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Nat King Cole, Straighten Up And Fly Right Chords (ver.1)

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Straighten Up And Fly Right Chords (ver.1)

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                Performed by:  The Nat King Cole Trio, 1944
Ear-scribed by:  Blueyacover

I was originally inspired to transcribe Lyle Lovett's version, but then decided that
original version would be better to do.  Robbie Williams vsn. is also sick.  I could not
any vsn. this song on the U.G. site, so enjoy.  Sorry, I'm not such a great guitar 
but predominantly a piano player. Peace.

Upbeat Jazz Tempo = 70
Key Ab Major
Chords For Piano

Chords used:  Ab, Ab6/C, C#6, Ddim7,
Fm7, E9, Eb9,
	        C7, F7, F9, F#9, Bb9,
 Bb7(#5)

Verse I
Ab		Ab6/C	      C#6		Ddim7
A buzzard took a monkey for a ride in the air

Ab6	       Fm7			         E9       Eb9
The monkey thought that everything was on the square

Ab		Ab6/C	      C#6		Ddim7
The buzzard tried to throw the monkey off his back

Ab6	       Fm7			      Bb7(#5) 	Eb9
The monkey grabbed his neck and said,  “Now listen, Jack…”

Chorus I

Ab6/C		C#6
Straighten up and fly right

Ab		Bb7(#5)  Eb9
Straighten up and fly right

Ab6/C		C#6
Straighten up and fly right

Ab6	     		E9	Eb9
Cool down papa, don’t you blow your top

Ab6/C		C#6
Ain’t no use in divin’

Ab		Bb7(#5)
What’s the use of  jiving

Ab6/C		C#6
Straighten up and fly right

Eb9			Eb9   Eb7   Ab6
Cool down papa, don’t you blow your top

Bridge

C7
The buzzard told the monkey, “you are choking me”

F7		      F#9	      F9
“Release your hold, and I will set you free”
Bb9
The monkey looked the buzzard right dead in the eye

Bb7		Eb9	Bb7(#5)	    Eb9	Eb7	    Ab6
And said, “Your story is so touching, but it sounds just like a lie”

Chorus II
Ab6/C		C#6
Straighten up and fly right

Ab		Bb7(#5)  Eb9
Straighten up and stay  right

Ab6/C		C#6
Straighten up and fly right

Ab6	     		E9	Eb9
Cool down papa, don’t you blow your top

(Piano/Bass solo, Guitar/Bass Solo based on verse chord progressions)

Ab6/C		C#6
Straighten up and fly right

Repeat Chorus II
Ab		Bb7(#5)
Straighten up and stay right

Ab6/C		C#6
Straighten up and fly right

Eb9			Eb9   Eb7   Ab6
Cool down papa, don’t you blow your top

Piano/Guitar outro

(individual notes…)		(Chord)
Ab, G, F#, F, Eb, F, G,
	Eb9 ^
			Fly right!
            
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