You Really Got Me chords by The Kinks


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You Really Got Me | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| N.C F5 ||: G5 F5 G5 N.C F5 :|| x4

Verse 1

||: G5 F5 G5 N.C F5 | G5 F5 G5 N.C F5 :||
Girl, you really got me goin’, you got me so I don’t know what I’m doin’, now.
Yeah, you really got me now, you got me so I can’t sleep at night.
||: A5 G5 A5 N.C G5 | A5 G5 A5 N.C G5 :||
Yeah, you really got me now, you got me so I don’t know what I’m doin’, now.
||: D5 C5 D5 N.C C5 | D5 C5 D5 N.C C5 :||
Oh yeah, you really got me now, you got me so I can’t sleep at night.
| D5 C5 D5 N.C C5 | D5 C5 D5 N.C C5 | D5 C5 D5 N.C | C5 | C5 |
You really got me. You really got me. You really got me.

Verse 2

||: G5 F5 G5 N.C F5 | G5 F5 G5 N.C F5 :||
See, don’t ever set me free, I always wanna be by your side.
Girl, you really got me now, you got me so I can’t sleep at night.
||: A5 G5 A5 N.C G5 | A5 G5 A5 N.C G5 :||
Yeah, you really got me now, you got me so I don’t know what I’m doin’, now.
||: D5 C5 D5 N.C C5 | D5 C5 D5 N.C C5 :||
Oh yeah, you really got me now, you got me so I can’t sleep at night.
| D5 C5 D5 N.C C5 | D5 C5 D5 N.C C5 | D5 C5 D5 N.C | C5 | C5 |
You really got me. You really got me. You really got me. Oh no.

Solo

||: G5 F5 G5 N.C F5 :|| x10

Verse 3

||: G5 F5 G5 N.C F5 | G5 F5 G5 N.C F5 :||
See, don’t ever set me free, I always wanna be by your side.
Girl, you really got me now, you got me so I can’t sleep at night.
||: A5 G5 A5 N.C G5 | A5 G5 A5 N.C G5 :||
Yeah, you really got me now, you got me so I don’t know what I’m doin’, now.
||: D5 C5 D5 N.C C5 | D5 C5 D5 N.C C5 :||
Oh yeah, you really got me now, you got me so I can’t sleep at night.
| D5 C5 D5 N.C C5 | D5 C5 D5 N.C C5 | D5 C5 D5 N.C | D5 | D5 |
You really got me. You really got me. You really got me.


You Really Got Me | Chords + Lyrics (Van Halen)


Intro

| N.C (G) |
||: A5 (G) A5 (G) :|| x3
| A5 (G) A5 |
Oh!
||: A5 (G) A5 (G) :|| x3
| A5 G5 |

Verse 1

| A5 (G) A5 (G) | A5 (G) A5 (G)|
Girl, you really got me now, 
| A5 (G) A5 (G) | A5 |
you got me so I don’t know what I’m doin’.
| A5 (G) A5 (G) | A5 (G) A5 (G)|
Girl, you really got me now, 
| A5 (G) A5 (G) | A5 |
you got me so I can’t sleep at night.
| B5 B5/A B5 B5/A | B5 B5/A B5 B5/A |
Girl, you really got me now,
| B5 B5/A B5 B5/A | B5 B5/A B5 |
you got me so I don’t know where I’m going, yeah.
| E5 D5 E5 D5 | E5 D5 E5 D5 |
Oh yeah, you really got me now, 
| E5 D5 E5 D5 | E5 D5 E5 D5 |
you got me so I can’t sleep at night. You really got me (oh).
| E5 D5 E5 D5 | E5 D5 E5 | D5 | D5 |
You really got me (oh-wow). You really got me.

Verse 2

| A5 (G) A5 (G) | A5 (G) A5 (G) |
Please, don’t ever let me be, 
| A5 (G) A5 (G) | A5 |
I only wanna be by your side.
| A5 (G) A5 (G) | A5 (G) A5 (G)|
Please, don’t ever let me be, 
| A5 (G) A5 (G) | A5 |
I only wanna be by your side (ah!).
| B5 B5/A B5 B5/A | B5 B5/A B5 B5/A |
Girl, you really got me now, 
| B5 B5/A B5 B5/A | B5 B5/A B5 |
you got me so I don’t know what I’m doing, yeah.
| E5 D5 E5 D5 | E5 D5 E5 D5 |
Oh yeah, you really got me now, 
| E5 D5 E5 D5 | E5 D5 E5 D5 |
you got me so I can’t sleep at night. You really got me (oh-oh).
| E5 D5 E5 D5 | E5 D5 E5 | D5 | D5 |
You really got me (oh-oh). You really got me. Oh no, no.

Solo

||: A5 (G) A5 (G) | A5 (G) A5 (G):|| x6
||: N.C :|| x4

Verse 3

||: N.C | N.C :||
Girl, you really got me now, you got me so I don’t know what I’m doin’.
||: N.C | N.C :||
Girl, you really got me now, you got me so I can’t sleep at night.
| B5 B5/A B5 B5/A | B5 B5/A B5 B5/A |
Girl, you really got me now, 
| B5 B5/A B5 B5/A | B5 B5/A B5 |
you got me so I don’t know where I’m going, yeah.
| E5 D5 E5 D5 | E5 D5 E5 D5 |
Oh yeah, you really got me now, 
| E5 D5 E5 D5 | E5 D5 E5 D5 |
you got me so I can’t sleep at night. You really got me.
| E5 D5 E5 D5 | E5 D5 E5 | E5 | E5 |
You really got me. You really got me. Oh oh, oh.


There are two versions of You Really Got Me – learn both!

There are two famous versions of You Really Got Me, the first was released in 1964 by The Kinks. All chords are 5 chords, meaning there is no 3rd.

The two versions differ slightly in lyrics and chord progression. They are also in different keys.

The Van Halen version (1978) doesn’t use two 5 chords a tone apart for the main riff, instead, only the bass note is added for the lower chord.

Also, instead of being in G, we play in A, although on the original recording, the guitar is tuned down a semi-tone, making it sound as if in Ab.

To get yourself in tune with Van Halen, use my free online tuner to get down a semitone. If this still doesn’t sound quite right that’s because Van Halen didn’t tune perfectly.

You can adjust the Hz on my tuner to get to the perfect place, maybe all the way down to 432 Hz, the magical frequency of the universe. It certainly sounds like they hit some kind of sweet spot!


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