A Day in the Life of a Fool

A [Am] day in the [Bm7b5] life [E7] of a [Am] fool [Bm7b5-E7]
A [Am] sad and a [Dm7] long [G7] lonely [CM7] day [A7b9]

I walk the [Dm7] avenue [G7]
Hoping I’ll [CM7] run into [FM7]
The welcome [Bm7b5] sight of you [E7]
Coming my [Am] way … [ Bm7b5-E7 ]

I [Am] stop just a – [Bm7b5] cross [E7] from your [Am] door [Bm7b5-E7]
But [Em7b5] you’re never [A7b9] home any [Dm] more

So [Dm-Dm7] back to my [E7] room
And [Am-Am7] there in the [FM7] gloom
I [E7+] cry [E7] tears of goodbye…

[ Am – Am – Bm7b5 – E7 ]

 

All Of Me

[G] All of me, why not take [B7] all of me
[E7] Can’t you see that I’m no good with- [Am] out you

[B7] Take my lips, I want to [Em] lose them
[A7] Take my arms, I’ll never [D9] use them

[G] Your goodbye, left me with [B7] eyes that cry
[E7] How can I, go on with- [Am] out you

[Am7/G] You took the [Gbo7] part
[G] That once was my [E7] heart
[A7] So why not take [D13] all of [G] me

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

Some [Em] things in life are [A13] bad
And they can [DM7] really make you [B7] sad
[Em] Other things just [A7] make you swear and [DM7] curse
When you’re [Em] chewing on life’s [A13] gristle
Don’t [DM7] grumble, give a [D7b9] whistle
And [Bm11] this’ll help things [Bb7b5/F] turn out for the [A7] best, and

[D] Always [Bm] look on the [G] bright [A7] side of [D] life [Bm-G-A7]
[D] Always [Bm] look on the [G] light [A7] side of [D] life [Bm-G-A7]

If life seems jolly rotten
There’s something you’ve forgotten
And that’s to laugh and smile and dance and sing
When you’re feeling in the dumps
Don’t be silly chumps
Just purse your lips and whistle, that’s the thing

Always look on the bright side of life …

For life is quite absurd
And death’s the final word
You must always face the curtain with a bow
Forget about your sin
Give the audience a grin
Enjoy it, it’s your last chance anyhow

Always look on the bright side of death …

‘Cause when you think of it
Life’s a piece of …
Life’s a laugh and death’s a joke it’s true
You see it’s all a show
So keep ’em laughing as you go
Just remember that the last laugh is on you

Always look on the bright side of life …

[Key shift on chorus: E – C#m – A – B7 ]

Bamboleo

Ese a – [Am] mor llega a- [E7] si esta ma- [Am] nera
No tiene la [E7] culpa
[E7] Caballo de danza vana, porque es muy despreciado, por eso
No te per- [Am] dona llorar

Ese a – [Am] mor llega a- [E7] si esta ma- [Am] nera
No tiene la [E7] culpa
[E7] Amor de compra y venta, amor del en el pasado
Bem, bem bem bem, bem bem bem…

[ Am4 – Dm4 – E74 – Am4 ]
Bamboleo, bambolea
Porque mi vida, yo la prefiero vivir asi
Bamboleo, bambolea
Porque mi vida, yo la prefiero vivir asi

 

Banana Pancakes

verse loop [ E2 – D#m7b52 – A62 – A72 ]
chorus loop [ F#m4 – F#m4 – E4 – E4 ]

You hardly even notice, when I try to show you
Song is meant to keep you, doin’ what you’re supposed to
Wakin’ up too early, maybe we could sleep in
Make you banana pancakes, pretend like it’s the weekend

Now, we could pretend it all the time
Can’t you see that it’s just rainin’…
There ain’t no need to go outside … but just maybe

Laka ukulele, mama made a baby
Really don’t mind the practice, cause you’re my little lady
Lady, lady love me ’cause I, love to lay here lazy
We could close the curtains, pretend like there’s no world

Outside, we could pretend it all the time
Can’t you see that it’s just rainin’…
There ain’t no need to go outside …, but just maybe

Bare Necessities

(Look for the) [C] bare ne- [C7] cessities
The [F6] simple bare ne- [Fm6] cessities
For- [C] get about your [A7] worries and your
[Dm] Strife [G7…]
(I mean the) [C6] bare ne- [C13] cessities
Old [F6] Mother Nature’s [Fm6] recipes
That [C!] bring the [A7!] bare ne- [D9] cessi- [G7] ties of
[C] Life [break]

Wherever I [G7] wander, wherever I [C] roam
I couldn’t be [G7] fonder of my big [C] home [C7]
The bees are [F] buzzin’ in the [G] tree
To make some [C] honey just for [Am] me
When you [A7] look under the [Ab7] rocks and plants
And [G7] take a glance at the [Gb7] fancy ants
Then [F7] maybe try a [A7] few (yuck!) [pause]

The bare ne- [F] cessities of [G6] life will come to [C] you
[G7] They’ll come to [C] you!

[chorus]

Now when you pick a [G7] pawpaw, or a prickly [C] pear
And you prick a [G7] raw paw, next time be- [C] ware [C7]
Don’t pick the [F] prickly pear by the [G] paw
When you pick a [C] pear, try to use the [Am] claw
But [A7] you don’t need to [Ab7] use the claw
When you [G7] pick a pair of the [Gb7] big pawpaw
Have I [F7] given you a [A7] clue?

The bare ne- [F] cessities of [G6] life will come to [C] you
[G7] They’ll come to [C] you!

[chorus]

 

Beautiful Things

Chord pattern for looping jam: [ Dm – A7 – A7 – Dm ]

The [Dm] world is full of [Em7b5] beautiful [A7b9] things
[Dm] Butterfly [C] wings, [Bb7b5] fairy tale [A7] kings
And [Dm] each new day un- [Em7b5] doubtedly [A7b9] brings
[Dm] Still more [A7] beautiful [Dm] things

The [Dm] world abounds with [Em7b5] many de- [A7b9] lights
[Dm] Magical [C] sights, [Bb7b5] fanciful [A7] flights
And [Dm] those who dream on [Em7b5] beautiful [A7b9]  nights
[Dm] Dream of [A7] beautiful [Dm] things

[Em7b5] Beautiful days for [Gm7b5] sunshine lazin’
[C7b9] Beautiful skies and [FM7] shores
[Em7b5] Beautiful nights when [Gm7b5] I can gaze in
[Bb7] Beautiful eyes like [A7] yours

You [Dm] wonder why the [Em7b5] nightingale [A7b9] sings
[Dm] Lovers have [C] wings, [Bb7b5] people wear [A7] rings
The [Dm] world is full of [Em7b5] beautiful [A7b9] things
[Dm] Beautiful [A7] people, [Dm] too…
[Dm] Beautiful [A7] people… like
You… [Dm-C-Bb7-A7]
Like you… [Dm-C-Bb7-A7]
Just like you…[Dm-C-Bb7-A7]
People like you…[Dm-C-Bb7-A7]

Our [Dm] lives tick by like [Em7b5] pendulum [A7b9] swings
[Dm] Delicate [C] things, [Bb7b] butterfly [A7] wings
The [Dm] world is full of [Em7b5] beautiful [A7b9] things
[Dm] Beautiful [A7] people, [Dm] too …
[Dm] Beautiful [A7] people [pause] like

[: Dm-C-Bb7-A7 :] you … like you …

 

Besame Mucho

intro [ Am4 – Dm4 – E74 – Am4 ]

[Am] Bésame, bésame [Dm] mucho
[F6] Como si [E7] fuera esta [E7b9] noche la [G7b9] última [Am] vez
[A7] Bésame, bésame [Dm] mucho
Tengo [Am] miedo per- [FM7] derte, [E7] perderte des- [Am] pués

[Dm] Quiero tenerte muy [C] cerca
Mirarme en tus [E7] ojos, verte junto a [A7] mi
[Dm] Piensa que tal vez ma- [C] ñana estaré
[F6] Lejos, muy lejos de…aqui
[ (E-E#-E-E#-E-E#-E…- (Fo7-G#o7-Bo7-Do7 run w/open B,D strings) ]

My dearest one, if you should leave me
Each little dream will take wings and my life will be through
Bésame, bésame mucho
Love me forever and make all my dreams come true

This joy is something new, my arms enfolding you
Never knew this thrill before
Whoever thought I’d be holding you close to me
Whispering it’s you I adore

Better Man

Chord pattern for 4-chord looping jam [ C – C – D – D ]

[C] Sittin’ here in my problem, [D] what am I gonna do now
[C] Am I gonna make it, [D] someway somehow

