Teenage Kicks chords by The Undertones


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Teenage Kicks | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: D | D5 C#5 C5 | Bm | B5 C5 C#5 :||

Verse 1

| D | D5 C#5 C5 |
Are teenage dreams so hard to beat?
| Bm | B5 C5 C#5 |
Every time she walks down the street.
| D | D5 C#5 C5 |
Another girl in the neighbourhood.
| Bm | B5 A5 G#5 |
Wish she was mine, she looks so good.

Chorus 1

| G | G5 G#5 |
I wanna hold her, wanna hold her tight.
| A | A |
Get teenage kicks right through the night.

Verse 2

| D | D5 C#5 C5 |
I’m gonna call her on the telephone.
| Bm | B5 C5 C#5 |
Have her over ’cause I’m all alone.
| D | D5 C#5 C5 |
I need excitement oh I need it bad.
| Bm | B5 A5 G#5 |
And it’s the best, I’ve ever had.

Chorus 2

| G | G5 G#5 |
I wanna hold her, wanna hold her tight.
| A | A |
Get teenage kicks right through the night, all right.

Instrumental

| D | D (Dsus4) | Bsus4 | Bsus4 (Bm) |
| D | D (Dsus4) | Bsus4 | Bsus4 C5 C#5 |

Verse 3

| D | D5 C#5 C5 |
Are teenage dreams so hard to beat?
| Bm | B5 C5 C#5 |
Every time she walks down the street.
| D | D5 C#5 C5 |
Another girl in the neighbourhood.
| Bm | B5 A5 G#5 |
Wish she was mine, she looks so good.

Chorus 3

| G | G5 G#5 |
I wanna hold her, wanna hold her tight.
| A | A |
Get teenage kicks right through the night.

Verse 4

| D | D5 C#5 C5 |
I’m gonna call her on the telephone.
| Bm | B5 C5 C#5 |
Have her over ’cause I’m all alone.
| D | D5 C#5 C5 |
I need excitement oh I need it bad.
| Bm | B5 A5 G#5 |
And it’s the best, I’ve ever had.

Chorus 4

| G | G5 G#5 |
I wanna hold her, wanna hold her tight.
| A | A |
Get teenage kicks right through the night, all right.

Solo (as verse)

| D | D5 C#5 C5 | Bm | B5 C5 C#5 |
| D | D5 C#5 C5 | Bm | B5 A5 G#5 |

Chorus 5

| G | G5 G#5 |
I wanna hold her, wanna hold her tight.
| A | A (Asus4) | D G | G A5 C#5 D |
Get teenage kicks right through the night, all right.



Teenage Kicks Chords: Learn the progressions


In the key of D, The Undertones Teenage Kicks focus on the four strongest chords, the I, VI, IV, and V. That’s D, Bm, G, and A.

Sometimes these are played as triads, sometimes as power chords, or 5 chords. See the chords and lyrics above for a guide.

The intro connects chords I and VI using chromatic approach power chords, like this:

||: D (I) | D5 C#5 (VII) C5 (bVIIx) | Bm (VI) | B5 C5 C#5 :||

The intro is the same as the verse, apart from at the end where it goes down instead of up, like this:

| Bm (VI) | B5 A5 (V) Ab5 (bV) |

This takes us to Teenage Kicks chorus chords which I believe should be played using power chords when moving chromatically, the full triad once you’re there.

| G (IV) | G5 G#5 (#IV) | A (V) | A |

The instrumental section adds sus4 chords, like this:

| D (I) | D (Dsus4) | Bsus4 (VI) | Bsus4 (Bm) |
| D | D (Dsus4) | Bsus4 | Bsus4 C5 C#5 |

The solo is just a verse, the end section is reminiscent of Twist & Shout as it goes:

| D G | G A5 C#5 D |



Teenage Kicks Chords | Related Pages


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The Undertones tunes

The Undertones wrote Teenage Kicks.

Formed during the 70s in Northern Ireland, The Undertones surprisingly ignored the turmoil and sang about girls instead of politics.

They are best known for their hit Teenage Kicks and an intense relationship with BBC DJ John Peel.


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