Takin' It To The Streets: Doobie Brothers

Photo of The Doobie Brothers from the front row

                                Take this message to my brother
                                                    You will find him everywhere
                                                   Wherever people live together
                                                         Tied in poverty's despair

Takin' It To The Streets was written in 1976. The words and music are by Michael McDonald, one of my favorite musicians. I love this moderately fast song. Here are the chords that I have highlighted in red. You'll find some simple chord charts on line but I think this one is pretty easy to learn. I'm a Doobie fan... are you?

Fm6/G      F/G C/G             D7/G  G7sus4
You don't know me but I'm your brother
Fm6    F/G   C/G          D7/G   G7sus4
I was raised here in this living hell
Fm6       F/G  C/G         D7/G G7sus4
You don't know my kind in your world
Fm6/G  F/G  C/G          D7/G   G7sus4
Fairly soon the time will tell
C    C/Bb F         F/A   Fm/Ab      G7sus4      C  C/Bb
You,    telling me the things you're gonna do for me
F/A                   Fm/Ab          G7sus4
I ain't blind and I don't like what I think I see 

C7/E     F6    D7-5/F#    C/G F/G
Takin' it to the streets
C7/E     F6    D7-5/F#    C/G F/G
Takin' it to the streets
C7/E    F6   D7-5/F#     C/G  F/G
Takin' it to the streets
C7/E    F6   D7-5/F#     C/G  F/G
Takin' it to the streets

Verse 2
 
Fm6/G     F/G    C/G     D7/G  G7sus4
Take this message to my brother
Fm6/G     F/G    C/G     D7/G  G7sus4
You will find him everywhere
Fm6/G     F/G    C/G     D7/G  G7sus4
Wherever people live together
Fm6/G     F/G    C/G     D7/G  G7sus4
Tied in poverty's despair
C    C/Bb7 F/A         Fm/Ab         G7sus4       C  C/Bb
You,    telling me the things you're gonna do for me
F/A               Fm/Ab             G7sus4
I ain't blind and I don't like what I think I see 

C7/E    F6    D7-5/F#  C/G F/G
Takin' it to the streets
C7/E    F6    D7-5/F#  C/G F/G
Takin' it to the streets
C7/E    F6    D7-5/F#  C/G F/G
Takin' it to the streets
C7/E    F6    D7-5/F#  C/G F/G
Takin' it to the streets 


Repeat and Fade

Basically I'm playing these chords:

G/AbDF = Fm6/G

G/ACF = F/G

G/GCE = C/G

G/F#CD = D7/G

G/FCD = G7sus4

Ending:

E/EBbC
F/DAC
F#/DFbC
G/EGC
G/FAC




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