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...ASTRAL WEEKS... by Van Morrison (1967)
------------------................

...........................................
*ASTRAL WEEKS*
--------------

>1. ASTRAL WEEKS
>2. BESIDE YOU
>3. SWEET THING
>4. CYPRUS AVENUE
>5. THE WAY YOUNG LOVERS DO
>6. MADAME GEORGE
>7. BALLERINA 
>8. SLIM SLOW SLIDER
...........................................


1...ASTRAL WEEKS... by Van Morrison
-------------------................

*from 'Astral Weeks' (1967)


*CAPO 2nd FRET*

(Original Key: A)


Intro:

G, C

Verse 1:

G                     C
 If I ventured in the slipstream,
G                        C
 Between the viaducts of your dream.
G                     C
 Where immobile steel rims crack,
G                          C
 And the ditch in the back roads stop.

Chorus 1:

G          Em      G          Em
 Could you find me? Would you kiss a-my eyes?
G          Em   G            Em
 To lay me down, in silence; easy,
      G          C      G          C
To be born again, to be born again.

Verse 2:

G                         C
 From the far side of the ocean,
G                       C
 If I put the wheels in motion.
G                            C
 And I stand with my arms be-hind me,
G                       C
 And I'm pushin' on the door.

Chorus 2:

G          Em      G          Em
 Could you find me? Would you kiss a-my eyes?
G          Em   G            Em
 To lay me down, in silence; easy,
      G          C      G          C
To be born again, to be born again.

Verse 3:

G          C  G                          C
 There you go, standin' with the look of avarice,
G                  C         G                        C
 Talkin' to Huddie Ledbetter, showin' pictures on the wall.
G                  C    G               C
 Whisperin' in the hall, and pointin' a finger at me.
G                        C  G                C
 There you go, there you go, standin' in the sun, darlin',
G                  C        G                 C
 With your arms be-hind you, and your eyes be-fore.
G          C  G            C
 There you go, takin' good care of your boy,
G                 C
 Seein' that he's got clean clothes.
G                      C
 Puttin' on his little red shoes,
G                    C
 I see you know he's got clean clothes.
G                        C
 A-puttin' on his little red shoes,
G                       C
 A-pointin' a finger at me.

Verse 5:

G           C   G                C
 And here I am, standing in your sad arrest;
G          C
 Trying to do my very best.
G                    C   G                C
 Lookin' straight at you, comin' through, darlin',
G            C
 Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Verse 6:

G                     C
 If I ventured in the slipstream,
G                        C
 Between the viaducts of your dream.
G                     C
 Where immobile steel rims crack,
G                          C
 And the ditch in the back roads stop.

Chorus 3:

G          Em      G          Em
 Could you find me? Would you kiss a-my eyes?
G          Em   G            Em
 To lay me down, in silence; easy,

Verse 7:

      G          C      G          C
To be born again, to be born again.
      G          C
To be born again.
           G                 C
In another world, in another world,
           G                   C
In another time; got a home on high.

G                    C
 Ain't nothing but a stranger in this world,
G                  C
 I'm nothing but a stranger in this world.
G                C    G           C
 I got a home on high, in another land,
G         C   G         C
 So far a-way, so far a-way.

G              C       G             C
 Way up in the Heaven, way up in the Heaven.
G              C       G             C
 Way up in the Heaven, way up in the Heaven.
G           C    G           C
 In another time, in another place.
G           C    G           C
 In another time, in another place.
G              C       G             C
 Way up in the Heaven, way up in the Heaven.
G                   C      G                C
 We are goin' up to Heaven, we are goin' to Heaven.
G           C    G           C
 In another time, in another place.
G           C    G           C
 In another time, in another place.
G           C
 In another face...

(Fade)


CHORD DIAGRAMS:
---------------

   G       C       Em

 EADGBE  EADGBE  EADGBE
 320003  x32010  022000


Tabbed by Joel from cLuMsY, Bristol, England, 2004 (clumsyband@hotmail.com)


2...BESIDE YOU... by Van Morrison
-----------------................

*from 'Astral Weeks' (1967)


Intro:

Em  D, Em  C, Em  Am, D

Verse 1:

Em              D    Em               C
 Little Jimmy's gone, away out of the backstreets.
Em                 Am
 Out of the window, to the fog and rain.
D
 Right on time, right on time.

Em                                  G
 That's why broken Arrow, waved his finger down the road,
                           Em
So dark and narrow, in the evening.
C                D
 Just before the Sunday six-bells chime, six-bells chime.