[F] Maybe I’m not supposed to [C] know, [F] maybe I’m supposed to [C] cry
And if [F] nobody ever knows the [C] way I feel; it’s al- [D] right, it’ll be o- [D7] kay

[C] Make my world a [F] better place
[C] Keep that smile, [F] on my face
[C] Teach myself how to [F] understand
[G] Make myself a better [C] man

Climbing out the window, climbing up the wall
Is anybody gonna save me, or are they gonna let me fall

Well [F] I don’t’ really wanna [C] know, I’ll just [F] hold on the best I [C] can
And if [F] I fall down I’ll just [C] get back up, it’s al- [D] right, it’ll be o- [D7] kay

[C] Make my world a [F] better place
[C] Keep that smile, [F] on my face
[C] Teach myself how to [F] understand
[G] Make myself a better [C] man
[G] Make myself a better [C] man
[G] Make myself a better … a better… [C] man

Beyond the Sea

Some- [C] where, [Am-F-G6] beyond the
[C] Sea, [Am] some- [F6] where [G6] waiting for
[C] Me, [E7-Am-G7] my lover [C] stands on golden
Sands [F-A7-Dm] and watches the
[Am] Ships, [F] that go [Fm] sail- [G7] ing

Some- [C] where, [Am-F-G6] beyond the
[C] Sea, [Am] some- [F6] where [G6] watching for
[C] Me, [E7-Am-G7] if I could [C] fly like birds on
High [F-A7-Dm] then straight to her
[Am] Arms, [F] I’ll go [Fm] sail- [G7] ing [C] [B7]

It’s [E] far [C#m7-A6] be- [B7] yond the
[E] Stars [C#m7] it’s [A6] near [B7] beyond the
[E] Moon [D7]
I [G] know [Em-C]  be- [D7] yond a
[G] Doubt [Em] my [C] heart [D7] will
[G] Lead me there soon [G7]

We’ll [C] meet [Am-F-G6] beyond the
[C] Shore [Am] we’ll [F6] kiss [G6] just as be-
[C] Fore [E7-Am-G7] happy we’ll [C] be beyond the
Sea [F-A7-Dm] and never a-
[Am] Gain, [F] I’ll go [Fm] sail- [G7] ing [C]

Black Magic Woman / Moonflower

[ Am – Em | Am – Dm | Am-E7 – Am ]

Got a black magic woman, I got a black magic woman
I got a black magic woman, got me so blind I can’t see
But she’s a black magic woman and she’s tryin’ to make a devil out of me

Don’t turn your back on me baby, don’t turn your back on me baby
Don’t turn your back on me baby, you’re messin’ around with your tricks
Don’t turn your back on me baby, you just might pick up my magic sticks

You cast your spell on me baby, you got your spell on me baby
You cast your spell on me baby, turning my heart into stone
I need you so bad, magic woman, I can’t leave you alone

Bring Me Sunshine

Chord pattern for looping [ F4 – Gm4 – C74 – F4 ]
Key shift [ G4 – Am4 – D74 – G4 ]

Bring me [F] sunshine in your [Gm] smile
Bring me [C7] laughter all the [F] while
In this [F7] world where we live, there should [Bb] be more happiness
So much [G7] joy you can give
To each [C7] brand new bright tomorrow

Make [F] me happy through the [Gm] years
Never [C7] bring me any [F] tears
Let your [F7] arms be as warm, as the [Bb] sun from up above
Bring me [G7] fun, bring me [C7] sunshine, bring me [F] love [D7]

Bring me [G] sunshine in your [Am] smile
Bring me [D7] laughter all the [G] while
In this [G7] world where we live, there should [C] be more happiness
So much [A7] joy you can give
To each [D7] brand new bright tomorrow

Make me [G] happy through the [Am] years
Never [D7] bring me any [G] tears
Let your [G7] arms be as warm, as the [C] sun from up above
Bring me [A7] fun, bring me [D7] sunshine, bring me [G] love [E7]
Bring me [A7] fun, bring me [D7] sunshine, bring me [G] love [B7]
Bring me [A7] fun, bring me [D7] sunshine, bring me [G!] love

Brown Eyed Girl

Chord pattern for 4-chord looping jam [ D – G – D – A7 ]

[D] Hey where did [G] we go, [D] days when the [A7] rains came
[D] Down in the [G] hollow, [D] playing a [A7] new game
[D] Laughing and [G] running, [D] skipping and [A7] jumping
[D] In the misty [G] morning fog, [D] with our hearts [A7] thumping

With [G] you, [A] my brown eyed [D] girl [Bm]
[G] You, my [A7] brown eyed [D] girl… [A7]

(Sha la la la la la la la, la la la dee, dah) x 4

[D] Whatever [G] happened, [D] to Tuesday and [A7] so slow
[D] Going down to the [G] old mine (with a), [D] transistor [A7] radio
[D] Standing in the [G] sunlight laughing, [D] hide behind a [A7] rainbow’s wall
[D] Slipping and [G] sliding, [D] all along the [A7] waterfall

With [G] you, [A] my brown eyed [D] girl [Bm]
[G] You, my [A7] brown eyed [D] girl…

Call Me Al

Chord pattern for looping: [ D2 – A2 – G2 – A2 ]

A man walks down the street, he says why am I soft in the middle now
Why am I soft in the middle the, rest of my life is so hard
I need a photo-opportunity, I want a shot at redemption
Don’t wanna be a cartoon, in a cartoon graveyard
Bonedigger Bonedigger, dogs in the moonlight
Far away my well-lit door
Mr. Beerbelly Beerbelly, get these mutts away from me, you know
I don’t find this stuff amusing anymore

If you’ll be my bodyguard, I can be your long lost pal
I can call you Betty, and Betty when you call me, you can call me Al

A man walks down the street, he says why am I short of attention
Got a short little span of attention, and wo my nights are so long
Where’s my wife and family, what if I die here
Who’ll be my role-model, now that my role-model is
Gone Gone, he ducked back down the alley with some
Roly-poly little bat-faced girl
All along along, there were incidents and accidents, there were
Hints and allegations

[chorus]

A man walks down the street, it’s a street in a strange world
Maybe it’s the Third World, maybe it’s his first time around
He doesn’t speak the language, he holds no currency
He is a foreign man, he is surrounded by the
Sound, the sound, cattle in the marketplace
Scatterlings and orphanages… he looks
Around, around, he sees angels in the architecture
Spinning in infinity, he says Amen! and Hallelujah!

[chorus]


Fun Facts:

  • This song is about a self-obsessed person in midlife crisis becoming aware of his surroundings, inspired by Paul Simon’s own clueless trip to South Africa
  • At a party with his wife, Paul was called ‘Al’ and wife Peggy was called ‘Betty’
  • On Graceland album, Simon’s biggest hit single as a solo act
  • Al Gore used the song in 1992 VP campaign
  • UF band plays the tune at every basketball game (unofficial theme for basketball team)

Can’t Stop the Feeling

I got this [E] feeling inside my [A/D] bones
It goes [E] electric, wavy when I turn it [A/D] on
All through my [E] city, all through my [A/D] home
We’re flying [E] up, no ceiling, when we in our [A/D] zone

I got that [E] sunshine in my pocket, got that [A/D] good soul in my feet
I feel that [E] hot blood in my body when it, [A/D] drops (ooh)
I can’t [E] take my eyes up off it, moving [A/D] so phenomenally
Room on [E] lock the way we rock it, so don’t [A/D] stop

And under the [A] lights when everything [E] goes
Nowhere to [A] hide when I’m getting you [E] close
When we [Am7] move, well, you already [Em7] know…

Can’t stop the [E] feeling…[A/D – E(F#) – A/D]
Can’t stop the [E] feeling…[A/D – E(F#) – A/D]

Day-O

[ C2 – C2 – G72 – C2 ]

Day-o, day-ay-ay-o (Daylight come and me wanna go home)
Day, he say day, he say day, …. (Daylight come and me wanna go home)

Work all night on a drink a’rum (Daylight come and me wanna go home)
Stack banana till de morning come (Daylight come …)
Come, Mr. Tally mon, tally me banana (Daylight come …)
Come, Mr. Tally mon, tally me banana (Daylight come …)
Lift six foot, seven foot, eight foot, bunch! (Daylight …)
Six foot, seven foot, eight foot, bunch! (Daylight come …)

Day, he say day-ay-ay-o (Daylight come …)
Day, he say day, he say day … (Daylight come …)

A beautiful bunch of ripe banana (Daylight come …)
Hide de deadly black tarantula (Daylight come …)
Lift six foot, seven foot, eight foot, bunch! (Daylight come …)
Six foot, seven foot, eight foot, bunch! (Daylight come …)

