Chords for "Alcohol"
Written by: Raymond Douglas Davies Published by: Davray Music Ltd. Transcribed by Ian Grant Note: Don't let the 9th and 11th chords put you off. They simply describe the lagging, lazy melody. The melodic pattern descends beautifully as one does into a stupor. Melody: E A E G F F Words: Oh demon alcohol.. Chords: Am Dm11 Dm The melody G on 'Alc' is the dominant 7th of Am but the 11th of the next chord, Dm. I transcribed it on a piano, where the bass notes alternate sometimes from the 5th to the 1st, at other times from the 1st-5th. I briefly checked it on a guitar, which I can't play but it sounded fine. However, I am not sure about a couple of parts: Does it really modulate to A major for a few bars? Is the Am on 'the floosie made...' right? If anyone has a different view of the chorus changes, I'd like to hear them. Enjoy that meditarraenean/ Kurt Weillian thang!! yours, Ian Manchester, England, England. Alcohol [Intro 16 bars + 16 bars (with trumpet)] Am E Am E....Am E Am E7 etc... Am Here is a story about a sinner, He used to be a winner who enjoyed a life of prominence and E/B position, But the pressures at the office and his socialite engagements, Am And his selfish wife's fanatical ambition, A It turned him to the booze, And he got mixed up with a floosie Dm And she led him to a life of indecision. Am The floosie made him spend his dole She left him lying on Skid Row Am E7 E7/B Am E7 Am A drunken lag in some Salvation Army Mission. E7 (an introductory arpeggio) It's such a shame. <A Chorus> Am Dm11 Dm Oh demon alcohol, Dm E7(b9) E7 Sad memories I cannot recall, Am Dm9 Dm Who thought I would say, E7 Am11 Am Damn it all, blow it all, <B Chorus> Am Dm11 Dm Oh demon alcohol, Dm E7(b9) E7 Memories I can't recall, Am Dm9 E7 Am E7 Am Who thought I would fall a slave to demon alcohol. [Repeat <B Chorus> Instrumental on line 1, Vocals on 2 and 3 as below] Dm E7(b9) E7 Sad memories I can't recall, Am Dm9 E7 Am E7 Am Who thought I would fall a slave to demon alcohol. [16 Bars as intro] Am Barley wine pink gin, He'll drink anything, E/B Port, pernod or tequila, Rum, scotch, vodka on the rocks, Am As long as all his troubles disappeared. A But he messed up his life when he beat up his wife, Dm And the floosie's gone and found another sucker Am She's gonna turn him on to drink She's gonna lead him to the brink And when his money's gone, E7 E7/B Am She'll leave him in the gutter, E7 (ascending roll) It's such a shame. <A Chorus> Am Dm11 Oh demon alcohol, Dm E7(b9) Sad memories I cannot recall, Am Dm9 Who thought I would fall, E7 Am11 Am Damn it all, blow it all. [Instrumental on <A Chorus> and the 1st line of <B chorus> Vocals on Lines 2 and 3, as below] Dm E7(b9) E7 Sad memories I cannot recall, Am Dm9 E7 Am E7 Am Who thought I would fall a slave to demon alcohol. [A 4 count before the melodic piano outro on the changes of <B Chorus>]
Date: November 21, 2009 From: Kit Potamkin Ian Grant asks if anyone "has a different view of the chorus changes" in the song, "Alcohol", and I humbly suggest the two chords over "Sad memories I cannot recall" are C and G respectively, not Dm and E7 as he has transcribed. I did like his inclusion of the D11 though- THAT was a pretty cool observation.
Date: March 18, 2011 From: Ryan Such great chords! But I'm hearing Am to F in the second 16th of the intro, the part with the horns before the first verse. Also, I agree with the updated chorus, but it's G to C, not C to G. I also like throwing in an A7 as the first chord of the <B Chorus>, makes the accordion shine through. G.S.T.K.
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