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 from the album At Home.

Music: Key of E Minor in 4/4 time at 130 bpm (♩)
Chords: Em, A, Am, D, C, B, B7sus4
Shocking Blue

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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