April Sun in Cuba chords and lyrics

by Dragon

  • April Sun in Cuba was written by Marc Hunter and Paul Hewson from the Australian-New Zealand group Dragon. The song was released in 1977 from the album, Running Free.
  • Music: A Major in 4/4 time at ~ 122 bpm.
  • Chords: A, Asus4, Bm, C#m, D, Gmaj7
  • Strum Pattern: This song has a distinctive strum pattern. If you count each barre as 1& 2& 3& 4&, it would look something like this:
    
d = dampen the string
 = downstroke
 = upstroke

1 &   2 &   3 &   4 & 
↓ ↓   ↓ ↓   ↓     ↓ ↓↑
      d d           dd

April Sun in Cuba by Dragon

Intro: 4/4 || Birds  ||:  Asus4   |   A   :|| x4

Asus4               A          Asus4                 A
1. I'm tired of the ci-ty life___  Sum-mer's on the run
Asus4              A            Asus4                     A
   Peo-ple tell me I should stay___  But I got to get my fun
Asus4                A          Asus4                        A
   So don't try and hold me back___  Aint’ noth-in’ you can say
Asus4                A                     D        C#m  Bm  
   Snake eyes on the pa-ra-dise___ And we got to go to - day

   Gmaj7               D             Gmaj7          D
Chorus: Take me to the Ap-ril Sun in Cu-ba___ Oh Oh Oh
   Gmaj7                  D                 Gmaj7         D
        Take me where the Ap-ril sun gon-na treat me so right
         | Asus4   |    A     | Asus4   |    A     |
        So right___         So  right

Asus4                       A              Asus4                    A
2. I can al-most smell the per-fumed night___  And see the star-ry sky
Asus4                 A          Asus4                       A
   I wish you comin' with me baby___ 'Cause right before my eye
      Asus4            A            Asus4                      A
   See__  Castro in the al-ley way___ Talk-in' 'bout mis-sile love
Asus4            A                  D  C#m   Bm  
   Talkin' 'bout J.F.K.___ And the way  he  shook him up

   Gmaj7               D             Gmaj7          D
Chorus: Take me to the Ap-ril Sun in Cu-ba___ Oh Oh Oh
   Gmaj7                  D                 Gmaj7         D
        Take me where the Ap-ril sun gon-na treat me so right
         | Asus4   |    A     | Asus4   |    A     |
        So right___         So  right

     Asus4               A           Asus4                A
Bridge: I'm tired of the ci-ty life___  Sum-mer's on the run
     Asus4            A          Asus4                     A
        Birds in the win-ter sky___  Are head-in' for the sun
     Asus4          A          Asus4                  A
        Oh we can stick it out___  In this cold and grey
     Asus4                 A                    D        C#m  Bm
        Snake eyes on the par-a-dise___ And we got to go to - day___ Yeah

   Gmaj7               D            Gmaj7           D
Chorus: Take me to the Ap-ril Sun in Cu-ba___ Oh Oh Oh
   Gmaj7                  D                 Gmaj7         D
        Take me where the Ap-ril sun gon-na treat me so right
         | Asus4   |    A     | Asus4   |    A     |
        So right___         So  right

   Asus4              A                  Asus4
Outro: Take me to the A-pril sun___ C'mon take me
                      A                        Asus4
       Take me to the A-pril sun___ C'mon C'mon take me
                      A                  Asus4
       Take me to the A-pril sun___ C'mon take me
                      A          ↓ ↓
       Take me to the A-pril sun.....

A Major

Red Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4: Fingers/Notes
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string
1's in the same column: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
3's in the same column: Barre 3rd finger over marked strings (mini barre)

Right-Handed Chord Tabs
          A              Asus4             Bm               C#m               D              Gmaj7
   e|-1-|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|---|-2-|---|   e|---|-1-|---|
   B|-1-|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|---|---|-3-|   B|---|---|---|
   G|-1-|-2-|---|   G|-1-|---|-3-|   G|-1-|---|---|   G|-1-|---|---|   G|---|-1-|---|   G|---|---|---|
   D|-1-|---|-4-|   D|-1-|---|-3-|   D|-1-|---|-4-|   D|-1-|---|-4-|   D|---|---|---|   D|---|---|---|
   A|-1-|---|-3-|   A|-1-|---|-3-|   A|-1-|---|-3-|   A|-1-|---|-3-|   A|---|---|---|x  A|---|-2-|---|
   E|-1-|---|---|   E|-1-|---|---|   E|-1-|---|---|   E|-1-|---|---|   E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|-3-|
Frets 5   6   7        5   6   7        7   8   9        9  10  11        1   2   3        1   2   3 

Please Note: There are several different ways to play these chords, however these are the preferred 
             voicings especially with the strumming style between Asus4 and A.


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
       A              Asus4             Bm               C#m               D              Gmaj7
 |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|-2-|---|e   |---|-1-|---|e
 |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |-3-|---|---|B   |---|---|---|B
 |---|-2-|-1-|G   |-3-|---|-1-|G   |---|---|-1-|G   |---|---|-1-|G   |---|-1-|---|G   |---|---|---|G
 |-4-|---|-1-|D   |-3-|---|-1-|D   |-4-|---|-1-|D   |-4-|---|-1-|D   |---|---|---|D   |---|---|---|D
 |-3-|---|-1-|A   |-3-|---|-1-|A   |-3-|---|-1-|A   |-3-|---|-1-|A  x|---|---|---|A   |---|-2-|---|A
 |---|---|-1-|E   |---|---|-1-|E   |---|---|-1-|E   |---|---|-1-|E  x|---|---|---|E   |-3-|---|---|E
   7   6   5        7   6   5        9   8   7        11  10  9        3   2   1        3   2   1  Frets

Dragon

Album
Running Free

Origin: Auckland, N.Z.
Music Styles: Progressive rock, pop rock, new wave
Active Years: 1972–1979, 1982–1998, 2006–present
Band: The following is the band line-up in 1977 during the release of the song and the album, Running Free (pictured).

  • Marc Hunter - Lead Vocals
  • Todd Hunter - Bass Guitar, vocals
  • Robert Taylor - Guitar, vocals
  • Keyboards - Paul Hewson, vocals
  • Percussion - Kerry Jacobson
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