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The Cape

Guy Clark

 

Chord Guide

       32 1

C:    x32010

        231

Am:   x02210

      134211

F:    133211

      3    4

G:    3x0003

       3 2 1

C/G:   3x2010

 

 

 

 

Strum: B   D U B   D U  w/swing feel

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

 

Intro:

/ C - - - / Am - - - / F - - - / C - - - /

/ C - - - / Am - - - / F - - - / G - - - /

/ Am - - - / G - - - / F - - - / C - - - /

/ C - - - / Am - - - / F - - - / C - - - / - - - - /

 

C                                 Am

Eight years old with a flour sack cape

        F                    C

Tied all around his neck

       C                    Am

He climbed up on the garage

  F                        G

Figurin' what the heck

          C                        Am

He screwed his courage up so tight

           F                            C

The whole thing came unwound

               C                        Am

He got a runnin' start and bless his heart

        F                      C (2)

He headed for the ground

 

Chorus:

               Am                       C/G

Well he's one of those who knows that life

      F                  C

Is just a leap of faith

      C                            Am

Spread your arms and hold your breath

         F                        C

And always trust your cape

 

/ C - - - / Am - - - / F - - - / C - - - / x2

 

C                            Am

All grown up with a flour sack cape

        F                     C

Tied all around his dreams

         C                     Am

He's full of piss and vinegar

         F                   G

He's bustin’ at the seams

       C                            Am

He licked his finger and checked the wind

         F                   C

It's gonna be do or die

 C                            Am

He wasn't scared of nothin', Boys

               F                          C (2)

He was pretty sure he could fly

 

Chorus

 

/ C - - - / Am - - - / F - - - / C - - - / x2

 

               C                             Am

Now he’s old and grey with a flour sack cape

         F                   C

Tied all around his head

   C                     Am

He's still jumpin' off the garage

         F                     G

And will be 'till he's dead

C                            Am

All these years the people said

         F               C

He's actin’ like a kid

      C                       Am

He did not know he could not fly

F            C (2)

    So he did

 

Chorus

 


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.