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Wavin Flag Acoustic chords

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Wavin' Flag
K'naan

Based on acoustic version seen live.  Thanks to others who have posted this 
amazing song which is the official World Cup 2010 song and has become in the last 
days, Canada's song for Haiti relief.  The Em7 is basically walking down from the 
C to the Am - only finger 2nd and 5th strings. My first post, so be gentle.


(Intro – sung over single-string picked melody or single chord played in short arpeggio):
C                 F   
When I get older, I will be stronger,
Am                         G                 C
They'll call me freedom, just like a Wavin' Flag

(Verse 1):
C                 Em7
Born to a throne, stronger than Rome
Am                  G
but violence prone, poor people zone,
F                 Em
But it's my home, all I have known,
Dm                 F                G
Where I got grown, streets we would roam.
    C                    Em7    
But out of the darkness, I came the farthest,
Am               G
Among the hardest survival.
F                         Em
Learn from these streets, it can be bleak,
Dm                  G
Except no defeat, surrender retreat,
      C           Em7
So we struggling, fighting to eat and
   Am        G
We wondering when we'll be free,
      F                   Em
So we patiently wait, for that fateful day,
     Dm               G
It's not far away, so for now we say

[Chorus]
C                 F
When I get older, I will be stronger,
Am                          G               C
They'll call me freedom, just like a Wavin' flag
                 F                      Am
And then it goes back, and then it goes back,
                 Am        G
And then it goes back, and then it goes
C                 F
When I get older, I will be stronger,
Am                       G                  C
They'll call me freedom, just like a Wavin' flag
                 F                      Am
And then it goes back, and then it goes back,
                 G                   
And then it goes back oh oh oh


(Verse 2 – same chords as Verse 1):

So many wars, settling scores,
Bringing us promises, leaving us poor,
I heard them say, love is the way,
Love is the answer, that's what they say,
But look how they treat us, Make us believers,
We fight their battles, then they deceive us,
Try to control us, they couldn't hold us,
Cause we just move forward like Buffalo Soldiers.
But we struggling, fighting to eat,
And we wondering, when we'll be free
So we patiently wait, for that faithful day,
It's not far away, but for now we say,

[Chorus]

(Bridge (Note 2nd and 3rd “oh,oh,ohlines are sung simultaneously with the two 
lines of lyrics immediately following them):

C  Em7 Am  G  F  Em  Dm
(Ohhhh Ohhhh Ohhhhh Ohhhh)
G
And everybody will be singing it

(Ohhhh Ohhhh Ohhhhh Ohhhh)
C           Em7               Am
And you and I will be singing it
(Ohhhh Ohhhh Ohhhhh Ohhhh)
       G                      F
And we all will be singing it
Em    Dm      G
(Ohhh Ohh Ohh Ohh)

[Chorus] 2x

(Coda):

C  Em7              Am  G
   When I get older,    when I get older
F  Em               Dm  G                  C
   When I get older,    just like a Waving Flag,
Em7                Am    G                  F
Just like a Waving Flag, just like a Waving Flag
Em    Dm    G                  G
Flag, flag, Just like a Waving Flag


            
            
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Ronky 10 Nov 27, 2010 09:02 PM

dude this is what i have been looking for. nice one mate

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jnorth1969 265 Dec 13, 2010 07:00 AM

Of all the text-only versions that I sifted through at UG, this is the most accurate. If you'll allow me to nitpick, I would replace your Em7 chords with G/B chords. Excellent job!

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crize2foi 63 Mar 31, 2011 04:45 AM

Nice job! Saved me some time working out the chords and setting it all out nicely! Just wanted to echo what jnorth 1969 said 'though, the Em7 chord in the verse really should be the G/B chord. Well done and thanks ;-)

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