Songbook - January-February 2020
Suzanne Leonard Cohen (1967)
For What It's Worth Buffalo Springfield (Stephen Stills, 1967)
La Vie En Rose Edith Piaf (Piaf, Louisguy, Monnot, 1947)
Ode To Billy Joe Billie Gentry (1967)
Sweet Caroline (Key of C) Neil Diamond (1969)
Sweet Caroline (Key of G) Neil Diamond (1969)
Waiting on the World to Change John Mayer (2006)
Wayfaring Stranger Johnny Cash (Traditional)



Suzanne
Leonard Cohen (1967)


Intro Fingerpicking Riff:
[D]                                  
|-0-----------0----------|------------
|----2-----2--------2----|-3-----2----
|-------2--------2-----2-|----2-----2-
|-2----------------------|------------
  1  &  2  &  3  &  4  &   1  &  2  &  


Inside/Outside Fingerpicking Pattern
|----------M-----------M-|
|----I-----------I-------|
|-T-----------T----------|
|-------T-----------T----|
  1  &  2  &  3  &  4  &


Su- | [D] zanne takes you | down to her | place near the | river
You can | [Em] hear the boats go | by you can | spend the night be- | side her
And you | [D] know that she's half | crazy but that's | why you want to | be there
And she | [F#m] feeds you tea and | oranges that come | [G] all the way from | China
And just | [D] when you mean to | tell her that you | [Em] have no love to | give her
Then she | [D] gets you on her | wavelength and she | [Em] lets the river | answer
That you've | [D] always been her | lover | [D] | [D]

Chorus
And you | [F#m] want to travel | with her and you | [G] want to travel | blind
And you | [D] know that she will | trust you
For you've | [Em] touched her perfect | body with your | [D] mind | [D] | [D] | [D]

And | [D] Jesus was a | sailor when He | walked upon the | water
And He | [Em] spent a long time | watching from his | lonely wooden | tower
And | [D] when He knew for | certain only | drowning men could | see Him
He said | [F#m] all men will be | sailors then un- | [G] til the sea shall | free them
But | [D] He Himself was | broken long be- | [Em] fore the sky would | open
For- | [D] saken, almost | human, He | [Em] sank beneath your | wisdom
like a | [D] stone | [D] | [D] | [D]

Chorus
And you | [F#m] want to travel | with him and you | [G] want to travel | blind
And you | [D] think maybe you'll | trust him
For He's | [Em] touched your perfect | body with his | [D] mind | [D] | [D] | [D]

Now, Su- | [D] zanne takes your | hand and she | leads you to the | river
She is | [Em] wearing rags and | feathers from Sal- | vation Army | counters
And the | [D] sun pours down like | honey on our | lady of the | harbor
And she | [F#m] shows you where to | look among the | [G] garbage and the | flowers
There are | [D] heroes in the | seaweed there are | [Em] children in the | morning
They are | [D] leaning out for | love and they will | [Em] lean that way for- | ever
While Su- | [D] zanne holds the | mirror | [D] | [D]

Chorus
And you | [F#m] want to travel | with her and you | [G] want to travel | blind
And you | [D] know that you can | trust her
For she's | [Em] touched your perfect | body with her | [D] mind | [D] | [D] | [D↓]

#Capo on 2nd fret to play along with original.

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For What It's Worth
Buffalo Springfield (Stephen Stills, 1966)


Intro
[E7] [A] [E7] [A]

[E7] There's something happening [A] here
And what it [E7] is ain't exactly [A] clear
There's a [E7] man with a gun over [A] there
Telling [E7] me I've got to be- [A] ware

Chorus
Think it's time we [E7] stop children [D] what's that sound
[A] Everybody look what's [C] goin' down [E7] [A] [E7] [A]

[E7] There's battle lines being [A] drawn
And nobody's [E7] right if everybody's [A] wrong
[E7] Young people speaking their [A] minds
Getting [E7] so much resistance [A] from behind

