Songbook - November & December 2017
Singin' The Blues Gail Davies (Melvin Endsley, 1956)
Atlanta Moan Manitoba Hal (Barbecue Bob, 1930)
Ain't No Cure For Love Leonard Cohen (1986)
Le coeur est un oiseau Richard Desjardins
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Neil Sedaka (with Howard Greenfield, 1962)
Comme un million de gens Claude Dubois (1966)
You Needed Me Anne Murray (Randy Goodrum, 1978)
Ho Hey The Lumineers (2012)
Every Breath You Take The Police (Sting, 1983)



Singin' The Blues
Gail Davies (Melvin Endsley, 1956)


    Swing Wimpy Strong
4/4 | d u D u d u D u |
      1   2   3   4

Well, I | [C↓] never felt more like | [F] singin' the blues
'Cause | [C] I never thought that
| [F↓] I'd e- [Gdim7↓] ver [G7↑] lose your | [F] love dear,
| [G] why'd you do me this | [C] way | [G]

Well, I | [C] never felt more like | [F] cryin' all night
'Cause | [C] everything's wrong,
there | [F↓] ain't no- [Gdim7↓] thin' [G7↑] right with- | [F] out you,
| [G] you got me singin' the | [C] blues. | [C]

Chorus
Now the | [F] moon and stars no | [C] longer shine
The | [F] dream is gone I | [C] thought was mine
There's | [F] nothin' left for | [C] me to do
But | [C↓] Cry-y-y-y over | [G] you (cry over | [G] you)

Well, I | [C] never felt more like | [F] runnin' away
But | [C] how can I go when
| [F↓] I could- [Gdim7↓] n't [G7↑] stay with- | [F] out you,
| [G] you got me sing' the | [C] blues. | [C]

Instrumental (Over Verse Progression)
| [C] | [F] | [C] | [F↓][Gdim7↓][G7↑]   |
| [F] | [G] | [C] | [C] |

Chorus
Well if the | [F] moon and stars | [C] no longer shine
And the | [F] dream is gone that I | [C] thought was mine
There's | [F] nothin' left for | [C] me to do
But | [C↓] cry cry cry cry over | [G] you (cry over | [G] you)

Well, I | [C] never felt more like | [F] runnin' away
But | [C] how can I go when
| [F↓] I could- [Gdim7↓] n't [G7↑] stay with- | [F] out you,
| [G] you got me sing' the | [C] blues. | [C]
Stay with- | [F] out you, | [G↓] you got me sing' the blues. [Ending Riff] [C↓]


#Play along in this key with Gail Davies version.

#Capo 4th fret to play with original. Order of verses is different.
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Atlanta Moan
Manitoba Hal (Barbecue Bob, 1930)


    Fingerpicking / Strum
4/4 | t i D u t i D u |
      1   2   3   4

12 Bar Blues Chord Progression (for Intro and Solos)
| [G]   | [G]   | [G] | [G]
| [C]   | [C]   | [G] | [G]
| [D7] | [D7] | [G] | [G]

Ain't no- | [G] body knows At- | [G] lanta
like I | [G] do | [G]
Ain't no- | [C] body knows At- | [C] lanta
like I | [G] do | [G]
And the | [D7] reason I know it is I
| [D7] travelled it through and | [G] through | [G]

Now if you | [G] got a good woman
here's a | [G] lesson I give to | [G] you | [G]
If you | [C] got a good woman
here's a | [C] lesson I give to | [G] you | [G]
Don't | [D7] take her to Atlanta
| [D7] They'll take her away from | [G] you | [G]

You see they've | [G] taken my woman
and they've | [G] cut me to the | [G] bone | [G]
They've | [C] taken my woman
and they've | [C] cut me to the | [G] bone | [G]
That's the | [D7] reason why
| [D7] you hear me wail and | [G] moan | [G]

Well now | [G] can't you hear that
| [G] steep old whistle | [G] blow | [G]
| [C] Can't you hear that | [C] steep old whistle
| [G] blow | [G]
Man it | [D7] blows just like it's
| [D7] never blown be- | [G] fore | [G]

Ain't no- | [G] body knows At- | [G] lanta
like I | [G] do | [G]
Ain't no- | [C] body knows At- | [C] lanta
like I | [G] do | [G]
And the | [D7] reason I know it is I
| [D7] travelled it through and | [G] through | [G]

