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You've Really Got a Hold on Me

Composer(s) : Smokey Robinson
Year : 1962
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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:

    ChordsNotes On
    It Won't Be Long It Won't Be Long
    All I've Got to Do All I've Got to Do
    All My Loving All My Loving
    Don't Bother Me Don't Bother Me
    Little Child Little Child
    Till There Was You Till There Was You
    Please Mr. Postman Please Mr. Postman
    Roll over Beethoven Roll over Beethoven
    Hold Me Tight Hold Me Tight
    You've Really Got a Hold on Me You've Really Got a Hold on Me
    I Wanna Be Your Man I Wanna Be Your Man
    Devil in Her Heart Devil in Her Heart
    Not a Second Time Not a Second Time
    Money (That's What I Want) Money (That's What I Want)

    Ook op Live At The BBC:

    ChordsNotes On
    Beatle Greetings (speech) 
    From Us To You 
    Riding On A Bus (speech) 
    I Got A Woman 
    Too Much Monkey Business 
    Keep Your Hands Off My Baby 
    I'll Be On My Way 
    Young Blood 
    A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues 
    Sure To Fall 
    Some Other Guy 
    Thank You Girl Thank You Girl
    Sha La La La La! (speech) 
    Baby It's You Baby It's You
    That's All Right (mama) 
    Soldier Of Love 
    A Little Rhyme (speech) 
    I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Cry (over You) 
    Crying, Waiting, Hoping 
    Dear Wack! (speech) 
    You've Really Got a Hold on Me You've Really Got a Hold on Me
    To Know Her Is To Love Her 
    A Taste of Honey A Taste of Honey
    Long Tall Sally Long Tall Sally
    I Saw Her Standing There I Saw Her Standing There
    The Honeymoon Song 
    Johnny B. Goode 
    Memphis, Tennessee 
    Can't Buy Me Love Can't Buy Me Love
    From Fluff To You (speech) 
    Till There Was You Till There Was You
    Crinsk Dee Night 
    A Hard Day's Night A Hard Day's Night
    Have A Banana! 
    I Wanna Be Your Man I Wanna Be Your Man
    Just A Rumour 
    Roll over Beethoven Roll over Beethoven
    All My Loving All My Loving
    Things We Said Today Things We Said Today
    She's a Woman She's a Woman
    Sweet Little Sixteen 
    Lonesome Tears In My Eyes 
    Nothin' Shakin' 
    The Hippy Hippy Shake 
    Glad All Over 
    I Just Don't Understand 
    So How Come (no One Loves Me) 
    I Feel Fine I Feel Fine
    I'm a Loser I'm a Loser
    Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby
    Rock & Roll Music Rock & Roll Music
    Ticket to Ride Ticket to Ride
    Dizzy Miss Lizzy Dizzy Miss Lizzy
    Kansas City-Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! [Medley] Kansas City-Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey! [Medley]
    Set Fire To That Lot! 
    Matchbox Matchbox
    I Forgot To Remember To Forget 
    Love These Goon Shows! 
    I Got To Find My Baby 
    Ooh! My Soul 
    Ooh! My Arms 
    Don't Ever Change 
    Slow Down Slow Down
    Honey Don't Honey Don't
    Love Me Do Love Me Do

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