Wake Up Little Susie chords by The Everly Brothers


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Wake Up Little Susie | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: (D/A) D5 | F G F :||

Chorus 1

| D | D | D F | G F D |
Wake up, little Susie, wake up.
| D | D | D F | G F D |
Wake up, little Susie, wake up.

Verse 1

| G D5 | G |
We’ve both been sound asleep.
| G D5 | G |
Wake up little Susie and weep.
| G D5 | G5 D5 |
The movie’s over, it’s four o’clock.
| G D5 | G |
And we’re in trouble deep. Wake up, little Susie.
| A | G | A | A |
Wake up, little Susie.

Verse 2

| A E | A |
Well, what are we gonna tell your mama?
| A E | A |
What are we gonna tell your pa’?
| A E | A E |
What are we gonna tell our friends when they say
| A N.C | N.C |
“Ooh, la, la”? Wake up, little Susie.
| D | A7 | D | D |
Wake up, little Susie.

Verse 3

| D | D | D | D7 |
Well, I told your mama that we’d be in by ten.
| G | G | G | G |
Well, Susie, baby, looks like we goofed again.
| A | G | A |
Wake up, little Susie. Wake up, little Susie.
| A N.C | D5 | F G F | D5 | F G F |
We gotta go home.

Chorus 2

| D | D | D F | G F D |
Wake up, little Susie, wake up.
| D | D | D F | G F D |
Wake up, little Susie, wake up.

Verse 4

| G D5 | G |
The movie wasn’t so hot.
| G D5 | G |
It didn’t have much of a plot.
| G D5 | G5 D5 |
We fell asleep, our goose is cooked.
| G D5 | G |
Our reputation is shot. Wake up, little Susie.
| A | G | A | A |
Wake up, little Susie.

Verse 5

| A E | A |
Well, what are we gonna tell your mama?
| A E | A |
What are we gonna tell your pa?
| A E | A E |
What are we gonna tell our friends when they say:
| A N.C | N.C |
“Ooh, la, la”? Wake up, little Susie.
| D | A7 | D | A7 | D |
Wake up, little Susie. Wake up, little Susie

Outro

||: D F G :|| to fade



Wake Up Little Susie Chords: Learn the progressions!


Wake up Little Susie Analysis + TAB

The chords are much more complex in Wake Up Little Susie than I first thought.

We start in the key of D, but “borrow” the IV and V from the key of C. You could also see it as a bIIIx – IV in D.

Over the next verses we are using the I, IV, and V from the key of D, then from the key of A before we go back to D again.

The chorus chords feel like they come from the only part they wrote for their first hit, Bye Bye Love‘s intro. Here are the chorus chords:

||: D (I) | D | D F (bIIIx) | G (IV) F D :||

Next, we have a verse that starts on chord IV, like this:

| G (IV) D5 (I) | G | G D5 | G |
| G D5 | G5 D5 | G D5 | G |
| A (V) | G | A | A |

The genius part is that next, we go to another verse, but the chords are in a new key and move differently too!

| A E | A | A E | A |
| A E | A E | A N.C | N.C |
| D | A7 | D | D |

In the key of A, we go between I and V on a loop, after the stop we go back to the key of D and get ready for another chorus.

Members get a full analysis of this late ’50s smash hit adapted to work on one guitar in a band, including TAB for all sections, there’s even a bonus Chet Atkins lick in there!

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Wake Up Little Susie built on evident success!

The Everly Brothers must have thought; if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, when they recorded Wake Up Little Susie only six months after their first hit, Bye Bye Love.

Again, written by Mr. and Mrs. Bryant, the similarities are striking, although here they’ve taken it further by going through three key changes (detailed above).

The tune went to #1 on all U.S. Billboard charts and #2 in the U.K.

In 1982, Simon & Garfunkel who started as an Everly Brothers tribute act covered it in a live gig and ended up reaching #5 in the Canadian and U.S. charts.

When the duo reunited briefly in 2003, they had a segment of the show dedicated to the Everly Brothers who even appeared as the support act on the tour!



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