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The Living Years Chords

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      Artist: Mike & the Mechanics
  Song Title: The Living Years
       Album: The Living Years (1988)
   Tabbed By: Cinthia G

[Chords in parenthesis are optional and played louder in the song]


Capo 1


Beginning Chords:

G F#m Am D G



G                C
Every generation Blames the one before
    G                              C
And all of their frustrations Come beating on your door
F
I know that I'm a prisoner To all my Father held so dear
Am
I know that I'm a hostage To all his hopes and fears
D                                               G
I just wish I could have told him in the living years


G                      C
Crumpled bits of paper Filled with imperfect thought
G                         C
Stilted conversations I'm afraid that's all we've got
F
You say you just don't see it He says it's perfect sense
Am
You just can't get agreement In this present tense
D                                           G
We all talk a different language Talking in defence


       G            C
Say it loud, say it clear
         Am        D           G
You can listen as well as you hear
          G            C
It's too late when we die
     Am           D          G 
To admit we don't see eye to eye


      G                             C
So we open up a quarrel Between the present and the past
        G                             C
We only sacrifice the future It's the bitterness that lasts
   F                           (F)
So Don't yield to the fortunes You sometimes see as fate
   Am
It may have a new perspective On a different day
D                                                           G
And if you don't give up, and don't give in You may just be OK.

      
       G            C
Say it loud, say it clear
         Am        D           G
You can listen as well as you hear
          G            C
It's too late when we die
     Am           D          G 
To admit we don't see eye to eye


          G                         C
I wasn't there that morning When my Father passed away
  G                              C
I didn't get to tell him All the things I had to say
  F                         (F)
I think I caught his spirit Later that same year
    Am                    (Am)
I'm sure I heard his echo In my baby's new born tears
D                                               G
I just wish I could have told him in the living years


       G            C
Say it loud, say it clear
         Am        D           G
You can listen as well as you hear
          G            C
It's too late when we die
     Am           D          G 
To admit we don't see eye to eye
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mtowenby wrote on February 25 2011, 02:12 pm

Pretty good...like that you've already accounted for using a capo opposed to the other version. However, I think you may've over-simplified the chords...the Cmaj7 in the verses really sounds better and gives a little variety...the F works, but I also think the Dm/F sounds better (as well as the C/D). Your version works; I just prefer some of the chords from the other version.

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CPWKruger wrote on July 4 2013, 03:19 pm

A quick C/G and back to G before going into chorus--listen for it on the recording.
That little move to the IV chord over the I bass was a nice little touch on this recording.

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