Ain't no- | [G] body knows At- | [G] lanta
like I | [G] do | [G]
Ain't no- | [C] body knows At- | [C] lanta
like I | [G] do | [G]
And the | [D7] reason I know it is I
| [D7] travelled it through and | [G] through | [G]

#Play along in this key with Manitoba Hal's version.
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Ain't No Cure For Love
Leonard Cohen (1986)


      Regular Strum              Choppy Strum
4/4 | d - D u - u d u |    4/4 | d d d d d d d d |
      1   2 &   & 4 &            1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &

Intro
| [G]   | [D]   | [Am7] | [C]   |   
| [Em] | [D]   | [C]   | [D]   | [D]   |   
| [G] I loved you for a | [G7] long, long time
| [C] ...I know this love is | [C] real
It don't matter | [G] ...how it | [G7] all went wrong
That | [D] don't change the way I | [D] feel
And I | [G] can't believe that | [B7] time is
Gonna heal this | [Em] wound that I'm speaking | [C↓] of [Eb↑] |   
There | [G] ain't no cure, there | [D] ain't no cure
There | [C] ain't no cure for | [G] love   | [G]

| [G] I'm aching for you | [G7] baby
| [C] I can't pretend I'm | [C] not
| [G] I need to see you | [G7] naked
In your | [D] body and your | [D] thought
| [G] I've got you like a | [B7] habit
And I'll | [Em] never get e- | [C↓] nough [Eb↑] |   
There | [G] ain't no cure, there | [D] ain't no cure
There | [C] ain't no cure for | [G↓] love

Start Choppy Downstrumming
(There ain't no | [Em] cure for love) | [G]  
(There ain't no | [Em] cure for | [G] love)
All the rocket ships are | [C] climbing through the sky
The holy | [C] books are open wide
The doctors | [D] working day and night
But they'll | [D] never ever find that | [Em] cure for love   | [G]  
(There ain't no | [C] drink, no | [C] drug)
(There's | [A] nothing pure e- | [A] nough to be a | [D] cure for | [D↓] love)

| [G] I see you in the | [G7] subway
And | [C] I see you on the | [C] bus
| [G] I see you lying | [G7] down with me
And I | [D] see you waking | [D] up
I | [G] see your hand, I | [B7] see your hair
Your | [Em] bracelets and your | [C] brush
And I | [G] call to you, I | [B7] call to you
But I | [Em] don't call soft e- | [C↓] nough [Eb↑] |     
There | [G] ain't no cure, there | [D] ain't no cure
There | [C] ain't no cure for | [G] love   | [G]

| [G] I walked into this | [G7] empty church
I had | [C] no place else to | [C] go
| [G] When the sweetest voice I | [G7] ever heard
| [D] Whispered to my | [D] soul
I | [G] don't need to be for- | [B7] given
| [Em] For loving you so | [C] much
| [G] It's written in the | [B7] scriptures
| [Em] It's written there in | [C] blood
| [G] I even heard the | [B7] angels
De- | [Em] clare it from a- | [C↓] bove [Eb↑] | ...  
There | [G] ain't no cure, there | [D] ain't no cure
There | [C] ain't no cure for | [G↓] love

Start Choppy Downstrumming
(There ain't no | [Em] cure for love)   | [G]  
(There ain't no | [Em] cure for | [G] love)
All the rocket ships are | [C] climbing through the sky
The holy | [C] books are open wide
The doctors | [D] working day and night
But they'll | [D] never ever find that | [Em] cure, that | [G] cure for love
(No | [Em] cure for | [G] love, there ain't no | [Em] cure for | [G] love...)
Repeat last line and fade

#Play along in this key.
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Le coeur est un oiseau
Richard Desjardins


Picking Pianistique:
A|-m-----m-----m-----m-----|
E|-i-----i-----i-----i-----|
C|----p-----p-----p-----p--|
G|-------------------------|
   1  &  2  &  3  &  4  &  


Intro
[D]  [D]  [D]  [D]  
Par de- [D]  là les front- [G] ières les prai- [D] ries et la [Am] mer
Dans les [C] grandes noir- [C#dim7] ceurs sous le [C] feu des cha- [D]  sseurs
Dans les [G] mains de la [D] mort il s'envole en- [G] core
Plus [C] haut plus [G] haut le [D] coeur est un oi- [G] seau. [G]    

Dans les [D] yeux des mira- [G] dors dans les [D] rues de nulle [Am] part
Au mi- [C] lieu des dé...[C#dim7] serts de froid de [C] faim et de [D] fer
Contre [G] la tyran- [D] nie il refait son [G] nid
Plus [C] chaud plus [G] chaud, le [D] coeur est un oi- [G] seau.