Verse 2:

Em                    Bm
 And all the dogs are barkin',
Em              C                                  Em
 Way out on the diamond-studded highway, where you wander.
Am                         D
 And you roam from your re-treat, and view.

Em               Bm
 Way over on the railroad,
Em                C                             Em
 Tomorrow all the tipping trucks will unload to-gether.
C                           D
 Every scrapbook stuck with glue.

Chorus 1:

                  Em
And I'll stand be-side you,
   Bm      Em   C   Em  Am
Be-si...de you, chi-ild.

D
 To never, never, never wonder why at all,
G
 No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.
C                        G
 To never, never, wonder why at all,
                                        Am
To never, never, to never, never wonder why,
           D   Em
It's gotta be; it has to be.

Verse 3:

Em              D
 Way across the country, where the hillside mountain glide,
Em                  C
 The dynamo of your smile,
                                       Em
Caressed the barefoot virgin child, to wander.
Am                        D
 Past your window, with a lantern lit;
                                    Em
You held it in the doorway, and you kissed...,
            Bm
Against the pointed Island breeze.
Em                  C              Em
 Said your time was open; go well, on your merry way.
C                                          D
 Past the brazen footsteps of the silence, easy;
You breathe in, you breathe out, you breathe in, you breathe out.
You breathe in, you breathe out, you breathe in, you breathe out.

Verse 4:

           Em              Bm
And you're high... on your high-flyin' cloud.
Em                        C
 Wrapped up in your magic shroud,
               Em         Am              D
As ecstasy sur-rounds you; this time it's found you.
You turn around, you turn around, you turn around, you turn around.

Chorus 2:

           Em              Bm      Em  C   Em  Am
And I'm be-si...de you, be-si...de you.
   D
Oh darlin', to never, never, wonder why at all.
G
 No, no, no, no, no.
C                       G
 To never, never wonder why at all,
                              Am              D      Em
To never, never, never wonder why; it's gotta be, it has to be.

Chorus 3:

Em
 And I'll stand be-si...de you,
   Bm   Em   C   Em   Am
Be-side you, chi-ld.

D
 To never, never, never wonder why at all;
       Em
I'm be-si...de you.
   Bm   Em      Em           Bm   Em      Em
Be-side you, be-side you, be-side you, oh child.


CHORD DIAGRAMS:
---------------

   Em      D       C       Am      Bm      G

 EADGBE  EADGBE  EADGBE  EADGBE  EADGBE  EADGBE
 022000  xx0232  x32010  x02210  x24432  320003


Tabbed by Joel from cLuMsY, Bristol, England, 2004 (clumsyband@hotmail.com)


3...SWEET THING... by Van Morrison
------------------................

*from 'Astral Weeks' (1967)


*CAPO 2nd FRET*

(Original Key: E)


Intro:

D  Em  G  A6 (x2)

Verse 1:

D           Em                                 G            A6
 And I will stroll the merry way, and jump the hedges first.
D           Em                                   G                A6
 And I will drink the clear, clean water, for to quench my thirst.

D            Em                                     G    A6
 And I shall watch the ferry-boats, and they'll get high.
D     Em                      G            A6
 On a bluer ocean, against to-morrow's sky.

D           Em            G         A6
 And I will never grow so old again,
D           Em                       G                 A6
 And I will walk and talk in gardens all wet with rain.

Chorus 1:

D                  G
 Oh...sweet thing, sweet thing.
D                   G
 My, my, my, my, my sweet thing.

Verse 2:

D            Em               G                         A6
 And I shall drive my chariot down your streets and cry;
D           Em           G                           A6
 "Hey, it's me; I'm dyna-mite, and I don't know why".

D              Em               G                   A6
 And you shall take me strongly in your arms, again.
D           Em                  G                  A6
 And I will not remember that I even felt the pain.

D         Em                           G              A6
 We shall walk and talk in gardens all misty wet with rain.
D           Em                   G                 A6
 And I will never, never, never, grow so old again.

Chorus 2: 

D                  G
 Oh...sweet thing, sweet thing.
D                   G
 My, my, my, my, my sweet thing.

Verse 3:

D           Em                  G                     A6
 And I will raise my hand up in-to the night time sky.
D              Em           G                   A6
 And count the stars that's shining in your eye.

D        Em                    G                        A6
 Just to dig it all and not to wonder; that's just fine.
D            Em               G                        A6
 And I'll be satisfied not to read inbetween the lines.

D           Em                       G                 A6
 And I will walk and talk in gardens all wet with rain.
D           Em                 G                      A6
 And I will never, ever, ever, ever grow so old again.

