Copacabana (at the copa) chords

by Barry Manilow

The music to Copacabana was written by Barry Manilow, and the lyrics by Bruce Sussman and Jack Feldman. The song was released in 1978 from the album Even Now.
Music: Bb Major in 4/4 time at ~122 bpm (Latin Feel)
Song Chords in Bb Major: Fm7, Bb11, Ebmaj7, Am7(b5), D7, Dm, Gm(maj7), Gm7, Gm6, Cdim7, D7-9, Cm7, Gm, D7/F#, Bb7/F, C11, C7, C9, Abm9, Am9, Bbm9, Bm9, Cm9, Dbm9, Dm9, Fm9, F#m9, Gm9, Bb7
All charts can be found below with an easy way to determine and play the numerous amounts of m9 chords... very easy.
Barry Manilow

Copacabana by Barry Manilow

Intro: 4/4 
      |  Percussion  |      %       |       %       |       %      |

Timing: 1&2&3&4 &      1&2&3&4 &      1&2&3&4  &      1&2&3&4 &
      | Gm9    F#m9  | Fm9    F#m9  | Gm9     F#m9  | Fm9    F#m9  |
      
        1&2&3&4 &      1&2&3&4 &      1&2&3&4  &      1&    2     &  3 & 4 &
      | Gm9    F#m9  | Fm9    F#m9  | Gm9     F#m9  | Fm9  F#m9  Gm9         |
                                                                   (Her name was)

                Fm7  Bb11          Ebmaj7
1. Her name was Lo-la___ She was a show-girl
               Am7(b5)           D7        Gm(maj7)   Gm7     Gm6
   With yellow feath-ers in her hair and a dress  cut down to there
                 Fm7   Bb11           Ebmaj7
   She would mer-en-gue___ And do the Cha - Cha
                 Am7(b5)        D7           Gm7
   And while she tried to be a star___ To-ny al-ways tend-ed bar
               Cdim7     Gm                     Cdim7  D7-9  Gm
   A-cross the crowd-ed floor, they worked from eight   to   four
             Cm7                      D7                 Gm  D7/F#  Bb7/F
   They were young and they had each oth-er___ Who could ask  for   more?


               Fm7     Bb11               Ebmaj7
Chorus: At the Co - pa (Co!) Co - pa - ca - ba - na (Copacabana)
            Fm7           Bb11        Ebmaj7
        The hot-test spot north of Ha - va - na (here)
        C11  C7   Fm7   Bb11                C11   C7
        At   the  Co-pa (Co!) Co - pa - ca - ba - na
        Fm7        Bb7           Cm7         C9
        Mu-sic and pas-sion were al-ways in fash-ion
               Fm7    D7-9            | Gm9   F#m9 |
        At the Co - pa.... they fell in love (Co-pa)
      | Fm9     F#m9  | Gm9     F#m9  | Fm9  F#m9  Gm9             |
           Co-pa-ca  -  ba - na                         (His name was)


                Fm7  Bb11         Ebmaj7
2. His name was Ri-co___ He wore a dia-mond
            Am7(b5)           D7         Gm(maj7)  Gm7       Gm6
   He was es-cort-ed to his chair, he saw  Lo-la   danc-ing  there
                Fm7      Bb11             Ebmaj7
   And when she fin-ished___ He called her o-ver
             Am7(b5)           D7            Gm7
   But Ri-co went  a  bit  too far___ To-ny sailed a-cross the bar
                Cdim7     Gm                   Cdim7  D7-9  Gm
   And then the punch-es flew and chairs were smashed  in   two
              Cm7                D7                  Gm   D7/F#  Bb7/F
   There was blood and a single gun shot___ But just who   shot   who?


               Fm7     Bb11               Ebmaj7
Chorus: At the Co - pa (Co!) Co - pa - ca - ba - na (Copacabana)
            Fm7           Bb11        Ebmaj7
        The hot-test spot north of Ha - va - na (here)
        C11  C7   Fm7   Bb11                C11   C7
        At   the  Co-pa (Co!) Co - pa - ca - ba - na
        Fm7        Bb7           Cm7         C9
        Mu-sic and pas-sion were al-ways in fash-ion
               Fm7     D7-9           | Gm9   F#m9 |
        At the Co - pa.... she lost her love (Co-pa)
      | Fm9     F#m9  | Gm9     F#m9  |  Fm9  F#m9  Gm9  |
           Co-pa-ca  -  ba - na   


           Gm9        Abm9      Am9  Bbm9
Interlude: Co-pa___    Co - pa - ca - ba - na
                 Bm9     Cm9  | Dbm9     |
           Co  -  pa  -  ca  -   ba  - na         
   | Dbm9     Cm9  Bm9 | Bbm9     |    Am9   Abm9 | Gm9  | F#m9 |
           Mu-sic  and   pas-sion__ Al-ways   in   fash  - ion...



