Strawberry Wine by Deana Carter

Strawberry Wine was the lead-off single from Deana Carter’s debut album Did I Shave My Legs For This? in 1996. The song launched her to country singing stardom when it became a No. 1 hit and was the most successful single song of her career overall. They recorded it in the key of D flat major, which proved difficult to translate to ukulele so I just dropped it down to C.

Getting back to my country roots, many of my favourite songs came from family car trips in my youth: to Northern Ontario for a week at an old cottage by a cool lake, or down south, straight down to Florida for a hot week’s relief from the cold Canadian winters. Pop had an 8 track player, and he had heavily invested in music tapes. His favorites were The Green, Green Grass of Home, which was actually a few sets of compiled music, Kenny Roger’s The Gambler, The Eagles Greatest Hits and ONJ (Olivia Newton-John). I had a pretty good starter pack of country music that way. Eventually I found my own favourite music artists and genres, but for the next few posts I will be focusing on my country songs.

Here’s the official video 🙂 :

STRAWBERRY WINE – Deana Carter

Strum: D DuDuDu, D DuDuDu

[C] He was working through college, [C] on my grandpa’s [G] farm

[C] I was thirsting for [F] knowledge, [C] and he had a [G] car.

[C] I was caught somewhere between a [F] woman and a child

[C] When one restless summer we found [F] love growing wild

On the [G] banks of the river, on a [F] well beaten path

It’s [G] funny how those memories can [F] last  (Like….)

CHORUS

(F) Strawberry [C] Wine,      Seven-[G]-teen

The hot July [Am] moon,      Saw every-[F]-thing

My first taste of [C] love ~ wa-as, bitter-[G]-sweet

And green on the [Am] vine   [F]      

Like Strawberry [C] Wine. [F]

– 

[C] Well, I still re-[F]member, [C] when thirty was [G] old

[C] My biggest fear was Sep-[F]tember, [C] when he had to [G] go

[C] A few cards and letters and one [F] long distance call

[C] We drifted away, like the [F] leaves in the fall

But [G] year after year I come [F] back to this place

[G] Just to remember the [F] taste  (Of…)

CHORUS

Bridge:

Dm6 [0213] Fields have grown over now

Dm7 [2213] Years since they’ve seen the plow

[Dm6] There’s nothing time  hasn’t [Dm7] touched

[Am] Is it really him or the [C] loss of my innocence

[G] That I’ve been missin’ so [F-STOP] much?

Yeah – [C] ah! [C]  [G]   [G]  [Am]  [Am]  [F] 

[F] Like Strawberry [C] Wine,      Seven-[G]-teen

The hot July [Am] moon,      Saw every-[F]-thing

My first taste of [C] love ~ wa-as, bitter-[G]-sweet

And green on the [Am] vine   [F]      

[F] Like Strawberry [C] Wine, [G7]  Seven-[G]-teen

The hot July [Am] moon,      Saw every-[F]-thing

My first taste of [C] love ~ wa-as, bitter-[G]-sweet

And green on the [Am] vine  

[F] Like Strawberry [C] Wine,   [F] Like Strawberry [C] Wine

[F] Like Strawberry [C] Wine …..

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