Cream – Prince
Prince claims to have written Cream while looking in the mirror. This version of the song is not as he plays it but we use it like this to make things easy to play and also so that you can see how lyrics fit over a simple rhythm. When you listen to the song as it was released as a single and on the album Diamonds and Pearls there are no guitar chords to be heard apart from the various funky guitar riffs with loads of effects played mostly as fills throughout the song.
This is a classic pop song structure.
Intro, verse 1, chorus, verse 2, chorus, bridge, verse 3, chorus to fade.
The harmonic structure couldn’t be simpler. The verse is 4 lines with just two chords. The chorus is a ‘ready steady go’ structure – one idea that repeats three times and then has another short idea to finish it all off nicely.
What is a bridge section
This is usually a 4 or 8 bar section somewhere just after the middle of the song that stops the repetition of verses and choruses getting monotonous.
There are 4 beats to the bar in this piece.
We’ll upload a video of how to do the strum pattern soon, promise!
This strum pattern is in quavers and starts on beat 1.
Stroke: D (U) D U (D) U D (U)
Count: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
== VERSE 1 |G 2 3 4 |C 2 3 4 |G 2 3 4 | 1 2 3 4 | This is it. It's time for you to go to the wi -ire You will hit Cos you got the burnin' desi -ire It's your time (Time) You got the horn so why don't you blow it You are fine (Fine) You're filthy cute and,baby, you know it == CHORUS == G 2 3 4 |D 2 3 4 Cream - Get on top Cream - You will cop Cream - Don't you stop Em 2 F 4 |G 2 3 4 Cream - Sh-boogie bop You're so good == VERSE 2 == |G 2 3 4 |C 2 3 4 |G 2 3 4 | 1 2 3 4 Baby, there ain't nobody bet -ter So you should Never ever go by the letter You're so cool (Cool) Every -thing you do is suc -cess (Ooh) Make the rules (Rules) Then break'em all cuz you are the best. == CHORUS == Bridge Look up in the air, it's your guitar.. - Guitar solo over vamp == VERSE 3 == |G 2 3 4 |C 2 3 4 |G 2 3 4 |G 2 3 4 Do your dance Why should you wait any lon -ger? Take your chance It could only make-a you stronger I’ts your time You got the horn so why don't you blow it You’re so fine You're filthy cute and, baby, you know it == CHORUS - without 'You're so good'== == OUTRO == Vamp over chorus progression to fade.W