Willow chords & lyrics

by Joan Armatrading

Willow was written by Joan Armatrading. The song was recorded at Olympic Studios, London and released in October, 1977 from the album Show Some Emotion.

Music: Key of C Major in 4/4 time at 120 bpm (♩)
Chords: C, Csus, 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, simply pretend you are playing a G chord - instead of your third finger on string 1-fret 3, place it on string 4-fret 3...very easy.
Joan Armatrading - Willow

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  |  Csus  |  C  |  Csus  |  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  |  Csus  |  C  |  Csus  |
         When the sun is out

Instr: |  G  |  G  |  F  |  F  |  C  |  C  |  C  |  Csus  |
 
       |  G  |  G  |  F  |  F  |  C  |  Csus  |

  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...

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

G Major

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4: Notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
(1)(2) Optional Notes - If you don't play them, don't play string
Bb - if you play optional note, barre the first fret between and incl. the 1's
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

 Right Handed Chord Tabs   
          C              Csus               F               F7               Bb               Am
   e|---|---|---|   e|---|---|-4-|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|-1-|---|---|   e|---|---|---|
   B|-1-|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|-1-|---|---|   B|---|---|-4-|   B|-1-|---|---|
   G|---|---|---|   G|---|---|---|   G|-1-|-2-|---|   G|-1-|-2-|---|   G|---|---|-3-|   G|---|-3-|---|
   D|---|-2-|---|   D|---|---|-2-|   D|-1-|---|-4-|   D|-1-|---|---|   D|---|---|-2-|   D|---|-2-|---|
   A|---|---|-3-|   A|---|---|(2)|   A|-1-|---|-3-|   A|-1-|---|-3-|   A|(1)|---|---|   A|---|---|---|
   E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x  E|-1-|---|---|   E|-1-|---|---|   E|---|---|---|x  E|---|---|---|x
Frets 1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3        1   2   3 
   
           G                 G7                 G13                Dm7                Em7  
    e|---|---|-3-|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|---|---|---|
    B|---|---|---|     B|---|---|---|     B|---|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|---|---|---|
    G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|---|---|
    D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|-3-|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|
    A|---|-1-|---|     A|---|-2-|---|     A|---|-1-|---|     A|---|---|---|x    A|---|-2-|---|
    E|---|---|-2-|     E|---|---|-3-|     E|---|---|-2-|     E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3

                                                     
Left Handed Chord Tabs
           C              Csus               F               F7               Bb               Am
     |---|---|---|e   |-4-|---|---|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|-1-|e   |---|---|---|e
     |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |---|---|-1-|B   |-4-|---|---|B   |---|---|-1-|B
     |---|---|---|G   |---|---|---|G   |---|-2-|-1-|G   |---|-2-|-1-|G   |-3-|---|---|G   |---|-3-|---|G
     |---|-2-|---|D   |-2-|---|---|D   |-4-|---|-1-|D   |---|---|-1-|D   |-2-|---|---|D   |---|-2-|---|D
     |-3-|---|---|A   |(2)|---|---|A   |-3-|---|-1-|A   |-3-|---|-1-|A   |---|---|(1)|A   |---|---|---|A
    x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E   |---|---|-1-|E   |---|---|-1-|E  x|---|---|---|E  x|---|---|---|E
       3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1        3   2   1  Frets     

          G                 G7                 G13                Dm7                Em7
    |-3-|---|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|---|e
    |---|---|---|B     |---|---|---|B     |---|---|---|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|---|B
    |---|---|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|---|---|G
    |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |-3-|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D
    |---|-1-|---|A     |---|-2-|---|A     |---|-1-|---|A    x|---|---|---|A     |---|-2-|---|A
    |-2-|---|---|E     |-3-|---|---|E     |-2-|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E     |---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1   Frets
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