Guitar lesson for
by The Kinks • Lesson #53
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G . . .
C . . . F . G . . . x4
C . . . F . E . . . Am . Am/G . F . C . . . F . . . C . E . . . Am . Am/G . F . C . . .
E . E7 . Am . F . . . C . G . C . C/B . F . C . G . . . G7 . . .
For the intro use this pattern:
| ↓ ↓ ↓ ↑ | | 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |
For the verse, and for some of the rest of the song, note that there’s a measure of two beats nestled between two measures of four beats. As such, I use this pattern, where in the middle 2-beat measure, you have two distinct down strums directly on the main beat.
| ↓ ↓ ↓ ↑ | ↓ ↓ | ↓ ↑ ↓ ↑ ↓ ↑ | | 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + | 1 + 2 + | 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + |
How I play the chords
For each of the chords in the song, I use the positions shown here:
E –––0–––––––––1––––3––––1––––0––––0––––0––––0–––– B –––1––––1––––1––––0––––0––––0––––3––––1––––1–––– G –––0––––0––––2––––0––––0––––1––––1––––2––––0–––– D –––2––––0––––3––––0––––0––––2––––2––––2––––2–––– A –––3––––2––––3––––2––––2––––2––––2––––0––––x–––– E –––––––––––––1––––3––––3––––0––––0–––––––––3–––– C C/B F G G7 E E7 Am Am/G
Now, of course – there are other positions and voicings you could use for many of these chords. For example, a true Am/G could be played as 302210; and E7 could also be played as 020100. Those are just a few of the alternatives… I am not going to note them all because that could get out of hand, and in my opinion there’s always some room for personal interpretation and pragmatism when it comes to you deciding how to play the chords you need in a song.
Lyrics with chords
INTRO G VERSE C F G Where are you going I don't mind C F G I've killed my world and I've killed my time C F G So where do I go what do I see C F G I see many people coming after me PRE-CHORUS C F E So where are you going to I don't mind Am Am/G F C If I live too long I'm afraid I'll die F C E So I will follow you wherever you go Am Am/G F C If your offered hand is still open to me CHORUS E E7 Am F Strangers on this road we are on C G C C/B F C G G7 We are not two, we are one C F G So you've been where I've just come C F G From the land that brings losers on C F G So we will share this road we walk C F G And mind our mouths and beware our talk C F E Till peace we find tell you what I'll do Am Am/G F C All the things I own I will share with you F C E And if I feel tomorrow like I feel today Am Am/G F C We'll take what we want and give the rest away E E7 Am F Strangers on this road we are on C G C C/B F C G G7 We are not two, we are one C F G Holy man and holy priest C F G This love of life makes me weak in my knees C F G And when we get there make your play C F G Cause soon I feel you're gonna carry us away C F E In a promised lie you made us believe Am Am/G F C For many men there is so much grief F C E And my mind is proud but it aches with rage Am Am/G F C And if I live too long I'm afraid I'll die E E7 Am F Strangers on this road we are on C G C C/B We are not two, we are one E E7 Am F Strangers on this road we are on C G C C/B F C G G7 C (end) We are not two, we are one
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