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FATHER AND SON  -       Cat Stevens


[Intro]

  G        C6/G   riff         G        C6/G
e|3--3-3-3-3--|---3-----5/    |3--3-3-3-3--|
B|0--0-0-0-1--|----------|    |0--0-0-0-1--|
G|0--0-0-0-0--|5-----5---| 3x |0--0-0-0-0--|
D|0--0-0-0-2--|----------|    |0--0-0-0-2--|
A|2--2-2-2-0--|----------|    |2--2-2-2-0--|
E|3--3-3-3-3--|----------|    |3--3-3-3-3--|


[Father]

          G                  D                               
It's not     time to make a    change,
           C                  Am7                              
just re -    lax and take it       easy
              G                     Em                        
You're still     young that's your     fault,
            Am                    D                           
there's so      much you have to     know

        G                D                                   
Find a     girl, settle    down, 
        C                    Am7                               
if you     want to, you can       marry
         G            Em                Am          D                
Look at     me, I am      old, but I'm      happy 

       G                     Bm7                               
I was     once like you are      now,
       C                      Am7                              
and I     know that it´s not       easy
       G                     Em                               
to be     calm, when you´ve     found
                 Am     D                                    
something going     on. 

               G                 Bm7                           
But take your     time, think a       lot,
          C                   Am7                             
think of    everything you've       got
              G                     Em                       
For you will     still be here to -      morrow,
          D              G                                   
but your     dreams may      not
G - C6/G - riff - G - C6/G 


[Chorus] [Son]

         G                Bm                                 
How can     I try to ex -      plain?
        C                  Am7                                
when I     do he turns a -      way again
     G                   Em                                   
it's     always been the     same, - 
          Am         D                                       
same old      story 
          G                  Bm                               
From the     moment I could      talk
       C              Am7                                      
I was     ordered to       listen
               G             Em                               
now there's a     way and I      know
        D          G                                         
that I    have to     go away
   D /         C /          G                                    
I      know I       have to     go 

G - C6/G - riff      2x 


[Break]

G - D - C - Am7 - G - Em - Am - D - 
G - D - C - Am7 - G - Em - D - G -
D/ - C - G -
G - C6/G - riff      2x 


[Father]

          G                  D                               
It's not     time to make a     change,
          C                    Am7                             
just sit     down and take it       slowly
              G                      Em                       
You're still     young, that's your      fault,
            Am                       D                        
there's so      much you have to go     through
        G                D                                   
Find a     girl, settle     down,
        C                    Am7                               
if you     want to, you can       marry
         G            Em                Am        D                 
Look at     me, I am      old, but I'm     happy 


[Son]

         G                Bm                                  
All the     times that I     cried,
         C                    Am7                              
keeping     all the things I       knew inside
      G                  Em                                   
It's     hard, but it's     harder
         Am           D                                      
to ig -      nore it. 
              G                  Bm                           
If they were     right, I'd a -      gree,
          C                       Am7                          
but it's     them they know, not      me, now
           G             Em             D          G               
there's a     way and I     know that I    have to    go away
   D /         C           G                                    
I      know I      have to     go//


G       320003
C6/G    302013
D       xx0232
C       x32010
Am7     x02010
Em      022000
Am      x02210

            
            
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keme 80 Dec 11, 2014 02:49 AM, edited at 07:53 am

Since this contains a tab I post it as a correction. It is more of a suggestion. Nothing wrong in the original tab, I just I find that the riff in the intro is easier to play smoothly if you keep the first c note from the c6 chord. It allows a more natural position change. I also sometimes play a slide up on the 2nd c note (on the 3rd string) and down to the bass note for the repeat.

Edit: Oops. The tab has gone into interlace mode and I can't fix it. I'll try to report it to higher powers...

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CPWKruger 3,167 Jun 20, 2016 07:52 AM

There seems to the common confusion between the V and iiim chord here.
Often heard in "Puff The Magic Dragon"

Bm instead of D. except when the D is played at "I know I have to go"

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aideanignacio20066 13 May 09, 2017 07:56 PM

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2!!!!!!!!!!!

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