How to Read the Chord Notation

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How to Read the Chord Notation

When you figure it out, you will see how easy it is... here are some examples
 A slash shows where the end of a measure is, usually four beats.

 Each chord symbol represents one regular beat.

 A hyphen means that you repeat the previous chord; it also represents one regular beat.

 An "empty measure" between two slashes means to repeat the same set of chords in the previous measure (chords notated between previous set of slashes)

An example is Dancing in the Street:

D - - - / / D7 - - - / / = D D D D / D D D D / D7 D7 D7 D7 / D7 D7 D7 D7 /

 When there is a "xN" (x2, x4, etc.) between two slashes it means to repeat the previous amount of measures according to the number. An example is Heart of Gold:


Em - C - / D - G - / x2 / = Em Em C C / D D G G / Em Em C C / D D G G /
 Two chords squeezed together represents that these chords are played twice as fast, or in triplet feel if three are put together. As the double (twice as fast) in I'll Cry Instead and the triplet (three times as fast) in Stormy Monday.
I'll cry instead: G - GC - / Stormy: Am - - Am7Bbm7Bm7 /
 If at the end of a line of chords a (2x) or other multiple is given (Nx), then repeat the entire line of chords that amount of times. If this found inside the slashes, then repeat that measure that amount of times.
 A double slash represents the break between two sections of the song, usually the verse and chorus.

 If a single quotes is between two slashes / " / then use the corresponding measure in sequence from the line above. And if the quotes is followed by a 1st xN, / " 1st xN / then use the first number of measures from the line above or previous section. An example is A Day in a Life.

 "(Capo Nth Fret)" indicates that you will have to capo at that fret to keep in key with song. You may capo any piece to fit with your voice also...
 If no chords are given after the chorus, then the chorus uses the same chords as the verses. Also some songs will identify that you repeat the same set of chords throughout the piece.
 Chords with a small slash and letter following them represent the bass notes played with that chord. See next example.
 A greater than symbol “>” indicates a descending bass run, likewise a less than symbol an ascending bass run. A descending example is Friend of the Devil.
G > - - / C > - - / = G G/F# G/E G/D / C C/B C/A C/G /
 When you see this symbol  (the clef sign) it represents that song has been charted in an easy to play key. A capo notation will follow which brings it into the key of the original recording.

 Also, a musical note  represents that the song key has been changed for easy sing or play.



A CHILD IN THESE HILLS

Jackson Browne

I am a child in these hills

I am away, I am alone

I am a child in these hills

I'm looking for water, and looking for life

Who will show me the river and ask me my name

Is there nobody here who can do that?


D       / G   A   / D       / / A       / /

D       / G   A   / x2 / x2 / x2 / D       /

A       / G       / / D       / G       / A       //
C: Well I have come to these hills,

I will come to the river,

As I choose to be gone

From the house of my father

I am a child in these hills
D       / As4   A   / x2 / x2 / D       / G       /

A       / D   Em   / G6   A   / D       / //

B: Chased from the gates of the city,

Where no one had touched me

I am away, I am alone

I am a child in these hills

I'm looking for water, and looking for life

Who will show me the river and ask me my name

Is there nobody here who can do that?
Bb       / / F       / / A       / / G       / /

Bm       / / Em       / G       / D   Em   / G6   A   / D       / /

A       / G       / / D       / G       / A      //
C: Well I have come to these hills,

I will come to the river,

As I choose to be gone

From the house of my father

I am a child in these hills

© 1972 Atlantic Records: on his "Saturate Before Using"



A DAY IN THE LIFE

The Beatles (Paul McCartney)

V1: I read the news today, oh boy

About a lucky man who made the grade

And though the news was rather sad

Well I just had to laugh

I saw the photograph
G - D/F# - / Em - D - / C - C/B / As2 - - - /

G - D/F# - / Em - D - / C - F - / Em - - - / x2 //
V2: He blew his mind out in a car

He didn't notice that the light had changed

A crowd of people stood and stared

They seen his face before

Nobody was really sure if he was from the House of Lords
I saw a film today, oh boy

The English army had just won the war

A crowd of people turned away

But I just had to look

Having read the book
G - D/F# - / Em - D - / C - C/B / As2 - - - /

G - D/F# - / Em - D - / C - F - / Em - - - / C - - - //
I'd love to turn you on...

