Guitar lesson for

The Wind

by Cat Stevens  •  Lesson #254

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Editor’s notes

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!

Timestamps

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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