Year of the cat

Al Stewart



by
Al Stewart
(notated by Jeff A. Estefan jae@explorer.jpl.nasa.gov)
Words & Music by Al Stewart and Peter Wood
INTRO:
 Cmaj7DEmx3Am7D7
VERSE 1:
 Cmaj7DEm
On a morning from a Bogart movie
 Cmaj7DEm
in a country where they turned back time
 Cmaj7DEm
you go strolling through the crowd like
 Am7D7
Peter Lorre contemplating a crime.
 Cmaj7DEm
She comes out of the sun in a silk dress running
 Cmaj7D7
like a water color in the rain.
 Cmaj7D7
Don't bother asking for explanations.
 Am7D
She'll just tell you that she came
in the Year of the Cat.
INSTRUMENTAL:
 Cmaj7DEmx3Am7D7
                 
VERSE 2:
 Cmaj7DEm
She doesn't give you time for questions
 Cmaj7DEm
as she locks up your arm in hers.
 Cmaj7DEm
And you follow 'til your sense of
 Am7D7
which direction completely disappears.
 Cmaj7DEm
By the blue-tiled walls near the market stalls
 Cmaj7C
there's a hidden door she leads you to.
 Cmaj7Em
"These days," she says, "I feel my life just
 Am7D
like a river running through
the Year of the Cat."
INSTRUMENTAL:
 Cmaj7DEmx3Am7D7
                 
BRIDGE: (lead-in: D instead of D7)
 BC
Well she looks at you so cooly
 GD
and her eyes shine like the moon
in the sea.
 BC
She comes in incense and patchouli
 GF
so you take her to find what's
 C/ED
 waiting inside
the Year of the Cat.
INSTRUMENTAL: (repeat INTRO chords a few times)
acoustic/electric guitar solos, piano, sax, etc. (sweet stuff!)
VERSE 3:
 Cmaj7DEm
Well morning comes and you're still with her
 Cmaj7DEm
and the bus and the tourists are gone.
 Cmaj7DEm
And you've thrown away your choice and
 Am7D7
lost your ticket so you have to stay on.
 Cmaj7DEm
But the drumbeat strains of the night
 BC
remain in the rhythm of the newborn day.
 BEm
You know sometime you're bound to leave her
 Am7D
but for now you're gonna stay
in the Year of the Cat.
INSTRUMENTAL: (repeat INTRO chords and fade)
piano riffs, sax, etc.
CHORD DIAGRAMS:
Cmaj7 x32000
D xx2320
Em 022000
Am7 x02010
D7 xx0212
B xx4442
C x32010
G 320003
F xx3211
C/E xx2010
Copyright 1976 by Unichappel Music, Inc.
What makes this song sound so great is the piano riffs, the sax, the
solos, and, of course, Al Stewart's voice. But you can still have fun
with this tune singing solo with a sweet soundin' acoustic in hand.


Corrected by Gypsie. View original
Am7 B C C/E Cmaj7 D D7 Em F G
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dops (report comment to admin):
Are you sure its  Bm in the lyrics because to me i think it sounds better Cmaj7 D Em. Just a suggestion thanks for the great song