Artist Cat Stevens
Album Tea For The Tillerman
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Intro: G C Csus4

         G              D              C               Am
It's not time to make a change, just relax and take it easy
             G                 Em
You're still young that's your fault
           Am               D
there's so much you have to know
       G            D            C                Am
Find a girl, settle down, if you want to, you can marry
        G        Em           Am   C  D
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy
      G                 Bm         C                 Am
I was once like you are now, and I know that its not easy
      G                 Em                    Am  D
to be calm, when you've found something going on
              G             Bm                C                 Am
But take your time, think a lot, why think of everything you've got
             G               Em               D          G
For you will still be here tomorrow, but your dreams may not

Interlude -x2-: G C Csus4

        G          Bm             C            Am
How can I try to explain?  when I do he turns away again
     G               Em             Am   C  D
it's always been the same, same old story
         G              Bm         C          Am
From the moment I could talk I was ordered to listen
              G         Em     D       G
now there's a way and I know I have to go away
      D      C       G   G C Csus4
and I know I have to go


         G              D              C               Am
It's not time to make a change, just relax and take it easy
             G                 Em
You're still young that's your fault
           Am               D
there's so much you have to know
       G            D            C                Am
Find a girl, settle down, if you want to, you can marry
        G        Em           Am   C  D
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy


        G            Bm             C                Am        
All the times that I cried, keeping all the things I knew inside
     G              Em          Am   D
It's hard, but it's harder to ignore it
             G           Bm             C                   Am
If they were right, I'd agree, but it's them they know, not me
              G          Em          D       G
Now there's a way, and I know that I have to go away
  D      C       G
I know I have to go
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ukelele fan
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ukelele fan

I’m Mary Poppins y’all

Joe
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Joe

Very cool.

Maer
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Maer

The lyrics in the second re-versal of verse one is ” it’s not time to make a change just sit down, take it slowly. You’re still young, that’s your fault, there’s so much you have to go through”

cassandra
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cassandra

agreed, +2 is fairly easy and is way easier for my soprano voice to reach

John
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John

some of the Am can be changed to Am7 and it sounds much more dynamic

truststein01
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truststein01

+2

RyLasko
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RyLasko

I’m glad that Guardians of the Galaxy turned so many people on to such an excellent tune. Check out the Johnny Cash / Fiona Apple Duet Version if you want to have your heart ripped from your chest and presented to you.

Ellie
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Ellie

Too soon man :(

Tom
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Tom

I grew up with a lot of his early work. This was one of my favorites. At the time I was thinking that I wished my Dad heard this song. I now sing it to my son.

StarFalls
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StarFalls

Rip Yondu.. “He may be your father, but he ain’t your daddy.”

carab12
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carab12

<3

spidermartin
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spidermartin

I can’t like this comment hard enough!

Danielll
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Danielll

Best comment on this site :D

TheRedFox
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TheRedFox

Totally the reason I’m learning this song. Best Ravager funeral ever.

jckmrsll
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jckmrsll

What a beautiful song, reading this just now was truly wonderful.

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