C - G - / D - A - / A - - - // go wild

B: Woke up, got out of bed,

Dragged a comb across my head

Found my way downstairs and drank a cup,

And looking up I noticed I was late

Found my coat and grabbed my hat

Made the bus in seconds flat

Found my way upstairs and had a smoke

And somebody spoke and I went into a dream


E - - - / - - D - / - - / E - / D - E - / D - - - // (2x)

( C - - - / G - - - / D - - - / A - - - / x4 / C - C/B A // )
V2: I read the news today, oh boy

Four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire

And though the holes were rather small

They had to count them all

Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall
I'd love to turn you on...
© 1967 EMI Records: on their "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band"

A MURDER OF ONE

Counting Crows (Adam Duritz/Matt Malley/David Bryson)

Blue morning



Blue morning

Wrapped in strands of fist and bone

Curiosity, Kitten, doesn't have to mean you're on your own

You can look outside your window

He doesn't have to know

We can talk awhile, baby

We can take it nice and slow
D - - - / / C - - - / // (4x)
C: All your life is such a shame ... All your love is just a dream
G - - - / / C - - - / // (4x)
Are you happy where you're sleeping?

Does he keep you safe and warm?

Does he tell you when you're sorry?

Does he tell you when you're wrong?

I've been watching you for hours

It's been years since we were born

We were perfect when we started

I've been wondering where we've gone

C: All your life is such a shame ... All your love is just a dream

B: I dreamt I saw you walking up a hillside in the snow

Casting shadows on the winter sky as you stood there counting crows

One for sorrow

Two for joy

Three for girls and four for boys

Five for silver

Six for gold and

Seven for a secret never to be told


D - - - / / C - - - / / x4 / D - - - / / Am - - - / / G/B - - - / / C - - - / //
There's a bird that nests inside you

Sleeping underneath your skin

When you open up your wings to speak

I wish you'd let me in


C: All your life is such a shame ... All your love is just a dream
T: Open up your eyes, you can see the flames

Of your wasted life, you should be ashamed


You don't want to waste your life, baby

You don't want to waste your life, darling (4x)


I walk along the hillsides, in the summer 'neath the sunshine

I am feathered by the moonlight falling down off me (4x)


Change ...
© 1993 Geffen Records: on their “August and Everything After”

ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE

Kate Wolf


I've been walkin' in my sleep

Countin' troubles 'stead of countin' sheep

Where the years went I can't say

I just turned around and they've gone away


A - - - / A - D - / A - - - / - - - > / F#m - - - / / D - - - / /

A - - - / - - - > / F#m - - - / / D - - - / E - - - / A - - - / //
I've been siftin' through the layers

Of dusty books and faded papers

They tell a story I used to know

And it was one that happened so long ago


C: It's gone away in yesterday

Now I find myself on the mountainside

Where the rivers change direction

Across the Great Divide

A - - - / A - D - / A - - - / - - - > / F#m - - - / / D - - - / /


A - G#m - / F#m - - - / D - E - / A - - - / //
Now, I heard the owl a-callin'

Softly as the night was fallin'

With a question and I replied

But he's gone across the borderline


C: He's gone away in yesterday

Now I find myself on the mountainside

Where the rivers change direction

Across the Great Divide


(Solo on verse)
The finest hour that I have seen

Is the one that comes between

The edge of night and the break of day

It's when the darkness rolls away


C: And it's gone away in yesterday

Now I find myself on the mountainside

Where the rivers change direction

Across the Great Divide


C: And it's gone away in yesterday

Now I find myself on the mountainside

It's where the rivers change direction

Across the Great Divide


© 1981 Rhino Records/Another Sundown Publishing/Kate Wolf:: on her Close to You", and on Nanci Griffith "Other Voices, Other

Rooms"


ACROSS THE UNIVERSE

The Beatles (Lennon-McCartney)

Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup

They slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe

Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind

Possessing and caressing me

Jai guru deva om
D - F#m - / Bm - - - / Em7 - - - / A - - - / x4 //

D - - - / / A - - - / //
C: Nothing's gonna change my world

Nothing's gonna change my world

Nothing's gonna change my world

Nothing's gonna change my world


A - Asus4 - / A7 - - - / G - - - / D - - - / x4 //

Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes

They call me on and on across the universe

Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letterbox

They tumble blindly as they make their way across the universe

Jai guru deva om

C: Nothing's gonna change my world

Nothing's gonna change my world

Nothing's gonna change my world

Nothing's gonna change my world


Sounds of laughter shades of earth are

Ringing through my open view inciting and inviting me

Limitless undying love which shines around me like a million suns

It calls me on and on across the universe

Jai guru deva om
C: Nothing's gonna change my world

Nothing's gonna change my world

Nothing's gonna change my world

Nothing's gonna change my world


Jai guru deva

© 1970 EMI Records: on their "Let It Be", also on David Bowies "Young Americans"



AFTER THE GOLD RUSH

Neil Young


Well, I dreamed I saw the knights in armor coming,

Sayin' something about a queen.

There were peasants singin' and drummers drummin'

And the archer split the tree.

There was a fanfare blowin' to the sun

That was floating on the breeze.

Look at Mother Nature on the run in the 1970's.

Look at Mother Nature on the run in the 1970's.


D - - - / G - - - / x2 / D - - - / A- - - / G - - - / A - - - /

Bm - - - / C - - - / G - - - / C - - - / /

D - - - / A - - - / C - - - / G - - - / x4 //
I was lyin' in a burned out basement

With the full moon in my eyes.

I was hopin' for replacement

When the sun burst through the sky.

There was a band playin' in my head

And I felt like getting high.

I was thinkin' about what a friend had said, I was hopin' it was a lie.

Thinkin' about what a friend had said, I was hopin' it was a lie.

Well, I dreamed I saw the silver spaceships flyin'

In the yellow haze of the sun,

There were children cryin' and colors flyin'

All around the chosen ones

All in a dream, all in a dream the loading had begun.

Flying Mother Nature's silver seed to a new home in the sun.

Flying Mother Nature's silver seed to a new home.

© 1970 Warner Reprise Records:: on his “After the Gold Rush”


AIN'T NO SUNSHINE

Bill Withers



( Am - - - / Em - G - / x2 //)
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone.

It's not warm when she's away.

Ain't no sunshine when she's gone,

And she's always gone too long,

Anytime she goes away.
Am - - - / / / Em - G - / x4 /

Am - - - / / E7 - - - / / D7 - - - / /

( Am - - - / Em - G - / x2 /)
Ain't no sunshine when she's gone.

There's only darkness everyday.

Ain't no sunshine when she's gone.

This house just ain't a home,

Anytime she goes away.
I know, I know... (Ad lib)

I oughtta leave the young thing alone,

Ain't no sunshine when she's gone.
Wonder this time where she's gone.

Wonder if she's going to stay.

Ain't no sunshine when she's gone.

And she's always gone too long,

Anytime she goes away.

AIR

Hair (w: Gerome Ragni & James Rado m: Galt MacDermot)


Welcome sulphur dioxide,

Hello carbon monoxide

The air, the air is everywhere

Breathe deep, while you sleep, breathe deep
G - - - / - - C D / x2 / C - - - / D - - - /

C - - - / G - - - / C - - - / - - D - //
Bless you alcohol bloodstream,

Save me nicotine lungsteen

Incense, incense is in the air

Breathe deep, while you sleep, breathe deep


Cataclysmic, cataplasm

Fall out atomic orgasm

Vapor and fume at the stone of my tomb

Breathe like a solemn perfume

Eating at the stone of my tomb

G - - - / - - C D / x2 / C - - - / D - - - / x2 / x2 //

Welcome sulphur dioxide,

Hello carbon monoxide

The air, the air is everywhere

Breathe deep, while you sleep, breathe deep


© 1988, 1968 BMG Music/RCA: on the Original Broadway Cast recording of "Hair"