[C]  [G]  [D]  [G]  

Ce n'é- [D] tait qu'un o- [G] rage ce n'é- [D] tait qu'une [Am] cage
Tu re- [C] prendras ta [C#dim7] course tu i- [C] ras à la [D] source
Tu boi- [G] ras tout le [D] ciel ouvre tes [G] ailes
Liber- [C] té Liber- [G] té  [D] Li-ber - [G] té.  

#Play along in this key.
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Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Neil Sedaka (with Howard Greenfield, 1962)


4/4 | d - D u d - D u |
      1   2 & 3   4 &

Overlay
Do do do
| [A] Down dooby [F#m] doo down | [D] down, [E7] comma comma
| [A] Down dooby [F#m] doo down | [D] down, [E7] comma comma
| [A] Down dooby [F#m] doo down | [D] down

Intro
Do do do
| [A] Down dooby [F#m] doo down | [D] down, [E7] comma comma
| [A] Down dooby [F#m] doo down | [D] down, [E7] comma comma
| [A] Down dooby [F#m] doo down | [D] down
[E7] Breaking up is | [A] hard [Bm7] to | [A↓] do

Don't take [overlay] your | [A] love [F#m] a- | [D] way from [E7] me
| [A] Don't you [F#m] leave my heart in | [D] mise- [E7] ry
| [A] If you go then | [F#m] I'll be blue
'Cause | [D] breaking up is [Bm7] hard to | [E7↓] do

Remem- [overlay] ber | [A] when [F#m] you | [D] held me [E7] tight
| [A] And you [F#m] kissed me all | [D] through the [E7] night
| [A] Think of all that | [F#m] we've been through
And | [D] breaking up is [E7] hard to | [A↓] do

Bridge
They say that breaking | [Am] up [Bm7] is | [Am] hard to [Bm7] do
| [G] Now I know, I | know that it's true
| [Gm] Don't [C7] say that | [Gm] this is the [C7] end
In- | [F] stead of breaking up I wish that | [E7] we were making up again | [E7↓]

I beg [overlay] of | [A] you, [F#m] | [D] don't say good- [E7] bye
| [A] Can't we [F#m] give our love a- | [D] nother [E7] try
| [A] Come on baby, | [F#m] let's start anew
'Cause | [D] breaking up is [E7] hard to | [A↓] do

Bridge
They say that breaking | [Am] up [Bm7] is | [Am] hard to [Bm7] do
| [G] Now I know, I | know that it's true
| [Gm] Don't [C7] say that | [Gm] this is the [C7]end
In- | [F] stead of breaking up I wish that | [E7] we were making up again | [E7↓]

I beg [overlay] of | [A] you, [F#m] | [D] don't say good- [E7] bye
| [A] Can't we [F#m] give our love a- | [D] nother [E7] try
| [A] Come on baby, | [F#m] let's start anew
'Cause | [D] breaking up is [E7] hard [overlay] to | [A↓] do

Overlay - Repeat & Fade
Do do do
| [A] Down dooby [F#m] doo down | [D] down, [E7] comma comma
| [A] Down dooby [F#m] doo down | [D] down, [E7] comma comma


#Capo on 2nd fret to play with original.
#Last Updated 11/13/17 JJ
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Comme un million de gens
Claude Dubois (1966)


Verses:     Reggae Upbeat Strum
        4/4 | x U x U x U x U |
              1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
Chorus:     Open Ringing Strum
        4/4 | d - D - d - D - |
              1   2   3   4

Intro (Reggae Strum)
| [C]   | [Am]   | [Dm]   | [G]   |
[C] ...Il est né un jour de prin- [Am] temps,
il était le septième en- [Dm] fant,
D'une famille d'ouvri- [G] ers,
n'ayant pas peur de travaill- [C] er,

Comme un million de [Am] gens,
il a grandi dans un quar- [Dm] tier,
Ou il fallait pour subsis- [G] ter,
serrer les dents les poings fer- [C] més

Chorus
Change to Open Strum
[C] ...Autour de [D7] lui y'avait plus [G] petits et plus [G] grands
[C] ...Des hommes sem- [D7] blables en de- [G] dans.   [G]  

