Guitar lesson for

Sweet Virginia

by The Rolling Stones  •  Lesson #340

Video lesson

Here’s my lesson on how to play the intro (first 20 measures) – which is exactly the same chords / progression / strumming used for the verse and chorus sections. This intro tab is available in the PDF linked below. My PDF also includes all the lyrics, with chords inline, if you want to strum along to the entire song.

Lesson timestamps:

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Recordings of this song

Rolling Stones studio album version:

Rolling Stones live version:

Lyrics with chords

(Capo 2nd fret)

INTRO
    G      D      G  (C) G
    C      A7     G      G
    C      A7     G      G
    C      A7     G      C
    G      D      G  (C) G

VERSE
    C                     A7               G
    Wadin'... through the waste... stormy winter
    C                      A7                   G                
    And there's... not a friend... to help you through
    C                      A7                   G            C   
    Tryin'... to stop the waves... behind your eyeballs, uh huh
    G                   D                    G      (C)  G       
    Drop your reds... drop your greens and blues

    C                      A7          G                         
    Thank you... for your wine... California
    G                      A7                   G                
    Thank you... for your sweet... and bitter fruits
    G                A7               G           C              
    Yes I... got the desert... in my toenail, uh huh
    G               D              G      (C)  G                 
    And I hid the speed inside my shoe

CHORUS
            C                   A7               G               
        But come on... come on down... Sweet Virginia---
        C                  A7               G                    
        Come on... honey child... I beg of you----
        C                   A7                G            C     
        Come on... come on down... you got it in ya--- uh huh
        G                  D                  G       (C)  G     
        Got to scrape the shit right off your shoes

BREAK / SOLO
            C      A7     G      G
            C      A7     G      G
            C      A7     G      C
            G      D      G  (C) G

                            C                   A7               G
        Yeah, I want you to come on... come on down... Sweet Virginia----
                       C                 A7               G      
        I want you to come on... honey child... I beg of you----
                    C                 A7                G          C        
        I want you come on... honey child... you got it in ya, uh huh
        G                    D                    G    (C) G                
        Got to scrape that shit right off your shoes.......... one more time!

             C                  A7               G
        But come on... come on down... Sweet Virginia
        C                   A7               G                             
        Come on... come on down... I beg of you
        C                   A7                G          C                 
        Come on... come on down... you got it in ya, uh huh
        G                    D                  C        G                 
        Got to scrape that shit right off your shoes-------
                                        [let final two chords ring]

Strumming pattern

See my PDF (page 2) to learn how to strum this song.

Intro tab

See my PDF (page 3-4) to view the complete tab for the intro.

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