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...

A Major

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
T: Thumb

Right Handed Charts:

Left Handed Charts:

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.

James Taylor
James Taylor

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.

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