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Carry On My Wayward Son Chords

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Carry on my wayward son
There'll be peace when you are done
Lay your weary head to rest
         (drums count in 1&  &3 4)
Don't you cry no more

Riff 1: Electric 2 / bass riff   (6 measures)
| 1 & 2 & 3 4 & 1 & 2 3 & triplet | 1 & 2 3 & |  (x2)
  A G A C   A G A D   E G E D C     D G   D F#
        Keys [organ]/electric 1 single notes    

Break down 1: (half time, octaves)  (6 measures)
| 1 & 2 3 4 & | 1 2 triplet triplet | (x3)
  E E     E E       A B D   G D E

Riff 1 with SOLO: Electric 2 / bass riff   (6 measures)
     Keys organ single notes
     Electric 1 solo    

Break down 2: (half time, octaves 1 guitar very high) (4 measures)
| 1 & 2 3 4 & | 1 2 triplet triplet | (x2)
  E E     E E       A B D   G D E

Tag: (half time) (3 measures)
All notes are different (you will have to pick them out)
Slow triplet x2   F (sustain for 2 measures)

Verse 1: (soft, only keys [piano] arpeggiated)
Am     G              F         G
Once I rose above the noise and confusion
Am      G             F           G
Just to get a glimpse beyond this illusion
Dm    C            Bb        Bb C  
I was soaring ever higher
Dm    C        G     (bass/drums in)
But I flew too high
Am        G                F           G
Though my eyes could see I still was a blind man
Am        G                F           G
Though my mind could think I still was a mad man
Dm         C               Bb           
I hear the voices when I'm dreaming
Dm    C         G
I can hear them say
                          Chorus 1:
Am    C     G       F     Am          C          G
Carry on my wayward son,  There'll be peace when you are done
Am       C     G       F   F (hit and off)                Riff 1 
Lay your weary head to rest,   don't you cry no more
 
Verse 2: (soft, keys [piano] /bass/drums only)
Am    G           F          G
Masquerading as a man with a reason
Am    G           F            G
My charade is the event of the season
Dm       C             Bb           Bb C
And if I claim to be a wise man
Dm        C                  G
It surely means that I don't know
Am   G             F      G
On a stormy sea of moving emotion
Am     G                F           G
Tossed about I'm like a ship on the ocean
Dm    C                     Bb         Bb C
I set a course for winds of fortune
Dm    C               G
But I hear the voices say
                          Chorus 2:
Am    C     G       F     Am          C          G
Carry on my wayward son,  There'll be peace when you are done
Am       C     G       F   F (hit and off)      1 2 3 4*Drum hit
Lay your weary head to rest,   don't you cry no more

Solo 1: (medium-soft, bass/drums/electrics only)    (8 measures)
| 1 & 2 3 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & | 1 & 2 3 4 & 1 & 2 & | x2
  A A       G   A   D   C   A A       G   A   D    

Solo 2: (1st time, keys [organ] solo, 2nd time, electric solo)
| 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 e  | 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & | x2
  E E   D   C#  B   A   G   E   G    E E   D   C#  B D F#  G   G#  A  

Riff 1

Bridge: (medium)
Am Am (mute)
Carry on 1  2 & 3 & 4 &
G        F    E F G A C
You will always remember
Am Am (mute)
Carry on 1  2   & 3 & 4 &
G        F      E F G A C    
Nothing  equals the splendor
Dm       C                Bb     Bb C
Now your life's no longer empty
Dm     C                G
Surely Heaven waits for you

Ending Chorus: (medium)
Am    C     G       F     Am          C          G
Carry on my wayward son,  There'll be peace when you are done
Am       C     G       F   F (hit and off)                Breakdown 2 vamp 
Lay your weary head to rest,   don't you cry no more

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vintageman wrote on March 2 2010, 11:38 am

ok this is pretty good but a little difficult to understand...5 stars from me.

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Dwg wrote on March 3 2013, 09:56 am

freaking awesome you sir this is brilliant and entertaining to play.

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Kristal Brooks wrote on May 7 2013, 03:14 pm

My Chuck, it's amazing!

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