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Song For The North Star chords

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Song for the North Star
Jorma Kaukonen
QUAH (1974)

Easy song with some weird but simple chords. Sounds good in Drop D but it's not necessary.

D5 Dsus4 G G* A
D5 Dsus4 G G* A

             D5 Dsus G A
They gave me money 
            D5 G G* A
to find the sky.
      D5              E7        G*          A        D5
And I took it with no question, didn't even ask them why.

(then play this little riff):
E|--2---0--------|
B|--3---2---2----|
G|--2---2---3----....[G]...[A]...
D|--------0------|
A|---------------|
E|---------------|

             D5 Dsus4 G A
But days are open
              D5 Dsus4 G A
And skies are free
        D5              E7
And the time it took to learn that
G*               A         D5 
Didn't leave its chains on me.

E)--2---0h2p0------------------------------------------------|
B}-------------3---0-------------0---3---2-------------------|
G)-------------2---0-------(0)---0---0---2---(rhythmically)--|
D)--0--------------2---(0)-----------0---2-------------------|
A)----------------(2)--------------------0-------------------|
E)-------------------------------3---------------------------|

           D5 Dsus4 G A
I lived in shadow
             D5 Dsus4 G A
Way from the sun.
        D5               E7
And the tremblin' in my  mind
        G*             A      D5
Kept my heart and body on the run.

(Improvise a fill like the ones above and end it with A)








             D5     Dsus4 G A
When freedom called us
               D5 Dsus4 G A
Called out our names....
        D5            E7
And the beckon of the highway
G*                  A       D5
Saw through all our useless games

(fill ending in A)

            D5 Dsus4 G A
The love we wanted 
            D5 Dsus4 G A
Was lost in lies 
        D5                     E7
And the chance that slipped on by me 
         G*              A      D5
Like the flashin' sorrow in her eyes

(fill ending in A)

A                       D5
Then we took the rise together 
        A                 G
For the first time in our lives 
A                     D5
Feeling just like one suspended  
             A          D5   A   G        A
Then we said time won't keep our strife

            D5 Dsus4 G A
Our time is open 
          D5 Dsus4 G A
For us to see 
        D5                  E7
And our freedom schemes are open 
         G*               A      D5
like the seagulls soaring at the sea

(fill)

        D5                  E7
And our freedom schemes are open 
         G*               A      D5
like the seagulls soaring at the sea.


D5 x0023x
Dsus4 x2003x
G 23000x
G* 230003
A x0222x
E7 02213

            
            
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Tuna27 10 Aug 20, 2014 04:58 AM

Some lyrics of this tune are tough to divine (like many Jorma tunes). But I am pretty sure of this key line:

And our freedom SKIMS ON UPWARD

Like seagulls soaring at the sea.

That line makes a lot of sense if you have spent some time watching gulls at shore. A very "uplifting" lyric. One his best.

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KeyWestChris 10 May 28, 2016 03:12 PM

This tab is so far off, there's no point in doing a correction. It requires an entirely ne post. The bridge is completely backwards. Chords are in the wrong places, incorrect chords are also prevalent throughout.

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