Georgia On My Mind chords

by Willie Nelson

  • Georgia On My Mind was written by Stuart Gorrrell (words) & Hoagy Carmichael (music) in 1930
  • Willie Nelson's recorded the song on his 1978 album - Stardust
  • Recorded: December, 1977
  • Released: April 1978
  • Music: Key of Db Major in 4/4 time at 58 bpm (♩) - triplet feel 1& = 1 & &
  • Chords: Db, Db7, Bb, Eb9, Ab7, Ab7#5, F7, Bbm, Db7/Ab, Gb, Gdim7, Bbm7, Ebm7, F+, Bb7, Ebm7, Eb+, Gb7, Eb7, C7, Fm7, E7, Cb

Georgia On My Mind by Willie Nelson

Intro: 4/4 (~58 bpm) 
♪♪𝄁 Db  Db7  Bb / | Eb9 / Ab7 / |  Db  | Dd / Ab7#5 / 𝄁 

      Db           F7
      1. Geor-gia,    Geor-gia,
 Bbm  Db7/Ab             Gb     Gdim7
         The  whole  day  through
                 Db        Bbm7
         Just an old sweet song
    Ebm7       Ab7          | F+ / Bb7 / |  Eb+ / Ab7 / |
         Keeps Geor-gia on my mind

      Db           F7
      2. Geor-gia,    Geor-gia
 Bbm  Db7/Ab          Gb    Gdim7
         A  song  of  you
                  Db            Bbm7
         Comes as sweet and clear
     Ebm7             Ab7          | Db / Gb7 / |  Db / F7 / |
         As moon-light   through the pines

     Bbm7        Ebm7       Bbm7         Gb7
Bridge:  O-ther  arms  reach___ out  to  me
     Bbm7        Ebm7  Bbm7          Eb7
         O-ther  eyes  smile ten-der-ly
     Bbm7     Ebm7           Db       C7
         Still  in peace-ful dreams I see
              Fm7        E7            | Ebm7 / C7 / | 
         The  road  leads___  right  to  you

      Db            F7
      3. Geor-gia,     Geor-gia, 
 Bbm  Db7/Ab            Gb      Gdim7
         No  peace  I___  find
                 Db        Bbm7
         Just an old sweet song
     Ebm7         Ab7       | Db / Gb7 / |  Db / Ab7#5 / |
         Keeps Geor-gia on my mind

Instrumental: Repeat Verse

      Db             F7
      3. Geor-gia,      Geor-gia, 
 Bbm  Db7/Ab            Gb     Gdim7
         No  peace  I___  find
                 Db        Bbm7
         Just an old sweet song
     Ebm7               Ab7      F+     Bb7
         Keeps Geor-gia    on my mind...
                 Ebm7                 Ab7
         Just an old sweet song keeps Geor-gia 
        N.C.   | Db  /  Cb  /  |  Gb7  |
         On  my  mind
               | Db  /  Cb  /  |  Gb7  |
      𝄆 On  my  mind          𝄇 Repeat & Fade

🗝️ Db Major

Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string
O: Play open string
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note

Right Handed Charts:

Left Handed Charts:

Notes:

  • Learn all the chords first and practise the changes with all the harder chords - that way you won't have to keep stopping when you come across an 'iffy' chord
  • You don't have to play these chords like the charts suggest - they choose this set as they are close to each other making them easier to play with respect to chord changes.
  • They may also like this set of chords because of the way they sound. Playing a particular chord in 5 different positions will suit the song in terms of notes played however it may only be one of those five that produces a better flavor in terms of how you want the chord to sound within the song.
  • Many jazz players may find a different set of chords that they prefer to play or perhaps find more interesting - the choice is yours.
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