Reggae Strum
[C] ...En mangeant un morceau de [Am] pain,
il avait vu que le voi- [Dm] sin,
Avait quelque chose sur le [G] sien,
qu'il aurait bien aimé goû- [C] ter,

Comme un million de [Am] gens,
il a cessé d'étu- [Dm] dier,
Car il fallait pour mieux man- [G] ger,
serrer les dents et travaill- [C] er

Chorus
Change to Open Strum
[C] ...Autour de [D7] lui y'avait plus [G] petits et plus [G] grands
[C] ...Des hommes sem- [D7] blables en de- [G] dans.   [G]  

Reggae Strum
[C] ...Puis un jour il a rencon- [Am] tré,
une femme qu'il a ma- [Dm] riée,
Sans pour cela se deman- [G] der,
si du moins il pouvait l'ai- [C] mer,

Comme un million de [Am] gens,
ils ont vieilli dans leur quar- [Dm] tier,
Et leurs enfants pour subsis- [G] ter,
serrent les dents les poings fer- [C] més

Chorus
Change to Open Strum
[C] ...Autour de [D7] lui y'avait plus [G] petits et plus [G] grands
[C] ...Des hommes sem- [D7] blables en de- [G] dans.   [G]  

Reggae Strum
[C] ...Comme un million de [Am] gens,
qui pourraient se rassem- [Dm] bler,                
Pour être beaucoup moins exploi- [G] tées
et beaucoup plus communi- [C] quer

Chorus
Change to Open Strum
[C] ...Se distin- [D7] guer, se raison- [G] ner, s'émanci- [G] per,  
[C] ...se libé- [D7] rer, s'admini- [G] strer    [G]  
[C] ...Se déca- [D7] ver, s'équili- [G] brer, s'évapo- [G] rer,
[C] ...s'évolu- [D7] er, se possé- [G] der      [G]  
[C] ...mais autour [D7] d'eux y'avait plus [G] petits et plus grands
[C] ...Des hommes [D7] semblables en [G] dedans.[G]  

Reggae Strum
[C] ...Comme un million de [Am] gens,
Comme un million de [Dm] gens,              
Comme un million de  [G] gens,
Comme un million de  [C] gens

Comme toi, comme moi bébé [Am]
Comme toi, comme moi bébé [Dm]
Comme toi, comme moi, comme lui, comme [G] l'autre
Comme toi bébé
| [C]   | [Am]   | [Dm]   | [G]  [C↓] |


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You Needed Me
Anne Murray (Randy Goodrum, 1978)


4/4 Combo Strum and Fingerpicking Pattern
    |-D-----------U-----D----|
    |-D-----I-----U-----D----|
    |-D--T-----T--------D----|
    |-D----------------------|
      1  &  2  &  3  &  4  &

Intro
| [G]   | [C]   | [G]   | [D7]  
I cried a | [G] tear... you wiped it | [Am] dry
I was con- | [D7] fused... you cleared my | [G] mind
I sold my | [Bm] soul... you bought it | [C] back for me
And held me | [A7] up... and gave me | [D7] dignity
Somehow you | [D7] needed me

You gave me | [G] strength... to stand a- | [Am] lone again
To face the | [D7] world... out on my | [G] own again
You put me | [Bm] high... upon a | [C] pedestal
[D7↓] So | [G] high that I could [B7↓] almost [Em↓] see e- | [A7] ternity
You | [D7] needed me... you | [G] needed me...   [B7↓]

Bridge
And I | [Em] can't believe it's [D] you
I can't be- | [C] lieve it's true [Bm]
I | [Am] needed you... [D7] ...and you were | [G] there [B7]
And I'll | [Em] never leave why [D] should I leave I'd | [C] be a fool  [Bm]
Cause I | [A7] finally found someone who really | [D7] cares   | [D7↓]    

You held my | [G] hand... when it was | [Am] cold
When I was | [D7] lost... you took me | [G] home
You gave me | [Bm] hope... when I was | [C] at the end
And turned my | [A7] lies... back into | [D7] truth again
You even | [D7↓] called me friend

You gave me | [G] strength... to stand a- | [Am] lone again
To face the | [D7] world... out on my | [G] own again
You put me | [Bm] high... upon a | [C] pedestal
[D7↓] So | [G] high that I could [B7↓] almost [Em↓] see e- | [A7] ternity
You | [D7] needed me... you | [G] needed me  [E7]...
You | [A] needed me... [D7]... you | [G] needed me  [E7]
| [A]  [D7] | [G↓]


