Father and Son chords

by Cat Stevens

  • Father and Son was written by singer-songwriter Cat Stevens. It was recorded in 1970 and the single was released in the same year from the album, Tea for the Tillerman.
  • Music: G Major in 4/4 time at ~ 64 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: G, C/G, Am, Am7, C, D Em
  • There are some extra time signatures added throughout the song - namely 5/4 and 3/4.

Father and Son by Cat Stevens

Intro: 4/4  
Beats: 1& 2&   3& 4&   1& 2&   3& 4&   1& 2&   3& 4&   1& 2&   3& 4& 
     | G  C/G  -  -  | G  C/G  -  -  | G  C/G  -  -  | G  C/G  -  -     | 
Notes:         CG CA           CG CA           CG CA           CG CA (It's not) 
   
             G                   D          C              Am7
1. It's not time to make a change, just re-lax, take it ea-sy
                  G                 Em                Am                  D
   You're still young, that's your fault, there's so much you have to know
              G             D            C            Am7
   Find a girl, set-tle down, if you want, you can mar - ry
           G        Em         | Am  -   D  |
   Look at me, I am old, but I'm hap-py

          G                 D          C                 Am7
2. I was once like you are now, and I know that it's not ea-sy
          G                Em                  | Am  -  D  |
   To be calm when you've found some-thing going on
                  G               D          C                     Am7
   But take your time, think a lot, think of ev-'ry-thing you've got
                 5/4                                          4/4
                  G                  Em              D       | G  C/G - - | G  C/G - - |
   For you will still be here to-mor-row, but your dreams may not                 (How can) 

           G             D           C             Am7
3. How can I try to ex-plain, when I do he turns a-way a-gain
        G                 Em          | Am  -  D  |
   It's al-ways been the same, same old sto-ry
            G                   D       C                 Am7
   From the mo-ment I could talk, I was or-dered to lis-ten
                  G         Em          D            G
   Now there's a way and I know that I have to go a-way
     3/4            4/4
   |  D  /   C     | G  C/G  - -  |  G  C/G  - -  |
   I know I have to  go

Instr: | G  -  D  | C  -  Am7  | G  -  Em  | Am  -  D    |
       | G  -  D  | C  -  Am7  | G  -  Em  | D  G   /  / | 
        3/4        4/4
       | D  /  C  | G  C/G  - -  |  G  C/G  - -  |

             G                   D           C               Am7
4. It's not time to make a change, just sit down, take it slow-ly
                  G                 Em                Am                    D  
   You're still young, that's your fault, there's so much you have to go through
              G             D            C           Am7
   Find a girl, set-tle down, if you want, you can mar-ry
           G        Em             | Am  -   D  |
   Look at me, I am old, but I'm hap-py

             G               D           C               Am7
5. All the times that I cried, keep-ing all the things I knew in-side
         G              Em          | Am  -  D  |
   It's hard, but it's hard-er to ig-nore it
                  G           D              C                 Am7
   If they were right, I'd a-gree, but it's them they know not me
                  G         Em          D            G
   Now there's a way and I know that I have to go a-way
     3/4            
   |  D  /   C    |  G   
   I know I have to  go...
  

G 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
(4) Optional

Right Handed Chord Tabs

           G                 Am                 Am7                Em 
    e|---|---|-4-|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|
    B|---|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|---|---|---|
    G|---|---|---|     G|---|-3-|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|---|
    D|---|---|---|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|-2-|---|
    A|---|-2-|---|     A|---|---|---|     A|---|---|---|     A|---|-1-|---|
    E|---|---|-3-|     E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3 

          C/G                 C                  D  
    e|---|---|(4)|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|-2-|---|
    B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|---|---|-3-|
    G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|-1-|---|
    D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|---|---|
    A|---|---|---|x    A|---|---|-3-|     A|---|---|---|x
    E|---|---|-3-|     E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3


Left Handed Chord Tabs

          G                 Am                 Am7                Em
    |-4-|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e
    |---|---|---|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|---|B
    |---|---|---|G     |---|-3-|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|---|---|G
    |---|---|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D
    |---|-2-|---|A     |---|---|---|A     |---|---|---|A     |---|-1-|---|A
    |-3-|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E     |---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets
      
         C/G                 C                  D
    |(4)|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|-2-|---|e
    |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |-3-|---|---|B
    |---|---|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|-1-|---|G
    |---|-2-|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |---|---|---|D
   x|---|---|---|A     |-3-|---|---|A    x|---|---|---|A
    |-3-|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets
    
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