Fire and Rain chords

by James Taylor

Fire and Rain was written by James Taylor. The song was recorded at Sunset Sound Recorders in December 1969 and released in February 1970, from the album Sweet Baby James.
Music: Original Key of C Major in 4/4 time at ~ 75 bpm (♩)
Easier: Place a Capo on the 3rd fret and play in A Major - Ideal key for guitarists
Chords with Capo: A, E, Em7, Em/A, D, D/C#, D/F#, G, Gmaj7, Bm7, Bm7/E
James Taylor

Fire and Rain by James Taylor

Capo on 3 if you are playing with the video

Intro: 4/4  
      |  A     Em7  |  D    A    |  A     E   |  Gmaj7  |
Timing   1&2&  3&4&    1&2  &3&4&   1&2&  3&4&   1&2&3&4&

  A                 Em7                   D             A
1. Just yes-ter-day morn-in' they let me know you were gone,
                 E                   Gmaj7
   Su-san, the plans they made put an end to you.
  A                  Em7              D              A
   I walked out this morn-in' and I wrote down this song,
                    E            Gmaj7
   I just can't re-mem-ber who to send it to.

       D          Bm7      Bm7/E      A
Chorus: I've seen fire and I've seen rain.
                D     D/C#          Bm7         Bm7/E   A
        I seen sun-ny days that I thought would nev-er end,
                D      D/C#          Bm7      Bm7/E    A
        I seen lone-ly times when I could not find a friend,
              G        D/F#            Em7           | Em/A  |  Em/A  |
        But I al-ways thought that I'd see you  a-gain.

              A                 Em7                  D               A
2. Won't you look down u-pon me, Je-sus, you got to help me make a stand,
                    E              Gmaj7
   You just got to see me through a-no-ther day.
 A            Em7             D          A
   My bo-dy's ach-in' and my time is at hand
                E          Gmaj7
   An' I won't make it a-ny  o - ther way.

        D             Bm7      Bm7/E      A
Chorus: Oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rain.
                D     D/C#          Bm7         Bm7/E   A
        I seen sun-ny days that I thought would nev-er end,
                D      D/C#          Bm7      Bm7/E    A
        I seen lone-ly times when I could not find a friend,
              G        D/F#            Em7          | Em/A  |  Em/A  |
        But I al-ways thought that I'd see you  a-gain.

         A                     Em7             D                        A
3. Been walk-in' my mind to an ea-sy time, my back turned to-wards the sun.
                        E                    Gmaj7
   Lord knows when the cold wind blows it'll turn your head a-round.
                   A                  Em7                   D                     A
   Well, there's hours of time on the te-le-phone line, to talk a-bout things to come.
                     E                 Gmaj7
   Sweet dreams and fly-ing machines in pie-ces on the ground.

        D             Bm7      Bm7/E      A
Chorus: Oh, I've seen fire and I've seen rain.
                D     D/C#          Bm7         Bm7/E   A
        I seen sun-ny days that I thought would nev-er end,
                D      D/C#          Bm7      Bm7/E    A
        I seen lone-ly times when I could not find a friend,
              G        D/F#            Em7
        But I al-ways thought that I'd see you ba-by,
    Em/A                         |   Em/A   |...
        One more time a-gain, now.


Outro: Thought I'd see you one more time a-gain.

       There's just a few things coming my way this time around, now.

       Thought I'd see you, thought I'd see you, fire and rain, now...

A Major

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4: Notes played
T: Thumb
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs  
           A                  E                 Em7               Em/A
    e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|
    B|---|-3-|---|     B|---|---|---|     B|---|---|-4-|     B|---|---|---|
    G|---|-2-|---|     G|-1-|---|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|---|
    D|---|-1-|---|     D|---|-3-|---|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|-2-|---|
    A|---|---|---|     A|---|-2-|---|     A|---|-1-|---|     A|---|---|---|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|     E|---|---|---|x
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3

           D                D/F#                  D/C#
    e|---|-2-|---|     e|---|-2-|---|     e|---|-2-|---|---|
    B|---|---|-3-|     B|---|---|-3-|     B|---|---|-3-|---|
    G|---|-1-|---|     G|---|-1-|---|     G|---|-1-|---|---|
    D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|---|
    A|---|---|---|x    A|---|---|---|x    A|---|---|---|-4-|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|-T-|---|     E|---|---|---|---|x
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3   4 

           G                Gmaj7               Bm7               Bm7/E 
    e|---|---|-3-|     e|---|-1-|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|
    B|---|---|---|     B|---|---|---|     B|-1-|-2-|---|     B|-1-|-2-|---|
    G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|-1-|---|---|     G|-1-|---|---|
    D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|-1-|---|-3-|     D|-1-|---|-3-|
    A|---|-1-|---|     A|---|-2-|---|     A|-1-|---|---|     A|-1-|---|---|
    E|---|---|-2-|     E|---|---|-3-|     E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          2   3   4          2   3   4 


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
          A                  E                 Em7               Em/A
    |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e
    |---|-3-|---|B     |---|---|---|B     |-4-|---|---|B     |---|---|---|B
    |---|-2-|---|G     |---|---|-1-|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|---|---|G
    |---|-1-|---|D     |---|-3-|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D
    |---|---|---|A     |---|-2-|---|A     |---|-1-|---|A     |---|---|---|A
   x|---|---|---|E     |---|---|---|E     |---|---|---|E     |---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets
      
          D                 D/F#                 D/C#
    |---|-2-|---|e     |---|-2-|---|e     |---|---|-2-|---|e
    |-3-|---|---|B     |-3-|---|---|B     |---|-3-|---|---|B
    |---|-1-|---|G     |---|-1-|---|G     |---|---|-1-|---|G
    |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|---|D
   x|---|---|---|A    x|---|---|---|A     |-1-|---|---|---|A
   x|---|---|---|E     |---|-T-|---|E    x|---|---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          4   3   2   1  Frets
      
          G                Gmaj7               Bm7               Bm7/E 
    |-3-|---|---|e     |---|-1-|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e
    |---|---|---|B     |---|---|---|B     |---|-2-|-1-|B     |---|-2-|-1-|B
    |---|---|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|---|-1-|G     |---|---|-1-|G
    |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |-3-|---|-1-|D     |-3-|---|-1-|D
    |---|-1-|---|A     |---|-2-|---|A     |---|---|-1-|A     |---|---|-1-|A
    |-2-|---|---|E     |-3-|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E     |---|---|---|E 
      3   2   1          3   2   1          4   3   2          4   3   2  Frets

Notes:
All chords with a forward slash, i.e., Em/A, D/C#, D/F#, and Bm7/E means 
you play the chord before the slash leading with a bass note after the slash. 

* Em/A means you play an E chord leading with an 'A' bass note.
* D/C# means you play a D chord leading with a 'C#' bass note etc.

Please note that the Bm7 and Bm7/E look identical. The difference is that
Bm7 doesn't include the E bass note whereas Bm7/E does include the E bass note.

If you can't play D/F# using your thumb (T) for the bass note, simply alter finger
positions by playing the D chord with fingers 2,3, and 4 and use the first finger
to play the F# bass note.
     
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