Instrumental: | Gm9    F#m9 | Fm9    F#m9 | Gm9     F#m9 | Fm9  F#m9  Gm9  |
                                                                          (Her name is)

               Fm7  Bb11         Ebmaj7
3. Her name is Lo-la___ She was a show-girl,
                Am7(b5)         D7            Gm(maj7)   Gm7    Gm6
   But that was thir-ty years a-go, when they  used  to  have a show
              Fm7   Bb11           Ebmaj7
   Now it's a dis-co___ But not for  Lo - la,
            Am7(b5)            D7             Gm7
   Still in dress she used to wear___ Fad-ed feath-ers in her hair
                   Cdim7     Gm                  Cdim7  D7-9    Gm
   She  sits  there  so  re-fined, and drinks her-self  half - blind
                 Cm7                   D7                  Gm  D7/F#  Bb7/F
   She lost her youth and she lost her To-ny___ Now she's lost  her    mind


               Fm7     Bb11               Ebmaj7
Chorus: At the Co - pa (Co!) Co - pa - ca - ba - na (Copacabana)
            Fm7           Bb11        Ebmaj7
        The hot-test spot north of Ha - va - na (here)
        C11  C7   Fm7   Bb11                C11   C7
        At   the  Co-pa (Co!) Co - pa - ca - ba - na
        Fm7        Bb7           Cm7         C9
        Mu-sic and pas-sion were al-ways in fash-ion
               Fm7     D7-9                 | Gm9     F#m9 |
        At the Co - pa....      don't fall in love (Co-pa)
      | Fm9     F#m9  | Gm9     F#m9  |  Fm9  F#m9  Gm9  |
           Co-pa-ca  -  ba - na   


               Fm7     Bb11               Ebmaj7
Chorus: At the Co - pa (Co!) Co - pa - ca - ba - na (Copacabana)
            Fm7           Bb11        Ebmaj7
        The hot-test spot north of Ha - va - na (here)
        C11  C7   Fm7   Bb11                C11   C7
        At   the  Co-pa (Co!) Co - pa - ca - ba - na
        Fm7        Bb7           Cm7         C9
        Mu-sic and pas-sion were al-ways in fash-ion
               Fm7     D7-9 
        At the Co - pa....


               Fm7     Bb11               Ebmaj7
Chorus: At the Co - pa (Co!) Co - pa - ca - ba - na (Copacabana)
            Fm7           Bb11        Ebmaj7
        The hot-test spot north of Ha - va - na (here)
        C11  C7   Fm7   Bb11                C11   C7
        At   the  Co-pa (Co!) Co - pa - ca - ba - na  
        Fm7        Bb7           Cm7         C9
        Mu-sic and pas-sion were al-ways in fash-ion 
               Fm7     D7-9            | Gm9   F#m9 |
        At the Co - pa.... don't fall in love 
   | Fm9                F#m9 | Gm9     F#m9  |
        Don't  fall   in       love                  Hold  
   | Fm9         F#m9 | Gm9      F#m9 | Fm9  F#m9  Gm9 |
       (Co - pa - ca -   ba - na)

Bb Major

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs  

           Fm7                 Bb11             Bb11     C11          Ebmaj7
    e |-1-|---|---|    e |-1-|---|---|-4-|    e |-1-|---|-1-|    e |---|---|-3-| 
    B |-1-|---|---|    B |-1-|---|---|---|    B |-1-|---|-1-|    B |---|---|-3-|
    G |-1-|---|---|    G |-1-|---|---|---|    G |-1-|---|-1-|    G |---|---|-3-|
    D |-1-|---|---|    D |-1-|---|---|---|    D |-1-|---|-1-|    D |-1-|---|---|
    A |-1-|---|-3-|    A |-1-|---|---|---|    A |-1-|---|-1-|    A |---|---|---|x
    E |-1-|---|---|    E |---|---|---|---|x   E |---|---|---|x   E |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3          1   2   3   4          1   2   3          1   2   3


         Am7(b5)               D7             Gm(maj7)              Gm7                Gm6
    e |---|---|-4-|    e |---|-3-|---|    e |-1-|---|---|    e |-1-|---|---|    e |-1-|---|---|
    B |-2-|---|---|    B |-1-|---|---|    B |-1-|---|---|    B |-1-|---|---|    B |-1-|---|-4-|
    G |---|-3-|---|    G |---|-2-|---|    G |-1-|---|---|    G |-1-|---|---|    G |-1-|---|---|
    D |-1-|---|---|    D |---|---|---|    D |-1-|-2-|---|    D |-1-|---|---|    D |-1-|---|-3-|
    A |---|---|---|    A |---|---|---|x   A |-1-|---|-3-|    A |-1-|---|-3-|    A |-1-|---|-2-|
    E |---|---|---|x   E |---|---|---|x   E |-1-|---|---|    E |-1-|---|---|    E |-1-|---|---|
Frets   1   2   3          2   3   4          3   4   5          3   4   5          3   4   5  

