April Sun in Cuba chords

by Dragon

  • April Sun in Cuba was written by Marc Hunter and Paul Hewson from the Australian-New Zealand group Dragon. The song was released in 1977 from the album, Running Free.
  • Music: A Major in 4/4 time at ~ 122 bpm
  • Chords: A, Asus4, Bm, C#m, D, Gmaj7
  • Strum Pattern: This song has a distinctive strum pattern. If you count each barre as 1& 2& 3& 4&, it would look something like this:
    
d = dampen the string
 = downstroke
 = upstroke

1 &  2 &   3 &   4 & 
↓ ↓  ↓ ↓   ↓     ↓ ↓ ↑
     d d           d d

April Sun in Cuba by Dragon

Intro: 4/4Birds  ‖:  Asus4   |   A   :‖ x4

Asus4               A          Asus4                A
1. I'm tired of the ci-ty life     Sum-mer's on the run
Asus4              A            Asus4                    A
   Peo-ple tell me I should stay     But I got to get my fun
Asus4               A           Asus4                       A
   So don't try and hold me back     Aint’ noth-in’ you can say
Asus4                A                    D         C#m  Bm  
   Snake eyes on the pa-ra-dise    And we got to go to - day

   Gmaj7               D             Gmaj7          D
Chorus: Take me to the Ap-ril Sun in Cu-ba    Oh Oh Oh
   Gmaj7                  D                 Gmaj7       D
        Take me where the Ap-ril sun gon-na treat me so right
         | Asus4   |    A     | Asus4   |    A     |
        So right___         So  right___

Asus4                      A              Asus4                    A
2. I can al-most smell the per-fumed night     And see the star-ry sky
Asus4                A           Asus4                      A
   I wish you comin' with me baby    'Cause right before my eye
      Asus4             A             Asus4                   A
   See    Castro in the al-ley way    Talk-in' 'bout mis-sile love
Asus4            A                 D    C#m  Bm  
   Talkin' 'bout J.F.K.___ And the way  he   shook him up

   Gmaj7               D             Gmaj7          D
Chorus: Take me to the Ap-ril Sun in Cu-ba___ Oh Oh Oh
   Gmaj7                  D                 Gmaj7       D
        Take me where the Ap-ril sun gon-na treat me so right
         | Asus4   |    A     | Asus4   |    A     |
        So right___         So  right___

     Asus4               A           Asus4               A
Bridge: I'm tired of the ci-ty life___  Sum-mer's on the run
     Asus4           A          Asus4                     A
        Birds in the win-ter sky___  Are head-in' for the sun
     Asus4        A           Asus4                 A
        Oh we can stick it out___  In this cold and grey
     Asus4                A                    D         C#m  Bm
        Snake eyes on the par-a-dise___ And we got to go to - day___ Yeah

   Gmaj7               D            Gmaj7           D
Chorus: Take me to the Ap-ril Sun in Cu-ba___ Oh Oh Oh
   Gmaj7                  D                 Gmaj7       D
        Take me where the Ap-ril sun gon-na treat me so right
         | Asus4   |    A     | Asus4   |    A     |
        So right___         So  right___

   Asus4              A                  Asus4
Outro: Take me to the A-pril sun   C'mon take me
                      A                        Asus4
       Take me to the A-pril sun   C'mon C'mon take me
                      A                  Asus4
       Take me to the A-pril sun   C'mon take me
                      A          ↓ ↓
       Take me to the A-pril sun.....

Chord Charts 🗝 A Major

Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords   O: Optional Note
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings   R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string    B: Bass Note

Right Handed Charts:

Please Note: There are several different ways to play these chords, however these are the preferred voicings especially with the strumming style between Asus4 and A.

Left Handed Charts:

Dragon
Album

Origin: Auckland, N.Z.
Music Styles: Progressive rock, pop rock, new wave
Active Years: 1972–1979, 1982–1998, 2006–present
Band: The following is the band line-up in 1977 during the release of the song and the album, Running Free (pictured).

  • Marc Hunter - Lead Vocals
  • Todd Hunter - Bass Guitar, vocals
  • Robert Taylor - Guitar, vocals
  • Keyboards - Paul Hewson, vocals
  • Percussion - Kerry Jacobson
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