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If You Want Me To Stay Chords


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              If You Want Me To Stay - Sly And The Family Stone
Arranged by: Funkynic

Tabbed by: Hostile Apostle

Please send suggestions and corrections to Mareed129@aol.com

Tuning: Standard

Note: I got the idea to write this tab from a video on youtube which can be
viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqlIce56NJw .You don't need to 
watch the video but it may help some people with the timing. Also I tried my 
best to get the most accurate chord names but I couldn't find the last two 
chords in any book or online chord finder so I just named them after the root 
note. If anyone has the correct chord names please send it to the e-mail above.

Additional note: I dont use the same exact chords in the video.

      Bm  Am7   D9   G7  F#7   D    C#

Intro: Bm / Am7 / D9 / G7 / F#7
       Bm / Am7 / D9 / G7 / D / C#

If you want me to stay
        Am7    D9
I'll be around today
      G7                   F#7
To be available for you to see
I'm about to go
    Am7         D9
And then you'll know
          G7                       D   C#
For me to stay here I've got to be me

You'll never be in doubt
                 Am7  D9
That's what it's all about
          G7                      F#7
You can't take me for granted and smile
Count the days I'm gone
       Am7            D9
Forget reaching me by phone
          G7                         D    C#
Because I promise I'll be gone for a while

When you see me again
            Am7      D9
I hope that you have been
            G7                         F#7
The kind of person that you really are now
You got to get it straight
            Am7     D9
How could I ever be late
               G7                 D    C#
When you're my woman takin' up my time

How could you ever allow
          Am7    D9
I guess I wonder how
              G7                    F#7
How could you get out of pocket for fun
         Bm                            Am7   D9
When you know that you're never number two
       G7                  D   C#
Number one gonna be number one

I'll be good
  Am7    D9
I wish I could
         G7                  F#7
Get this message over to you now

When you see me again
            Am7      D9
I hope that you have been
            G7                    F#7    
The kind of person you really are now
I'll be so good
  Am7    D9
I wish I could
        G7                  D   C#
Get the message over to you now
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RocknRory wrote on August 18 2011, 03:28 pm

This is awesome, I have always loved funkynics guitar cover and vocals, thank you!!!

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damblo wrote on November 16 2013, 11:55 pm

Hi, the last two chords are actually a G7 (the same as the other chord and Gb7 :) although it doesnt actually matter, very good tab anyway! havent looked at the other chords, but who cares :D

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wrybread wrote on October 9 2014, 11:17 pm

Vaguely sorta kinda close.

Its just the same pattern throughout. If you're doing it in Am (the album version is Bbm by the way), it would be:

If you want me to stay
Gm7 C9 (or C7)
I'll be around today
Fmaj7 E7
To be available for you to see

That's it, over and over. No C to B at the end of the verse. And that Fmaj7 instead of the F7 is critical. A nice way to voice it is 1x221x.

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