Chorus 3:

D                 G
 Oh...sweet thing, sweet thing.
D           G
 Sugar-baby, with your champagne eyes,
                    D       G
And your saint-like smile.

(Fade)


CHORD DIAGRAMS:
---------------

   D       Em      G       A6

 EADGBE  EADGBE  EADGBE  EADGBE
 xx0232  022000  320003  x02222


Tabbed by Joel from cLuMsY, Bristol, England, 2004 (clumsyband@hotmail.com)


4...CYPRUS AVENUE... by Van Morrison
--------------------................

*from 'Astral Weeks' (1967)


*CAPO 2nd FRET*

(Original Key: A)


Intro:

G  C  G  D (x2)

Verse 1:

        G                    C             G      C  G
And I'm caught one more time, up on Cyprus Avenue.
C                                   G      C  G
 Caught one more time, up on Cyprus Avenue.
D                                 C                 G      C  G  D
 And I'm conquered in a car seat; not a thing that I can do.

Verse 2:

  G            C            G                   C  G
I may go crazy, before that mansion on the hill.
C                            G                   C  G
 I may go crazy, before that mansion on the hill.
D                                  C                       G     C  G  D
 But my heart keeps beating faster, and my feet can't keep still.

Verse 3:

G
 And all the little girls rhyme something,
C                G                C  G
 On the way back home from school.
G
 All the little girls rhyme something,
C                G                C  G
 On the way back home from school.
D
 And the leaves fall, one by one, by one, by one;
C                       G    C  G  D
 Call the autumn time a fool.

Verse 4:

              G
Yeah, baby my tongue gets tied,
C                    G             C     G
 Every, every, every time I try to speak.
              C
Yeah baby, my tongue gets tied,
                    G             C     G
Every, every, every time I try to speak.
D                     C                      G    C  G  D
 And my inside shakes, just like a leaf on a tree.

Verse 5:

                G
I think I'll go walking by the railroad,
                         C              G    C  G
By the rail road with my cherry, cherry wine.
                  C
I believe I'll go walking by the railroad,
                       G    C  G
With my cherry, cherry wine.
D
 If I pass the rumbling station,
C                                  G    C  G  D
 Where the lonesome engine drivers pine.
D7
 And wait a minute...

Verse 6:

G                     C                       G    C  G
 Yonder comes my lady; rainbow ribbons in her hair.
C                                             G    C  G
 Yonder comes my lady; rainbow ribbons in her hair.
D                                C                        G
 Six white horses and a carriage, just returning from the fair.
      C           G           D
Baby, baby, baby, baby, baby, babe.

Verse 7:

           G
Alone, I'm caught one more time,
    C            G      C          G
Way up on Cyprus Avenue, yes I am, yeah.
    C                                  G      C   G
I'm caught one more time, up on Cyprus Avenue, wo-ahh.
D
 And I'm conquered in a car seat,
C                            G    C  G  D
 And I'm looking straight at you.

Coda:

G
 Way up on, way up on, way up on, the avenue of trees.
Keep walking down, in the wind and the rain, darling.
You keep walking down, when the sun shone through the trees.
Nobody, no, no, no, nobody stops me from loving you, baby.
So young and bold; fourteen years old.
Baby, baby, baby... ooh-ee...

(Fade)


CHORD DIAGRAMS:
---------------

   G       C       D       D7

 EADGBE  EADGBE  EADGBE  EADGBE
 320003  x32010  xx0232  xx0212


Tabbed by Joel from cLuMsY, Bristol, England, 2004 (clumsyband@hotmail.com)


5...THE WAY YOUNG LOVERS DO... by Van Morrison
------------------------------................

*from 'Astral Weeks' (1968)


Intro:

Am

Verse 1:

   Am
We strolled through fields all wet with rain,
And back along the lane again,
             Dm               Am
There in the sunshine, in the sweet summertime.
    E7                       Am
The way that young... lovers do.

Verse 2:

Am
 I kissed you on the lips once more,
And we said goodbye at your front door,
       Dm                         Am
In the nightime, yeah, that's the right time.
   E7                                Am
To feel the way that young... lovers do.

Chorus 1:

C                   G
 Then we sat on our own star,
                   C                         F                     E
And dreamed of the way that we were, and the way that we wanted to be.

C                   G
 Then we sat on our own star,
                   C                   F                    E
And dreamed of the way that, I was for you and you were for me.

Verse 3:

Am
 And then we danced the night away,
And turn into each other and say;
  Dm          Am
I love you, I love you.
    E7                       Am
The way that young... lovers do.

