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    People Get Ready

    Curtis Mayfield

     

    Chords in parentheses anticipated (played early) one beat.

    This version skips the key change up ½ step to avoid awkward barre chords.

     

    Capo 1

     

    Chord Guide

           32 1

    C:    x32010

            231

    Am:   x02210

          134211

    F:    133211

           12

    Em:   022000

             231

    Dm:   xx0231

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

    Chorus:

    C                        (Am)

      People get ready
                     F        (C)

    There's a train a comin'

    C                              (Am)
       You don't need no baggage

                   F        (C)
    You just get on board

    C             (Am)
        All you need is faith

                        F         (C)
    To hear the diesels hummin'

     Em                (Dm)
    Don’t need no ticket

                   F            (C)
    You just thank the Lord

     

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

    C        (Am)
       So people get ready

                     F        (C)
    There's a train to Jordan

    C           (Am)
       Picking up passengers

      F         (C)
    Coast to coast

    C       (Am)
        Faith is the key

                     F           (C)
    Open the doors and board ‘em

    Em                (Dm)
    There's hope for all

                  F                    (C)
    Among those loved the most

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

     

    C          (Am)
       There ain't no room

                     F        (C)
    For the hopeless sinner

    C                (Am)
        Who would hurt all mankind

                  F        (C)
    Just to save his own

    C            (Am)
         Have pity on those whose

    F                      (C)
      Chances grow thinner

                     Em           (Dm)
    For there’s no hiding place

                        F             (C)
    Against the kingdom's throne

    Chorus 2:

          C              (Am)

    So people get ready
                     F        (C)

    There's a train a comin'

            C                 (Am)
    You don't need no baggage

                   F        (C)
    You just get on board

                 C      (Am)
    All you need is faith

                        F         (C)
    To hear the diesels hummin'

     

    Freely:

     Em (hold)              
    Don’t need no ticket

                   F (hold)    C (hold)    
    You just thank the Lord

     

    / C - - Am / - - - - / F - - C (hold)    


    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.