Everly Brothers – Bowling Green (Chords and Tab)

Everly Brothers – Bowling Green (Chords)

Bowling Green was the Everly Brothers’ last big hit. They were certainly taking cues from Simon and Garfunkel and The Turtles at this stage to stay relevant. But it works fantastically on this track. I first heard it when Neko Case covered it in a Peel session. Her version uses exactly the same chords just with a bit chopped off in the intro.

Suggested Strumming

You can use this as your main strum:

d – d – d u d u

In the verses, intro and outro: There are two chords in each bar. So you play d-d- on the first chord (G or Am) and dudu on the second (C or D). Which sounds like this:


Verse strum

The only exception comes right at the end of the second and fourth verses where you play G for a whole bar.

In the middle: It switches to one chord per bar in the middle. I like to use this strum for the first three chords

d u x u – u d u

Then there are triplets on the Am. You can either use your favourite triplet strum or just do all down strums. Then it’s one strum per chord until the final D where you can do a whole bunch of down-up strums.

Twiddly Bits

You can play the melody in the intro like this:

A video posted by @ukulelehunt on

And the nifty descending lines on the “Ah”s in the middle:


Ahs

Links

Buy it on iTunes
The Bowling Green Massacre Victims Fund

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4 Comments

  1. alec February 15th, 2017 11:58 am

    Ha ha. I see what you’re up to!

  2. Woodshed February 16th, 2017 8:03 am

    alec: Well spotted!

  3. Sandy February 18th, 2017 4:25 pm

    I had to comment on this one..love it Woodshed!
    Keep up the good work. And thank you.

  4. Woodshed February 20th, 2017 11:12 am

    Sandy: Thanks very much! I will do.

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