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The Gnu Song Chords

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(Michael Flanders and Donald Swann, 1956)

The original, being a piano song, was in Eb. This is for guitar (Ultimate Guitar, don't you know). 
If you want to play in the original key, stick a capo on fret three (or wherever else tickles your fancy).

[verse 1]
C                               G
A year ago last Thursday, I was strolling in the zoo,
       Dm                                C
When I met a man who thought he knew the lot.
       E                             Am
He was laying down the law about the habits of baboons
        D                                G
And the number of quills a porcupine has got.
     C7                                          C7/Bb
So I asked him: "What's that creature there?" He answered, "Oh, it's a helk."
   F                          C        Dm
I might have gone on thinking that was true,
       Dm/F                      Am       E7      Am
If the animal in question hadn't put that chap to shame,
      Dm6                               E
And remarked, "I hain't a helk. I'm a g-nu.

"I'm a g-nu. I'm a g-nu,
                                     Bm   F#7   Bm
The g-nicest work of g-nature in the zoo.

I'm a g-nu. How do you do?
    E                              A
You really ought to k-now w-ho's w-ho.

I'm a g-nu, spelt G-N-U.
      A7                    D7
I'm g-not a camel or a kangaroo.
   Bm          Cdim7        A              F#7
So let me introduce: I'm g-neither man nor moose.
          B7     E7          A
Oh g-no, g-no, g-no, I'm a g-nu."

[Verse 2]
      C                                G
I had taken furnished lodgings down at Rustingham-on-Sea,
         Dm                           C
Whence I travelled on to Ashton under Lyne,
        E                                  Am
And the second night I stayed there, I was wakened from a dream,
           D                             G
Which i'll tell you all about some other time.
 C7                               C7/Bb
Among the hunting trophies on the wall above my bed,
F                                C         Dm
Stuffed and mounted was a face I thought I knew.
Dm/F                    Am            E7        Am
A bison? Nay. An okapi? Hmm. Could it be a hartebeest?
       Dm6                              E
Then I seemed to hear a voice: "I'm a g-nu.

[Chorus 2]
"I'm a g-nu, a g-nother g-nu.
                                  Bm     F#7     Bm
I wish I could g-nash my teeth at you.

I'm a g-nu. How do you do?
    E                              A
You really ought to k-now w-ho's w-ho.

I'm a g-nu, spelt G-N-U.
         A7                          D
Call me 'bison' or 'okapi' and I'll sue.
      Bm          Cdim7           A             F#7
G-nor am I in the least like that dreadful hartebeest.
      B7          E7          A         F#7
Oh, g-no, g-no, g-no, I'm a g-nu.
  B7          E7          A             F#7
G-no, g-no, g-no, I'm a g-nu
  B7          E7          A     E7      A
G-no, g-no, g-no, I'm a g-nu.
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