Valerie chords by Mark Ronson/Amy Winehouse


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Valerie | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: Eb5 | Eb5 :||

Verse 1

| Eb5 | Eb5 | F5 | F5 |
Well sometimes I go out by myself and I look across the water.
| Eb5 | Eb5 | Fm7 (Fsus2) | Fm7 (Fsus2) |
And I think of all the things, what you’re doing, and in my head, I paint a picture.

Bridge 1

| Ab | Gm |
Cos since I’ve come on home, well my body’s been a mess.
| Ab | Gm |
And I’ve missed your ginger hair and the way you like to dress.
| Ab | Gm | Bb | Bb7 Bb6 Bb |
Won’t you come on over, stop making a fool out of me. Why don’t you come on over

Chorus 1

||: Eb (Ebsus2) | Eb (Ebsus2) | Fm7 (Fsus2) | Fm7 (Fsus2) :||
Valerie? Valerie? Valerie? Valerie?

Verse 2

| Eb | Eb Ebsus4 Eb | Fm | Fm |
Did you have to go to jail, put your house on up for sale, did you get a good lawyer?
| Eb | Eb | Fm7 (Fsus2) | Fm7 (Fsus2) |
I hope you didn’t catch a tan, I hope you’ll find the right man who’ll fix it for you.
| Eb (Ebsus2) | Eb (Ebsus2) | Fm7 (Fsus2) | Fm7 (Fsus2) |
And are you shopping anywhere, changed the colour of your hair, are you busy?
| Eb (Ebsus2) | Eb (Ebsus2) | Fm7 (Fsus2) | Fm7 (Fsus2) |
And did you have to pay that fine, you were dodging all the time, are you still dizzy?

Bridge 2

| Abmaj7 | Gm7 |
Since I’ve come on home, well my body’s been a mess.
| Ab | Gm |
And I’ve missed your ginger hair and the way you like to dress.
| Ab | Gm | Bb | Bb7 Bb6 Bb |
Won’t you come on over, stop making a fool out of me. Why don’t you come on over

Chorus 2

||: Eb (Ebsus2) | Eb (Ebsus2) | Fm7 (Fsus2) | Fm7 (Fsus2) :||
Valerie? Valerie? Valerie? Valerie?

Verse 3

| Ebmaj7 | Ebmaj7 | Fm9 | Fm9 |
Well sometimes I go out by myself and I look across the water.
| Ebmaj7 | Ebmaj7 | Fm9 | Fm9 |
And I think of all the things, what you’re doing, and in my head, I paint a picture.

Bridge 3

| Ab | Gm |
Since I’ve come on home, well my body’s been a mess.
| Ab | Gm |
And I’ve missed your ginger hair and the way you like to dress.
| Ab | Gm | Bb | Bb7 Bb6 Bb |
Won’t you come on over, stop making a fool out of me. Why don’t you come on over

Chorus 3

||: Eb (Ebsus2) | Eb (Ebsus2) | Fm7 (Fsus2) | Fm7 (Fsus2) :||
Valerie? Valerie? Valerie? Valerie? 
Mm, Valerie? Valerie? Valerie? Valerie?
| Fm7 | Ebmaj7 |
Why don’t you come on over Valerie?


Valerie chords and progressions

Starting off moving between I – II, Valerie builds tension towards the bridge which moves between IV – III, a chord progression with even more tension.

This is finished off by chord V, the ultimate tension chord, taking us back home again for the chorus, which is I – II again.

Verse/chorus

||: Eb (I) | Eb (I) | Fm (II) | Fm (II) :||

Bridge

||: Ab (IV) | Gm (III) :|| Bb (V) | Bb (V) |


Valerie chord extensions

All chords in Valerie (Mark Ronson version) can and should be extended throughout.

  • Eb – could be Eb5, or Ebmaj7 instead.
  • Fm – could be F5, Fsus2, Fm7, or even Fm9.
  • Ab – could be Abmaj7 as well.
  • Gm – could also be a Gm7.
  • Bb – could be Bb6, or Bb7 as well.

If you don’t decide exactly when to play what extension, you can play Valerie in a jammed way, meaning you change it a bit every time you play it.

The best way to ensure this happens is to vary the chord shapes as well as the extensions.

Do this and you’ll enjoy playing Valerie for many years to come, which, if you want to be a professional guitarist, you most certainly will do!


Is Valerie the ultimate function band standard in the U.K.?

Valerie is a song originally written, recorded, and released by Liverpudlian indie rockers The Zutons in 2006.

This was the same year Mark Ronson and Amy Winehouse recorded their masterpiece Back To Black.

Amy’s early Motown-influenced album must have had plenty more songs floating around as Mark revamped The Zutons hit into a similar style and released it under his own name, featuring Amy Winehouse, the following year.

Little did he and Amy know how big this song would become, even eclipsing the success of Back To Black which went on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time!

Every decade, songs come along that last, Mark and Amy’s version of Valerie clearly is one of the most played songs by working bands since, only rivalled by Crazy In Love, Sex On Fire, Mr. Brightside, and Crazy from this same era.


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