You've Really Got a Hold on Me
Composer(s) : Smokey Robinson
Year : 1962
Chords/Tabs: You've Really Got a Hold on Me
You Really Got A Hold On Me
KEY A Major
FORM Intro -> Verse -> Refrain -> Verse -> Refrain -> Closing ->
Bridge/Re-Intro -> Verse -> Refrain -> Closing ->
Refrain -> Outro (complete ending)
COMPOSER Smokey Robinson
INFLUENTIAL VERSION (Smokey Robinson and) The Miracles (1962)
- There's an unusually complex form at play in this song; note, that I
define my terms used above as follows:
Verse == "I don't like you ..."
Refrain == "You really got a hold on me ..."
Closing == "I love you and all I want you do ..."
Bridge/Re-intro == instrumental followed by "Tighter!"
- The vocal arrangement is equally complex with the relationship between
the lead and backers frequently alternating between trio, solo, and
some antiphonal singing.
- Harmonically, the song features an emphasis on the I- vi progression
that is rather Beatles-like in an coincidentally ironic way.
- Smokey does it in the higher key of C with (just like Chuck) a different
scanning of the words. The original arrangment also features saxes and
notably, a fadeout ending. John has the good sense here to sing it
single tracked, but while his performance has an obvious intensely raw
sincerity to it, Smokey's own smoothness is rather hard to beat.
Ook op With the Beatles:
Ook op Live At The BBC:
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