The Bangles: Eternal Flame Chords

Susanna Hoffs
Cover of Susanna Hoffs


Rumor has it that the title of the song, Eternal Flame was inspired by the eternal flame that burns for Elvis Presley at Graceland. The recording by the Bangles, a popular all-girl group, reached no.1 on the charts. 



The song was written in 1988 by Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly and Susanna Hoffs. You'll find lots of chord charts online for the bangles song. I like this one. Here's what I'm playing:

Intro:

G, Gsus4, G, Gsus4

G          Em7    C           D        
Close your eyes, give me your hand, darling 
G      Em7            C
Do you feel my heart beating 
D            Em
Do you understand 
       B7       Em7
Do you feel the same 
A7         D    Bm7
Am I only dreaming 
Asus2           C
Is this burning an eternal flame 


G   Em7         C       D      
I believe it's meant to be, darling 
G      Em7                C
I watch you when you are sleeping 
D              Em
You belong with me 
       B7       Em7
Do you feel the same 
A7         D    Bm7
Am I only dreaming 
   C
Or is this burning an eternal flame 


D      Dm7    G/D                    D
Say my name,  sun shines through the rain 
        F       G
A whole life so lonely 
             C        G/B      Am7  C/G
And then you come and ease the pain 
D        Bm7                  F/C   C   Dsus2
I don't want to lose this feeling ooooooooh




G          Em7    C           D        
Close your eyes, give me your hand, darling 
G      Em7            C
Do you feel my heart beating 
D7sus4            Em
Do you understand 
       Bm7       Em7
Do you feel the same 
A7         D    Bm7
Am I only dreaming 
Am7             G
.......an eternal flame
 
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Love Potion No. 9

Love Potion (song)
Love Potion (song) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


The wave of British rock groups that arrived on our shores during the 60's included the Searchers, a quartet from Liverpool. Their 1965 recording of this tune reached no. 3 on the charts and earned a gold record. The words and music to Love Potion No. 9, by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, is played in the Key of Em.


Messages from Jerry Leiber

Here's what I like to play:

Em                         A7
I took my troubles down to Madame Rue
Em                           A7
You know that gypsy with the gold-capped tooth
G                                         
She's got a pad down on Thirty-Fourth and Vine
A7                        B                  Em (A Bb B)
Sellin' little bottles of Love Potion Number Nine

Em                      A7
I told her that I was a flop with chics
Em                         A7
I've been this way since 1956
G                                          
She looked at my palm and she made a magic sign
A7                         B                  Em
She said "What you need is Love Potion Number Nine"

    A
She bent down and turned around and gave me a wink
    F#m
She said "I'm gonna make it up right here in the sink"
   A
It smelled like turpentine, it looked like Indian ink
  B
I held my nose, I closed my eyes, I took a drink

Em                      A7
I didn't know if it was day or night
Em                     A7
I started kissin' everything in sight
G                                                 
But when I kissed a cop down on Thirty-Fourth and Vine
A7                           B                  Em
He broke my little bottle of Love Potion Number Nine

  
Here is the chord breakdown:
 
E/EGB I took my troubles down to
 
A/AC#A Madam Ruth.
 
E/EGB You know, that Gypsy with the 

A/AC#A gold-capped tooth.

G/GBD She's got a store-front at Thirty Fourth and Vine,

A/AC#E Sellin' little bottles of

B/BD#B Love Potion No. 

E/EGB Nine... repeat

A/AC#A She bent down and turned around and gave me a wink.

F#/F#AF# She said, "I'm gonna mix it up right here in the sink."

A/AC#A It smelled like turpentine and looked like India ink. I

B/BD#B held my nose, I closed my eyes, I took a drink.

E/EGB I didn't know if it was 

A/AC#A day or night,

E/EGB I started kissin' every

A/AC#A thing in sight. But

G/GBD when I kissed the cop down at Thirty Fourth and Vine, he

A/AC#E broke my little bottle of

B/BD# Love Potion Number 
 
E/EGB Nine.

A/AC#A

Bb/BbDBb

B/BD#B

E/EGB
 
Key of Am
 
Am                         Dm
I took my troubles down to Madame Rue
Am                           Dm
You know that gypsy with the gold-capped tooth
C                                         Am
She's got a pad down on Thirty-Fourth and Vine
Dm                        E                  Am
Sellin' little bottles of Love Potion Number Nine

Am                      Dm
I told her that I was a flop with chics
Am                         Dm
I've been this way since 1956
C                                          Am
She looked at my palm and she made a magic sign
Dm                         E                  Am
She said "What you need is Love Potion Number Nine"

    Dm
She bent down and turned around and gave me a wink
    B7
She said "I'm gonna make it up right here in the sink"
   Dm
It smelled like turpentine, it looked like Indian ink
  E
I held my nose, I closed my eyes, I took a drink

