Willow chords & lyrics

by Joan Armatrading

  • Willow was written by Joan Armatrading.
  • The song was recorded at Olympic Studios, London.
  • Released: October, 1977 from the album Show Some Emotion.
  • Music: Key of C Major in 4/4 time at 120 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: C, Csus4, F, F7, Bb, Am, G, G7, G13, Dm7, Em7
  • Please note that you don't have to play G13.... G will do, but if you want to capture the drama, give it a try - a very easy chord to play... all charts below.

Willow by Joan Armatrading

Intro: 4/4
   |   C   |   Bass Guitar for 6 bars

 F7                        Bb 
 1. I may not be your best
  C                                            Bb 
    You know good ones don't come by the score
 F7                                Bb 
    You've got some-thing miss-ing
  C 
    I'll help you look, you can be sure
        Bb     F7
    And if you wan-na be alone
  Am 
    Some-one to share a laugh
         G
    What ev-er you want me to
                   G    -   G7  | C  | Csus4  | C  | Csus4  | C  | / / Am  G  | 
    All you got-ta do is ask

  C          F7 
    Thunder___ Don't go un-der the sheets
  C             F 
    Light-ning,  un-der a tree
  C                     G 
    In the rain___ and snow
         Dm7         | / / Am  G  |
    I'll be your fire-side

  C                  Em7 
    Come run-ning to me
 Dm7                        G  -  G7 
    When things get out of hand
  C             Em7 
    Run-ning to me
 Dm7                             G13  -  G7 
    When it's more than you can stand

                        C     |  Dm7  |  Em7  |  Dm7  |
 Chorus: I said, "I'm strong...
        C         |  Dm7  |  Em7  |  Dm7  |
         Straight...
        C           F          C
         Will-ing___ To be a___ Shel-ter in a storm"
               F             C
         Your wil-low___ oh wil-low
                   F  C   F  | F  | C  | Csus4  | C  | Csus4  |
         When the sun is out

Instr: |  G  |  G  |  F  |  F  |  C  |  C  |  C  |  Csus4  |
 
       |  G  |  G  |  F  |  F  |  C  |  Csus4  |

  F7                            Bb 
 2. A fight with your best girl
  C                                 Bb 
    Pret-ti-est thing you ev-er saw
  F7                      Bb 
    You know I'll lis-ten
  C
    Try to get a mes-sage to her
        Bb      F7
    And if it's mon-ey you want
  Am 
    Or trou-ble halved
         G
    What ev-er you want me to 
                   G    -   G7   
    All you got-ta do is ask

            C                |  Dm7  |  Em7  |  Dm7  |
 Chorus: I said, "I'm strong___ 
        C         |  Dm7  |  Em7  |  Dm7  |
         Straight...
        C           F          C
         Will-ing___ To be a___ Shel-ter in a storm"
               F             C
         Your wil-low___ oh wil-low
                   F  C   F  |  F  | 
         When the sun is out

          C
 Chorus: Shel-ter in a storm
               F           C
         Your wil-low, oh wil-low
                   F  C   F  |  F  |
         When the sun is out

          C
 Chorus: Shel-ter in a storm
               F           C
         Your wil-low, oh wil-low
                   F  C   F  |  F  |
         When the sun is out  

          C
 Chorus: Shel-ter in a storm
               F           C
         Your wil-low, oh wil-low
                   F  C   F  
         When the sun is out...

G 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

Right Handed Charts:

Left Handed Charts:

Notes:

  • |   C   |   /   /   Am   G   | means (in 4/4 time) - 6 beats of C, 1 beat of Am and 1 beat of G
  • / = repeat sign
  • This could have been written as
    |   C   |   C   C   Am   G   |
  • | G - G7 | or | G13 - G7 | means 2 beats on each chord
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