Jim Reeves chords & lyrics

Gentleman Jim's Country Classics
Jim Reeves

Welcome to our Jim Reeves song page. We include some all-time favorites along with chords and lyrics including chord charts for right and left-handed guitarists. Beginners will enjoy playing most of these songs as the chords are very easy to play... excellent practice songs.

Jim was born James Travis Reeves on the 20th August, 1923 in Galloway, Texas, U.S. He died in a plane crash at the early age of 40 on the 31st July, 1964 in Davidson County, Tennessee, U.S. He was truly one of the greatest country singers of the modern era with a host of memorable songs which will remain timeless... and a voice to match.

Songs

Distant Drums

  • Writer: Cindy Walker (1965) - amazing song-writer and artist.
  • Album: Distant Drums: The Collection
Chart Legend
Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords   O: Optional Note
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings   R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string    B: Bass Note
D Major G Major A Major
D Major G Major A Major
Song Key is D Major - Transpose to any other key
  
Intro: 4/4 | Drums (I hear the)|  
 
              A                 D
1. I hear the sound of dis-tant drums
         A          D
   Far a-way, far a-way
               A              D
   And if they call for me to come
        G      D      A        D
   Then I must go and you must stay 

                   D                      G
Chorus 1: So Ma-ry mar-ry me    Let's not wait
                      A                                    D
          Let's share all the time we can be-fore it's too late
                  D                                     G
          Love me now for now is all the time there may be
                 A                             D
          If you love me Ma-ry    Ma-ry mar-ry me

              A                D
2. I hear the sound of bu-gles blow
         A          D
   Far a-way, far a-way
               A                 D
   And if they call, then I must go
     G         D       A        D
   A-cross the sea, so wild and grey

                   D                      G
Chorus 2: So Ma-ry mar-ry me    Let's not wait
                  A                                        D
          For the dis-tant drums might change our wed-ding date
                      D                                      G
          And love me now, for now is all the time there may be
                 A                             D
          If you love me Ma-ry    Ma-ry mar-ry me...

Welcome To My World

  • Writers: Ray Winkler & John Hathcock (1963)
  • Album: A Touch of Velvet
Chart Legend
Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords   O: Optional Note
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings   R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string    B: Bass Note
D Major Em A Major G Major E Major Bm Bm
D Major Em A Major G Major E Major Bm Bm

Capo on 3 if playing with the video

                 D      
Intro: 4/4 | Vibraphone... (Welcome to my)|

 D                Em     A                   D
1. Wel-come to my world    Won't you come on in
 Bm             Em     A                       D 
   Mi-ra-cles I guess    Still hap-pen now and then

  D              G      A                     D 
2. Step in-to my heart    Leave your cares be-hind
  D               Em     A                   D  -  G  |  D  |
   Wel-come to my world    Built with you in mind

        A                       D        A                 D 
Chorus: Knock and the door will o-pen    Seek and you will find
        A                   D     Bm      E                    A     Em
        Ask and you will be gi-ven    The key to this world of mine

 A                  G    Em   A                  D  
3. I'll be wait-ing here         With my arms un-furled
 D                   Em       A                D  -  G  |  D  |
   Wait-ing just for you        Wel-come to my world

 Interlude: |  G  |  A  |  D  |
 
 D                   Em       A                D   
   Wait-ing just for you        Wel-come to my world...

He'll Have To Go

  • Writers: Joe Allison, Audrey Allison (1959)
  • Album: The Essential Jim Reeves
Chart Legend
Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords   O: Optional Note
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings   R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string    B: Bass Note
C Major C7 G Major F Major F Major
C Major C7 G Major F Major F Major
Intro: 3/4 |   C   |  G   |   C   |   G  (Put Your)| 
                                 
            C                   F              C
1. Put your sweet lips a little clo-ser to the phone
             C                                G
   Let's pre-tend that we're to-ge-ther all a-lone
                 C               C7                F
   I'll tell the man to turn the juke-box way down low
               C                      G                      C  |  G  |
   And you can tell your friend there with you he'll have to go

            C             F              C
2. Whis-per to me tell me do you love me true
         C                         G
   Or is he hold-ing you the way I do
                  C                  C7               F
   Though love is blind make up your mind I've got to know
            C                   G                      C  |  𝄎  |
   Should I hang up or will you tell him he'll have to go
        
                  F
Bridge: You can't say the words I want to hear
                     C
        While you're with a-no-ther man
               F
        Do you want me an-swer yes or no
                 C             G
        Dar-lin' I will un-der-stand

            C                    F              C
3. Put your sweet lips a lit-tle clo-ser to the phone
             C                                G
   Let's pre-tend that we're to-ge-ther all a-lone
                 C               C7                F
   I'll tell the man to turn the juke-box way down low
               C                      G                      C 
   And you can tell your friend there with you he'll have to go...

