Under The Boardwalk chords by The Drifters


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Under The Boardwalk | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: G (G B D D) | G (G B) :||

Verse 1

| G | G | D | D |
Oh, when the sun beats down and burns the tar up on the roof.
| D | D | G | G |
And your shoes get so hot you wish your tired feet were fireproof.

Bridge 1

| C | C | G | G |
Under the boardwalk, down by the sea, yeah.
| G | D | G | G |
On a blanket with my baby is where I’ll be.

Chorus 1

| Em | Em |
(Under the boardwalk) Out of the sun.
| D | D |
(Under the boardwalk) We’ll be havin’ some fun.
| Em | Em |
(Under the boardwalk) People walking above.
| D | D |
(Under the boardwalk) We’ll be making love.
| Em N.C | Em N.C |
(Under the boardwalk) Boardwalk.

Verse 2

| G | G | D | D |
From the park, you hear the happy sound of the carousel.
| D | D | G | G |
Mm-hm, you can almost taste the hot dogs and french fries they sell.

Bridge 2

| C | C | G | G |
Under the boardwalk, down by the sea, yeah.
| G | D | G | G |
On a blanket with my baby is where I’ll be.

Chorus 2

| Em | Em |
(Under the boardwalk) Out of the sun.
| D | D |
(Under the boardwalk) We’ll be havin’ some fun.
| Em | Em |
(Under the boardwalk) People walking above.
| D | D |
(Under the boardwalk) We’ll be making love
| Em N.C | Em N.C |
(Under the boardwalk) Boardwalk.

Solo

| G | G | D | D |
| D | D | G | G |

Bridge 3

| C | C | G | G |
Oh, under the boardwalk, down by the sea, yeah.
| G | D | G | G |
On a blanket with my baby is where I’ll be.

Chorus 3

| Em | Em |
(Under the boardwalk) Out of the sun.
| D | D |
(Under the boardwalk) We’ll be havin’ some fun.
| Em | Em |
(Under the boardwalk) People walking above.
| D | D |
(Under the boardwalk) We’ll be fallin’ in love.
| Em N.C | Em N.C |
(Under the boardwalk) Boardwalk.



Under The Boardwalk Chords: Learn the progressions


Under The Boardwalk guitar lesson + TAB

The Drifters Under The Boardwalk is an excellent lesson in learning to recognize the I – V, IV – I, and VI – V movements.

My top 10 chord progression list dives deeper into why this is important.

Let’s look at each section to ensure you can hear all of Under The Boardwalk’s chords, starting with the intro, which looks like this:

||: G (G B D D) | G (G B) :||

The notes in brackets are the signature bass line. You can translate this up the octave and incorporate it in an open position G chord, here’s what this looks like in TAB:

Under The Boardwalk chords and TAB Intro

The verse (and solo) is just I – V – I. In the key of G, we get these chords:

| G (I) | G | D (V) | D |
| D | D | G | G |

The bridge has one more chord than the verse, it starts on a C (chord IV) and goes IV – I – V – I.

| C (IV) | C | G (I) | G |
| G | D (V) | G | G |

Finally, the chorus. Now we just go between EmD. That’s chord VI and V. Here are Under The Boardwalk’s chorus chords:

||: Em (VI) | Em | D (V) | D :|| Em N.C | Em N.C |

Members use TAB and look at how to turn Under The Boardwalk’s chords into one acoustic guitar part, rhythmically inspired by the percussion instrument the Güiro which can be heard on the original recording.

The picking pattern this produces turns out to be good practice, similar to how we play Time Of Your Life in the beginner course and later on, House Of The Rising Sun.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson: Under The Boardwalk – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



Under The Boardwalk was The Drifter’s last big hit!

Released in 1963, Under The Boardwalk was a huge hit for The Drifters, reaching #4 in the U.S. charts.

A few years earlier, Ben E. King had left the group but they’d soldiered on with lead singer Rudy Lewis instead. The night before the recording of Under The Boardwalk, Rudy died from a heroin overdose.

Most bands would probably have called it a day at this point, or at least cancelled the recording session, but not so The Drifters, who simply got someone else in the group to sing it!

Instead of Ben, or Rudy, vocal duties now fell to Johnny Moore who made Under The Boardwalk their last big hit.

Since the ’63 release, plenty of other bands have recorded it, including The Rolling Stones, Sam & Dave, and even Bruce Willis!

Not to mention all cover bands and solo performers who at least at some point have performed this early ’60s classic.



Under The Boardwalk Chords | Related Pages


Beginner Acoustic

There are many Beginner Acoustic Songs with chords similar to Under The Boardwalk.

This collection of beginner acoustic tunes will teach you how to arrange for one acoustic guitar, as well as how to create a supporting part.

Playing songs will help you with switching between open-position chords and give you the context you need to understand how music works theoretically.


Five similar tunes with chords and lyrics

When you can play Under The Boardwalk's chords, try these five tunes from the songbook.


The Drifters tunes

The Drifters wrote Under The Boardwalk.

With over 60 singers passing through the vocal group, they are amazingly still going, seven decades after the group was formed!

The Drifters‘ biggest tunes include Under The Boardwalk, Save The Last Dance For Me, Money Honey, Sweets For My Sweet, and On Broadway.


The Drifters on the web

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Rock n Roll & Early Pop

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As popular music was starting to take shape, the earliest styles that came out of Jazz and Blues were Rock n Roll & Early Pop.

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