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Gene Watson Best Songs
On The Acoustic

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Thanks for stopping by my Gene Watson best songs page where you'll find a collection of demo covers and full lesson tutorials available for purchase along with several free chord sheets in .pdf format, rhythm tips and links to other lessons.

This section will grow over time as I have other Gene Watson songs which I plan on recording and adding to this section of the website.

I'm also using images of Gene Watson albums so you know the source of each song.


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Gene Watson Best Songs
Chords, Lyrics, Rhythm Tips, Tutorials

1. 14 Carat Mind

14 carat mind gene watson song

14 Carat Mind was Gene Watsons only #1 hit song during his career.

Released back in 1981 from the album "Old Loves Never Die", Fourteen Carat Mind was a #1 for one week and stayed on the country charts for 15 weeks.

The Osbourne Brothers and Daniel Donato both covered this song. The song was written by Dallas Frazier and Larry Lee.

I play this one with a Drop D Tuning using a root down root up down up and repeat rhythm pattern. A bit of picking required here using the chords Bm, G, D, A, A7 and E7.

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2. Farewell Party

farewell party gene watson song

Farewell Party was released by Gene Watson from his 1979 album Reflections. Over the course of his career, this song has become his signature song.

The song wasn't his top charting song but it peaked at #5 in the US and #9 in Canada. The song was first recorded by the writer of the song, Lawton Williams back in 1960.

Several artists recorded the song before Watson including Little Jimmy Dickens, Johnny Bush and Waylon Jennings. After Watson's release in 1979, Alan Jackson, Joe Nichols and Heidi Hauge also released their versions of the song.

A few chords in this one including A, D, D7, G, A7, B7, E and Am with a capo on the 2nd fret for the original key. A little picking in this one using a root down up root up down up rhythm pattern in standard tuning.

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3. I Don't Need A Thing At All

gene watson song I Don't Need A Thing At All

I Don't Need A Thing At All hails from Genes 1977 album "Gene Watson's Beautiful Country".

The song reached #4 in Canada and #8 in the US.

For rhythm here you'll need to play a root up down up root up down up and repeat pattern with the chords E, B7, A, Gb, Db and Gbm. A little picking required in this one.

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4. I Got No Reason Now For Going Home

I Got No Reason Now For Going Home Gene Watson Song

I Got No Reason Now For Going Home was written by Johnny Russell, who also wrote Act Naturally for Buck Owens.

Gene Watson recorded this in 1984 as his first single from the album "Heartaches And Love And Stuff". The song peaked at #7 on the US country charts.

I'm using a root down up root up down up rhythm pattern while strumming the chords G, D, D7, C, G6 and Am in standard tuning. So lead work in this one.

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5. Nothing Sure Looked Good On You

gene watson Nothing Sure Looked Good On You

Nothing Sure Looked Good On You was released by Gene Watson from his 1979 album called "Should I Come Home" and from it, this 2nd single which peaked at #4 on the charts in the US and #3 in Canada.

Alan Jackson also covered this song later in his career for the album Under The Influence in 1999 but the song was dropped from the album. It did appear later on his 2009 compilation album Songs Of Love And Heartache.

A simple three chord song using C, F and G in standard tuning while strumming a root down up root up down up and repeat rhythm pattern. A little picking to cover off in this song.

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6. Turn Out The Lights

turn out the lights gene watson

Turn Out The Lights is a track on Gene's 2014 album My Hero's Have Always Been Cowboys. There were no singles released from this album.

I play this one in standard tuning using the chords C, C7, F, G and a G7. The song doesn't have a picking break but I added one for the acoustic player to my version. You can strum this one with a root down up root up down up pattern.

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7. You're Out There Doin' What I'm Here Doin' Without

You're Out There Doin' What I'm Here Doin' Without Gene Watson Song

You're Out There Doin What I'm Here Doin' Without was almost Gene's second #1 hit when it was released as a single in 1983 from his album "Sometimes I Get Lucky".

Unfortunately it had to settle as a #2 hit song. Allen Frizzell and Bo Roberts co-wrote this one.

In standard tuning, this one has some picking in the song while playing all all down-strokes like a rock and roll song or play and up and down pattern. The chords you'll need here are G, C and D.


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Thanks for stopping by my Gene Watson best songs page for the acoustic guitar and I hope you found the info here useful. 

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