Chorus
Think it's time we [E7] stop hey [D] what's that sound
[A] Everybody look what's [C] goin' down [E7] [A] [E7] [A]

[E7] What a field day for the [A] heat
[E7] A thousand people in the [A] street
[E7] Singin' songs and carryin' [A] signs
Mostly [E7] say hooray for our [A] side

Chorus
It's time we [E7] stop hey [D] what's that sound
[A] Everybody look what [C] goin' down [E7] [A] [E7] [A]

[E7] Paranoia strikes [A] deep [E7] into your life it will [A] creep
It [E7] starts when you're always a- [A] fraid
Step outta [E7] line the men come and [A] take you away

Chorus
We'd better [E7] stop hey [D] what's that sound
[A] Everybody look what's [C] goin' down
[E7] Stop hey [D] what's that sound
[A] Everybody look what's [C] goin' down
[E7] Stop hey [D] what's that sound
[A] Everybody look what's [C] goin' down [E7]


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La Vie En Rose
Edith Piaf (Piaf, Louisguy, Monnot, 1947)


[G] Quand il me prend dans ses [Gmaj7] bras
Il me parle tout [G6] bas
Je vois la [Bbdim7] vie en [Am7] ro- [D7] se
[Am7] Il me dit des mots d'a- [D7] mour
Des mots de tous les [Am7] jours
Et [D7] ça me fait quelque [G] chose [D7]

[G] Il est entré dans mon [Gmaj7] coeur
Une part de bon- [G6] heur
Dont [G7] je connais la [C] cause
[Cm] C'est lui pour moi, moi pour [G] lui dans la vie
[A7] Il me l'a dit, l'a ju- [Am7] ré pour la [D7] vie

[G] Et dès que je l'aper- [Gmaj7] çois
Alors je sens en [Am7] moi
Mon [D7] coeur qui [G] bat [D7]

[G] Hold me close and hold me [Gmaj7] fast
The magic spells you [G6] cast
This is la [Bbdim7] vie en [Am7] ro- [D7] se
[Am7] When you kiss me heaven [D7] sighs
And though I close my [Am7] eyes
I [D7] see la vie en [G] rose  [D7]

[G] When you press me to your [Gmaj7] heart
I'm in a world a- [G6] part
A [G7] world where roses [C] bloom
[Cm] And when you speak angels [G] sing from above
[A7] Everyday words seem to [Am7] turn into [D7] love songs

[G] Give your heart and soul to [Gmaj7] me
And life will always [Am7] be
La [D7] vie en [G] rose

#Capo on 1st fret to play with this version.

#Louis Armstrong's version is in C (capo 7- ugh)... but has the English lyrics.

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Ode To Billy Joe
Billie Gentry (1967)


4/4 | t - D...uD u - u |
      1   2   a3 & 4 &

| [D7] | [D7] | [D7] | [D7]

It was the | [D7] third of june another | sleepy dusty delta | day   | [D7]
I was | [D7] out choppin' cotton and my | brother was bailin' | hay   | [D7]  
And at | [G7] dinner time we stopped and walked | back to the house to | eat | [G7]  
And Mama | [D7] hollered out the back door y'all re | member to wipe your | feet   | [D7]  
And then she | [G7] said I got some news this | mornin' from Choctaw | Ridge | [G7]  
Today | [D7↓] Billy Joe MacAllister jumped | [C7↓] off the Tallahatchie | [D7] Bridge | [D7] |   

And | [D7] Papa said to Mama as he | passed around the blackeyed | peas | [D7]
Well Billy | [D7] Joe never had a lick of | sense pass the biscuits | please | [D7]
There's | [G7] five more acres in the | lower forty I've got to | plow | [G7]
And Mama | [D7] said it was shame a- | bout Billy Joe any- | how | [D7]
Seems like | [G7] nothin' ever comes to no | good up on Choctaw | Ridge | [G7]
And now Billy | [D7↓] Joe MacAllister's jumped | [C7↓] off the Tallahatchie | [D7] Bridge | [D7]