  
          Cdim7              D7-9                Gm                 Cm7                Dm
    e |---|-4-|---|    e |---|-4-|---|    e |-1-|---|---|    e |-1-|---|---|    e |-1-|---|---|
    B |-2-|---|---|    B |-1-|---|---|    B |-1-|---|---|    B |-1-|-2-|---|    B |---|---|-3-| 
    G |---|-3-|---|    G |---|-3-|---|    G |-1-|---|---|    G |-1-|---|---|    G |---|-2-|---|
    D |-1-|---|---|    D |-1-|---|---|    D |-1-|---|-4-|    D |-1-|---|-3-|    D |---|---|---| 
    A |---|---|---|x   A |---|-2-|---|    A |-1-|---|-3-|    A |-1-|---|---|    A |---|---|---|x
    E |---|---|---|x   E |---|---|---|x   E |-1-|---|---|    E |---|---|---|x   E |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3          4   5   6          3   4   5          3   4   5          1   2   3 

                                    
          D7/F#              Bb7/F               Bb7                C7                 C9
    e |---|---|-4-|    e |---|-3-|---|    e |-1-|---|---|    e |---|---|---|    e |---|---|-3-|
    B |-1-|---|---|    B |-1-|---|---|    B |-1-|---|-4-|    B |-1-|---|---|    B |---|---|-3-|
    G |---|---|-3-|    G |-1-|---|---|    G |-1-|---|---|    G |---|---|-4-|    G |---|---|-3-|
    D |---|-2-|---|    D |-1-|---|---|    D |-1-|---|-3-|    D |---|-2-|---|    D |---|-1-|---|
    A |---|---|---|x   A |---|---|---|x   A |-1-|---|---|    A |---|---|-3-|    A |---|---|-2-|
    E |---|---|---|x   E |---|---|---|x   E |---|---|---|x   E |---|---|---|x   E |---|---|---|x
Frets   3   4   5          3   4   5          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3  
                                   
                                    

All m9 chords - same shape - determined by root note on 6th string

     Right Handers                   Root-Note/Fret  Chord         Left Handers 
   e -1-|---|-4-| 1st String                1         Fm9          |-4-|---|-1- e
   B -1-|---|---| 2nd String                2         F#m9         |---|---|-1- B
   G -1-|---|---| 3rd String                3         Gm9          |---|---|-1- G
   D -1-|---|---| 4th String                4         Abm9         |---|---|-1- D
   A -1-|---|-3-| 5th String                5         Am9          |-3-|---|-1- A
   E -1-|---|---| 6th String                6         Bbm9         |---|---|-1- E
     Root                                   7         Bm9                   Root 
     Note                                   8         Cm9                   Note
     Fret                                   9         Dbm9                  Fret 
  


Left-Handed Chord Tabs

      Fm7                  Bb11               Bb11    C11            Ebmaj7
 |---|---|-1-| e     |-4-|---|---|-1-| e     |-1-|---|-1-| e     |-3-|---|---| e
 |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|---|-1-| B     |-1-|---|-1-| B     |-3-|---|---| B
 |---|---|-1-| G     |---|---|---|-1-| G     |-1-|---|-1-| G     |-3-|---|---| G
 |---|---|-1-| D     |---|---|---|-1-| D     |-1-|---|-1-| D     |---|---|-1-| D
 |-3-|---|-1-| A     |---|---|---|-1-| A     |-1-|---|-1-| A    x|---|---|---| A
 |---|---|-1-| E    x|---|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E
   3   2   1           4   3   2   1           1       3           3   2   1   Frets        


     Am7(b5)              D7                Gm(maj7)              Gm7                 Gm6
 |-4-|---|---| e     |---|-3-|---| e     |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|-1-| e
 |---|---|-2-| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |-4-|---|-1-| B
 |---|-3-|---| G     |---|-2-|---| G     |---|---|-1-| G     |---|---|-1-| G     |---|---|-1-| G
 |---|---|-1-| D     |---|---|---| D     |---|-2-|-1-| D     |---|---|-1-| D     |-3-|---|-1-| D
 |---|---|---| A     |---|---|---| A     |-3-|---|-1-| A     |-3-|---|-1-| A     |-2-|---|-1-| A
x|---|---|---| E     |---|---|---| E     |---|---|-1-| E     |---|---|-1-| E     |---|---|-1-| E
   3   2   1           3   2   1           5   4   3           5   4   3           5   4   3   Frets
                                        

