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Buddy Holly Rave On
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Welcome to my Buddy Holly Rave On page you'll find the lyrics to this song, a free pdf chords and lyrics sheet along with tutorial demos and a link to purchase full lessons in .mp4 format.  

Buddy Holly Rave On
Chords, Lyrics, Demo, Tutorial


Rave On also hails from the "Buddy Holly" album of 1958 and the song was released as a single, peaking at #12 in Canada,  #37 in the US and #5 in the UK. The title for the song came from a Carl Perkins song Dixie Fried which used the lyrics Rave On.

Sonny West, the writer of the song, also recorded a version a few months before Buddy recorded it. On the 2004 best 500 songs of all time from Rolling Stone, the song ranked #154.

Artists who have covered this song through the years include, Joe Meek, John Mellencamp, The Real Kids, Half Japanese, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band,  Steeleye Span, M. Ward, Denny Laine, Julian Casablancas and Cliff Richard.

Download the free Rave on Buddy Holly lyrics below.

Buddy Holly Rave On Chords

  • Drop D Tuning - No
  • Capo - No
  • Rhythm - down up down up and repeat with a few chops in the ch
  • Picking - yes blended into the rhythm
  • Chords -  G, G7, C, D

Little Known Facts About Rave On

Did you know that "Rave On" was written by Sonny West, Bill Tilghman, and Norman Petty. While Buddy Holly did not write the song, he recorded a highly successful version of it.


Buddy Holly recorded "Rave On" on June 24, 1958, at the Pythian Temple Studio in New York City during a session with producer Norman Petty.


The song was released as a single on Brunswick Records in the United States in August 1958.


 "Rave On" became one of Buddy Holly's hit singles, reaching No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


The song is known for its distinctive opening vocal riff, which immediately captures the listener's attention.


Over the years, "Rave On" has been covered by several artists, including John Mellencamp. Mellencamp's version appeared on his 1978 album "A Biography."


The phrase "Rave On" is a rock and roll expression that conveys excitement and enthusiasm. It was commonly used in the early days of the genre.


"Rave On" showcases Buddy Holly's versatility and his ability to infuse rock and roll with elements of country and R&B, making it a memorable and enduring track.


The song's infectious energy and catchy melody have made it a popular choice for various film and TV soundtracks, further cementing its place in popular culture.


Buddy Holly's version of "Rave On" remains a beloved classic, representing the spirit of early rock and roll and the lasting impact of Holly's musical contributions.

While Buddy Holly's version of "Rave On" is the most well-known and successful, John Mellencamp's cover version helped introduce the song to a new audience and highlighted its timeless appeal. Buddy Holly's influence on the rock and roll genre, particularly during its formative years, continues to be celebrated to this day.

Rave On Lyrics

Well the little things you say and do
Make me want to be with you - rave on it's a crazy feelin'
And I know it's got me reelin' When you say, "
I love you" - Rave on

The way you dance and hold me tight
The way you kiss and say goodnight 0 Rave on, it's a crazy feelin’and
I know it's got me reelin' when you say
"I love you" rave on

Well rave on it's a crazy feelin' - and I know - it's got me reelin'
I'm so glad - that you're revealin' your love for me
Rave on - rave on and tell me - tell me - not to be lonely
Tell me -you love me only rave on to me


I'm so glad - that you're revealin' your love for me
Rave on - rave on and tell me - tell me - not to be lonely
Tell me -you love me only rave on to me

Ah ah ah - Ah ah ah - Ah ah ah

Chords & Lyrics


Rave On Tips For Guitar

Well this song is a pretty simple three chord song using the chords G, C and D. You could use a D7 in places as long as you're going back to the G. And the same could be said of the G7 chord which can be used as long as you're heading to the C chord.

The rhythm on this one is a steady down up down up and repeat with a few chops in the chorus as you'll see in the demo.

The lead in here isn't anything spectacular, just a few notes blended in with the chords which I cover in the full lesson.

This song could be played in any three chords. So if you're starting in A you would use an E and a E. Start in C and use a F and an G. Start in D and use an G and an A. Based on your vocal range pick a series of chords and make changes to my chord sheet with a pencil until you learn the song.

Thanks for stopping by this Buddy Holly Rave On page and I hope the info here was useful and helpful.

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