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Chord pattern for song: [ C4 – G4 – F4 – C4 ]

Here’s a little song I wrote, you might want to sing it note for note
Don’t worry, be happy
In every life we have some trouble, and when you worry you make it double
Don’t worry, be happy

Ooh, ooh, ooh…
Don’t worry (don’t worry), be happy (be happy)

Ain’t got no place to lay your head, somebody came and took your bed
Don’t worry, be happy
The landlord say your rent is late, he may have to litigate
Don’t worry, be happy

[chorus]

Ain’t got no cash, ain’t got no style, ain’t got no gal, to make you smile
Don’t worry, be happy
‘Cause when you worry, your face will frown, and that will bring everybody down so
Don’t worry, be happy

[chorus]

Happy

Chord pattern for 4-chord looping jam [ G2 – F2 – G2 – (n/c) ] (reggae feel)

It might seem crazy what I’m ‘bout to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break
I’m a hot air balloon, that could go to space
With the air I don’t, care baby by the way

[ F(G)2 – C(G)2 – G(G)2 – G(G)2 ] (straight feel)
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along [D] if you feel like a room without a roof
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you feel like happiness is the truth
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you know what happiness is to you
(Because I’m happy)
Clap along if you feel like that’s what you wanna do

Here come some bad news, talking this and that
Well, give me all you got, and don’t hold back, yeah
Well, I should warn, you I’ll be just fine
No offense to you, don’t waste your time, (here’s why)

[chorus]

 

Have I Told You Lately

Chord pattern for looping [ FM7 – FM7 – CM7 – CM7 ]

Have I [C] told you [Dm7] lately that I [F] love [G7] you
Have I [C] told you [Dm7] there’s no one a- [F] bove [G7] you
[FM7] Fill my heart with gladness, [CM7] take away all my sadness
[Fm6M7] Ease my [Fm] troubles, that’s what you [C] do

[C] For the [Dm7] morning sun in all it’s [F] glory [G7]
[C] Greets the [Dm7] day with hope and comfort [F] too [G7]
[FM7] You fill my life with laughter, [CM7] you can make it so much better
[Fm6M7] Ease my [Fm] troubles, that’s what you [C] do

[FM7] There’s a love that’s divine, and its yours and its mine
[CM7] Shines like the sun [C7]
[FM7] And at the end of the day, we should give thanks and pray
[Em] To the [A7] one, [Dm7] to the [Fm] one

Have I [C] told you [Dm7] lately that I [F] love [G7] you
Have I [C] told you [Dm7] there’s no one a- [F] bove [G7] you
[FM7] Fill my heart with gladness, [CM7] take away all my sadness
[Fm6M7] Ease my [Fm] troubles, that’s what you [C] do

He Went to Paris

[Key of G – G,C,D7,Em,Am ]

He went to Paris, looking for answers, to questions that bothered him so
He was impressive, young and aggressive, savin’ the world on his own
But the warm summer breezes, the French wines and cheeses put his ambition at bay
Summers and winters, scattered like splinters, and four or five years slipped away

He went to England, played the piano, and married an actress named Kim
They had a fine life, she was a good wife, and bore him young son named Jim
And all of the answers, and all the questions, he locked in his attic one day
‘Cause he liked the quiet, clean country livin’ and and twenty more years slipped away

Well, the war took his baby, bombs killed his lady, and left him with only one eye
His body was battered, his whole world was shattered and all he could do was just cry
While the tears were falling and he was recalling, answers he’d never found
So he hopped on a freighter, not a day later, and left England without a sound

Now he lives in the islands, fishes the pilings and drinks his green label each day
Writing his memoirs, losin’ his hearin’ but he don’t care what most people say
Through eighty-six years of perpetual motion, if he likes you he’ll smile, and he’ll say,
“Some of it’s magic, some of it’s tragic, but I had a good life all of the way.”

And he went to Paris, lookin’ for answers to questions that bothered him so…

Hotel California

Chord pattern (African 6/8): [ Dm – A7 – C – G | Bb – F – Gm – A7 ]

On a dark desert highway, cool wind in my hair
Warm smell of colitas, rising up through the air
Up ahead in the distance, I saw a shimmering light
My head grew heavy and my sight grew dim
I had to stop for the night

There she stood in the doorway; I heard the mission bell
And I was thinking to myself, ‘This could be heaven or this could be Hell’
Then she lit up a candle and she showed me the way
There were voices down the corridor, I thought I heard them say

[ Bb4 – F4 – Gm4 – Dm4 | Bb4 – F4 – Gm4 – A74 ]
Welcome to the Hotel California, such a lovely place, such a lovely face
Plenty of room at the Hotel California, any time of year, you can find it here

Her mind is Tiffany-twisted, she got the Mercedes bends
She got a lot of pretty, pretty boys, that she calls friends
How they dance in the courtyard, sweet summer sweat
Some dance to remember, some dance to forget

So I called up the Captain, ‘Please bring me my wine’
He said, ‘we haven’t had that spirit here since nineteen sixty-nine’
And still those voices are calling from far away
Wake you up in the middle of the night, just to hear them say

Welcome to the Hotel California, such a lovely place, such a lovely face
They livin’ it up at the Hotel California, what a nice surprise, bring your alibis

Mirrors on the ceiling, pink champagne on ice
And she said, ‘we are all just prisoners here, of our own device’
And in the master’s chambers, they gathered for the feast
They stab it with their steely knives, but they just can’t kill the beast

The last thing I remember, I was running for the door
I had to find the passage back to the place I was before
‘Relax’ said the night man, ‘We are programmed to receive
You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!’

House at Pooh Corner

[C] Christopher [Dm7] Robin and [Em(G)] I walked a- [A7] long
Under [Fm] branches lit [Do7] up by the [C] moon
Posing our questions to Owl and Eeyore
As our days disappeared all too soon

I [FM7] wandered much further than [CM7] I really should
I [Fm] can’t seen to find my way [G7] back to the wood

[C] Help me [Em(G)] if you [F] can I’ve [G7] got to get
Back to the house at Pooh Corner by one
You’d be surprised there’s so much to be done

[Em] Count all the bees in the [Am] hive
Chase all the clouds from the sky

[FM7] Back to the [CM7] days of
[Em(G)] Christopher [Am] Robin and
[BbM7] Pooh

Winnie the Pooh doesn’t know what to do
He’s got a honey jar stuck on his nose
He came to me asking for help and advice
And from here no one knows where he goes

So I sent him to ask of the Owl if he’s there
How to loosen a jar from the nose of a bear

[chorus]

I Can See Clearly Now

[D] I can see [G] clearly now the [D] rain is gone
[D] I can see [G] all obstacles [A] in my way [A7]
[D] Gone are the [G] dark clouds that [D] made me blind
It’s gonna be a [F] bright, [C] bright, sun shiny [D] day

Oh yes I can make it now the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I’ve been praying for
It’s gonna be a bright, bright, sun shiny day

[FM7] Look all around there’s nothing but [CM7] blue skies
[FM7] Look straight ahead there’s nothing but
Blue skies [ A – C#m – G – C#m – G – C – Bm – A – A7 ]

I can see clearly now the rain is gone
I can see all obstacles in my way
Here is the rainbow I’ve been praying for
It’s gonna be a bright, bright, sun shiny day
It’s gonna be a bright, bright, sun shiny day
It’s gonna be a bright, bright, sun shiny day

I Shot the Sheriff

[ Em4 – Am4 – Em4 – Am4 ]

[Em] I shot de sheriff, [Am] but I did not shoot no [Em] deputy, oh [Am] no
[Em] I shot de sheriff, [Am] but I did not shoot no [Em] deputy [Am] 
[Em] I shot de sheriff, [Am] but I swear it was in [Em] self defense, [Am] yeah
[Em] I shot de sheriff, [Am] and dey say it is a [Em] capital offense [Am] 

[C] All a- [Bm] round in my [Em] hometown
Dey [C] tryin’ to [Bm] track me [Em] down
Dey [C] say dey want to [Bm] bring me in [Em] guilty
For de [C] killing of a [Bm] depu- [Em] ty
For de [C] life of a [Bm] depu – [Em] ty, but I say … [riff]

[chorus]

[C] Sheriff John [Bm] Brown always [Em] hated me
[C] For what, [Bm] I don’ [Em] know
[C] Every time I [Bm] plant a [Em] seed
He say [C] kill it be- [Bm] fore it [Em] grow
He say [C] kill dem be- [Bm] fore dey [Em] grow, and I say … [riff]

[chorus]

Freedom came my way one day
And I started out of town
All of a sudden I see sheriff John Brown
Aiming to shoot me down
So I shot, I shot him down, I say

[chorus]

