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HOW TO PLAY “SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE” BY CREAM

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sunshine of your love guitar tabsMany fans of Cream are saying that “Sunshine of Your Love” is probably their best song in their career.

Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton (mainly Bruce) was the one who got the idea of the riff after they watched a Jimi Hendrix concert in Saville Theatre.

Funny thing is that, even Jimmy Hendrix is doing a cover of this song in his concerts but he did not know then that the guitar riff was inspired by his song.

Although the riff and overall music was composed by Clapton and Bruce, the poetic lyrics of the song was composed by Pete Brown, a beat poet who was friends with Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce. He also wrote lyrics for “I Feel Free” and “White Room.”

How to Play “Sunshine Of Your Love” Intro Riff

Chords used in this song are majors – D, C, G, F, A. So basically, if you know how to play those major chords and is good in listening and getting the rhythm, you will be good to go.



These are the two main figures during the verse of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love”. The notes marked in green are to be played with the ring finger. The thirds marked in red are played with the middle finger and the index finger.

While he was in Cream, guitarist Eric Clapton played a Gibson SG that was adorned with bright, psychedelic imagery designed by the Dutch art collective “The Fool”.

 

SUNSHINE OF YOUR LOVE CREAM

INTRO

VERSE 1
D C D
It’s getting near dawn
D C D
When lights close their tired eyes
D C D
I’ll soon be with you my love
D C D
give you my dawn’s surprise
G F G
I’ll be with you darlin’, soon
G F G
I’ll be with you when the stars start falling D C D

Chorus
A C G A
I’ve been waiting so long
C G
To be where I’m goin’
A C G A D C D
In the sunshine of your love

2nd Verse
D C D
I’m with you my love
D C D
The light shining through on you
D C D
Yes, I’m with you my love
D C D
It’s the morning and just we two
G F G
I’ll stay with you darlin’, now
G F G D C D
I’ll stay with you till my seas are all dried up

Chorus

Guitar Solo

3rd Verse
D C D
I’m with you my love
D C D
The light shining through on you hoo.
D C D
Yes, I’m with you my love
D C D
It’s the morning and just we two
G F G
I’ll stay with you darlin’ now
G F G D C D
I’ll stay with you till my seas are all dried up.

Chorus

Fade

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