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"Oh! Sweet Nuthin'"
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album _Loaded_
(The Velvet Underground, 1970)

written by Lou Reed
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        Say a word for Jimmy Brown
        he ain't got nothin' at all
        Not the shirt right off his back
        he ain't got nothin' at all
        And say a word for Ginger Brown
        walks with his head down to the ground
        Took the shoes right off his feet
        they threw the poor boy right out in the street
        and this is what he said

        Oh, sweet nothin'
        she ain't got nothin' at all
        Oh, sweet nothin'
        she ain't got nothin' at all

        Say a word for Pearly Mae
        she can't tell the night from the day
        They threw her out in the street
        just like a cat she landed on her feet
        And say a word for Joana Love
        she ain't got nothin' at all
        With every day she falls in love
        and every night she falls
        and when she does, she says

        Oh, sweet nothin'
        you know she ain't got nothin' at all
        Wow, oh, sweet nothin', hey, hey
        she ain't got nothin' at all
        oh, let me hear you ...

        Oh, say a word, say a word for Jimmy Brown
        he ain't got nothin' at all, not a thing
        Not the shirt, shirt on his back
        no he ain't got nothin' at all
        And say a word for Ginger
        he walks with his head to the ground
        They took shoes, took the shoes, from his feet, from his feet
        and threw the poor boy right out in the street
        and then, he said

        Oh, sweet, sweet nothin'
        she ain't got she ain't got, she ain't got nothin' at all
        Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet, nothin'
        she ain't got
        Sweet, sweet, nothin' sweet, sweet, nothin'
        nothin' at all
        Sweet, sweet nothin', got nothin', oh! sweet nothin'
        oh, oh, oh, ain't got nothin' at all
        oh, let me hear you

        (Oh, sweet nothin' ain't got nothin' at all)
        ...
        Oh, sweet nothin'
        (Oh, sweet nothin' ain't got nothin' at all)
        ...

        She ain't got nothin' at all
        she ain't got nothin' at all
        She ain't got nothin' at all
        she ain't got nothin' at all
        She ain't got nothin' at all, sweet nothin'
        ain't got nothin' at all, sweet, sweet nothin'
        She ain't got nothin' at all



intro   {C}{A#}{F}{C}
        {C}{A#}{F}{C}

        {C}{A#}{F}{C}         (Say a word for Jimmy Brown ...)
        {C}{A#}{F}{C}         (Not the shirt right off his back ...)
        {C}{A#}{F}{C}         (And say a word for Ginger Brown ...)
        {C}{A#}{F}{C}         (Took the shoes right off his feet ...)

        {C}{A#}{F}{C}         (Oh, sweet nothin' ...)
        {C}{A#}{F}{C}         (Oh, sweet nothin' ...)

        ....

guitar  {C}{A#}{F}{C}
        {C}{A#}{F}{C}

        ....

guitar  {C}{A#}{F}{C}         background vocals
        {C}{A#}{F}{C}         background vocals
        {C}{A#}{F}{C}         background vocals (Oh, sweet nothin')
        {C}{A#}{F}{C}         background vocals
        {C}{A#}{F}{C}         background vocals
        {C}{A#}{F}{C}         background vocals
        {C}{A#}{F}{C}         background vocals
        {C}{A#}{F}{C}         background vocals

ending  {F}{C}{F}{C}          (She ain't got nothin' at all ...)
        {F}{C}{F}{C}          (She ain't got nothin' at all ...)
        {F}{C}{F}{C}          (She ain't got nothin' at all ...)
        {F...{C...            (She ain't got nothin' at all)




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* chords for down-tuning

* all the strings downtuned a whole-tone

 1d ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from e to d)
 2A ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from B to A)
 3F ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from G to F)
 4C ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from D to C)
 5G ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from A to G)
 6D ----- * downtuned a whole-tone (from E to D)



intro   {D}{C}{G}{D}
        {D}{C}{G}{D}

        {D}{C}{G}{D}          (Say a word for Jimmy Brown ...)
        {D}{C}{G}{D}          (Not the shirt right off his back ...)
        {D}{C}{G}{D}          (And say a word for Ginger Brown ...)
        {D}{C}{G}{D}          (Took the shoes right off his feet ...)

