Fire and Rain chords & lyrics
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
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...
Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
White Numbered Circles: Optional Notes
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note
B: Bass Note
Right Handed Charts:
Left Handed Charts:
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.
Born: James Vernon Taylor on March 12, 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
Other Names: JT, Stringbean, Jams V. Taylor
Occupations: Singer-songwriter, musician
Instruments: Vocals, guitar, keyboards, harmonica
Active Years: 1966 – present
Music Styles: Folk rock, soft rock, rock, blues, country, pop
Associations: Carole King (his wife from 1972-1983), Carly Simon, Peter Asher, Joni Mitchell, and Paul McCartney.