Reflexes got the better of me
And what is to be must be
Every day the bucket goes to the well
But one day the bottom will drop out
Yes, one day the bottom will drop out, but I say

[chorus]

I Wanna Be Like You

Chord pattern for looping [ Em – B7 – B7 – Em ]

Now I’m the king of the swingers, oh, the jungle VIP
I’ve reached the top and had to stop, and that’s what bothering me
I want to be a man, man-cub, and stroll right into town
And be just like the other men, I’m tired of monkeying around

optional chords: [ G4 – E74 – A72 – D72 – G2 – B72 ]
O0h-bi-doo, (I wanna be like you)
I want to walk like you, talk like you, too
You see it’s true, (an ape like me)
Can learn to be, hu-u-man too

Now don’t try to kid me, man-cub, I made a deal with you
What I desire is man’s red fire, to make my dream’s come true
Now give me the secret, man-cub (come on), clue me what to do
Give me the power of man’s red flower, so I can be just like you

[chorus]

I’m a Believer

[intro using minor chords Dm-A7-A7-Dm / Gm-Dm ]

[ D2 – A1 – C1 – D2 – (n/c)2 ]
I thought love was only true in fairy tales
Meant for someone else but not for me
[ G2 – D2 ]
Love was out to get me
That’s the way it seemed
Disappointment haunted all my
[A7]
Dreams…

[ D2 – G2 ]
Then I saw her face, now I’m a believer
Not a trace, of doubt in my mind
I’m in love, I’m a believer
I couldn’t leave her if I
[A7]
[(n/c)] Tried… [riff]

I thought love was more or less a giving thing
The more I gave the less I got oh yeah
What’s the use in tryin’
All you get is pain
When I wanted sunshine I got
Rain…
[chorus]

I’m Yours

[ D4 – A4 – Bm4 – G4 ]

Well you done done me and you bet I felt it
I tried to be chill but you’re so hot that I melted
I fell right through the cracks
Now I’m trying to get back

Before the cool done run out I’ll be giving it my bestest
And nothing’s going to stop me but divine intervention
I reckon it’s again my turn
To win some or learn some

But I won’t hesitate; No more, no more; It cannot wait; I’m yours

Open up your mind and see like me
Open up your plans and damn you’re free
Look into your heart and you’ll find
Love, love, love…

Listen to the music, people dance and sing
We’re just one big family
And it’s our God-forsaken right to be
Loved, loved, loved…

 

Imagine

[G or GM7] Imagine there’s no [CM7] heaven
[G] It’s easy if you [CM7] try
[G] No hell be- [CM7] low us
[G] Above us only [CM7] sky

[Em] Imagine all the [A7] people
[F#o7] Living for to- [Ao7] day [Co7]

[G] Imagine there’s no [CM7] countries
[G] It isn’t hard to [CM7] do
[G] Nothing to kill and [CM7] die for
[G] And no religion [CM7] too

[Em] Imagine all the [A7] people
[F#o7] Living for to- [Ao7] day [Co7]

[C] You may [D7] say I’m a [G] dreamer [B7],
[C] But I’m [D7] not the only [G] one
[C] I hope some [D7] day you’ll [G] join us [B7]
[C] And the [D7] world will [G] be as one [pause]

[G] Imagine no pos- [CM7] sessions
[G] I wonder if you [CM7] can
[G] No need for greed or [CM7] hunger
[G] A brotherhood of [CM7] man

[Em] Imagine all the [A7] people
[F#o7] Sharing all the [Ao7] world [Co7]

[repeat chorus]

Is This Love

I want to [Em] love you [Am], [F] and treat you [C] right
I want to [Em] love you [Am], every [F] day and every [C] night
We’ll be to- [Em] gether [Am], with a [F] roof right over our [C] heads
We’ll share the [Em] shelter [Am], [F] of my single [C] bed
We’ll share the [Em] same room [Am], [F] Jah provide the [C] bread

Is this [Em] love, is this love, is this love
Is this love that I’m [Dm] feelin’
Is this [Em] love, is this love, is this love
Is this love that I’m [Dm] feelin’

[Dm – Em – F – G ] [F6] …
I want to know, want to know, want to know now!
[Dm – Em – F – G] [F] …
I got to know, got to know, got to know now!

[Em] I-e-I-e-I-e-I-e-I, I’m willing and [Dm] able,
[Am] So I throw my cards on your [G] table [F]

[chorus]

Island In The Sun

[ C2 – F2 – G72 – C2 | Am2 – F2 – G72 – C2 ]

This is my island in the sun
Where my people have toiled since time begun
I may sail on many a sea
Her shores will always be home to me

Oh, island in the sun
Willed to me by my father’s hand
All my days I will sing in praise
Of your forest, waters, your shining sand

Oh, island in the sun
Willed to me by my father’s hand
All my days I will sing in praise
Of your forest, waters, your shining sand

As morning breaks, the heaven on high
I lift my heavy load to the sky
Sun comes down with a burning glow
Mingles my sweat with the Earth below

[chorus]

I see woman on bended knee
Cutting cane for her family
I see man at the waterside
Casting nets at the surging tide

[chorus]

I hope the day will never come
When I can’t awake to the sound of drum
Never let me miss carnival
With calypso songs philosophical

[chorus]

Jamaica Farewell

[ C2 – F2 – G72 – C2 ]

Down the way, where the nights are gay
And the sun shines daily on the mountaintop
I took a trip on a sailing ship
And when I reached Jamaica I made a stop

But I’m sad to say I’m on my way
Won’t be back for many a day
My heart is down, my head is turning around
I had to leave a little girl in Kingston town

[repeat chorus]

Sounds of laughter everywhere
And the dancing girls swing to and fro
I must declare my heart is there
Though I’ve been from Maine to Mexico

But I’m sad to say I’m on my way… [x2]

Down at the market you can hear
Ladies cry out while on their heads they bear
Ackee, rice, salt, fish are nice
And the rum is fine any time o’ year

But I’m sad to say I’m on my way… [x2]

Jammin’

[ Bm2 – E72 – G2 – F#m72 ]

We’re jammin’
I want to jam it with you
We’re jammin’, jammin’
And I hope you like jammin’ too

Ain’t no rules, ain’t no vow, we can do it anyhow
I and I will see you through
Cause every day we pay the price, with a little sacrifice
Jammin’ till the jam is through

We’re jammin’
They say it is a thing of the past
We’re jammin’
And I hope this jam is gonna last

We’re jammin’
I want to jam it with you
We’re jammin’, jammin’, jammin’, jammin’
And I hope you’re jammin’, too

We’re jammin’, jammin’, jammin’, jammin’
I want to jam it with you
We’re jammin’, we’re jammin’, we’re jammin’, we’re jammin’
Hope you like jammin’, too

Jump in the Line

[ C6 – G78 – C2 ]
Shake, shake, shake, Senora; shake your body line
Shake, shake, shake, Senora; shake it all de time
Work, work, work, Senora; work your body line
Work, work, work, Senora; work it all de time

[ C2 – F2 – C2 – G72 ]
My girl’s name is Senora; I tell you friends, I adore her
And when she dances, oh brother!; she’s a hurricane in all kinds of weather

Jump in de line, rock your body in time
Ok, I believe you
Jump in de line, rock your body in time
Ok, I believe you
Jump in de line, rock your body in time
Ok, I believe you
Jump in de line, rock your body in time
Whoa (Rock your body child! Somebody help me!)