#Capo on 2 to play with the video.
#Last Updated 11/27/17 JJ
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Ho Hey
The Lumineers (2012)


Verses:
  F     C                             F     C
u D - | D - - - D - - u | - u D - - u D - |
& 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &
Chorus:
4/4 | d - D u d u D u |

Intro
[F↓][C]Ho  [F↓][C]Hey  [F↓][C]Ho  [F↓][C]Hey  

[F↓][C](Ho) I've been trying to do it right
[F↓][C](Hey) I've been living a lonely life
[F↓][C](Ho) I've been sleeping here instead
[F↓][C](Hey) I've been sleeping in my bed
[Am](Ho) Sleepin' [G]in my bed  [F↓]

[C]Hey  [F↓][C]Ho  

[F↓][C](Ho) So show me family
[F↓][C](Hey) All the blood that I will bleed
[F↓][C](Ho) I don't know where I belong
[F↓][C](Hey) I don't know where I went wrong
[Am](Ho) But I can [G]write a song [F↓][C] (Hey - two, three)

Chorus
I belong with [Am]you, you belong with [G]me,
You're my sweet- [C]heart
I belong with [Am]you, you belong with [G]me,
You're my sweet

[C]Ho   [F↓][C]Hey   [F↓][C]Ho   [F↓][C]Hey  

[F↓][C](Ho) I don't think you're right for him
[F↓][C](Hey) Think of what it might've been
[F↓][C](Ho) Took a bus to Chinatown
[F↓][C](Hey) I'd be standing on Canal
[F↓][Am](Ho)...and [G]Bowery [F↓][C](Hey)...
[Am](Ho) She'd be standing [G]next to me
[F↓][C](Hey) two, three

Chorus
I belong with [Am]you, you belong with [G]me,
You're my sweet- [C]heart
I belong with [Am]you, you belong with [G]me,
You're my sweet- [C]heart

And [F]love... [C]we [G]need it [C]now
Let's [F]hope... [C]for [G]some
Cuz [F]oh... [C]we're [G]bleeding [C]out

I belong with [Am]you, you belong with [G]me,
You're my sweet- [C]heart
I belong with [Am]you, you belong with [G]me,
You're my sweet

[C]Ho   [F↓][C]Hey    [F↓][C]Ho   [F↓][C↓]Hey  

#Play with original in this key.


#Last Updated 11/28/17 JJ
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Every Breath You Take
The Police (Sting, 1983)


|-------------M----------|
|-------I--------I-----I-|
|----T--------------T----|
|----------T-------------|
  1  &  2  &  3  &  4  &
  
Note: FP pattern starts after 1st beat

Intro
| [G] | [G] | [Em] | [Em]
| [C] | [D] | [G]   | [G]
Every breath you [G] take
[G] Every move you [Em] make
[Em] Every bond you [C] break,
every step you [D] take
I'll be watching you [Em]  [Em]

Every single [G] day
[G] And every word you [Em] say
[Em] Every game you [C] play,
every night you [D] stay
I'll be watching you [G] [G]

Chorus
Oh, can't you [C] see
[C] You belong to [G] me
[G] How my poor heart [A7] aches
[A7] With every step you [D] take [D]

And every move you [G] make
[G] And every vow you [Em] break
[Em] Every smile you [C] fake
Every claim you [D] stake
I'll be watching [Em] you [Em]

Bridge (strum)
[Eb] Since you've gone, I've been [Eb] lost without a [F] trace
I dream at night, I can [F] only see your [Eb] face
I look around but it's [Eb] you I can't re- [F] place
I feel so cold and I [F] long for your em- [Eb] brace
I keep crying [Eb] baby, baby,

Instrumental Verse (fingerpicking)
[G] please... [G] [Em] [Em]
[C] [D] [Em] [Em]
[G] La la la [G] La la la [Em] La la la [Em] La la la
[C] La la la [D] La la la [G] La la la [G]

Chorus
Oh, can't you [C] see
[C] You belong to [G] me
[G] How my poor heart [A7] aches
[A7] With every step you [D] take [D]

Every move you [G] make
[G] And every vow you [Em] break
[Em] Every smile you [C] fake
Every claim you [D] stake
I'll be watching [Em] you [Em]
Every move you [C] make
Every step you [D] take
I'll be watching you [Em] [Em]
[Em] I'll be watching [G↓] you


#Capo on 1st fret. It will still be just a bit out of tune though.
#Last Updated 12/04/17 JJ
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