And | [D7] Brother said he recollected when | he and Tom and Billie | Joe | [D7]
Put a | [D7] frog down my back at the | Carroll County picture | show | [D7]
And wasn't | [G7] I talkin' to him after | church last Sunday | night | [G7]
I'll have a- | [D7] nother piece of apple pie, | you know it don't seem | right | [D7]
I | [G7] saw him at the sawmill | yesterday on Choctaw | Ridge | [G7]
And now you | [D7↓] tell me Billie Joe's jumped | [C7↓] off the Tallahatchie | [D7] Bridge | [D7]

And | [D7] Mama said to me Child what's | happened to your appe- | tite | [D7]
I've been | [D7] cookin' all morning and you | haven't touched a single | bite | [D7]
That | [G7] nice young preacher Brother | Taylor dropped by to- | day | [G7]
Said he'd be | [D7] pleased to have dinner on | Sunday, oh by the | way | [D7]
He | [G7] said he saw a girl that looked a lot | like you up on Choctaw | Ridge | [G7]
And she and | [D7↓] Billy Joe was throwing somethin' | [C7↓] off the Tallahatchie | [D7] Bridge | [D7]

A | [D7] year has come 'n' gone since we | heard the news 'bout Billy | Joe | [D7]
And | [D7] Brother married Becky Thompson they | bought a store in Tupe- | lo | [D7]
There was a | [G7] virus going 'round Papa | caught it and he died last | Spring | [G7]
And now | [D7] Mama doesn't seem to wanna | do much of any- | thing | [D7]
And | [G7] me I spend a lot of time pickin' | flowers up on Choctaw | Ridge | [G7]
And drop them | [D7↓] into the muddy water | [C7↓] off the Tallahatchie | [D7] Bridge | [D7]


#Play along with original in this key.
#Last Updated 01/20/20 JJ
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Sweet Caroline (Key of C)
Neil Diamond (1969)


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


Intro
| [G] | [G] | [G] | [G] |
| [G] | [G] | [G] |

| [C] ...Where it be- | gan   |
| [F] ...I can't be- | gin to knowin' |
| [C] ...But then I | know it's growing | [G] strong | [G] |   
| [C] ...Was in the | spring |
| [F] ...And spring be- | came the summer |
| [C] ...Who'd have be- | lieved you'd come a- | [G] long | [G] |

Pre-chorus
| [C] Hands | [C]... | [Am] touchin' hands | [Am] |
| [G] Reachin' out | [G] | [F] touchin' me | ...touchin' | [G] you | [G] |

Chorus
| [C] Sweet Caro- | [F] line (whoa whoa | whoa)
Good times | [F] never seemed so | [G] good (so good, so | good, so good)
| [C] I've been in- | [F] clined (whoa whoa | whoa)
To be- | [F] lieve they never | [G↓]  would [F↓] but | [Em↓] now [Dm↓] I |

| [C] ...Look at the | night, |
| [F] ...and it don't | seem so lonely |
| [C] ...We fill it | up with only | [G] two | [G] |
| [C] ...And when I | hurt |
| [F] ...hurting runs | off my shoulder |
| [C] ...How can I | hurt when holding | [G] you? | [G] |

Pre- chorus
| [C] Warm, | [C] | [Am] touching warm | [Am] |   
| [G] Reaching out, | [G] | [F] touching me, | [F]... touching | [G] you | [G] |

Chorus
| [C] Sweet Caro- | [F] line (whoa whoa | whoa)
Good times | [F] never seemed so | [G] good (so good, so | good, so good)
| [C] I've been in- | [F] clined (whoa whoa | whoa)
To be- | [F] lieve they never | [G↓] would [F↓] oh | [Em↓] no [Dm↓] no |

Instrumental
| [G] | [G] | [G] | [G] |
| [G] | [G] | [G] |

Chorus
| [C] Sweet Caro- | [F] line (whoa whoa | whoa)
Good times | [F] never seemed so | [G] good (so good, so | good, so good)
| [C] I've been in- | [F] clined (whoa whoa | whoa)
To be- | [F] lieve they never | [G↓] [F↓] | [Em↓] [Dm↓] | [C↓]
[G↓]  [G↓] Sweet [F↓] Car- [F↓] o- [G] line

#Original in key of B. Could lower each string by 1 semi-tone to play with original.

