When You Got a Good Friend

When You Got a Good Friend with lyrics and guitar chords.

  • When You Got a Good Friend is a blues song writtten by Robert Johnson.
  • Robert Johnson recorded When You Get A Good Friend in November 1936 in Texas.
  • The song was first released in 1961, when it was included on the LP King of the Delta Blues Singers.
  • Recorded by Eric Clapton on the blues album Me and Mr Johnson which was released in 2004.

Lyrics and chords

Lyrics and guitar chords to When You Got a Good Friend by Robert Johnson.

Chords in the style of Eric Clapton on the album Me and Mr Johnson.
Lyrics as Robert Johnson sings it.

Intro: |E7/D A/C#| Am/C E/B| E7/D A/C# Am/C|E/B B7|

Verse 1 --------------------------------------------------------
             E7           A7                                  E7
When you got a good friend that will stay right by your side,
             A7                                         E7
when you got a good friend that will stay right by your side,
             B7              A7                       
give her all your spare time, love and treat her right.
E E7 A/C# Am/C E/B B7

Verse 2 --------------------------------------------------------
         E7         A7                              E7
I mistreated my baby, and I can’t see no reason why.
          A7                                        E7
I mistreated my baby, but I can’t see no reason why.
        B7               A7                              
Anytime I think about it, I just wring my hands and cry.
E E7/D A/C# Am/C E/B B7

Verse 3 --------------------------------------------------------
                 E7           A7                                
Wonder could I bear apologize, or would she sympathize with me?
E7     A7                             E7
   Mmm, would she sympathize with me?
             B7          A7                                    
She’s a brown skin woman, just as sweet as a girlfriend can be.
E E7/D A/C# Am/C E/B B7 

Verse 4 --------------------------------------------------------
    E7 A7                             E7
Mmm,  babe, I may be right ay wrong.
                A7                                  E7
Baby, it’s yo’y opinion, oh I may be right ay wrong.
                B7                       A7                       
Watch your close friend, baby, then your ene’ies can’t do
no harm.
E/B B7 E E7/D A/C# Am/C

Verse 5 --------------------------------------------------------
             E7           A7                            E7 
When you got a good friend that will stay right by your side,
             A7                                               E7
when you got a good friend that will stay right by your side,
             B7                 A7                         
give her all of your spare time, love and treat her right. 
E E7/D A/C# Am/C E/B E7

Lyrics

Lyrics to the blues song When You Got a Good Friend by Robert Johnson.

When you got a good friend
that will stay right by your side,
when you got a good friend
that will stay right by your side,
give her all your spare time,
love and treat her right.

I mistreated my baby,
and I can’t see no reason why.
I mistreated my baby,
but I can’t see no reason why.
Anytime I think about it,
I just wring my hands and cry.

Wonder could I bear apologize,
or would she sympathize with me?
Mmm, would she sympathize with me?
She’s a brown skin woman,
just as sweet as a girlfriend can be.

Mmm, babe, I may be right ay wrong.
Baby, it’s yo’y opinion,
oh I may be right ay wrong.
Watch your close friend, baby,
then your ene’ies can’t do no harm.

When you got a good friend
that will stay right by your side,
when you got a good friend
that will stay right by your side,
give her all of your spare time,
love and treat her right.