ALISON

Elvis Costello


Oh it's so funny to be seeing you after so long, girl

And with the way you look, I understand that you are not impressed

But I heard you let that little friend of mine

Take off your party dress


I'm not gonna get too sentimental

Like those other sticky valentines,

'Cause I don't know if you are loving somebody

I only know it isn't mine


A - - - / E - - - / A - - - / G#m - C#m B /

A - - - / G#m - C#m - / D - - - / Bsus4 - B - /

A - - - / G#m - C#m B / A - - - / G#m - C#m B /

A - - - / G#m - C#m - / D - - - / Bsus4 - B - //
C: Alison, I know this world is killing you

Oh, Alison, my aim is true


A - - - / E - - ^G#m / A ^C#m B ^F#m / G#m ^B C#m B /

A - - - / E - - - / A - B - / E - - - / ( E - - - / //)
Well, I see you got a husband now

Did he leave your pretty fingers lying in the wedding cake?

You used to hold him right in your hand

I'll bet he took all he could take


Sometimes I wish that I could stop you from talking

When I hear the silly things that you say

I think somebody better put out the big light

‘Cause I can't stand to see you that way


C: Alison, I know this world is killing you

Oh, Alison, my aim is true


T: My aim is true

My aim is true (...ad lib)


A - B - / E - C#m - // (as needed)

© 1977 RykoDisc / Elektra Records:: on his “My Aim is True”

ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER

Bob Dylan

There must be some kind of way out of here

Said the joker to the thief

Too much confusion

I can't get no relief

Businessmen they drink my wine

Plowmen dig my earth

None of them along the line

Know what any of it's worth

Am - - - / G - - - / F - - - / G - - - / (repeat continuously)
No reason to get excited

The thief he kindly spoke

There are many here among us

Who think that life is but a joke

But you and I we've been through all that

And this is not our fate

So let us not talk falsely now

The hour is getting late


(Solo)
All along the watchtower

The princes kept the view

While all the women came and went

Barefoot servants too

Outside in the distance

A wild cat did growl

Two riders were approaching

And the wind began to howl


On his “John Wesley Harding” & "Greatest Hits Vol. 2", on Jimi Hendrix "Electric Ladyland" and on Michael Hedges "Watching My Life Go By"



ALL I WANT

Joni Mitchell


( D - - Ds4(9) / D - C - / D - - Ds4(9) / D Em D C // (2x) )
I am on lonely road and I am traveling, traveling, traveling, traveling

Looking for something, what can it be

Oh, I hate you some and I hate you some, I love you some

Oh, I love you when I forget about me


D - - Ds4(9) / D - C - / Bm - - - / / C - - G / C A D - - / - - - - // (2x)
C: I wanna be strong, I want to laugh along

I wanna belong to the living

Alive, alive, I wanna get up and jive

I wanna wreck my stockings in some jukebox dive

Do you want, do you want, do you want to dance with me baby

Do you want to take a chance

On maybe finding some sweet romance with me baby, well come on...
Bm - - - / A - - - / x2 / x2 / Bm - - - / D - - - / / A - - - / - - - < /

C - - - / / G - - - / / A - - - / As4 - - - / Am7 - - - / //

All I really, really want our love to do

Is to bring out the best in me and in you too

All I really, really want our love to do

Is to bring out the best in me and in you


C: I want to talk to you, I want to shampoo you

I wanna renew you again and again

Applause, applause, life is our cause

When I think of your kisses my mind see-saws

Do you see, do you see, do you see how you hurt me baby

So I hurt you too, then we both get so blue


I am on a lonely road and I am traveling

Looking for the key to set me free

Oh, the jealousy, the greed is the unraveling, it's the unraveling

And it undoes all the good that could be


C: I want to have fun, I wanna shine like the sun

Want to be the one that you want to see

Want to knit you a sweater, wanna write you a love letter

Wanna make you feel better, wanna make you feel free

Hmm, Hmm, Hmm, Hmm... I want to make you feel free

I want to make you feel free

© 1971 Reprise:: on her "Blue"

ALL MY LOVING

The Beatles (Lennon-McCartney)

Close your eyes and I'll kiss you.

Tomorrow I'll miss you.

Remember I'll always be true.

And then while I'm away,

I'll write home every day,

And I'll send all my loving to you.