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Sweet Caroline (Key of G)
Neil Diamond (1969)


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


Intro
| [D] | [D] | [D] | [D] |
| [D] | [D] | [D]

| [G] ...Where it be- | gan   |
| [C] ...I can't be- | gin to knowin' |
| [G] ...But then I | know it's growing | [D] strong | [D] |   
| [G] ...Was in the | spring |
| [C] ...And spring be- | came the summer |
| [G] ...Who'd have be- | lieved you'd come a- | [D] long | [D] |

Pre-chorus
| [G] Hands | [G]... | [Em] touchin' hands | [Em] |
| [D] Reachin' out | [D] | [C] touchin' me | ...touchin' | [D] you | [D] |

Chorus
| [G] Sweet Caro- | [C] line (whoa whoa | whoa)
Good times | [C] never seemed so | [D] good (so good, so | good, so good)
| [G] I've been in- | [C] clined (whoa whoa | whoa)
To be- | [C] lieve they never | [D↓]  would [C↓] but | [Bm7↓] now [Am↓] I |

| [G] ...Look at the | night, |
| [C] ...and it don't | seem so lonely |
| [G] ...We fill it | up with only | [D] two | [D] |
| [G] ...And when I | hurt |
| [C] ...hurting runs | off my shoulder |
| [G] ...How can I | hurt when holding | [D] you? | [D] |

Pre- chorus
| [G] Warm, | [G] | [Em] touching warm | [Em] |   
| [D] Reaching out, | [D] | [C] touching me, | [C]... touching | [D] you | [D] |

Chorus
| [G] Sweet Caro- | [C] line (whoa whoa | whoa)
Good times | [C] never seemed so | [D] good (so good, so | good, so good)
| [G] I've been in- | [C] clined (whoa whoa | whoa)
To be- | [C] lieve they never | [D↓] would [C↓] oh | [Bm7↓] no [Am↓]  no |

Instrumental
| [D] | [D] | [D] | [D] |

Chorus
| [G] Sweet Caro- | [C] line (whoa whoa | whoa)
Good times | [C] never seemed so | [D] good (so good, so | good, so good)
| [G] I've been in- | [C] clined (whoa whoa | whoa)
To be- | [C] lieve they never | [D↓] would [C↓] | [Bm7↓] [Am↓] | [G↓]

#Capo on 4th fret to play along with original in key of B.

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Waiting on the World to Change
John Mayer (2006)


      D     Bm          G     D
4/4 | T - X T - - X - | T - X T - - X - |
      1   2 &(3)  4     1   2 &(3)  4

Intro
| [D]  [Bm7] | [G]  [D] |   
| [A]  [Bm7] | [G]  [D] |   

| [D] Me and all my [Bm7] friends, we're | [G] all misunder- [D] stood.
They | [A] say we stand for [Bm7] nothing, and there's no | [G] way we ever [D] could.
Now we see | [D] everything that's going [Bm7] wrong with the | [G] world and those who [D] lead it
We just | [A] feel like we don't [Bm7] have the means to | [G] rise above and [D] beat it.

