
Sweet home Alabama.
Where the skies are so blue.
Sweet home Alabama.
Lord, I’m comin’ home to you.

Solo 1

||: D5 Csus2 | G (fill) :||

Verse 3

| D5 Csus2 | G5 F C/E |
In Birmingham, they love the governor (boo-hoo-hoo).
||: D5 Csus2 | G (fill) :||
Now we all did what we could do.
Now Watergate does not bother me.
Does your conscience bother you? Tell the truth.

Chorus 2

||: D5 Csus2 | G (fill) :||
Sweet home Alabama.
Where the skies are blue.
Sweet home Alabama (oh yeah).
Lord, I’m comin’ home to you. Here I come, Alabama.

Solo 2

||: D5 Csus2 | G (fill) :|| x8

Instrumental 2

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

Verse 4

||: D5 Csus2 | G (fill) :||
Now Muscle Shoals has got the Swampers.
And they’ve been known to pick a song or two (yes they do).
Lord, they get me off so much.
They pick me up when I’m feelin’ blue, now how about you?

Chorus 3

||: D5 Csus2 | G (fill) :||
Sweet home Alabama.
Where the skies are so blue.
Sweet home Alabama.
| D5 Csus2 | G F C/E |
Lord, I’m comin’ home to you.

Chorus 4

||: D5 Csus2 | G (fill) :||
Sweet home Alabama (oh, sweet home).
Where the skies are so blue.
And the governor’s true.
Sweet home Alabama (lordy).
Lord, I’m comin’ home to you, yeah, yeah.

Solo 3 (piano)

||: D5 Csus2 | G (fill) :|| to fade
Montgomery’s got the answer.

Sweet Home Alabama Chords: Learn the progressions!

Sweet Home Alabama analysis and TAB

The chords are simple for Sweet Home Alabama, all we do is move V – IV – I in the key of G, like this:

||: D5 Csus2 | G (fill) :||

There’s an instrumental section that puts the 3rd of each chord in the bass, like this:

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

But as you probably know, you need to play the legendary chord riff, not just strum each chord and for that, you need TAB, there is simply no other way.

As a member, you get TAB for the most crucial parts to know, from then on, it’s down to you developing the licks as you must have a good relationship with a tune you’ll have to play for the rest of your life.

To make it fun, you simply must maintain an element of improvisation. Personally, I’m still experimenting with my Sweet Home Alabama licks, decades after I first played it. Lately, I’ve started to actually look forward to playing it!

Here’s a link to the full lesson (members only): Sweet Home Alabama – Guitar lesson with TAB.

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Sweet Home Alabama is one of the most obvious covers for the working band!

Lynyrd Skynyrd‘s classic Sweet Home Alabama was released in 1974 on the band’s second album.

Considering how popular this tune has become it’s perhaps surprising that it wasn’t a big chart success back in the day. Sales were modest with just over a million copies in the U.S.

For most tunes, these are good numbers but for Sweet Home Alabama, perhaps the most common covers band’s tune of all time, it’s slightly odd.

You can only compare this one to Mustang Sally, I Feel Good, and (in the U.K.) Valerie as tunes you simply can’t show up to a gig without knowing.

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