F#m - - - / B - - - / E - - - / C#m - - - / A - - - / F#m - - - / D - - - / B - - - /

F#m - - - / B - - - / E - - - / C#m - - - / A - - - / B - - - / E - - - / //
I'll pretend that I'm kissing,

The lips I am missing,

And hope that my dreams will come true.

And while I'm away,

I'll write home every day,

And I'll send all my loving to you.

C: All my loving, I will send to you.

All my loving, darling I'll be true.

C#m - - - / E - - - / C#m - - - / /

E - - - / C#m - - - / E - - - / //
Close your eyes and I'll kiss you.

Tomorrow I'll miss you.

Remember I'll always be true.

And then while I'm away,

I'll write home every day,

And I'll send all my loving to you.


C: All my loving, I will send to you.

All my loving, darling I'll be true.

All my loving, all my loving, oh...

All my loving, I will send to you.


C#m - - - / E - - - / C#m - - - / / E - - - / C#m - - - / E - - - / /

E - - - / / G#7#5 - - - / / E - - - / C#m - B - / E - - B / E - - - //

© 1963 EMI Records: on their "With the Beatles"



ALL SHOOK UP

Elvis Presley


V1: Well bless my soul what's wrong with me

I met you like a man on a lover’s spree

Friends say I'm acting white as a bug

I'm in love, I'm all shook up
B - - - (7x) / E - - - / F#7 - - - / B - - - / //
V2: Well my hands are shaking and my knees are weak

I can't seem to stand on my own two feet

Who do you think would have such luck

I'm in love, I'm all shook up


C1: Well please don't ask me what's on my mind

I am a little mixed up, but I feel fine

When I meet a girl that I have wished

My heart bears so, it scares me to death


E - - - / / B - - - / / E - - - / / F# - - - / F#7 - - - //
V3: When she touched my hand, what a chill I got

My lips are like a volcano that's hot

I'm proud to say that she's my buttercup

I'm in love, I'm all shook up

C2: My tongue gets tied when I try to speak

My insides shake like a leaf on a tree

There's only one cure for this body of mine

That's to have that girl and her love so fine

V3: When she touched my hand, what a chill I got

My lips are like a volcano that's hot

I'm proud to say that she's my buttercup

I'm in love, I'm all shook up


© 1988 BMG Music (Original recording 1957): on his compilation "50 Worldwide Gold Hits"



AMAZING GRACE

Traditional


Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,

That saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost, but now I'm found

Was blind but now can see.
C - - - / F - C - / - - - - / G - - - /

C - - - / F - C - / C - G - / C - - - //
T'was grace that taught my heart to fear,

And grace my fears relieved.

How precious did that grace appear,

The hour I first believed.


The Lord has promised good to me

His word my hope secures

He will my shield and portion be

As long as life endures


Through many dangers, toils and snares,

We have already come.

'Tis grace hath brought me safe thus far,

And grace will lead me home.


When we've been there ten thousand years,

Bright shining as the sun.

We've no less days to sing God's praise,

Then we first begun.


Amazing grace has set me free

To touch, to taste, to feel

The wonders of accepting Love

Have made me whole and real

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound,

That saved a wretch like me.

I once was lost, but now I'm found

Was blind but now can see.

Traditional - w: John Newton (1725-1807); Newton was a captain of a slaveship who experienced a religious conversion en route to America, turned around his ship and returned to Africa freeing his human cargo. m: trad (in Virginia Harmony). The italic verse is by New York YM Quakers.:: On Judy Collins "Whales and Nightingales" & "Best of", on Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie "Precious Friend" & "Ritchie Family", on Willie Nelson "The Sound In Your Mind", on Stanley Bros "Uncloudy Day", on Bernice Reagon "Folk Songs of the South", and on J Ritchie & Doc Watson "At Folk City"


AMERICA

Paul Simon


(Capo 2nd Fret)

( C > - - / F - - - / x2 //)
V-A: "Let us be lovers, we'll marry our fortunes together

I've got some real estate here in my bag"

So we bought a pack of cigarettes and Mrs. Wagner's pies

And walked off to look for America






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