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Father & Son  Cat Stevens

It's not [G]time to make a [D]change, just [C]relax and take it [Am7]easy
You're still [G]young that's your [Em]fault,
there's so [Am]much you have to [D]know
Find a [G]girl, settle [D]down, if you [C]want to, you can [Am7]marry
Look at [G]me, I am [Em]old, but I'm [Am]happy[D]
I was [G]once like you are [Bm7]now, and I [C]know that its not [Am7]easy
to be [G]calm, when you've [Em]found something going [Am]on.[D]
But take your [G]time, think a [Bm7]lot, think of [C]everything you've[Am7] got
For you will [G]still be here to[Em]morrow, but your [D]dreams may [G]not
[G-C]    [G-C]    Chorus:
How can [G]I try to ex[Bm]plain?  when I [C]do he turns away ag[Am7]ain
it's [G]always been the [Em]same, same old [Am]story[D]
From the [G]moment I could [Bm]talk I was [C]ordered to [Am7]listen
now there's a [G]way and I [Em]know I [D]have to [G]go away
and I [D]know I [C]have to [G]go[G-C] [G-C]
(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----)

It's not [G]time to make a [D]change, just r[C]elax and take it e[Am7]asy
You're still [G]young that's your [Em]fault
there's so [Am]much you have to [D]know
Find a [G]girl, settle [D]down, if you [C]want to, you can [Am7]marry
Look at [G]me, I am [Em]old, but I'm [Am]happy[C] [D]
I was [G]once like you are [Bm7]now, and I [C]know that its not [Am7]easy
to be [G]calm, when you've [Em]found something going [Am]on[C] [D]
But take your [G]time, think a [Bm7]lot, why think[C] of everything yo[Am7]u've got
For you will [G]still be here to[Em]morrow, but your [D]dreams may [G]not
G-C riff G-C riff
CHORUS #1:
How can [G]I try to ex[Bm]plain?  when I [C]do he turns away ag[Am7]ain
it's [G]always been the [Em]same, same old [Am]story[C] [D]
From the [G]moment I could [Bm]talk I was [C]ordered to [Am7]listen
now there's a [G]way and I [Em]know I [D]have to [G]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@hawaii.edu)

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