        {D}{C}{G}{D}          (Oh, sweet nothin' ...)
        {D}{C}{G}{D}          (Oh, sweet nothin' ...)

        ....

guitar  {D}{C}{G}{D}
        {D}{C}{G}{D}

        ....

guitar  {D}{C}{G}{D}          background vocals
        {D}{C}{G}{D}          background vocals
        {D}{C}{G}{D}          background vocals (Oh, sweet nothin')
        {D}{C}{G}{D}          background vocals
        {D}{C}{G}{D}          background vocals
        {D}{C}{G}{D}          background vocals
        {D}{C}{G}{D}          background vocals
        {D}{C}{G}{D}          background vocals

        {G}{D}{G}{D}          (She ain't got nothin' at all ...)
        {G}{D}{G}{D}          (She ain't got nothin' at all ...)
        {G}{D}{G}{D}          (She ain't got nothin' at all ...)
        {G...{D...            (She ain't got nothin' at all)







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"Oh! Sweet Nuthin'"
(early version)
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album _Loaded - Fully Loaded Edition_
(The Velvet Underground, 1997)

Apr-Jul 1970
Atlantic Recording Studios, NYC
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        Oh, sweet nuthin', ooohhh
        ah, baby, ain't got nothin' at all
        Yeah, now, Jimmy Brown come walkin'
        says he ain't got nothin' at all
        Yeah, put the shoes on down to the ground
        but he ain't got nothin' at all, and everybody calls him

        Oh, sweet nothin'
        he ain't got nothin' at all, let me hear you now, now
        Oh, sweet nothin'
        ooohhh, he ain't got nothin' at all, now, talk to me

        Yeah, sweet Jimmy Brown
        he walks with his head right down to the ground
        And Pearly-May with the silver in her hair
        you know, you're gonna see her everywhere
        and when you do she gonna see you ...., ah

        Oh, sweet nothin'
        yeah, ain't nothin' at all, let me hear you now, now
        Oh, sweet nothin'
        ain't babe, nothin' at all, let me hear you now
        Oh, sweet nothin'
        oh, she ain't got nothin' at all
        Oh, sweet nothin'
        you know, she ain't got nothin' at all



* chords: same as _Loaded_ version (edit the ending part)




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thanks: Einar Stenseng (einar@asker.online.no)
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I saw you didn't have the lyrics for the early version of
"Oh! Sweet nuthin'" found on "Fully loaded edition".
So I've transcribed it for you,
although there was one thing I didn't hear.



Oh, sweet nothin', ooooh
Well, baby ain't got nothin' at all

Yeah, now, Jimmy Brown come walking
Says he ain't got nothin' at all
Yeah, put the shoes on down to the ground
But he ain't got nothin' at all

And everybody calls him

Oh, sweet nothin'
He ain't got nothin' at all, let me hear you now, now
Oh, sweet nothin'
Whoa, he ain't got nothin' at all

Now talk to me

Yeah, sweet Jimmy Brown
He walks with his head right down to the ground
And Pearly-May with the silver in her hair
You know, you're gonna see her everywhere

And when you do she gonna see you ****

Oh, sweet nothin'
Yeah, ain't nothin' at all, let me hear you now, now
Oh, sweet nothin'
Ain't babe nothin' at all, let me hear you now

Ooooh, sweet nothin'
Oh, she ain't got nothin' at all
Oh, sweet nothin'
You know, she ain't got nothin' at all


I think the chords are basically the same
as with the original version of the song.


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transcribed by Shiroh KOUCHI (wildside@mx21.tiki.ne.jp)
http://ww21.tiki.ne.jp/~wildside/
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