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Act Naturally

Composer(s) : Johnny Russell and Voni Morrison
Year : 1963
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Chords/Tabs: Act Naturally

Act Naturally

KEY G Major



    Intro -> Verse -> Bridge -> Verse -> Break (intro) ->
	Verse -> Bridge -> Verse -> Outro (w/complete ending)

COMPOSER Russell/Morrison


- This Rockabilly entry goes much further down the "coontryish" path than any Beatles original had to-date but it works in context, due in large part to Ringo's unvarnished vocal which sounds astonishingly similar in treatment to the Buck Owens original.

- The music is built on a sturdy and frugal set of chords limited to just I, IV, V, and V-of-V; the latter held back for strategic deployment at the end of the bridge. The arrangement is characterized by a recurrent obbligato for the low strings of the guitar (w/low E tuned down to D!) and the tapping of drumsticks.

- Beyond the lead vocal, the Beatles version matches the original in many other respects including same key, same basic arrangement right down to the tapping, and the backing vocal part for the bridges.

- There are some differences, as well, the most significant of which affects the form: the music used by the Beatles for Intro/Outro/and Break appears in the original only for the break and even there it is used in abbreviated form. At the detailed level, the original uses a boogie-like arpeggio bassline for the bridge while the Beatles stay with the oompah figuration used in the verse. Paul continues the backing vocal into the final verse whereas the original omits it. And, for those more or less exclusively acquainted with the Beatles version, the different scanning of the words by Owens sounds somehow "wrong" at first.

Ook op Help!:

ChordsNotes On
Help! Help!
The Night Before The Night Before
You've Got to Hide Your Love Away You've Got to Hide Your Love Away
I Need You I Need You
Another Girl Another Girl
You're Gonna Lose That Girl You're Gonna Lose That Girl
Ticket to Ride Ticket to Ride
Act Naturally Act Naturally
It's Only Love It's Only Love
You Like Me Too Much You Like Me Too Much
Tell Me What You See Tell Me What You See
I've Just Seen a Face I've Just Seen a Face
Yesterday Yesterday
Dizzy Miss Lizzy Dizzy Miss Lizzy

Ook op Yesterday and Today:

ChordsNotes On
Drive My Car Drive My Car
I'm Only Sleeping I'm Only Sleeping
Nowhere Man Nowhere Man
Doctor Robert Doctor Robert
Yesterday Yesterday
Act Naturally Act Naturally
And Your Bird Can Sing And Your Bird Can Sing
If I Needed Someone If I Needed Someone
We Can Work It Out We Can Work It Out
What Goes On What Goes On
Day Tripper Day Tripper

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