The living years    (video)    (midi)

 

    G - F#m - Am - D      - G ~ ~

 

      G                          C

1. Every generation blames the one before,

            G                                            C

    and all of their frustrations come beating on your door.

         F

    I know that I'm a prisoner to all my father held so dear.,

        Am

    I know that I'm a hostage to all his hopes and fears,

              D                                      D7                 G

    I just wish I could have told him in the living years.

 

              G                                         C

2. Oh, crumpled bits of paper filled with imperfect thought,

      G                                        C

    stilted conversations, I'm afraid that's all we've got.

             F

    You say you just don't see it, he says it's perfect sense

           Am

    you just can't get agreement in this present tense,

               D                                    D7                G

    we all talk a different language talking in defence.

 

            G                C                  Am           D                G

Say it loud, say it clear, you can listen as well as you hear.

            G                    C           Am                D             G

It's too late when we die to admit we don't see eye to eye.

 

                G                                                 C

3. So we open up a quarrel between the present and the past.

                   G                                       C

    we only sacrifice the future, it's the bitterness that lasts.

           F

    So don't yield to the fortunes you sometimes see as fate,

               Am

    it may have a new perspective on a different day,

                       D                                                     D7               G

    and if you don't give up, and don't give in you may just be OK.

 

+  So you say it .....    +  CHORUS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

        G                                                     C

4. I wasn't there that morning when my father passed away,

       G                                         C

    I didn't get to tell him all the things I had to say.

        F

    I think I caught his spirit later that same year,

          Am

    I'm sure I heard his echo in my baby's new born tears,

               D                                     D7                 G

    I just wish I could have told him in the living years.

 

+  So say it,  say it ....

 

            G                C                  Am           D                G

Say it loud, say it clear, you can listen as well as you hear.

            G                    C           Am                D             G

It's too late when we die to admit we don't see eye to eye.

 

+  So say it,  say it ....      + CHORUS ....

 

 

(orig. = capo 1st; midi = no capo : F - Em - Gm - C.. )   
(Mike & The Mechanics)