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Father and Son

Cat Stevens

 

Strum:  D d D DUD d D DU    d = soft strum

        1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

Chord Guide

      3    4

G:    3x0003

         132

D:    xx0232

       32 1

C:    x32010

        2 1

Am7:  x02010

       12

Em:   022000

        231

Am:   x02210

       13121

Bm7:  x24232

       13421

Bm:   x24432

 
Intro (play 4x, fermata last measure):
     G            C/G                                    
E |--3--------3--3---------|----3-------5----------|
B |--0--------0--0-h1------|-1---------------------|
G |--0--------0--0---------|----------5------------|
D |--0--------0--0-h2------|-----------------------|
A |--x--------x--x---------|-----------------------|
E |--3--------3--3---------|-----------------------|
     D        U  D
     1  +  2  +  3  +  4  +  1  +  2  +  3  +  4  +

 

Verse 1:

It's not [G]time to make a [D]change, just re[C]lax, take it [Am7]easy

you're still [G]young, that's your [Em]fault,

there's so [Am]much you have to [D]know

Find a [G]girl, settle [D]down, if you [C]want, you can [Am7]marry

Look at [G]me, I am [Em]old, but I'm [Am]happy  [D]

 

Verse 2:

I was [G]once like you are [Bm7]now, and I [C]know that's it's not [Am7]easy

to be [G]calm when you've [Em]found something [Am]going on [D]

But take your [G]time, think a [Bm7]lot,

think of [C]everything you've [Am7]got

for you will [G]still be here to[Em]morrow,

but your [D]dreams may not

 

Intro x2, tacet last measure

 

Verse 3:

How can [G]I try to ex[Bm]plain,

when I [C]do he turns a[Am7]way again

It's [G]always been the [Em]same, same old [Am]story.  [D]

From the [G]moment I could [Bm]talk, I was [C]ordered to [Am7]listen

now there's a [G]way and I [Em]know that I [D]have to [G]go away.

I [D]know I [C]have to go

 

Intro x2

 

Instrumental Verse (follow Verse 3's structure)

 

Intro x2, fermata last measure

 

Verse 4:

It's not [G]time to make a [D]change, just re[C]lax, take it [Am7]slowly

you're still [G]young, that's your [Em]fault,

there's so [Am]much you have to [D]go through

Find a [G]girl, settle [D]down, if you [C]want, you can [Am7]marry

Look at [G]me, I am [Em]old, but I'm [Am]happy  [D]

 

Verse 5:

All the [G]times that I've [Bm]tried keeping

[C]all the things I [Am7]knew inside

It's [G]hard but it's [Em]harder to i[Am]gnore it  [D]

If they were [G]right, I'd a[Bm7]gree,

but it's [C]them they know not [Am7]me

now there's a [G]way and I [Em]know that I [D]have to [G]go away.

I [D]know I [C]have to [G hold]go


This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.