Wild World chords

by Cat Stevens

  • Wild World was written by singer-songwriter Cat Stevens. The album, Tea for the Tillerman was recorded in 1970 and the single released in the same year.
  • Music: A Minor in 4/4 time at ~ 74 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: Am, C, Cmaj7, D7, Dm, Dsus2, E, F, G
  • There is a 2/4 key signature which occurs towards the end of each verse.
  • Please see tips below for tabs on various fills in the chorus.

Wild World by Cat Stevens

Intro: 4/4  
| Am    -     D7 | G  - Cmaj7 |  F  -  Dm  |   E   | 
     La la la la...
   
Am                D7                   G
1. Now that I've lost ev-'ry-thing to you
               Cmaj7                    F
   You say you wan-na start some-thing new
             Dm                         E
   And it's break-in' my heart you're leav-in'

   Ba-by, I'm griev-in'
Am                    D7               G
   But if you wan-na leave, take good care
                   Cmaj7                  F
   Hope you have a lot of nice things to wear
                                      2/4           4/4
              Dm                     | E        G  | G           |
   But then a lot of nice things turn bad out there
                                     | 1 & 2    &  | 1& 2& 3& 4& |

                                
      C     G                   | F        -  C B A G F E D C |
Chorus: Oh, ba-by, ba-by, it's a wild world
                                        
      G                  F              | C  -  G G A C C C A G |
        It's hard to get by just upon a smile  
                                                      
      C     G                   | F        -  C B A G F E D C |
        Oh, ba-by, ba-by, it's a wild world     
      G                  F                |  C     /  Dsus2  E  |
        I'll al-ways re-mem-ber you like a child, girl


Am                      D7                        G
2. You know I've seen a lot of what the world can do
            Cmaj7                  F
   And it's break-in' my heart in two
              Dm                       E
   Be-cause I nev-er wan-na see you a sad girl

   Don't be a bad girl
Am                     D7              G
   But if you wan-na leave, take good care
                    Cmaj7                      F
   I hope you make a lot of nice friends out there
                                            2/4         4/4
               Dm                          | E      G  | G      |
   But just re-mem-ber there's a lot of bad and be-ware...       Well
                                           | 1& 2   &  | 1& 2& 3& 4& |

      C     G                   | F        -  C B A G F E D C |
Chorus: Oh, ba-by, ba-by, it's a wild world 
                                        
      G                  F              | C  -  G G A C C C A G |
        It's hard to get by just upon a smile  
                                                      
      C     G                   | F        -  C B A G F E D C |
        Oh, ba-by, ba-by, it's a wild world     
      G                      F                |  C     /  Dus2  E  |
        And I'll al-ways re-mem-ber you like a child, girl...

Instr: | Am    -     D7 | G  - Cmaj7 |  F  -  Dm  |   E   | 
                               La la la la...          (Baby, I love you)
 E
   Baby, I love you

Am                     D7              G
   But if you wan-na leave, take good care
                  Cmaj7                      F
   Hope you make a lot of nice friends out there
                                            2/4        4/4
               Dm                          | E      G | G      |
   But just re-mem-ber there's a lot of bad and be-ware...      Well
                                           | 1& 2   & | 1& 2& 3& 4& | 
   
      C     G                   | F        -  C B A G F E D C |
Chorus: Oh, ba-by, ba-by, it's a wild world
                                        
      G                  F              | C  -  G G A C C C A G |
        It's hard to get by just upon a smile  
                                                      
      C     G                   | F        -  C B A G F E D C |
        Oh, ba-by, ba-by, it's a wild world     
      G                  F                |  C     /  Dsus2  E  |
        I'll al-ways re-mem-ber you like a child, girl...
        
      C     G                   | F        -  C B A G F E D C |
Chorus: Oh, ba-by, ba-by, it's a wild world
                                        
      G                   F                 | C  -  G G A C C C A G |
        And it's hard to get by just upon a smile  
                                                      
      C     G                   | F        -  C B A G F E D C |
        Oh, ba-by, ba-by, it's a wild world     
      G                      F                   C
        And I'll al-ways re-mem-ber you like a child, girl...
  

