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Story Of Isaac chords

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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
From: tgtchb@tc0.chem.tue.nl (Harold "Bo" Baur)
Subject: CRD: Story of Isaac, Leonard Cohen.

Here's one more of Leonard Cohen... not that anybody asked :-)

Album: Songs from a Room (1969)

D-|-------2--2---2------2--2---2-| (...)
     i  i t  t i t i  i t  t i i   

    Am             F
The door it opened slowly,
   Am             F
my father he came in,
      G    F     E
I was nine years old.
       Am              F
And he stood so tall above me,
    Am                  F
his blue eyes they were shining
        G         F    E
and his voice was very cold.
He said, "I've had a vision

and you know I'm strong and holy,
       D       C         B
I must do what I've been told."
      F              Bb
So he started up the mountain,
      F               Bb
I was running, he was walking,
        F         G       A        Am
and his axe   was made of gold.

      Am                        F
Well, the trees they got much smaller,
    Am             F
the lake a lady's mirror,
     G          F         E
we stopped to drink some wine.
         Am                F
Then he threw the bottle over,
 Am             F
broke a minute later
        G       F       E
and he put his hand on mine.
Thought I saw an eagle

but it might have been a vulture,
  D      C       B
I never could decide.
         F              Bb
Then my father built an altar,
          F                 Bb
he looked once behind his shoulder,
     F     G           A      Am
he knew I would not   hide.

Am                F
You who build the altars now
   Am                F
to sacrifice these children,
             G     F   E
you must not do it anymore.
    Am             F
A scheme is not a vision
        Am               F
and you never have been tempted
      G      F     E
by a demon   or a god.
You who stand above them now,

your hatchets blunt and bloody,
     D        C       B
you were not there before,
        F          Bb
when I lay upon a mountain
        F                 Bb
and my father's hand was trembling
          F       G       A     Am
with the beauty   of the word.

    Am               F
And if you call me brother now,
    Am             F
forgive me if I inquire,
         G      F         E
"Just according to whose plan?"
Am                 F
When it all comes down to dust
Am              F
I will kill you if I must,
        G         F     E
I will help you   if I can.
When it all comes down to dust

I will help you if I must,
        D       C     B
I will kill you if I can.
     F           Bb
And mercy on our uniform,
F               Bb
man of peace or man of war,
     F        G          A     Am
the peacock spreads his fan.

Comments 'n stuff okay, reply to: tgtchb@chem.tue.nl

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Dan Thompson 10 Jan 13, 2004 07:00 PM

Sorry Dude, but your chords are a bit out. It's wicked that you're digging Leonard Cohen though, and this is a particularly beautiful song. I was working it out by ear last night. The chords are really intriguing - the first two chords are actually Amin and Amin/C - notice how the guitar picks the same notes throughout and the chord is changed by the bass. When you're working out a song, particularly something like this - listen out for the bass note in the chord, it's really important, and it makes the chord progression sound very different. For example, in the bass notes of the guitar part (as well as the bass), it descends D C B (where you have G F E). So the chords are D/G C/F E/B. Try picking the part with the exact same notes as Cohen. It's good ear training, and you will see what I mean. I hope this helps.

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musicgeek4 83 Apr 17, 2010 05:59 PM

works completely

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JohnSmith612 10 Jul 04, 2013 04:29 AM

Dan Thompson, you're wrong. The above chords are correct except the first two lines where it is even easier than given above: It doesn't swit h from Am to F, it just stays Am for the whole line. I've listened to the orginal recording on "Songs from a room" and that's the way it works.

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