[chorus]

You can talk about Cha-Cha; Tango, Waltz, or de Rumba
Senora’s dance has no title; you jump in the saddle, hold on to de bridle
Jump in de line, rock your body in time
Ok, I believe you!…

[chorus]

Senora, she’s a sensation; the reason for aviation
And fellas, you got to watch it; when she wind up, she bottom, she go like a rocket
Jump in de line, rock your body in time
Ok, I believe you!…

[chorus]

Senora dances Calypso; left to right is de tempo
And when she gets de sensation; go up in de air, come down in slow motion
Jump in de line, rock your body in time
Ok, I believe you!…

[chorus]

 

Just a Piccolo

I’m [C] just a piccolo, and [G7] everywhere I go
[F7] People say I’m short and [G6] skinny
[Dm (walking bass)] Wish I were a flute, that would be a hoot
[G7] And then I wouldn’t sound so [C] tinny

[C(G)] There will come day, when [Bb] things will go my way
[A7] When all the lower notes re- [Dm] tire

And when the [Dm] end comes they’ll [Fm] know
I was [C] one fine picco- [A7] lo
[Dm] Just like a [G7] flute, but [C] higher… [pause]

[C7] I’m [B7] so [Bb7] short [A7] and skin- [A] ny… [D7-G7-C-G7]
[C7] I [B7] just [Bb7] sound [A7] so tin- [A] ny… [D7-G7-C-G7]

Knee Deep

[C] Gonna put away the world for a minute
[F] Pretend I don’t live in it
[C] Sunshine gonna [G] wash my blues a- [C] way [G7]
[C] Had sweet love but I lost it
[F] She got too close so I fought her
Now I’m [Am] lost in the [G] world trying to [F] find me a [G7] better [C] way (wishin’ I was)

[C] Knee deep in the water somewhere
Got the [F] Blue sky breeze and it don’t seem fair
[C] Only worry in the world is the
[G] Tide gonna reach my [C] chair [G7]
[C] Sunrise there’s a fire in the sky
Never [F] been so happy, never felt so high
And I [Am] think I might have [G] found me my [F] own kind of [G7] para- [C] dise

[C] Wrote a note said be back in a minute
[F] Bought a boat and I sailed off in it
[C] Don’t think anybody’s gonna [G] miss me any – [C] way [G7]
[C] Mind on a permanent vacation
[F] The ocean is my only medication
[Am] Wishing my con- [G] dition ain’t [F] ever gonna [G7] go a- [C] way

[chorus]

This [Am] champagne shore washing [C] over me
It’s a [G] sweet, sweet life, living by the [C] salty sea [C7]
[F] One day you could be as [C] lost as me
Change your geo- [D] graphy, maybe [G] you might [F] be [ Em – Dm ]

[chorus]

[C] Knee deep in the water [G7 !] some – [C !] where!

Kiss the Girl

[C|D] Der you see her, sitting der across de way
[F|G] She don’ got a lot to say, but der’s some-ting a- [C|D] bout her… and you
[G|A] Don’ know why, but you’re [F|G] dying to try, you wanna [C|D] kiss de girl

[C|D] Yes, you want her, look at her you know you do
[F|G] Possible she wants you to, der is one way to [C|D] ask her, it don’
[G|A] Take a word, not a [F|G] single word, go on and [C|D] kiss de girl

[C|D] Shalalalalala [F|G] my oh my, look like de
[C|D] Boy too shy, ain’ gonna [G7|A7] kiss de girl
[C|D] Shalalalalala [F|G] ain’t dat sad, ain’ it a
[G7|A7] Shame too bad, he gonna [C|D] miss de girl [C…|D…]

[C|D] Now’s your moment, floating in de blue lagoon
[F|G] Boy you betta do it soon, no time will be [C|D] betta… she don’
[G|A] Say a word, and she won’ [F|G] say a word until you [C|D] kiss de girl

[chorus]

[repeat song with shift to Key of D]

 

Kokomo

[C] Off the Florida [Em] Keys, [Gm] there’s a place called [F] Kokomo
[Fm] That’s where you [C] wanna go, to get a- [Dm] way from it all [G7]

[C] Bodies in the [Em] sand, [Gm] tropical drink melting [F] in your hand
[Fm] We’ll be falling in [C] love, to the rhythm of a [Dm] steel-drum band [G7]

[C] Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I wanna take ya
Ber- [F] muda, Bahama come on pretty mama
Key [C] Largo, Montego baby why don’t we go down to
[F] Kokomo we’ll [Fm] get there fast and then we’ll
[Em] Take it slow [Am] that’s where we [F] wanna go [G7]
Way down to Koko- [C] mo

[C] We’ll put out to [Em] sea, [Gm] and we’ll perfect our [F] chemistry
[Fm] By and by we’ll de- [C] fy, a little bit of [Dm] gravity [G7]

[C] Afternoon de- [Em] light, [Gm] cocktails and [F] moonlit nights
[Fm] That dreamy look in your [C] eye, gives me a tropical [Dm] contact high [G7]

[ Chord pattern for soloing: C – F – C – Fm ]

La Bamba

[ G1 – C1 – D71 – (n/c) ]

Para bailar la bamba, para bailar la bamba
Se necesita una poca de gracia, una poca de gracia pa mi, pa ti
Y, arriba arriba; ay, arriba y arriba, por ti seré
Por ti seré, Por ti seré

Bamba, bamba (bamba, bamba); Bamba, bamba (bamba, bamba)

Yo no soy marinero, yo no soy marinero, soy capitán
Soy capitán, Soy capitán

Bamba, bamba (bamba, bamba); Bamba, bamba (bamba, bamba)

Lazy Song

Chord pattern for 4-chord looping jam [ C2 – G2 – F2 – n/c ]

Today I don’t feel like doing anything
I just wanna lay in my bed
Don’t feel like picking up my phone, so leave a message at the tone
‘Cause today I swear I’m not doing anything

Nothing at all…, nothing at all…, nothing at all…, nothing at all…

Today I don’t feel like doing anything
I just wanna lay in my bed
Don’t feel like picking up my mess, I don’t like work, I don’t like stress
Today I swear I’m not doing anything

Nothing at all…, nothing at all…, nothing at all…, nothing at all…

Today I don’t feel like doing anything
I just wanna lay in my bed
Don’t feel like picking up my bones, I feel just like a sack of stones
Today I swear I’m not doing anything

Nothing at all…, nothing at all…, nothing at all…, nothing at all…

Learn To Be Still

[DM7] Another day in [F#m] paradise
[Em] As you stumble to your [A13] bed
[DM7] You’d give anything to [F#m] silence
[Em] Those voices ringing in your [A13] head

[FM7] You thought you could find [CM7] happiness
[FM7] Just over that green [CM7] hill
[FM7] You thought you would be [CM7] satisfied
[A7sus] But you never [A7] will

Learn to be still … [ D – GM7/D – FM7 – A13 ]
Learn to be still … [ D – GM7/D – FM7 – A13 ]

We are like sheep without a shepherd
We don’t know how to be alone
So we wander ’round this desert
And wind up following the wrong gods home

But the flock cries out for another
And they keep answering that bell
And one more starry-eyed messiah
Meets a violent farewell

Learn to be still …
Learn to be still …

[BbM7] Now the flowers in your [CM7] garden
[BbM7] They don’t smell so [CM7] sweet
[BbM7] Maybe you’ve for- [CM7] gotten
[A7sus] The heaven lying at your [A7] feet

So many contradictions
In all these messages we send
How do I get out of here?
Where do I fit in?

Though the world is torn and shaken
Even if your heart is breakin’
It’s waiting for you to awaken
And someday you will [pause]

Learn to be still …
Learn to be still …

Let Me Fall

[Dm] Let me [A] fall, [A7] let me [Dm] climb
[D7] There’s a [Gm] moment, when dreams and
[Do7] Fears [A7] must col- [Dm] lide

Someone I [F] am is [C] waiting for my [Bb] courage
The one I [F] want, the one I [C] will become will
[Bb] Catch me [A7 … ]

So [Dm] let, let me [A] fall, [A7] let me [Dm] climb
[D7] I won’t heed your [Gm] warnings
[Do7] This [A7] is my [Dm] time!

I will be [F] strong and [C] hold on to [Bb] no one
I will break [F] free, from all these [C] useless fears [Bb]
… and chains [A7 …]

… [Dm9]

Lion Sleeps Tonight

[ D2 – G2 – D2 – A72 ]

(a-wimoweh, a-wimoweh, a-wimoweh, a-wimoweh…)

In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight
In the jungle, the quiet jungle, the lion sleeps tonight

[vocal improv]

Near the village, the peaceful village, the lion sleeps tonight
Near the village, the quiet village, the lion sleeps tonight

[vocal improv]

Hush my darling, don’t fear my darling, the lion sleeps tonight
Hush my darling, don’t fear my darling, the lion sleeps tonight

 

Love Is The Seventh Wave

Chord pattern for 4-chord looping jam: [ D2 – G2 – D2 – A72 ]

In the empire of the senses, you’re the queen of all you survey
All the cities all the nations, everything that falls your way
There is a deeper wave than this, that you don’t understand
There is a deeper wave than this, tugging at your hand

Every ripple on the ocean, every leaf on every tree
Every sand dune in the desert, every power we never see
There is a deeper wave than this, swelling in the world
There is a deeper wave than this, listen to me girl

All the bloodshed, all the anger; all the weapons, all the greed
All the armies, all the missiles; all the symbols of our fear
There is a deeper wave than this, rising in the world
There is a deeper wave than this, listen to me girl

Feel it rising in the cities, feel it sweeping over land
Over borders, over frontiers, nothing will its power withstand
There is no deeper wave than this, rising in the world
There is no deeper wave than this, listen to me girl

Love is the seventh wave, I say…
Love is the seventh wave, I say…
Love is the seventh wave, I say…
Love is the seventh wave, I say…