A Minor

Red Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4: Fingers/Notes
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string
1's in the same column: Barre 1st finger over marked strings

Right Handed Chord Tabs

          Am                  C                Cmaj7                F                  G 
    e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|---|---|-3-|
    B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|---|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|---|---|---|
    G|---|-3-|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|---|---|
    D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|---|-3-|     D|---|---|---|
    A|---|---|---|     A|---|---|-3-|     A|---|---|-3-|     A|---|---|---|x    A|---|-1-|---|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|-2-|
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3

           D7                Dm                Dsus2                E  
    e|---|-3-|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|
    B|-1-|---|---|     B|---|---|-3-|     B|---|---|-3-|     B|---|---|---|
    G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|-1-|---|     G|-1-|---|---|
    D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|-3-|---|
    A|---|---|---|x    A|---|---|---|x    A|---|---|---|x    A|---|-2-|---|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3 


Left Handed Chord Tabs

         Am                  C                Cmaj7                F                  G
    |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |-3-|---|---|e
    |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|---|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|---|B
    |---|-3-|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|---|---|G
    |---|-2-|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |-3-|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D
    |---|---|---|A     |-3-|---|---|A     |-3-|---|---|A    x|---|---|---|A     |---|-1-|---|A
   x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E     |-2-|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1   Frets
      
         D7                 Dm                Dsus2                E
    |---|-3-|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e
    |---|---|-1-|B     |-3-|---|---|B     |-3-|---|---|B     |---|---|---|B
    |---|-2-|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|-1-|---|G     |---|---|-1-|G
    |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|-3-|---|D
   x|---|---|---|A    x|---|---|---|A    x|---|---|---|A     |---|-2-|---|A
   x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E     |---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets
    

Tabs

If you want to take a closer look at the timing during the chorus, it will look like this:

                                | 1 &   2&    3 & & &  4 & & & |
      C     G                   | F        -  C B A G  F E D C |
Chorus: Oh, ba-by, ba-by, it's a wild world

                                        | 1& 2& 3 & & & 4 & & & |
      G                                 | F  -  G G A C C C A G |
        It's hard to get by just upon a smile  
        
                                | 1 &   2&    3 & & &  4 & & & |                            
      C     G                   | F        -  C B A G  F E D C |
        Oh, ba-by, ba-by, it's a wild world  
           
      G                  E                |  C     /  Dm  E7  |
        I'll al-ways re-mem-ber you like a child, girl
        

1st Line of chorus with beat counts: In tab, the green notes read:

       C  B  A  G  F  E  D  C     
   e|--------------------------|
   B|--1--0--------------------|
   G|--------2--0--------------|
   D|--------------3--2--0-----|
   A|-----------------------3--|
   E|--------------------------|
       3  &  &  &  4  &  &  & 
       
             
    Tab of the full bar with chord and timing

       F   C  B  A  G  F  E  D  C     
   e|--1---------------------------|
   B|--1---1--0--------------------|
   G|--2---------2--0--------------|
   D|--3---------------3--2--0-----|
   A|---------------------------3--|
   E|------------------------------|
      1&2&  3  &  &  &  4  &  &  &

2nd Line of chorus with beat counts: In tab, the green notes read:

       G  G  A  C  C  C  A  G     
   e|--------------------------|
   B|--------------------------|
   G|--------------------------|
   D|--------------------------|
   A|--------0--3--3--3--0-----|
   E|--3--3-----------------3--|
       3  &  &  &  4  &  &  & 
       
             
    Tab of the full bar with chord and timing

       C   G  G  A  C  C  C  A  G     
   e|--0----------------------------|
   B|--1----------------------------|
   G|--0----------------------------|
   D|--2----------------------------|
   A|--3----------0--3--3--3--0-----|
   E|-------3--3-----------------3--|
      1&2&  3  &  &  &  4  &  &  &
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