Chorus 2:

C                   G
 Then we sat on our own star,
                   C                         F                     E
And dreamed of the way that we were, and the way that we wanted to be.

C                   G
 Then we sat on our own star,
                   C                   F                    E
And dreamed of the way that, I was for you and you were for me.

Verse 4:

       Am
Lovers do, lovers do.
                Dm
Doot doot doot, do-be-do,
Am
 Doo bee doo bee, doo bee-dee.

Outro:

E7  Am

(Fade)


CHORD DIAGRAMS:
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   Am      Dm      E7      C       G       F       E

 EADGBE  EADGBE  EADGBE  EADGBE  EADGBE  EADGBE  EADGBE
 x02210  xx0231  020100  x32010  320003  133211  022100


Tabbed by Joel from cLuMsY, Bristol, England, 2004 (clumsyband@hotmail.com)


6...MADAME GEORGE... by Van Morrison
--------------------................

*from 'Astral Weeks' (1968)


Intro:

G  C  D (x2)

Verse 1:

        G             C
Down on Cyprus Avenue,
       D                         G         C
With a childlike vision, leaping into view.
          D               G
Clicking, clacking of the high heeled show;
C         D               G      C
 Ford and Fitzroy, Madame George.

D                  G
 Marching with the soldier boy behind;
C          D               G
 He's much older now, with hat on, drinking wine.
C         D                  G
 And that smell of sweet per-fume comes drifting through,
C    D                   G        C  D
 The cool night air like Shalimar.

Verse 2:

                    G                    C
And outside they're making all the stops,
    D                           G
The kids out in the street, col-lecting bottle tops.
C         D              G
 Gone for cigarettes and matches in the shops;
C      D             G      C  D
 Happy taken, Madame George.
C                G
 That's when you fall, woah, that's when you fall,
Yeah, that's when you fall.

Verse 3:

         G
When you fall into a trance,
C        D          G
 Sitting on a sofa, playing games of chance.
C          D               G
 With your folded arms and history books, you glance;
C         D              G      C  D
 Into the eyes of Madame George.

Verse 4:

        G
And you think you found the bag;
C               D               G
 You're getting weaker and your knees begin to sag.
C       D               G
 In the corner, playing dominoes, in drag;
C            D            G      C  D
 The one and only, Madame George.

Verse 5:

                           G
And then from outside, the frosty window raps,
C          D
 She jumps up and says;
                   G
Lord have mercy, I think that it's the cops.
C      D                 G                   C
 And i-mmediately, drops everything she gots,
D              G            C  D
 Down into the street below.

Verse 6:

        G
And you know you gotta go,
C        D                  G
 On that train from Dublin, up to Sandy Row.
C         D              G
 Throwing pennies at the bridges down below.
C        D                      G    C
 And the rain, hail, sleet, and snow.
         D             G
Say good-bye to Madame George.
C         D              G
 Dry your eye for Madame George,
C       D              G      C  D
 Wonder why for Madame George.

Verse 7:

           G
And as you leave, the room is filled with music;
C                 D              G
 Laughing, music, dancing music, all around the room.
C                   D
 And all the little boys come around,
          G               C  D   G    C  D
Walking a-way from it all,    so cold.

                G
And as you're a-bout to leave,
C          D                              G
 She jumps up and says; hey love, you for-got your gloves.
C        D
 And the love that loves, the love that loves, the love that loves,
   G                    C              D
To love, the love, that loves to love.

Coda:

                         G      C         D              G
To say goodbye to Madame George, dry your eye for Madame George.
C       D              G      C         D               G
 Wonder why for Madame George, dry your eyes for Madame George.

C         D                                    G
 Say good-bye in the wind and the rain, on the back street,
C                          D
 In the backstreet, in the back street.
                                   G
Say goodbye, say goodbye to Madame George.
C                          D                   G
 In the backstreet, in the back street, in the back street.

C                D            G
 Down home, down home, in the back street, gotta go;
C         D                  G
 Say good-bye, goodbye, good-bye.
C         D                                       G
 Dry your eye, your eye, your eye, your eye, your eye.

C         D             G
 Say good-bye to Madame George,
C        D                           G
 And the loves to love, to love, the love.
C         D                           G
 Say good-bye, goodbye, goodbye, good-bye,
C     D  G
 Ooh...   mmm...

C         D                                        G
 Say good-bye, goodbye, goodbye, goodbye to Madame George.
C         D              G      C       D              G
 Dry your eye for Madame George, wonder why for Madame George.
C              D                                       G
 The love's to love, the love's to love, the love's to love.
C         D         G   C
 Say good-bye, good-bye.
D           G                 C          D          G
 Get on the train, get on the train, the train, the train.
C            D                  G
 This is the train, this is the train.
C               D         G
 Woah, say good-bye, good-bye.
C           D                 G
 Get on the train, get on the train...


