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Intro: A Em D A Em D

    A                 Em
how long before I get in 
                             D
before it starts, before I begin 
    A                 Em
how long before you decide 
                              D
before I know what it feels like 
      A                 Em
where to, where do I go 
                                       D
if you never tried then you'll never know 
    A                    Em
how long do I have to climb 
                                       D
up on this side of this mountain of mine 

Interlude: A Em D A Em D

     A                   Em
look up, I look up at night 
                                      D
planets are moving at the speed of light 
     A                Em
come up, up in the trees 
                                              D
every chance that you get is a chance you seize 
    A                Em
how long am I can stand 
                             D
with my head stuck under the sand 
     A                    Em
I'll start before I can stop 
                                      D
or before I see things the right way up 


G           A                   Bm
   all that noise, all that sound 
G             A                Bm
  all those places that i got found 

Chorus:
    G                      Bm
and birds go flying at the speed of sound 
   D                 G
to show how it all began 
G                          Bm
birds come flying from the underground 
             Gbm                         G
if you could see it then you'd understand 

Interlude: A Em D A Em D

  A                       Em
ideas that you'll never find
                                  D 
all the inventors could never design
    A                       Em 
the buildings that you put up 
                          D
Japan and China all lit up 
    A                       Em
the sign that I couldn't read 
                                D
all the light that I couldn't see 
    A                         Em
somethings you have to believe 
                                   D
but others are puzzles, puzzling me 


G           A                   Bm
   all that noise, all that sound 
G             A                Bm
  all those places that i got found 

Chorus:
    G                      Bm
and birds go flying at the speed of sound 
   D                 G
to show how it all began 
G                          Bm
birds come flying from the underground 
             Gbm                         G
if you could see it then you'd understand 

Interlude: D

G               A                       Bm
 all those signs   I knew what they meant 
              D   
something you can't invent 
G              A                  Bm
 Some get made,  and some get sent
D   
ooh 

Chorus:
    G                      Bm
and birds go flying at the speed of sound 
   D                 G
to show how it all began 
G                          Bm
birds come flying from the underground 
             Gbm                         G
if you could see it then you'd understand 

            Gbm                     G         
Oh when you see it then you'll understand
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5 Comments

  1. I usually use DDUUDU for this song (and many others) as it works quite well but try and play around with strumming patterns while listening to the original, you could find something better :)

  2. justlikethat_me

    Is there a strumming pattern to this song or do you just play single cords?

  3. I think the intro/interludes work fine like this:

    G:————–7–5—————7–5————–7–5——–7–5-
    C:-5—–5————3—–3———–3—–3————2—2——
    E:———————————————————————-
    A:———————————————————————-

    Play that twice except don’t play the last 3 notes the second time through

  4. UkuleleConstellations

    At “All those signs I knew what they meant something you can’t invent Some get made, some get sent ooh” All the D’s should be E’s

  5. ooopsnevermind

    It’s kind of a tricky chord but I think Ddim instead of D sounds better in the interlude.

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