Venus chords & lyrics

by Shocking Blue

  • Ventura Highway was written by Robbie van Leeuwen from the band Shocking Blue.
  • The song was recorded in 1969 and released October 2nd, 1969
  • Album: At Home.
  • Music: Key of E Minor in 4/4 time at 130 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: Em, A, Am, D, C, B, B7sus4

Venus by Shocking Blue

Intro: 4/4
   |  B7sus4  |  B7sus4   | Em  -  A  |  Em  -  A  |
   |  B7sus4  |  B7sus4   | Em  -  A  |  Em  -  A  | Em  -  A  |  Em  -  A  |

      Em      -       A        Em  - A      Em      -       A       Em  -  A
1. A God-dess on the moun-tain top___  Was burn-ing like a sil-ver flame
        Em    -    A           Em  - A     Em      -       A   |   Em   |
   The sum-mit of beau-ty and love___  And Ve-nus was her name

              Am  -   D    Am  -  D           Em  -  A   | Em  - A  |
Chorus: She's got it____     Yeah ba-by she's got it____
             C                B7sus4                    Em   -   A  | Em  -  A  |
        Well  I'm your Ve-nus___    I'm your fire___ At your de-sire
             C                B7sus4                    Em   -   A  | Em  -  A  |
        Well  I'm your Ve-nus___    I'm your fire___ At your de-sire

Instr: ||:   Em  -  A   |   Em  -  A   |   Em  -  A   |   Em  -  A   :|| (8)

       Em       -         A        Em  - A   Em      -       A   Em  -  A
2. Her wea-pons were her crys-tal eyes___    Ma-king ev’-ry man  mad
    Em    -      A         Em  -   A           Em    -      A     Em  
   Black as the dark night she was___ Got what no-one else had___ Wow!

              Am  -   D    Am  -  D           Em  -  A   | Em  - A  |
Chorus: She's got it____     Yeah ba-by she's got it____
             C                B7sus4                    Em   -   A  | Em  -  A  |
        Well  I'm your Ve-nus___    I'm your fire___ At your de-sire
             C                B7sus4                    Em   -   A  | Em  -  A  |
        Well  I'm your Ve-nus___    I'm your fire___ At your de-sire

                                                                            
Bridge: |  A  /  B    -    A  /  B   |  A  /  B   -    A  /  B  | 

        ||:  Em  -  A  | Em  -  A  | Em  -  A  | Em  -  A  :|| (8)
             Ah      ah  Ah      ah  Ah  ah  ah  Ah...


              Am  -   D    Am  -  D           Em  -  A   | Em  - A  |
Chorus: She's got it____     Yeah ba-by she's got it____
             C                B7sus4                    Em   -   A  | Em  -  A  |
        Well  I'm your Ve-nus___    I'm your fire___ At your de-sire
             C                B7sus4                    Em   -   A  | Em  -  A  |
        Well  I'm your Ve-nus___    I'm your fire___ At your de-sire

Outro: 
        |  A  /  B    -    A  /  B   |  A  /  B   -    A  /  B  |

        |  B7sus4  |  B7sus4  |  Em  -  A  |  Em  -  A  |
        
        |  B7sus4  |  B7sus4  |   Em  -  A  |  Em  -  A  | Em  -  A  | Em  -  A  |

        |  Em  -  A  |  Em  -  A  |  Em  -  A  |  
                                                ... (fade out)

E Minor

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   
           Em                   A                  Am                   D               D (barre) 
    e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|     e |---|---|---|     e |---|-2-|---|     e |-1-|---|------|
    B |---|---|---|     B |---|-3-|---|     B |-1-|---|---|     B |---|---|-3-|     B |-1-|---|-4--3-|
    G |---|---|---|     G |---|-2-|---|     G |---|-3-|---|     G |---|-1-|---|     G |-1-|---|-3--3-|
    D |---|-2-|---|     D |---|-1-|---|     D |---|-2-|---|     D |---|---|---|     D |-1-|---|-2--3-|
    A |---|-1-|---|     A |---|---|---|     A |---|---|---|     A |---|---|---|x    A |-1-|---|------|
    E |---|---|---|     E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|------|
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3           5   6   7   

