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Year Of The Cat chords

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                             Year of the Cat
                               Al Stewart
        (notated by Jeff A. Estefan jae@explorer.jpl.nasa.gov)
           (full version & corrections by twoputt@mac.com)
Words & Music by Al Stewart and Peter Wood

Cmaj7  D  Em  (three times)
Am7    D

Gmaj7   Cmaj7    Gmaj7   Cmaj7
G#m7  Am      D    
Cmaj7  D  Em  (three times)
Am     D
[Verse 1]
     Cmaj7          Bm7       Em
On a morning from a Bogart movie
     Cmaj7              Bm7             Em
in a country where they turned back time
       Cmaj7                  Bm7        Em
you go strolling through the crowd like
                    Am7             D
Peter Lorre contemplating a crime.
          Cmaj7       Bm7          Em
She comes out of the sun in a silk dress
               B                  C
running like a water color in the rain.
C            B           Em
Don't bother asking for explanations.
            Am7                     D
She'll just tell you that she came

in the Year of the Cat.

(repeat INTRO chords)

[Verse 2]
    Cmaj7            Bm7           Em
She doesn't give you time for questions
       Cmaj7        Bm7          Em
as she locks up you arm in hers.
        Cmaj7            Bm7       Em
And you follow 'til your sense of
                   Am7                  D
which direction completely disappears.
       Cmaj7       Bm7            Em
By the blue-tiled walls near the market stalls
          B                         C
there's a hidden door she leads you to.
 C                B       Em         
"These days," she says, "I feel my life just
       Am7                    D
like a river running through

the Year of the Cat."

(repeat INTRO chords)

         B                 C
Well she looks at you so cooly
        G                    D
and her eyes shine like the moon

in the sea.
             B                 C
She comes in incense and pathchouli
       G           F
so you take her to find what's 
C/E             D
waiting inside

the Year of the Cat.

        Cmaj7  D  Em  (three times)
         Am7    D

        Cmaj7  D  Em  (three times)
         Am7    D
          G7   G    G7     G
        G#m7   Am    D

          G7   D    G7    D
          G7   D    C    A

        Cmaj7  D  Em  (three times)
         Am7    D

[Verse 3]
     Cmaj7            Bm7                Em
Well morning comes and you're still with her
        Cmaj7          Bm7        Em
and the bus and the tourists are gone.
            Cmaj7             Bm         Em
And you've thrown away your choice and
                        Am7               D
lost your ticket so you have to stay on.
         Cmaj7         Bm7             Em
But the drumbeat strains of the night
              B                     C
remain in the rhythm of the newborn day.
C             B         Em        
You know sometime you're bound to leave her
        Am7                    D
but for now you're gonna stay

in the Year of the Cat.

[INSTRUMENTAL:] (repeat until sax solo)
        Cmaj7  D  Em  (three times)
         Am7    D

          G7   G    G7     G
        G#m7   Am    D

[INSTRUMENTAL:] (repeat & fade)
        Cmaj7  D  Em  (three times)
         Am7    D


Cmaj7   x32000
D       xx2320
Em      022000
Am7     x02010
D7      xx0212
Bm      xx4432
B       xx4442
C       x32010
G       320003
F       xx3211
C/E     xx2010

Copyright 1976 by Unichappel Music, Inc.

  What makes this song sound so great is the piano riffs, the sax, the
  solos, and, of course, Al Stewart's voice.  But you can still have fun
  with this tune singing solo with a sweet soundin' acoustic in hand.

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josep26 10 May 29, 2015 04:54 PM, edited on May 30 2015, 08:17 pm

Some chords corrections,
Cmaj7 D Em (three times)
Am7 D
G C9 G C9
E Am D ...electric solo start

G D G D E7 Am D

G C9 G C9
E7 Am D

being C9 x32003

Hope you find it useful.

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twoputt 590 Jun 01, 2015 05:30 PM, edited on June 2 2015, 09:02 am

Hi josep26,

I'm not so sure I hear what you hear. For example, when the band comes in, there is clearly an F there which makes the chord a G7. With what you're calling a C9 and the Band In part, there is clearly a higher B, which once again is a 7th and makes a Cmaj7. Additionally, since the song is based around the piano, 9th chords are somewhat uncommon.

So thanks for taking the time to chime in, but I think what I have might still be correct. Maybe somebody else will chime in on the matter.

Thanks again,


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bookstorecowboy 253 Jul 28, 2015 06:09 PM

Sounds great! Someone else posted on another version that all the Bm (Bm7) are D major chords in Al Stewart's various versions. I tried the D chords and they also sound good.

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