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While it may seem like an easy song at first, this song actually goes to a new key in each verse. There are five verses, and two keys are used twice, resulting in a total number of three different keys in this song.

Since we are tuned up (or using a capo), it can get a bit confusing here. Whenever we're playing what looks like a regular E major chord, it will sound like an F chord. All our regular A major chords will sound like Bb. All our D chord shapes will sound like Eb. B7 will sound like C7, and our G chord shape will ring as an Ab chord.

When talking about the chord, this can be confusing, so the best way is to use the terms I chord, IV chord and V chord, all in relation to each appropriate key.

Verse 1: Key of F major (E chord shape)
Verse 2: Key of Bb major (A chord shape)
Verse 3: Key of Eb major (D chord shape)
Verse 4: Key of Bb major (A chord shape)
Verse 5: Key of F major (E chord shape)

The form and relationship between all the chords in each verse are the same:

2 bars on the V chord
2 bars on the I chord
2 bars on the V chord
2 bars on the I chord
2 bars on the IV chord
2 bars on the I chord
2 bars on the V chord
2 bars on the I chord

We then vamp on the I chord of the next key for either 8 or 9 bars.

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