You Really Got Me chords by The Kinks


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You Really Got Me | Chords and 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.


The Kinks and Van Halen

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!


You Really Got Me chords and 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.


You Really Got Me | Related pages


The Kinks

Categorized as a British invasion band, along with the other members of the so-called Big Four, The Kinks changed popular music forever.

Among their hits, you find Lola, Sunny Afternoon and You Really Got Me, which fourteen years later would be covered by Van Halen, using a much louder amp.

Go to The Kinks – Biography.


Song Book

As a guitarist, a repertoire is the greatest asset you can acquire. It is your ticket to playing with other musicians.

To help you on this journey, I’ve gathered tunes I play with acoustic duos, Jazz trios, Indie/Rock/Party bands as well as large Soul/Motown ensembles.

Go to Song Book.


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