Think chords by Aretha Franklin

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Think | Chords + Lyrics


||: Bb7#9 Eb/Bb :|| x3
| Bb7#9 (Ab F Eb Db Gb) |

Chorus 1

| Bb | Eb Bb |
You better think (think). Think about what you’re trying to do to me.
| Bb | Eb Bb |
Think (think, think). Let your mind go, let yourself be free.

Verse 1

| Bb | Eb Bb |
Let’s go back, let’s go back, let’s go way on, way back when.
| Bb | Eb Bb |
I didn’t even know you, you couldn’t have been too much more than ten (just a child).
| Bb | Eb Bb |
I ain’t no psychiatrist, I ain’t no doctor with degrees.
| Bb | Eb Bb |
But it don’t take too much high IQ’s to see what you’re doing to me.

Chorus 2

| Bb | Eb Bb |
You better think (think). Think about what you’re trying to do to me.
| Bb | Eb Bb |
Yeah, think (think, think). Let your mind go, let yourself be free, ooh.

Bridge 1

| Bb | Db | Eb | Bb (Ab F Eb Db Gb) |
Freedom (freedom), freedom (freedom). Oh, freedom, yeah, freedom, I said.
| Bb | Db | Eb | Bb (Ab F Eb Db Gb) |
Freedom (freedom), oh, oh freedom (freedom). Thinking ’bout freedom, oh freedom, alright now.

Key change

| B | B |
Hey, think about it. Please, think about it.

Verse 2

| B | E B |
There ain’t nothing you could ask, I could answer you but I won’t (I won’t).
| B | E B |
But I was gonna change, but I’m not, if you keep doing things I don’t.

Chorus 3

| B | E B |
You better think (think). Think about what you’re trying to do to me.
| B | E B |
Oh Lord (what you’re trying to do to me), think (think). Let your mind go, let yourself be free.

Verse 3

| B | E B |
People walking around everyday playing games, taking scores.
| B | E B |
Trying to make other people lose their minds, Ah, be careful you don’t lose yours, oh.

Chorus 4

| B | E B |
Think (think). Think about what you’re trying to do to me, ooh-oh.
| B | E B |
Think (think). Let your mind go, let yourself be free.

Middle 8

| E9 | E9 |
You need me (need me) and I need you (don’t you know).
| E9 | E9 (A E D C G) |
Without each other, there ain’t nothing people can do, oh.


||: B | B :||
Oh, hey, think about it, Baby (What are you trying to do me, baby).
To the bone, Baby, think about it right now, yeah.
Right now (to the bone, forgiveness), woo, right now (to the bone, forgiveness).
Hey, Baby, right now (to the bone, forgiveness), you, think about it, Baby, Baby, Baby. (think about it).
(To the bone, forgiveness) Wo, to the bone, Baby, (to the bone, forgiveness) yeah.

Think’s chords, progressions, and TAB

Think Analysis + TAB

Aretha Franklin‘s Think is a classic found on most soul bands’ set list, especially after it was revived in the Blues Brothers film, using a faster, and slightly different arrangement.

What you see above is the original chords with lyrics. In the Blues Brothers version, they keep going, repeating a few sections before the outro, complete with a third key change and a synchronized outro.

The original version is 2:19, and the Blues Brothers version is 3:15.

You may think (!) it’s a good idea to ask before the gig which version the band does but I’ve found it’s more fun to see if everyone goes up to C in the end or not, it keeps me on my toes.

Members go through all sections (with TAB), starting with the piano intro, which can be played on guitar. You should probably learn the synchronized outro from the Blues Brothers version, most bands tend to play it.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Think chord analysis and TAB.

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