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You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman
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You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman

Aretha Franklin
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Song meaning and background to You make me feel like a Natural Woman


Producer Jerry Wexler asked Carole King and her husband/co-writer Gerry Goffin to write "Natural Woman" expressly for Aretha Franklin in 1967, not long after "Respect" and "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" made her a star. After their children had gone to bed, it was put together in their suburban New Jersey home over a short period of time.


“Hearing [Aretha sing it] for the first time, I experienced a rare speechless moment,” King wrote in her 2012 memoir Natural Woman. “To this day I can’t convey how I felt in mere words.… It touched me more than any recording of any song I had ever written.


Aretha Franklin, an American soul singer, recorded the song "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" in 1967. It became one of her signature songs and was a tremendous smash, peaking at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. It ultimately became a smash almost 51 years after it was first released, arriving at #79, and made history in the UK singles chart a week after her passing. Additionally, Franklin featured a live recording on the 1968 album Aretha in Paris.


The song was created by Carole King herself for her 1971 album Tapestry. Mary J. Blige and Celine Dion have both recorded versions of the song.


Lyrics and Guitar Chords for You make me feel like a Natural Woman


[Intro]

C/G

 

[Verse]

G                   D/F#

 Looking out on the morning rain,

F                      C       C - G/B - Am7

 I used to feel so uninspired

G                         D/F#

 And when I knew I had to face another day,

F                       C      C - G/B - Am7

 Lord it made me feel so tired

Am7                Bm7

  Before the day I met you,

Am7             Bm7

  Life was so unkind

    Am7               Bm7         Am7

But you're the key to my piece of mind

 

[Chorus]

      C/D          G

Cause you make me feel

 C           G

You make me feel

 C           G                   Am7   C/D

You make me feel like a natural woman (woman)

 

[Verse 2]

G                 D/F#

 When my soul was in the lost and found

F                   C       C - G/B - Am7

 You came along to claim it

G                            D/F#

 I didn't know just what was wrong with me

F                         C      C - G/B - Am7

 Till your kiss helped me name it

Am7                 Bm7

  Now I'm no longer doubtful

Am7                  Bm7

  Of what I'm living for

    Am7                 Bm7                Am7

And if I make you happy I don't need to do more

 

[Chorus]

      C/D          G

Cause you make me feel

 C           G

You make me feel

 C           G                   Am7   C/D

You make me feel like a natural woman (woman)

 

[Bridge]

G                  Dm7

 Oh, baby what you done to me (what you done to me)

G                    Dm7

 You make me feel so good inside (good inside)

Cmaj7         Gm7

   And I just wanna be (wanna be)

Cmaj7            G6/B             Am7

Close to you you make me feel so alive

 

[Chorus]

C/D          G

You make me feel

 C           G

You make me feel

 C           G                   Am7 C/D

You make me feel like a natural woman (woman)

 

[Chorus]

C/D          G

You make me feel

 C           G

You make me feel

 C           G                   Am7   C/D

You make me feel like a natural woman (woman)



Release Date

1967

Songwriter/s

Gerry Goffin, Carole King, Jerry Wexler

Producer/s

Jerry Wexler

Label/s

Atlantic

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