     Cdim7               D7-9                 Gm                  Cm7                 Dm
 |---|-4-|---| e     |---|-4-|---| e     |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|-1-| e 
 |---|---|-2-| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |---|-2-|-1-| B     |-3-|---|---| B
 |---|-3-|---| G     |---|-3-|---| G     |---|---|-1-| G     |---|---|-1-| G     |---|-2-|---| G
 |---|---|-1-| D     |---|---|-1-| D     |-4-|---|-1-| D     |-3-|---|-1-| D     |---|---|---| D
x|---|---|---| A     |---|-2-|---| A     |-3-|---|-1-| A     |---|---|-1-| A    x|---|---|---| A
x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E     |---|---|-1-| E     |---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E
   3   2   1           6   5   4           5   4   3           5   4   3           3   2   1   Frets  

 
      D7/F#               Bb7/F               Bb7                 C7                  C9
 |-4-|---|---| e     |---|-3-|---| e     |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|---| e     |-3-|---|---| e
 |---|---|-2-| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |-4-|---|-1-| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |-3-|---|---| B
 |---|-3-|---| G     |---|---|-1-| G     |---|---|-1-| G     |-4-|---|---| G     |-3-|---|---| G
 |---|---|-1-| D     |---|---|-1-| D     |-3-|---|-1-| D     |---|-2-|---| D     |---|-1-|---| D
 |---|---|---| A    x|---|---|---| A     |---|---|-1-| A     |-3-|---|---| A     |-2-|---|---| A
x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E
   5   4   3           5   4   3           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets

Notes

This song is very 'chord heavy', but don't be put off. Once you learn them, you will see certain patterns emerging making the process a whole lot easier.
  • Level: Intermediate - Fairly testing chords at a brisk pace.
  • The m9 chords all share the same barre chord shape... the 6th string under the barre finger is the root note, e.g. if you are playing Gm9, you barre the 3rd fret - the 6th string on the 3rd fret is G. The same principle applies to all the m9 chords here. There are 9 x minor 9th chords in total - once you can play one, you can play them all... see chort charts.
  • The transition from Gm(maj7) → Gm7 → Gm6 is very easy with the same barre position on the 3rd fret with simple alterations on the other strings.
  • Am7(b5) is a half diminished 7th chord (formula 1-♭3-♭5-♭7). In this song the transition is always Am7(b5) to D7. An easy way to remember the Am7(b5), is to think of the D7 shape and play it with fingers 2, 3 an 4 except you will slide your pinkie (4th finger) on the 3rd fret (instead of 2nd fret) and add your first finger to the 4th string - first fret. When you play the D7 after it, you simply slide your pinkie back to the 2nd fret and take your 1st finger off the 4th string - and there you have it - D7. Try it ... so easy.
  • The 11th chords are very easy. B♭11 can be played exactly the same way as C11 except on a different fret, although the alternative option for B♭11 (x11114) is effective... the choice is yours.
  • The Gm (355333) → D7/F# (xx4535) → Bb7/F (xx3334) transition at the end of each verse is very easy. Simply hold the barre in place on the 3rd fret for all 3 chords. Play Gm then make the necessary adjustments for the other 2 chords making sure you don't hit the bottom 2 strings when you play D7/F# and Bb7/F.
  • dim7 chords are very easy to play. The shape stays the same - you just have to know which fret to start on... in this case, the Cdim7 is played on the 1st fret, although you can play it in many different positions. With this shape, as long as one of your 4 fingers is playing a C note, you are playing a Cdim7. It can also be played starting on the 4th, 8th and 10th frets. So why the 1st fret?
  • The transition from Cdim7 starting on the 1st fret → D7-9 starting on the 4th fret is more in keeping with the dynamics of the song. If you were to play the Cdim7 starting on the 4th fret, it is almost the same as D7-9 with the addition of 1 note (sounding almost identical) ... there needs to be a more significant change in the sound between the 2 chords, hence playing the Cdim7 starting on the 1st fret. If you do find the transition a little difficult, you can play both these chords as a Cdim7 starting on the 4th fret.
  • The video fades out towards the end. I have included an ending just in case...
  • If you spend the time necessary to play this song fluently, you will be glad you did. You will open the key to a whole new set of chords which will take you to another level and you'll have a lot of fun in the process.
  • Take it slow. Begin by breaking the song up into sections untill and learn each set of chords accordingly. Slowly piece the sections together until you can play along with the video effortlessly... when you can do that, you need to give yourself a big pat on the back because this song is fairly 'trying' to say the least... good luck. Barry Manilow
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