Magic

[C] I believe there is magic, [F] here in these [G7] sails
[C] In the wake of these, [F] old pirate [G7] trails
[FM7] That cut through the water [Em] and the atmosphere [A7]
[Dm7] I believe there is [G7] magic [C] here

It’s in buried treasure, under the sea
It’s in the music, that drifts out on the street
It’s in the barflies, drinking their beers
I believe there is magic here

[FM7] This crazy rock has got a lot
Of [CM7] romance and sex appeal [C7]
[FM7] It’s lazy days with Hemingway
And [Em7b5] I gotta [A7b9] say that it [Dm7b5] captures me [G7b9 ] still

‘Cause I believe there’s magic in these beachside dives
Under the moon as it’s changing the tides
Friends they go away, then they reappear
I believe there is magic here

 

Margaritaville

verse [ C12 – G12 – G74 – C4 ]
chorus [ F2 – G72 – C2 – C2 ]

Nibblin’ on sponge cake, watchin’ the sun bake
All of those tourists covered with oil
Strummin’ my six string, on my front porch swing
Smell those shrimp they’re beginning to boil

Wastin’ away again in Margaritaville
Searchin’ for my lost shaker of salt
Some people claim that there’s a woman to blame
But I know, oh it’s nobody’s fault

Don’t know the reason, stayed here all season
With nothin’ to show but this brand new tattoo
But it’s a real beauty, a Mexican cutie
How it got here I haven’t a clue

Wastin’ away again in Margaritaville…

Blew out my flip flop, stepped on a pop top
Cut my heal had to cruise on back home
But there’s booze in the blender, and soon it will render
That frozen concoction that helps me hang on

Wastin’ away again in Margaritaville…

Marianne

[ D4 – Em4 – A74 – D4 ]

All day all night, Marianne
Down by de seaside, siftin’ sand
All de little children love Marianne
Down by de seaside siftin’ sand

Oh Marianne please talk to me
Marianne won’t you walk with me
Marianne, Marianne will you sing for me
Marianne, Marianne dance with me

[chorus]

Oh Marianne, Marianne please won’t you say
How you be livin’ dis beautiful way
Oh Marianne, Marianne please won’t you tell
How you be livin’ so happy, so well

(she say) Master your breath, eat de right food
Walk to feel better, ride for good mood
Listen to others, learn things each day
Connect with your world, give some things away
Learn to be still, and quiet your mind
Choose to live simply and joy you shall find

[chorus]

Masochism Tango

Chord pattern for looping [ Bm – Em – A7 – Bm ]

I [Bm] ache for the touch of your [Em] lips dear
But much [A7] more for the lash of your [DM7] whips dear
[F#7] You can raise welts like [Bm] nobody [Em] else
As we [F#7!] dance to the Masochism [Bm] Tango

Say our love is a flame not an ember
Say it’s me that you want to dis-member
Blacken my eye, jab a nail in my thigh
Let us dance to the Masochism Tango

Bash in my [Em] brain, and [A7] make me scream with [DM7] pain
Then [GM7] kick me once a- [CM7] gain and [F#7] say we’ll never [Bm] part
I know too well, I’m underneath your spell
So darling if you smell something burning it’s my heart [F#7]…[pause]

Take your cigarette from its holder
And burn your initials in my shoulder
Fracture my spine and swear that you’re mine
As we dance to the Masochism Tango

Me and Julio Down By the Schoolyard

When the [D] mama pajama rolled out a bed
She ran to the police [G] station
When the [A] papa found out he began to shout
And he started the investi- [D] gation

It’s against the [A] law; it was against the [D] law
What the mama [A] saw; it was against the [D] law

The mama look down and spit on the ground
Every time my name gets mentioned
The papa said, “Oy, if I get that boy,
I’m gonna stick him the house of detention”

Well I’m on my [G] way
I don’t know [D] where I’m going
But I’m on my [G] way
I’m taking my [D] time but I [E7] don’t know [A7] where

Goodbye to [G] Rosie, the queen of [D] Corona

See you, [D] me and [C] Julio [G] down by the [A7] school [D] yard [G-D-A7]
See you, me and Julio down by the school yard

 

My Favorite Things

[ E – F#m(openB,E) ] x 4

[Em] Raindrops on [F#m] roses and [Em] whiskers on [F#m] kittens
[CM7] Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
[Am7] Brown paper [D7] packages [GM7] tied up with [CM7] strings
[GM7] These are a [CM7] few of my [F#m7b5] favorite [B7] things

[ E – F#m(openB,E) ] x 4

[Em] Cream-colored [F#m] ponies and [Em] crisp apple [F#m] strudels
[CM7] Door bells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles
[Am7] Wild geese that [D7] fly with the [GM7] moon on their [CM7] wings
[GM7] These are a [CM7] few of my [F#m7b5] favorite [B7] things

[Em] When the [A9] dog bites, [F#m7b5] when the [B7b9] bee stings
[Em] When I’m [A7] feeling [C] sad
I [C] simply remember my [A7] favorite things
And [GM7] then I don’t [C] feel… [D7] so
Bad [G-G6-G-G6-G-G6-F#m7b5-B7]

Pirate Looks at 40

[E] Mother, mother ocean, I have heard you call
[A] I wanted to sail upon your waters, since I was three feet [E] tall
You’ve seen it [F#m] all [B7] … , you’ve seen it [E] all…

Watched the men who rode you, switch from sail to steam
And in your belly you hold the treasures, few have ever seen
Most of ’em dream… , most of ’em dream…

Yes, I am a pirate, two hundred years too late
The cannons don’t thunder, nothing to plunder, I’m an over-40 victim of fate
Arriving too late… , arriving too late…

I’ve done a bit of smuggling, I’ve run my share of grass
I made enough money to buy Miami, but I pissed it away so fast
Never meant to last… , never meant to last…

I have been drunk now for over two weeks, passed out and rallied and sprung a few leaks
But I’ve gotta stop wishin’, got to go fishin’, down to rock bottom again
Just a few friends… , just a few friends…

Mother, mother ocean, after all the years I’ve found
My occupational hazard being my occupation’s just not around
Feel like I’ve drowned… , Gonna head uptown…
Feel like I’ve drowned… , Gonna head uptown…

Red Red Wine

[ F2 – Bb2 – C2 – (n/c) ]

Red, red wine
Goes to my head
Makes me forget
That I still need you so

Red, red wine
It’s up to you
I’ve done all I can do
Memories won’t go

Red, red wine
Stay close to me
Alone I can’t be
It’s tearing apart
My blue, blue heart

 

Shame and Scandal

[ D2 – Em2 – A72 – D2 ]

In Trinidad there was a family
With much confusion as you will see
There was a mama and a papa, a boy who was grown
He wanted to marry have a wife of his own
Found a young girl that suited him nice
He went to his papa to ask his advice
His papa said “Son, I have to say no
Dat girl is your sister but your mama don’t know”

Woe, is me
Shame and scandal in de family
Woe, is me
Shame and scandal in de family

Days went by and the summer came ’round and
And soon the best cook on the island he found
He went to his papa to name the day
His papa shook his head and to him did say,
“You can’t marry dat girl, I have to say no
Dat girl is your sister but your mama don’t know”

Woe, is me …

He went to his mama and covered his head, and
Told his mama what his papa had said
Mama she laughed she say “Go man, go
Your daddy ain’t your daddy but your daddy don’t know.”

Woe, is me …

Society, You’re Killin’ Me

[D] Selling me things, that I don’t need
[Em] Preaching me things, ‘bout the goodness of greed
[G] Pushing me hard for, [A7] more, more, more
[D] Scaring me ‘bout my, credit score

Twisting me ‘round ‘bout them sinful seven
Making me feel like they’s the, pathway to heaven
Sloth-pride-lust-anger, greed-envy-gluttony
They ain’t so bad, that’s what you’re telling me

[Em] Society, you’re killin’ me, [DM7] no way of living, no way to be
Society, you’re spinnin’ me, ya tell me I’m winning, ya tell me I’m free
Society, you’re killin’ me, no way of living, no way to be
Society, you’re spinnin’ me, ya tell me I’m winning, ya tell me I’m free

Chord pattern for looping: [ Em – DM7 ]

Someday

Chord pattern for soloing [ C – Dm7 – Em – FM6 ]

verse loop [ C4 – Dm74 ]
chorus loop [ FM74 – Em4 – Dm74 – G4 ]

Someday, when my life has passed me by
I’ll lay around and wonder why you were always there for me
One way, in the eyes of a passerby
I’ll look around for another try, and fade away

Just close your eyes and I’ll take you there
This place is warm, without a care
We’ll take a swim in the deep blue sea
I go to leave and you reach for me

