Thank God I’m a Country Boy chords by John Denver


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Thank God I’m a Country Boy | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| N.C (hand claps) | N.C |

Verse 1

| N.C | N.C |
Well, life on the farm is kinda laid back.
| N.C | N.C |
Ain’t much an old country boy like me can’t hack.
| N.C | N.C |2/4 N.C |
It’s early to rise, early in the sack.
|4/4 N.C | N.C |
I thank God I’m a country boy.

Verse 2

| N.C | N.C |
Well, a simple kinda life never did me no harm.
| N.C | N.C |
A raisin’ me a family and workin’ on the farm.
| N.C | N.C |2/4 N.C |
My days are all filled with an easy country charm.
|4/4 N.C | N.C |
Thank God I’m a country boy.

Bridge 1

| N.C | N.C |
Well I got me a fine wife I got me an ol’ fiddle.
| N.C | N.C |
When the sun’s comin’ up I got cakes on the griddle.
| N.C | N.C |2/4 N.C |
And life ain’t nothin’ but a funny, funny riddle.
|4/4 N.C | N.C (E F# G#) |
Thank God I’m a country boy.

Verse 3

| A A/E | A D |
When the work’s all done and the sun’s settlin’ low.
| A A/E | G5 D |
I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.
| A F#m | E D | 2/4 D/A |
The kids are asleep so I keep it kinda low.
|4/4 A E | A (E F# G#) |
Thank God I’m a country boy.

Verse 4

| A A/E | A D |
I’d play Sally Goodin all day if I could.
| A A/E | G5 D |
But the Lord and my wife wouldn’t take it very good.
| A F#m | E D | 2/4 D/A |
So I fiddle when I can and I work when I should.
|4/4 A E | A (A G# F#) |
Thank God I’m a country boy.

Bridge 2

| E E/B | A A/E |
Well, I got me a fine wife I got me an ol’ fiddle.
| E E/B | A A/E |
When the sun’s comin’ up I got cakes on the griddle.
| A F#m | E D | 2/4 D/A |
Life ain’t nothin’ but a funny, funny riddle.
|4/4 A E | A (A G# F#) |
Thank God I’m a country boy, woo!

Solo

||: A A/E | A D |
| A A/E | G5 D |
| A F#m | E D | 2/4 D/A |
|4/4 A E | A (A G# F#) :||

Verse 5

| A A/E | A D |
Well, I wouldn’t trade my life for diamonds or jewels.
| A A/E | G5 D |
I never was one of them money-hungry fools.
| A F#m | E D | 2/4 D/A |
I’d rather have my fiddle and my farmin’ tools.
|4/4 A E | A (A G# F#) |
Thank God I’m a country boy.

Verse 6

| A A/E | A D |
Yeah, city folk drivin’ in a black limousine.
| A A/E | G5 D |
A lotta sad people thinkin’ that’s a mighty keen.
| A F#m | E D | 2/4 D/A |
Well, son, let me tell ya now exactly what I mean.
|4/4 A E | A (A G# F#) |
I thank God I’m a country boy.

Bridge 3

| E E/B | A A/E |
Well, I got me a fine wife I got me an ol’ fiddle.
| E E/B | A A/E |
When the sun’s comin’ up I got cakes on the griddle.
| A F#m | E D | 2/4 D/A |
And life ain’t nothin’ but a funny, funny riddle.
|4/4 A E | A (A G# F#) |
Thank God I’m a country boy.

Solo 2

||: A A/E | A D |
| A A/E | G5 D |
| A F#m | E D | 2/4 D/A |
|4/4 A E | A (A G# F#) :||

Verse 7

| A A/E | A D |
Well, my fiddle was my daddy’s ’til the day he died.
| A A/E | G5 D |
And he took me by the hand, held me close to his side.
| A F#m | E D | 2/4 D/A |
Said, “live a good life, play my fiddle with pride.
|4/4 A E | A (A G# F#) |
And thank God you’re a country boy”.

Verse 8

| A A/E | A D |
Well, my daddy taught me young how to hunt and how to whittle.
| A A/E | G5 D |
Taught me how to work to play a tune on the fiddle.
| A F#m | E D | D (hold) |2/4 D (hold) |
He taught me how to love and how to give just a little.
|4/4 A E A | A (A G# F#) |
And thank God I’m a country boy.

Bridge 3

| E E/B | A A/E |
Well, I got me a fine wife I got me an ol’ fiddle.
| E E/B | A A/E |
When the sun’s comin’ up I got cakes on the griddle.
| A F#m | E D | D (hold) | D (hold) |
Life ain’t nothin’ but a funny, funny riddle.
| N.C | N.C |
Woo, thank God I’m a country boy, yes!

Outro

||: A A/E | A D |
| A A/E | G5 D |
| A F#m | E D | 2/4 D/A |
|4/4 A E | A (A G# F#) :||



Thank God I’m a Country Boy Chords: Learn the progressions


Thank God I'm A Country Boy chord analysis and TAB, guitar lesson.

For the practising guitarist, Thank God I’m A Country Boy‘s chords provide a great lesson in playing fast, alternating bass.

In true country style, there are the occasional 2/4 bars as well to consider so just playing the chords is definitely a challenge.

The verse moves from I – IV – I – bVIIx – IV. It’s the bVIIx that provides the tension, some people call this a backdoor dominant.

The second half goes I – VI – V – IV, then a 2/4 bar of a V chord. Finish off on I – V – I, like this:

| A (I) A/E | A D (IV) |
| A A/E | G5 (bVIIx) D |
| A F#m (VI) | E (V) D | 2/4 D/A |
|4/4 A E | A (E F# G#) |

The bridge or maybe it should be called a chorus (?), moves from V – I on repeat before it’s the same as the second half of the verse, like this:

| E (V) E/B | A (I) A/E |
| E E/B | A A/E |
| A F#m | E D | 2/4 D/A |
|4/4 A E | A (A G# F#) |

As long as you get all the alternating bass lines and time signatures right, playing Thank God I’m A Country Boy’s chords will sound great. But if you miss a beat, it’ll all fall apart.

Members get TAB to follow and can simply practice to a metronome, gradually increasing the speed before playing along with the original recording(s).

This is a preview of said TAB, it’s the first line of the verse.

Thank God I'm A Country Boy chords and TAB, verse first line.

Here’s a link to the full lesson (members only): Thank God I’m a Country Boy – Guitar Lesson with TAB.

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Thank God I’m A Country Boy, the tune that worked better live!

John Denver‘s Thank God I’m A Country Boy is a great example of a classic, fast, and fun country tune to play.

Released in 1974 on Back Home Again, it was the live version that came the following year which was a hit. Most likely, this is down to how the feeling of the tune came across better live.

I’ve found this to be true with almost all lighthearted songs, you need to hear the audience and also the performer seems to be more relaxed which puts the message across with the right tone.

Another great example of this would be Johnny Cash‘s A Boy Named Sue which on Spotify has 5 live versions, no studio version even exists!

This is a top tip if you’re a comedy songwriter, scrap that studio version!



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