I Love You Because

  • Writer: Leon Payne (1949)
  • Album: Gentleman Jim
Chart Legend
Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords   O: Optional Note
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings   R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string    B: Bass Note
D Major G Major A Major E Major
D Major G Major A Major E Major

Capo on 3 if playing with the video

Intro: 4/4 |   D   |   𝄎   |   G   |   A   | 
                                  
      D                           G
1. I love you be-cause you un-der-stand dear
   D                           | A  -  E |  A  |
   Ev'-ry sin-gle thing I try to do
          D                                G
   You're al-ways there to lend a help-ing hand dear
     D                A                   D  
   I love you most of all be-cause you're you

           G                                D     
Chorus: No mat-ter what the world may say a-bout me
          E                                  A     
        I know your love will al-ways see me through
          D                               G     
        I love you for the way you ne-ver doubt me
            D             A                      D  
        But most of all I love you 'cause you're you
        
Intro: |   D   |   A   |   D   |   𝄎    |

     D                             G     
2. I love you be-cause my heart is light-er
   D                                A   
   Ev'-ry time I'm walk-ing by your side
     D                              G      
   I love you be-cause the future's bright-er
       D              A              D  
   The door to hap-pi-ness you o-pen wide

           G                                D      
Chorus: No mat-ter what the world may say a-bout me
          E                                  A      
        I know your love will al-ways see me through
          D                                 G     
        I love you for a hun-dred thou-sand rea-sons
            D             A                      D    
        But most of all I love you 'cause you're you...

Outro: |   G   |   D   |

Make The World Go Away

  • Writer: Hank Cochran (1965)
  • Album: The Jim Reeves Way
Chart Legend
Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords   O: Optional Note
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings   R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string    B: Bass Note
A Major Asus2 Bm Bm Bm7 Bm7 D Major E Major F# Major
A Major Asus2 Bm Bm Bm7 Bm7 D Major E Major F# Major
 
Intro: 4/4 |   A   |    Bm  |   E   | A  -  D |
 
 A                            Bm       Bm7
1. Do you re-mem-ber when you loved me
 E                             A     Asus2
   Be-fore the world took me a-stray
F#                    Bm     Bm7
   If you do then for-give me
 E                         A     D  
   And make the world go a-way

      A                     D
Chorus:(Make the world go a-way)
      E                  A
        And get it off my shoulders
      A                            D
       (Say the things you used to say)
      E                            A               D          A
        Please make the world go a-way   (Make the world go a-way)

Interlude: |   D   |   E   |  A  -  D  |

 A                    Bm     Bm7
2. I'm sor-ry if I've hurt you
 E                        A     Asus2
   I'll make it up day by day
F#                               Bm     Bm7
   Just say you love me like you used to
 E                         A     D
   And make the world go a-way 

      A                     D
Chorus:(Make the world go a-way) 
      E              A
        Get it off my shoulders
      A                            D
       (Say the things you used to say)
      E                         A
        And make the world go a-way...

Memories Are Made Of This

  • Writers: Terry Gilkyson, Richard Dehr, and Frank Miller (1955)
  • Album: Gentleman Jim
Chart Legend
Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords   O: Optional Note
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings   R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string    B: Bass Note
D Major A Major A7 G Major
D Major A Major A7 G Major

Capo on 1 if playing with the video

Intro: 4/4 |   D   |   A   |   D   |   A   |

   D        A                 D    |  A  | 
1. Take one fresh and ten-der kiss
   D       A                D     |  A  |
   Add one sto-len night of bliss
  G         D        A           D 
   One girl, one boy, some grief, some joy
   D     A                D       A
   Me-mo-ries are made of this

   D         A                D    |  A  |
2. Don't for-get a small moon-beam
   D       A               D     |  A  |
   Fold-ed light-ly with a dream
  G         D         A        D
   Your lips and mine, two sips of wine
   D     A                D      | D   /D   /E   /F# |
   Me-mo-ries are made of this

       G 
Bridge: Then add the wed-ding bells
       D  
        One house where lo-vers dwell
       A                           D       | D   /D   /E   /F# |
        Three lit-tle kids for the fla-vor
       G 
        Stir care-ful-ly through the days
       D  
        See how the fla-vor stays
       E                              A  | A7    /A   /B   /C# |
        These are the dreams you will sa - vor

  D         A                 D    |  A  |
3. With his bles-sings from a-bove
   D        A                  D    |  A  |
   Serve it gen-e-rous-ly with love
  G        D         A         D 
   One man, one wife, one love, true life
         D     A                D    |  A  |
   Sweet me-mo-ries are made of this
   D     A                D    |  A  | 
   Me-mo-ries are made of this ...(Repeat to fade)


Bass Runs: 
      /D /E /F#   /A /B /C#    
   e|-----------|-----------|  Numbers: Fret numbers
   B|-----------|-----------|  0: String is played open
   G|-----------|-----------|  
   D|--0--2--4--|-----------|
   A|-----------|--0--2--4--|
   E|-----------|-----------|
     
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