            A                  Am                   B                B7sus4                 C 
    e |-1-|---|---|     e |-1-|---|---|     e |-1-|---|---|     e |-1-|---|---|     e |-1-|---|---|
    B |-1-|---|---|     B |-1-|---|---|     B |-1-|---|---|     B |-1-|---|---|     B |-1-|---|---|
    G |-1-|-2-|---|     G |-1-|-2-|---|     G |-1-|-2-|---|     G |-1-|---|-4-|     G |-1-|-2-|---|
    D |-1-|---|-4-|     D |-1-|---|-4-|     D |-1-|---|-4-|     D |-1-|---|---|     D |-1-|---|-4-|
    A |-1-|---|-3-|     A |-1-|---|-3-|     A |-1-|---|-3-|     A |-1-|---|-3-|     A |-1-|---|-3-|
    E |-1-|---|---|     E |-1-|---|---|     E |-1-|---|---|     E |-1-|---|---|     E |-1-|---|---|
Frets   5   6   7           5   6   7           7   8   9           7   8   9           8   9  10 

Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
         Em                   A                  Am                   D                 D (barre) 
    |---|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |---|---|---| e     |---|-2-|---| e     |------|---|-1-| e
    |---|---|---| B     |---|-3-|---| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |-3-|---|---| B     |-3--4-|---|-1-| B
    |---|---|---| G     |---|-2-|---| G     |---|-3-|---| G     |---|-1-|---| G     |-3--3-|---|-1-| G
    |---|-2-|---| D     |---|-1-|---| D     |---|-2-|---| D     |---|---|---| D     |-3--2-|---|-1-| D
    |---|-1-|---| A     |---|---|---| A     |---|---|---| A    x|---|---|---| A     |------|---|-1-| A
    |---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|------|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1              7   6   5   Frets
      
          A                  Am                   B                B7sus4                 C         
    |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|-1-| e     |---|---|-1-| e
    |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|-1-| B     |---|---|-1-| B
    |---|-2-|-1-| G     |---|---|-1-| G     |---|-2-|-1-| G     |-4-|---|-1-| G     |---|-2-|-1-| G
    |-4-|---|-1-| D     |-4-|---|-1-| D     |-4-|---|-1-| D     |---|---|-1-| D     |-4-|---|-1-| D
    |-3-|---|-1-| A     |-3-|---|-1-| A     |-3-|---|-1-| A     |-3-|---|-1-| A     |-3-|---|-1-| A
    |---|---|-1-| E     |---|---|-1-| E     |---|---|-1-| E     |---|---|-1-| E     |---|---|-1-| E
      7   6   5           7   6   5           9   8   7           9   8   7           10  9   8   Frets

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Easy once you get used to it.
  • Song Key: Em (1 sharps - F#) - relative minor to G major (share the same notes)
  • The intro starts with a B7sus4. Listen to the intro a few times till you get used to the strumming pattern. Play along with the guitarist... after a while it becomes very natural.
  • The intro to this song is like a great guitar riff except it takes the form of a strum pattern. It is a very famous intro, and many of you will have heard it with this version, or Bananarama's version of the song.
  • The | A/B A/B | means you slide from A to B (2x) in the bar
  • If you are counting each bar as |1& 2& 3& 4&|: beat 1 - strum A and slide on the & so that on beat 2 you are on B (2&); beat 3 - strum A and slide on the & so that on beat 4 you are on B (4&)... you will hear this as you play along.
  • The slide from A to B happens 2x in each bar... with 2 bars there are 4 slides in total. This occurs in the Bridge, and again in the Outro.
  • The hyphen between 2 chords means the bar count is split in half, therefore in this song, | Em - A | means 2 beats on Em and 2 beats on A.
  • As you play the | Em - A | throughout the song, you will have to dampen each chord after you play it, so again if you are counting each bar as |1& 2& 3& 4&| try the following.
1 - down stroke on the Em
& - up stroke on the Em
2& - dampen (as you strum down, place your hand on the strings to stop the sound
3 - down stroke on the A
& - up stroke on the A
4& - dampen
  • At the start of each chorus with the lyrics "She's Got it" and chords | Am - D | Am - D | - they can be played as barre chords starting on the 5th fret ... see charts above.
  • The dynamics work very well, with slides, guitar riffs, strum riffs... it's all happening!
  • This song is pretty straight forward once you get the hang of the strum pattern, slides and string dampening... enjoy.
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