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

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.
     
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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