Chorus  
So we keep | [D] waiting, [Bm7] (waiting) waiting on the | [G] world to change. [D]  
We keep on | [A] waiting, [Bm7] (waiting) waiting on the | [G] world to change. [D]  
It's | [D] hard to beat the [Em] system, when you're | [Bm7] standing at a [Em] distance,
So we keep | [A] waiting, [Bm7] (waiting) waiting on the | [G] world to change. [D]  

Now | [D] if we had the [Bm7] power to bring our | [G] neighbors home from [D] war
They would have | [A] never missed a [Bm7] Christmas, no more | [G] ribbons on their [D] door
And when you | [D] trust your tele- [Bm7] vision, what you | [G] get is what you [D] got
Cause when they | [A] own the infor- [Bm7] mation, oh they can | [G] bend it all they [D] want

Chorus  
So we keep | [D] waiting, [Bm7] (waiting) waiting on the | [G] world to change. [D]  
We keep on | [A] waiting, [Bm7] (waiting) waiting on the | [G] world to change. [D]  
It's | [D] not that we don't [Em] care, we just | [Bm7] know that the fight ain't [Em] fair
So we keep | [A] waiting, [Bm7] (waiting) waiting on the | [G] world to change. [D]  

Solo
| [Bm7] | [Bm7] | [Bm7] | [Bm7] |   
| [Bm7] | [Bm7] | [Bm7] | [Bm7] |   
| [D]  [Bm7] | [G]  [D] |   
| [A]  [Bm7] | [G]  [D] |   
| [D]  [Bm7] | [G]  [D] |   
| [A]  [Bm7] | [G]  [D] |   

Chorus  
Oh we're still | [D] waiting, [Bm7] (waiting) waiting on the | [G] world to change. [D]  
We keep on | [A] waiting, [Bm7] (waiting) waiting on the | [G] world to change. [D]  
One | [D] day our gene- [Em] ration is gonna | [Bm7] rule the popu- [Em] lation
So we keep on | [A] waiting [Bm7] (waiting) waiting on the | [G] world to change [D]  

You know we keep on | [A] waiting [Bm7] (waiting) waiting on the | [G] world to change [D]  
We keep on | [A] waiting, [Bm7] (waiting) waiting on the | [G] world to change. [D]  
Waiting on the | [G] world to change. [D]     Waiting on the | [G] world to change. [D]  
Waiting on the | [G] world to change. [D↓]    

#Play along with original in this key.

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Wayfaring Stranger
Johnny Cash (Traditional)


Carter Picking
4/4 | T3 - D u T4 - D u |
      1    2 & 3    4 &


Intro
| [Am] | [Am] | [Am] | [Am] |
| [Dm] | [E7] | [Am] | [Am]

I'm just a | [Am] poor, | wayfarin' | stranger | [Am]
Travelin' | [Dm] through, | this world be- | [Am] low | [Am]
There is no | [Am] sickness, | no toil nor | danger | [Am]
In that bright | [Dm] land | [E7] to which I | [Am] go   | [Am]

Chorus
I'm goin' | [F] there, | to see my | [C] father | [C]
And all my | [F] loved ones, | who've gone | [E7] on | [E7]
I'm just | [Am] go... | in' over | Jordan | [Am]
I'm just | [Dm] go... | [E7] in' over | [Am] home | [Am]

Instrumental
| [Am] | [Am] | [Am] | [Am] |
| [Dm] | [Dm] | [Am] | [Am] |
| [Am] | [Am] | [Am] | [Am] |
| [Dm] | [E7] | [Am] | [Am]

I know dark   | [Am] clouds, | will gather | round me | [Am]
I know my | [Dm] way, | is hard and | [Am] steep | [Am]
But beauteous | [Am] fields, | arise be- | fore me | [Am]
Where God's re- | [Dm] deemed | [E7] their vigils | [Am] keep | [Am]

Chorus
I'm goin' | [F] there, | to see my | [C] mother | [C]
She said she'd | [F] meet me, | when I | [E7] come | [E7]
So I'm just | [Am] go... | in' over | Jordan | [Am]
I'm just | [Dm] go... | [E7] in' over | [Am] home   | [Am]
I'm just | [Am] go... | in' over | Jordan | [Am]
I'm just | [Dm] go... | [E7] in' over | [Am↓] home

#Play along with Johnny Cash in this key.

#Last Updated 02/03/20 JJ
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