Some say better things will come my way
No matter what they try to say you were always there for me
Some way, when the sun begins to shine
I hear a song from another time and fade away

[chorus]

Stir It Up

[ C2 – C2 – F2 – G2 ]

[C] Stir it up, [F] little [G] darlin’, [C] stir it up, [F][G]

[C] It’s been a long, long time, [F] since I [G] got you on my
[C] Mind… [F][G]
And [C] now you are here, [F] it’s so [G] clear
Lets’ [C] see what we could do, [F] just me and [G] you

Stir it up…

[C] Would you quench me, [F] when I’m [G] thirsty
Would you [C] cool me down, baby, [F] when I’m [G] hot
Your [C] recipe my darling, [F] is so [G] tasty
And [C] boy you sure can, [F] stir dis [G] pot

Stir it up…

Summertime (Hurricane’s Coming)

[ Afro Blue 6:8 100 ]

[ Am – Bb7b5 – Am – Bb7b5 | Dm – Dm – Bm7b5 – E7sus |
Am – Bb7b5 – Am – C7 | FM7 – E7sus – Am – (Bm7b5-E7) ]
Summertime, and a hurricane’s coming
News man say, she is heading our way
My house is all boarded, and I’m really bummin’
Neighbors have scattered, but I’m here to stay

Hurricane Alice, she came with such malice
Took out Miami, and Fort Lauderdale too
Insurance man say, he be protecting my palace
But now he be sayin’, “This one’s on you!”

I don’t know the reason, why I stay here all season
That’s something that Jimmy (Buffet), oh he’d certainly do
Ol’ Mother Nature, she has her rhyme and her reason
And when she gets all angry, ain’t much you can do


Summertime, and the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’, and the cotton is high
Yo’ daddy’s rich, and yo’ mama’s good-lookin’
So hush little baby, don’t you cry

One of these mornin’s, you gonna rise up singin’
You gonna spread your little wings, and you’ll take to the sky
But ’till that mornin’, there ain’t nothin’ gonna harm you
With yo mama and daddy, standin’ bye

Sunday Morning

[ Em72 – A72 – DM72 – DM72 ]

Sunday morning, rain is falling
Steal some covers, share some skin
Clouds are shrouding us in moments unforgettable
You twist to fit the mold that I am in

But things just get so crazy, living life gets hard to do
And I would gladly hit the road, get up and go if I knew
That someday it would lead me back to you
That someday it would lead me back to you

That may be all I need
In darkness she is all I see
Come and rest your bones with me
Sunday Morning and I never want to leave

Fingers trace your every outline
Paint a picture with my hands
Back and forth we sway like branches in a storm
Change the weather, still together when it ends

That may be all I need
In darkness she is all I see
Come and rest your bones with me
Sunday Morning and I never want to leave

Sway

Chord pattern for 4-chord looping jam [ Em7b5 – A7b9 – Dm – Dm ]

When marimba rhythms [Em7b5] start to play, [A7b9] dance with me, [Dm] make me sway
Like the lazy ocean [Em7b5] hugs the shore, [A7b9] hold me close, [Dm] sway me more

Like a flower bending [Em7b5] in the breeze, [A7b9] bend with me, [Dm] sway with ease
When we dance you have a [Em7b5] way with me, [A7b9] stay with me, [Dm] sway with me

Other dancers may [C7] be on the floor, but my eyes see only [FM7] you
Only you have that [A7] magic technique, when we sway I go [Bb] weak [A7]

I can hear the sound of [Em7b5] violins, [A7b9] long before, [Dm] it begins
Make me thrill as only [Em7b5] you know how, [A7b9] sway me smooth, [Dm] sway me now

 

Three Little Birds / One Love

Chord pattern for entire song: [ D4 – A4 – G4 – D4 ]

Don’t you worry, about a thing
Every little thing, is gonna be alright
Don’t you worry, about a thing
Every little thing, is gonna be alright

Rise up this mornin’, smile with the rising sun
Three little birds, out by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs, melodies pure and true
This is my message to you

One love, One heart
Let’s get together and feel alright

Try Everything

Chord pattern for looping:
[ D4 – G4 – D4 – A74 | D4 – G4 – (D2-A72) – D4 ]

I messed up tonight, I lost another fight
I still messed up but I’ll, just start again
I keep falling down, I keep on hitting the ground
I always get up to now, to see what’s next

Birds don’t just fly, they fall down, and get up
Nobody learns without getting it wrong

I won’t give up, no I won’t give in
‘Til I reach the end, and then I’ll start again
No I won’t leave, I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though, I could fail

I won’t give up, no I won’t give in
‘Til I reach the end, and then I’ll start again
No I won’t leave, I wanna try everything
I wanna try even though, I could fail

[D] Oh, oh, oh, oh, [G] oh…Try everything
[D] Oh, oh, oh, oh, [A7] oh
[D] Oh, oh, oh, oh, [G] oh…Try everything
[D] Oh, oh, [A7] oh, oh, [D] oh

Look how far you’ve come, you filled your heart with love
Baby you’ve done enough, take a deep breath
Don’t beat yourself up, don’t need to run so fast
Sometimes we come in last but did our best

[chorus]

I’ll keep on making those new mistakes
I’ll keep on making them every day

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh (Try everything)…

[ad lib] [Bm] Try [A7] every- [D] thing

Turn The World Around

Chord pattern for looping [ G3 – C2 | D73 – G2 ]

We come from the fire, living in the fire
Go back to the fire, turn the world around
We come from the fire, living in the fire
Go back to the fire, turn the world around

We come from the water, living in the water
Go back to the water, turn the world around
We come from the water, living in the water
Go back to the water, turn the world around

We come from the mountain, living on the mountain
Go back to the mountain, turn the world around
We come from the mountain, living on the mountain
Go back to the mountain, turn the world around

Oh, oh, so is life; Ah, ha, so is life
Oh, oh, so is life; Ah, ha, so is life

Do you know who I am? Do I know who you are?
See, we one another clearly. Do we know who we are?

Do you know who I am? Do I know who you are?
See, we one another clearly. Do we know who we are?

Do you know who I am? Do I know who you are?
See, we one another clearly. Do we know who we are?

Oh, oh, so is life; Ah, ha, so is life
Oh, oh, so is Abatiwaha
Ah, so is life
Oh, oh, so is life
Ah, ha, so is life
Oh, oh, so is Abatiwaha
Ah, ha, so is life

Water make the river, river wash the mountain
Fire make the sunlight, turn the world around
Heart is of the river, body is the mountain
Spirit is the sunlight, turn the world around
We are of the spirit, truly of the spirit
Only can the spirit turn the world around
We are of the spirit, truly of the spirit
Only can the spirit turn the world around

Do you know who I am? Do I know who you are?
See, we one another clearly. Do we know who we are?

Do you know who I am? Do I know who you are?
See, we one another clearly Do we know who we are?

Do you know who I am? Do I know who you are?
See, we one another clearly. Do we know who we are?

Who-o, so is life; abatiwa-ha, so is life
Who-o, so is life; abatiwa-ha, so is life…

Under the Boardwalk

Oh when the [C] sun beats down and burns the tar up on the [G] roof
And your [G7] shoes get so hot you wish your tired feet were fire [C] proof [C7]
Under the [F] boardwalk, down by the [C] sea, yeah
On a [C] blanket with my baby [G7] is where I’ll [C] be

(Under the [Am] boardwalk) Out of the sun
(Under the [G] boardwalk) We’ll be havin’ some fun
(Under the [Am] boardwalk) People walking above
(Under the [G] boardwalk) We’ll be falling in love
Under the [Am] boardwalk, boardwalk!

From the [C] park you hear the happy sound of a carou- [G] sel
Mm-mm, you can [G7] almost taste the hot dogs and French fries they [C] sell [C7]
Under the [F] boardwalk, down by the [C] sea, yeah
On a [C] blanket with my baby [G7] is where I’ll [C] be

(Under the [Am] boardwalk) Out of the sun
(Under the [G] boardwalk) We’ll be havin’ some fun
(Under the [Am] boardwalk) People walking above
(Under the [G] boardwalk) We’ll be falling in love
Under the [Am] boardwalk, boardwalk!

[solo for 1/2 verse]

Under the [F] boardwalk, down by the [C] sea, yeah
On a [C] blanket with my baby [G7] is where I’ll [C] be

(Under the [Am] boardwalk) Out of the sun
(Under the [G] boardwalk) We’ll be havin’ some fun
(Under the [Am] boardwalk) People walking above
(Under the [G] boardwalk) We’ll be falling in love
Under the [Am] boardwalk, boardwalk!

