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There are tons of 3 chord songs to learn, many are pop tunes, country and blues songs too. Simple songs seem to be more popular than fully orchestrated tunes.

“You Can’t always Get What You Want” is a classic Sones song. This is a very easy song although you may have to work on the F barre chord if your new to guitar.

The 1st position is tough for barre chords because the string don’t have a lot of give this close to the nut

Another one of the Rolling Stones songs I always liked that has a country flavor to it is Dead Flowers. This song is on the “Sticky Fingers” album and also the “Stripped” album, this version is a live one.

3 Chord Songs have probably produced more hits than any other combo even the 4 chord Doo Wop era progressions.

This song was big in it’s day Sweet Home Alabama

You Can’t Always Get What You Want
3 Chord Songs

This is one of the Stones three chord songs that has stood the test of time.

Here are the Basic Chords

 Boys Choir Beginning C to F 4x French Horn Intro Verse 1 C F I saw her to-day at the re-cep-tion C F a glass of wine in her hand C F I knew she was gon-na meet her con-nec-tion, C F at her feet was a foot-loose man Chorus 1 C F You can't al-ways get what you want C F You can't al-ways get what you want C F You can't al-ways get what you want D F but if you try some-times you might find C F you get what you need C F Chords Only Verse 2 C F I went down to the de-mon-stra-tion C F to get my fair share of a-buse C F Singing we're gon-na vent our frus-tra-tion C F if we don't we're gon-na blow a 50 amp fuse" Chorus 2 C F You can't al-ways get what you want C F You can't al-ways get what you want C F You can't al-ways get what you want D F but if you try some-times you might find C F you get what you need C F Ah Baby Verse 3 C F I went down to the Chel-sea Drug Store C F to get your pre-scrip-tion fil-led C F I was stand-ing in line with Mr Jim-my C F and man did he look pret-ty ill C F We de-cid-ed we would have a so-da C F my fav-rit fla-vor cher-ry red C F I sung my song to Mr Jim-my C F and he said one word to me and that was dead F I said to him Chorus 3 C F You can't al-ways get what you want C F You can't al-ways get what you want C F You can't al-ways get what you want D F but if you try some-times you might find C F you get what you need Short Break with guitar and choir and Mick singing Ah Yeah Verse 4 C F I saw her to-day at the re-cep-tion C F in her glass was a bleed-ing man C F She was prac-ticed at the art of de-cep-tion C F I could tell by her blood-stain'd hands Repeat about 3 times Chorus 4-5-6

C                              F
You can't al-ways get what you want No
C                              F
You can't al-ways get what you want 
C                              F
You can't al-ways get what you want 
           D                        F 
but if you try some-times you might find 
                 C      F
you get what you need
C                 F

Repeat and end however you like

Here are links for the mp3 and sheet music

Dead Flowers
3 Chord Songs

This song is the version from the Sticky Fingers album

Dead Flowers Chords
More Three Chord Songs

There are 4 chords but the 1st one lasts 1 beat and it’s one note different than the D chord. It’s the chord in the very beginning.

 Dead Flowers Written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Intro Play One Time Dsus2 D A G D / //// //// //// //// Verse 1 D A G D Well when you're sit-ting there in your silk up-hol-stered chair D A G D Talk-ing to some rich folk that you know D A G D Well I hope you won't see me in my rag-ged com-pa-ny D A G D Cause you know I could nev-er be a-lone Chorus 1 D A D Take me down lit-tle Sus-ie, take me down A D I know you think you're the queen of the un-der ground D G And you can G D Send me dead flow-ers ev-ry morn-ing G D Send me dead flow-ers by the mail G D Send me dead flow-ers to my wed-ding D        A G D And I won't for-get to put ros-es on your grave Verse 2 D A G D Well when you're sit-ting back in your rose pink ca-dil-lac D A G        D Mak-ing bets on Ken-tuc-ky Der-by Day D A G D Ah, I'll be in my base-ment room with a need-le and a spoon D A G D And an-oth-er girl to take my pain a-way Chorus 2 D A D Take me down lit-tle Sus-ie, take me down A D I know you think you're the queen of the un-der      ground D And you can G D Send me dead flow-ers ev-ry morn-ing G D Send me dead flow-ers by the mail G D Send me dead flow-ers to my wed-ding D  A G D And I won't for-get to put ros-es on your grave Guitar Lead - Play one verse section Final Chorus A D Take me down lit-tle Sus-ie, take me down A D I know you think you're the queen of the un-der      ground D And you can G D send me dead flow-ers ev-ry morn-ing G D Send me dead flow-ers by the U S mail G D Say it with dead flow-ers at my wed-ding D  A G D And I won't for-get to put ros-es on your grave Drag Out Last Line

D     A                    G              D
No, I won't for-get to put ros-es on your grave 

Sticky Fingers mp3

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Sweet Home Alabama
3 Chord Songs

Here are the Chords for this song

There is a 4th chord that gets played once. It’s the F chord, the same as “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”

 Sweet Home Alabama Lynyrd Skynyrd Intro D C G Play 4x Verse 1 D  C G Big wheels keep on turn-ing D C G Car-ry me home to see my kin. D   C G Sing-ing songs a-bout the south-land D C G I miss ole bam-y once a-gain and I think it's a sin D C G play 2x Verse 2 D C G Well I heard Mis-ter Young sing about her D C G Well I heard ole Neil put her down D C G Well I hope Neil Young will re-mem-ber D C G A south-ern man don't need him a-round an-y-how Chorus 1 D C G Sweet Home Al-bam-a D C G Where the skies are so blue D C G Sweet Home Alabama D C G Lord I'm com-ing home to you D C G play 2x Verse 3 D C G F C D In Birm-ing-ham they love the Gov-nor Boo hoo hoo D C G Now we all did what we could do D C G Now Wat-er-gate does not both-er me D C G Does your con-science bother you tell the truth Chorus 2 D C G Sweet Home Al-bam-a D C G Where the skies are so blue D C G Sweet Home Alabama D C G Lord I'm com-ing home to you Verse and chorus vocal break Verse 4 D C G Now Mus-cle Shoals has got the Swamp-ers D C G And they've been known to pick a tune or two D C G Lord they get me off so much D C G They pick me up when I'm feel-ing blue Now how about you Chorus 3Repeat 3 times

D     C    G
Sweet Home Al-bam-a
D         C            G
Where the skies are so blue
D     C    G
Sweet Home Alabama
D        C               G
Lord I'm com-ing home to you

End when you want

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