Father and son

Cat Stevens

 GDCAm7
It's not time to make a change, just relax and take it easy
 GEm
You're still young that's your fault,
 AmD
there's so much you have to know
 GDCAm7
Find a girl, settle down, if you want to, you can marry
 GEmAmD
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy
 GBm7CAm7
I was once like you are now, and I know that its not easy
 GEmAmD
to be calm, when you've found something going on.
 GBm7CAm7
But take your time, think a lot, think of everything you've got
 GEmDG
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not
 G-CG-C
         Chorus:
 GBmCAm7
How can I try to explain?  when I do he turns away again
 GEmAmD
it's always been the same, same old story
 GBmCAm7
From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen
 GEmDG
now there's a way and I know I have to go away
 DCGG-CG-C
and I know I have to go 
(Break. Unsure of which chord of D, Bm7, or Bm is played.)
Verse:
(away) (away)
It's not time to make a change, just sit down and take it slowly
(I) (know) (I have)
You're still young, that's your fault, there's so much you have
(to make this)
to go through
(decision) (alone)
Find a girl, settle down, if you want to you can marry
(know) (no?)
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy
(stay) (stay, stay)
All the times that I cried, keeping all the things I knew inside
(why?) (must) (you go and make this de-
It's hard, but it's harder to ignore it.
cision) (alone?)
If they were right, I'd agree, but it's them they know, not me
Now there's a way, and I know that I have to go away.
I know I have to go. (ends on single strum of G)
Someone else suggested playing C (add D), which adds the note
the voice sings. In fact, there's a whole bunch of added
notes not included here. This makes for a beautiful 2-guitar
solo, which, since it repeats the same chords, could be really
dull otherwise. If anyone can add to this, please do. The closest
I come is the G-C part (intro, ends of 1st verse, chorus and break)
where there's a little slide. One fairly easy way to play it is to
hold the C chord, add the G on the 1st string with your pinky and
slide the whole thing up, after hitting the second G:
   e ---3----3s5----------------

b -1----1--------------------
or whatever...
BTW, any of you guys ever played this for your father?
Martin (Ted) Hermary
Department of Sociology
McGill University
855 Shebrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
H3A 2T7
e-mail: czth@musica.mcgill.ca
From: Harlan L Thompson
FATHER AND SON- Cat Stevens
INTRO: G  C  riff: (E----4----6--) rpt 3 times

(B--2----2----)
 GDCAm7
It's not time to make a change, just relax and take it easy
 GEm
You're still young that's your fault
 AmD
there's so much you have to know
 GDCAm7
Find a girl, settle down, if you want to, you can marry
 GEmAmCD
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy 
 GBm7CAm7
I was once like you are now, and I know that its not easy
 GEmAmCD
to be calm, when you've found something going on 
 GBm7CAm7
But take your time, think a lot, why think of everything you've got
 GEmDG
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not
G-C riff G-C riff
CHORUS #1:
 GBmCAm7
How can I try to explain?  when I do he turns away again
 GEmAmCD
it's always been the same, same old story 
 GBmCAm7
>From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen
 GEmDG
now there's a way and I know I have to go away
D C G G-C riff G-C riff
and I know I have to go
(away) (away)
It's not time to make a change, just sit down and take it slowly
(I) (know) (I have)
You're still young, that's your fault, there's so much you have
(to make this)
to go through
(decision) (alone)
Find a girl, settle down, if you want to you can marry
(no)
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy
CHORUS #2:
(stay) (stay, stay)
All the times that I cried, keeping all the things I knew inside
(why?) (must) (you go and make this de-
It's hard, but it's harder to ignore it
cision) (alone?)
If they were right, I'd agree, but it's them they know, not me
Now there's a way, and I know that I have to go away
I know I have to go
NOTE: Just a tidying up of previous versions.
(from Tea for the Tillerman, 1970)
(sent by Harlan at harlant@hawai


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Am Am7 Bm Bm7 C D Em G
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