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Grateful Dead

Strum: B   D U   U D U  w/swing feel

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +


Chord Guide

      3    4

G:    3x0003

       32 1

C:    x32010


D:    xx0232


Am:   x02210


Intro: Instrumental Verse


                           G (2)                       C (2)

If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine,

             C (3)                                              G

and my tunes were played on the harp unstrung,

                              G (2)                              C (2)

would you hear my voice come through the music,

                  G       D    C                     G

would you hold it near as it were your own?


                           G (2)                            C (2)

It's a hand-me-down, the thoughts are broken,

       C (3)                               G

perhaps they're better left unsung.

                  G (2)              C (2)

I don't know, don't really care,

G                  D    C              G (2)

let there be songs to fill the air.



 Am (2)           D (2)

Ripple in still water,

                 G                  C

when there is no pebble tossed,

       A7       D

nor wind to blow.


                        G (2)                       C (2)

Reach out your hand if your cup be empty,

           C (3)                           G

if your cup is full may it be again.

               G (2)                  C (2)

Let it be known there is a fountain,

  G                  D    C                       G

that was not made by the hands of men.



                 G (2)                 C (2)

There is a road, no simple highway,

       C (3)                                       G

Between the dawn and the dark of night,

                G (2)                C (2)

and if you go no one may follow,

   G              D  C                 G (2)

that path is for your steps alone.




                 G (2)                      C (2)

You who choose to lead must follow,

      C (3)                       G

but if you fall you fall alone.

                     G (2)                        C (2)

If you should stand then who's to guide you?

G                    D  C                          G

If I knew the way I would take you home.


Instrumental Verse w/ la-da-da's


Hold final G

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.