Under the Sea

[ G! – (n/c) – D71 – G1 ] x 4
De seaweed is always greener, in somebody else’s lake
You dream about going up der, but dat be a big mistake

[ C! – G! – D7! – G! ] x 2
Just look at de world around you, right here on de ocean floor
Such wonderful dings surround you, what more is you looking for

[ C2 – D72 – G2 – n/c ] x 4
Under de sea, under de sea
Darlin’ it’s better, down where it’s wetter, take it from me
Up on de shore dey work all day, out in de sun dey slave away
While we devotin’, full time to floatin’, under de sea

Down here all de fish is happy, as all through de waves dey roll
De fish on de land ain’t happy, dey sad ’cause they in a bowl

But fish in de bowl is lucky, dey in for a worser fate
One day when de boss get hungry, guess who’s gon’ be on de plate

Under de sea, under de sea…
Nobody beat us, fry us and eat us, in fricassee
We what de land folks loves to cook, under de sea we off de hook
We got no troubles, life is de bubbles, under de sea

Upside Down

Chord pattern for 4-chord looping jam [ D4 – D4 – Em4 – Em4 ]
chorus [ D4 – Em4 – G4 – A134 ]

Upside Down

Who’s to say, what’s impossible well
They forget, this world keeps spinning and with
Each new day, I can feel a change in everything

And as the surface breaks reflections fade
But in some ways they remain the same
And as my mind begins to spread it’s wings
There’s no stopping curiosity, I want to turn the whole thing

Upside down, find the things they say just
Can’t be found, share this love I find with
Everyone, we’ll sing and dance to Mother
Nature’s songs, I don’t want this feeling to go away

Who’s to say, I can’t do everything, well
I can try, and as I roll along I
Begin to find, things aren’t always what they
Seem to be, I want to turn the whole thing

Upside down, find the things they say just
Can’t be found, share this love I find with
Everyone, we’ll sing and dance to Mother
Nature’s songs, I don’t want this feeling to go away

 

Valerie

Well some- [E] times I go out by myself
And I look across the [F#m] water
And I think of all the things, what you’re doing
And in my head I paint a picture

[A] Since I’ve come on home
Well my [G#m] body’s been a mess
And I [A] miss your ginger hair
And the [G#m] way you like to dress
[A] Won’t you come on over
[C#m] Stop making a fool out of [B7] me
[B7!] Why don’t you come on over Valerie?
Valer- [E] -ie, Valer- [F#m] – ie, Valer- [E] – ie, Valer- [F#m] – ie

Did you have to go to jail
Put your house on up for sale, did you get a good lawyer?
I hope you didn’t catch a tan
I hope you’ll find the right man who’ll fix it for ya

And are you shopping anywhere
Changed the color of your hair, are you busy?
And did you have to pay that fine
You was dodging all the time, are you still dizzy?

[chorus]

 

Volare

[G] Pienso que un sueno parecido no volvera [Am] mas
[D7] Y me pintaba las manos y la cara de a- [G] zul
[G] Y me improviso el [Bm] viento rapido me lle- [Am] vo
[Am] Y me hizo a vo- [C] lar en el cielo infini- [D7] to

[Am] Volare, oh [D7] oh, can- [G] tare, oh oh oh [Em] oh
Nel [Am] blu di- [D7] pinto di [G] blu
Fe- [Am] lice di [D7] stare las- [G] su

Y [Em] volando, volando feliz you me encuentro mas
[Bm] Alto, mas alto quel sol
[B7] Mientras quel mundo se aleja despacio de [Em] mi

Una [Cm] musica, musica dulce
Tocada solo para [D] mi

[chorus]

Volcano

[D] Now, I don’t know, I don’t [A] know
[D] I don’t know where [G] I’m a gonna go when de
[D] Vol [A7] -cano [D] blow (let me say now)
[D] I don’t know, I don’t [A] know
[D] I don’t know where [G] I’m a gonna go when de
[D] Vol [A7] -cano [D] blow 

[D] Ground she’s movin’ [G] under [D] me [D-D-G-D]
[D] Tidal waves out [A7] on de [D] sea [D-D-A7-D]
[D] Sulfur smoke up [G] in de [D] sky [D-D-G-D]
[D] Pretty soon we [A7] learn to [D] fly [D-D-A7-D]

[chorus]

Now my girl quickly say to me
Mon, you better watch your feet
Lava come down soft and hot
Ya betta lava me now or lava me not

[chorus]

No time to count what I’m worth
‘Cause I just left the planet Earth
Where I go I hope there’s rum
Not to worry mon, soon come

[chorus]

Waiting In Vain

[ DM74 – GM74 – F#m4 – A7sus4 ]
I don’t wanna wait in vain for your love
I don’t wanna wait in vain…

[ D4 – Em4 – F#m4 – Em4 ]
From the very first time I blessed my eyes on you, girl
My heart say follow through
But I know, now, that I’m way down on your line
But the waitin’ feel is fine

Don’t treat me like no puppet on a string
‘Cause I know how to do my thing
Don’t talk to me as if you think I’m dumb
I wanna know when you gonna come

I don’t wanna wait in vain for your love
I don’t wanna wait in vain…

It’s three years since I’m knockin’ on your door
And I still can knock some more
Ooh girl, Ooh girl is it feasible
I wanna know now, for I to knock some more

You see, in life I know there’s a lot of grief
But your love is my relief
Tears in my eyes burn, tears in my eyes burn
While I waiting, while I’m waiting for my turn

I don’t wanna wait in vain for your love
I don’t wanna wait in vain…

Who Let The Dogs Out

[ C4 – G4 – C4 – D4 ]

[short instrumental solo]

De party was nice, de party was bumpin’ (Hey, Yippie, Yi, Yo)
And everybody havin’ a ball (Hah, Yippie Yi Yo)
Until de fellas, “start de name callin’ ” (Yippie Yi Yo)
And all de girls respond to de call

Who let de dogs out? (Who, who, who, who, who?!) [ x 4 ]

[short instrumental solo]

I tell myself not to get angry (Hey, Yippie, Yi, Yo)
At all de girls calling ca-nine (Haye!! Yippie, Yi, Yo)
I tell myself, “It’s part of de party!” (Yippie Yi, Yo)
De women out front, de men all behind

[chorus]

 

Wonderful World

[ C4 – G4 – Am4 – F4 ]

I see trees of green, red roses too
I see them bloom, for me and for you
And I think to myself…
What a wonderful world

I see skies of blue, and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself…
What a wonderful world

The colors of a rainbow, so pretty in the sky
Are also on the faces, of people walking by
I see friends shaking hands, sayin’ “How do you do?”
They’re really sayin’, “I love you” …

I hear babies cry I watch them grow
They’ll learn much more, than I’ll ever know
And I think to myself…
What a wonderful world

 

Yellow Bird

Chord pattern for 4-chord looping jam: [ C – F – G7 – C ]

[C|D] Yellow bird, up [G7|A7] high in banana [C|D] tree
[C|D] Yellow bird, you [G7|A7] sit all alone like [C|D]me

[F|G] Did your lady friend, [C|D] leave the nest again
[G7|A7] Dat is very sad, [C|D] makes me feel so bad
[F|G] You can fly away, [C|D] in the sky away
[G7|A7] You’re more lucky than [C|D] me

[C|D] I also had a [F|G] pretty girl, [G7|A7] she’s not with me to- [C|D] day
[C|D] They’re all the same those [F|G] pretty girls, [G7|A7] they always fly a- [C|D] way
[C|D] Wish I were a [F|G] yellow bird, [G7|A7] I’d fly away with [C|D] you
[C|D] But I’m not a [F|G] yellow bird, [G7|A7] nothing I can [C|D] do

 

You’ve Got a Friend in Me

Chord pattern for 4-chord looping jam [ G4 – A74 – D74 – G4 ]

[G] You’ve got a friend in [A7] me … [D7] you’ve got a friend in [G] me

[G] When the road looks [A7] rough ahead
[D7] And you’re miles from your [G] nice warm bed
[G] You just remember what your [A7] old pal said
[D7] You’ve got a friend in [G] me

[G] You’ve got a friend in [A7] me … [D7] you’ve got a friend in [G] me

[G] You’ve got troubles and [A7] I’ve got ’em too
[D7] There isn’t anything I wouldn’t [G] do for you
[G] We stick together, we can [A7] see it through
[D7] You’ve got a friend in [G] me

[C] Some other folks might be, [D7] a little bit smarter than I am
[B7] Bigger and stronger [Em] too
[C] But none of them will [D7] ever love you
[G] The way I do, it’s [B7] me and you

[G] And as the years go [A7] by … [D7] our friendship will never [G] die
[G] You’re gonna see it’s our [A7] destiny, [D7] you’ve got a friend in [G] me