Guitar lesson for
by Cat Stevens • Lesson #254
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In this lesson I’ll show & explain how to play “The Wind” by Cat Stevens, from his 1971 album Teaser and the Firecat. This is a short but fantastic Cat Stevens song, combining fingerstyle verses with strummed chorus. I’ll explain the chords, talk through the fingerpicking (main riff included), and break down the verse and chorus sections. I hope you enjoy!
- 0:00 Playthrough & overview
- 1:53 Chord shapes
- 4:29 Intro & main riff
- 12:52 Verse
- 15:47 Chorus (strummed)
- 19:55 Chorus (fingerpicked)
- 22:21 Farewell
Lyrics w/ chords
INTRO Dadd5 (repeat) => D-riff G6 A (repeat) VERSE D G6 A D (riff) G6 A ...I listen to the wind, to the wind of my soul D G6 A D (riff) G6 A ...Where I'll end up, well I think... only God really knows CHORUS G A G A D ...I've sat upon the setting sun Em G Em G A ...But never, nev---er, nev---er, never G A G A D ...I never wanted water once Em G A D (riff) G6 A ...No, never nev--er, never VERSE D G6 A D (riff) G6 A ...I listen to my words, but they fall far below D G6 A D (riff) G6 A ...I let my music take me where my heart wants to go CHORUS G A G A D ...I swam upon the devil's lake Em G Em G A ...But never, nev---er, nev---er, never G A G A D ...I'll never make the same mistake Em G A D (riff) G6 A ...No, never nev--er, never [repeat main D-G-A riff a few times, end on D]
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