CHORD DIAGRAMS:
---------------

   G       C       D

 EADGBE  EADGBE  EADGBE
 320003  x32010  xx0232


Tabbed by Joel from cLuMsY, Bristol, England, 2004 (clumsyband@hotmail.com)


7...BALLERINA... by Van Morrison
----------------................

*from 'Astral Weeks' (1968)


Intro:

G  Gsus4, G  Gsus4

Verse 1:

G                  D7
 Spread your wings, come on fly awhile.
C                                G
 Straight to my arms; oh, little angel child.
                D7   C                  G            Gsus4  G
You know you're only, lonely twenty-two storey block.

       C
And if somebody, not just anybody,
              G
Wanted to get close to you, for instance, me, baby.
D7
 All you gotta do is ring the bell, step right up,
                                        G
Step right up, and step right up, balle-rina.
D7                                   G
 Grab it, catch it, fly it, sigh it, try it,

Verse 2:

        G
Well, I may be wrong,
D7
 But something deep in my heart, tells me I'm right and I don't think so.
C                                  G
 You know I saw the writing on the wall.
              D7       C                              G    Gsus4  G
When you came up to me, child, you were heading for a fall.

          C                                       G
But if it gets to you, and you feel like you just can't go on;
D7
 All you gotta do is ring a bell; step right up,
And step right up, and step right up,
            G
Just like a ballerina, stepping lightly.

Verse 3:

G
 Alright, well, it's getting late, yes it is, yes it is,
D7
 And this time I forget to slip into your slumber.
C                                      G
 The light is on the left side of your head.
D7
 And I'm standing in your doorway,
        C
And I'm mumbling and I can't remember,
                                   Gsus4 G
The last thing that ran through my head.

C                                                      G
 Here come the man and he say; he say the show must go on.
D7
 So all you gotta do is ring the bell, and step right up and step right up,
                                     G
And step right up, just like a balle-rina, yeah, yeah.

D7                                      G
 Crowd will catch you, fly it, sight it, c'mon, die it, yeah.
D7                                                                   G
 Just like a balle-rina, just like a, just like a, just like a balle-rina.
D7                                                 G
 Get on up, get on up, keep a-moving on little bit higher, baby.
You know, you know, you know, get up baby.
D7                                                   G
 Alright, a-keep on, a-keep on, a-keep on, a-keep on pushing.
D7                                  G
 Stepping lightly just like a balle-rina.
D7                                                              G
 Ooo-we baby, take off your shoes, working on just like a balle-rina.

(Fade)


CHORD DIAGRAMS:
---------------

   G      Gsus4    C       D7

 EADGBE  EADGBE  EADGBE  EADGBE
 320003  320013  x32010  xx0212


Tabbed by Joel from cLuMsY, Bristol, England, 2004 (clumsyband@hotmail.com)


8...SLIM SLOW SLIDER... by Van Morrison
-----------------------................

*from 'Astral Weeks' (1968)


Verse 1:

          G                 C              G    C  G
Slim Slow Slider; horse you ride, white as snow.
          C      G          C                 G
Slim Slow Slider; horse you ride, is white as snow.
C                       G  C  G
 Tell it everywhere you go.

Verse 2:

        C       G            C                    G       C  G
Saw you walking, down by the Ladbroke Grove, this morning.
        C                                         G       C  G
Saw you walking, down by the Ladbroke Grove, this morning.
C                          G                          C     G
 Catching pebbles for some sandy beach; you're out of reach.

Verse 3:

        C                                                     G       C  G
Saw you early this morning, with your brand new boy, and your Cadillac.
        C                                                     G       C  G
Saw you early this morning, with your brand new boy, and your Cadillac.
C                                                   G    C  G
 You're gone for something, and I know you won't be back.

Verse 4:

C                                                   G
 I know you're dying, baby, and I know you know it, too.
C
 I know you're dying, and I know you know it, too.
                                                G
Every time I see you; I just don't know what to do.


CHORD DIAGRAMS:
---------------

   G       C

 EADGBE  EADGBE
 320003  x32010


Tabbed by Joel from cLuMsY, Bristol, England, 2004 (clumsyband@hotmail.com)


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cyberalan wrote on July 4 2011, 04:41 pm

I believe that on "Cyprus Avenue", the capo goes on the 3rd fret.

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