Am                      Dm
I didn't know if it was day or night
Am                     Dm
I started kissin' everything in sight
C                                                 Am
But when I kissed a cop down on Thirty-Fourth and Vine
Dm                           E                  Am
He broke my little bottle of Love Potion Number Nine

    Dm
She bent down and turned around and gave me a wink
    B7
She said "I'm gonna make it up right here in the sink"
   Dm
It smelled like turpentine, it looked like Indian ink
  E
I held my nose, I closed my eyes, I took a drink

Am                      Dm
I didn't know if it was day or night
Am                     Dm
I started kissin' everything in sight
C                                                 Am
But when I kissed a cop down on Thirty-Fourth and Vine
Dm                           E                  Am
He broke my little bottle of Love Potion Number Nine

Dm                 Am
Love Potion Number Nine 3x
 
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The Boy From New York City (Chords)

Manhattan
Manhattan (Photo credit: griangrafanna)

 The Best of the 60's

This tune enjoyed great success not only in the 60's but again in 1981. The original recording by the Ad Libs reached #8 on the charts in 1965, and in 1981 the group Manhattan Transfer had a gold record which climbed to #7.

The words and music by John Taylor and George Davis. The arrangement is by Mark Lamb.
The song, The Boy From New York City is played in the key of Bb with a moderate, steady beat.


Bb       Eb      Bb7        Eb
Ooo wah, ooo wah cool, cool kitty
Bb                Eb       Bb7      Eb
Tell us about the boy from New York City
Bb       Eb      Bb7   Eb
Ooo wah, ooo wah c'mon kitty
Bb                Eb       Bb7      Eb
Tell us about the boy from New York City

Eb           Bb    Eb  Bb7
He's kind of tall~~~~~~~
Eb           Bb   Eb  Bb7
He's really fine
Eb   Bb    Eb      Bb7      Eb        Bb     Eb  Bb7
Some day I hope to make him mine, all mine
Eb        Eb   Ab  Eb7
And he's neat
Ab         Eb    Ab  Eb7
And oh so sweet
Ab           Bb      Eb       Bb7
And just the way he looked at me
            Eb     Bb   Eb  Bb7  Eb
He swept me off my feet
F7            Eb7
Ooo whee, you ought to come and see
        Bb    Eb  Bb7
How he walks
Eb          Bb    Eb
And how he talks

Bb       Eb      Bb7        Eb
Ooo wah, ooo wah cool, cool kitty
Bb                Eb       Bb7      Eb
Tell us about the boy from New York City

Eb          Bb    Eb  Bb7
He's really down
Eb          Bb    Eb  Bb7
And he's no clown
Eb7        Bb     Eb             Bb7  Eb      Bb    Eb  Bb7
He has the finest penthouse I've ever seen in town
Eb       Eb    Ab
And he's cute
Eb7    Ab     Eb    Ab  Eb7
In his mohair suit
Ab      Bb        Eb     Bb7      Eb       Bb    Eb  Bb7  Eb
And he keeps his pockets full of spending loot
F7                Eb7       
Ooo whee, say you ought to come and see
            Bb    Eb
His dueling scar
Bb7  Eb       Bb   Eb
And brand new car

Eb            Ab      Eb7   Ab
Every time he says he loves me
Bb         Eb       Bb7
Chills run down my spine
Eb            Ab       Eb7  Ab
Every time he wants to kiss me
Ab  C7              F7    Bb7  Eb
He makes me feel so fine

Bb       Eb      Bb7        Eb
Ooo wah, ooo wah cool, cool kitty
Bb                Eb       Bb7      Eb
Tell us about the boy from New York City

Eb          Bb     Eb  Bb7
Well he can dance
Eb         Bb     Eb  Bb7
And make romance
Eb     Bb     Eb      Bb7
That's when I feel in love 
     Eb       Bb      Eb  Bb7
With just one glance

Eb          Ab  Eb7
He was shy 
    Ab    Eb   Ab  Eb7
And so was I
Ab        Bb        Eb     Bb7  Eb      Bb    Eb  Bb7  Eb
And now I know I'll never, ever say goodbye
F7                Eb7  
Ooo whee, say you ought to come and see
         Bb    Eb  Bb7
He's the most
Eb            Bb      Eb
From coast to coast

Bb       Eb      Bb7        Eb
Ooo wah, ooo wah cool, cool kitty
Bb                Eb       Bb7      Eb
Tell us about the boy from New York City
Bb       Eb      Bb7   Eb
Ooo wah, ooo wah c'mon kitty
Bb                Eb       Bb7      Eb
Tell us about the boy from New York City 
 
Do you remember the song? It's cute and peppy!
 
 

Chords to play throughout the song: (not in any order)

Bb = BbD/ F

Eb = BbEb/ G

Bb7 = BbF/ Ab

Ab = AbC/ Eb

F7 = FAEb/ F

Eb7 = EbGDb/ Eb

C7 = EBb/ C

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