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Year Of The Cat Chords

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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
From: jae@explorer.Jpl.Nasa.Gov (Jeff Estefan)

                             Year of the Cat

                                   by
                               Al Stewart

        (notated by Jeff A. Estefan jae@explorer.jpl.nasa.gov)


Words & Music by Al Stewart and Peter Wood


INTRO:  Cmaj7  D  Em  (three times)
         Am7   D7

VERSE 1:
     Cmaj7          Bm       Em
On a morning from a Bogart movie
     Cmaj7              Bm             Em
in a country where they turned back time
       Cmaj7                  Bm        Em
you go strolling through the crowd like
                    Am7            D7
Peter Lorre contemplating a crime.
          Cmaj7       Bm          Em
She comes out of the sun in a silk dress
               B                  C
running like a water color in the rain.
             B         Em
Don't bother asking for explanations.
            Am7                    D
She'll just tell you that she came

in the Year of the Cat.

INSTRUMENTAL: (repeat INTRO chords)

VERSE 2:
    Cmaj7            Bm           Em
She doesn't give you time for questions
       Cmaj7        Bm          Em
as she locks up you arm in hers.
        Cmaj7            Bm       Em
And you follow 'til your sense of
                   Am7                 D7
which direction completely disappears.
       Cmaj7       Bm            Em
By the blue-tiled walls near the market stalls
          B                         C
there's a hidden door she leads you to.
                  B       Em
"These days," she says, "I feel my life just
       Am7                   D
like a river running through

the Year of the Cat."

INSTRUMENTAL: (repeat INTRO chords)

BRIDGE: (lead-in: D instead of D7)
         B                 C
Well she looks at you so cooly
        G                   D
and her eyes shine like the moon

in the sea.
             B                 C
She comes in incense and pathchouli
       G           F
so you take her to find what's
C/E            D
waiting inside

the Year of the Cat.

INSTRUMENTAL: (repeat INTRO chords a few times)
  acoustic/electric guitar solos, piano, sax, etc. (sweet stuff!)

VERSE 3:
     Cmaj7            Bm                Em
Well morning comes and you're still with her
        Cmaj7          Bm        Em
and the bus and the tourists are gone.
            Cmaj7             Bm        Em
And you've thrown away your choice and
                        Am7              D7
lost your ticket so you have to stay on.
         Cmaj7         Bm             Em
But the drumbeat strains of the night
              B                     C
remain in the rhythm of the newborn day.
              B         Em
You know sometime you're bound to leave her
        Am7                   D
but for now you're gonna stay

in the Year of the Cat.

INSTRUMENTAL: (repeat INTRO chords and fade)
 piano riffs, sax, etc.

CHORD DIAGRAMS:

Cmaj7   x32000
D       xx2320
Em      022000
Am7     x02010
D7      xx0212
Bm      xx4432
B       xx4442
C       x32010
G       320003
F       xx3211
C/E     xx2010

Copyright 1976 by Unichappel Music, Inc.

  What makes this song sound so great is the piano riffs, the sax, the
  solos, and, of course, Al Stewart's voice.  But you can still have fun
  with this tune singing solo with a sweet soundin' acoustic in hand.
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pepiƱeros wrote on July 6 2007, 12:07 pm

Very well indeed. This is exactly what it sounds like. Too bad the solos aren't here (especially the first accoustic solo - I love that so much), but I'll be finding those somewhere.

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sham126 wrote on April 21 2008, 12:36 pm

hey, great tab, here are the fills thanks to BrassKnuckles97's youtube tutorial (acc. suspended... where are you?)

Between Em and Cmaj7
E----------------------
B-0-1-0---------------- < Hammer
G-------0--------------
D---------2-0---------- < pull off or forget 0

Between Em and Am7

D-2-0------------------ <
A-----3-2-0------------ < pull off, if you want
E----------------------

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ccmkoho wrote on October 26 2009, 08:53 pm

Bm=D as played by Al on ALL his U tube vids

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