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Here is a video of Dan Fogelberg (may he R.I.P.) playing one of his most popular songs – Same Old Lang Syne – as an encore after a concert. I thought of this song today because it is snowing and the snow is turning to rain… which are the last words written in his song. This song is full of bittersweet sentiments that so many of us can relate to. It is really a beautiful song that even though he plays keyboard on this song, I felt would be a good addition for the easy guitar song chords and lyrics on this site.

Same Old Lang Syne
by Dan Fogelberg

Intro chords: C, AM – C, AM – C, AM – D7/F#, FM7, G

 

 C        Am
Met my old lover in a grocery store
   
 C        Am
The snow was falling Christmas eve
   
 C        Am
I stole behind her in the frozen foods
   
    D7/F#   FM7 G
And I touched her on her sleeve
   
 C        Am
She didn’t recognize the face at first
   
 C    Am
But then her eye flew open wide
   
 C    Am
She went to hug me and she spilled her purse
     
    D7/F#     FM7 G
And we laughed until we cried.
           
Guitar interlude: same as intro chords
     
C Am
She took her groc’ries to the check-out stand
   
C Am
The food was totaled up and bagged
   
C Am
We stood there lost in our embarrassment
 
    D7/F#     FM7 G
As the conversation   dragged.
   
C     Am
Went to have ourselves a drink or two
   
C Am
But couldn’t find an open bar
   
C     Am
We tried to reach beyond the emptiness
 
  D7/F# FM7 G
But neither one knew how.

She said she married her an architect
Who kept her warm and safe and dry
She would’ve liked to say she loved the man
But she didn’t like to lie.

I said the years had been a friend to her
And that her eyes were still as blue
But in those eyes I wasn’t sure if I
Saw doubt or gratitude.

She said she saw me in the record stores
And that I must be doing well
I said the audience was heavenly
But the traveling was hell.

We drank a toast to innocence
We drank a toast to now
And tried to reach beyond the emptiness
But neither one knew how.

We drank a toast to innocence
We drank a toast to time
Reliving in our eloquence
Another ‘auld lang syne’…

The beer was empty and our tongues were tired
And running out of things to say
She gave a kiss to me as I got out
And I watched her drive away.

Just for a moment I was back at school
And felt that old familiar pain
And as I turned to make my way back home
The snow turned into rain…

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11
Jan

California Dreamin’ Lyrics and Chords

   Posted by: admin   in More Guitar Songs

A favorite of mine – an oldie-but-goodie, California Dreamin’ by the Mamas and the Papas. Here are chords and lyrics. This is a harder version of the song with more difficult chords (see below for chords).

California Dreamin’ – Words and Music by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips

  Am G F G Bm7 E7
All the leaves are brown   and the sky is grey  
F C E7 Am E E7
I’ve been for a walk   on a winter’s day    
  Am G F G Bm7 E7
I’d be be safe and warm   if I was in L. A.  
  Am G F G Bm7 E7
California dreaming   on such a winter’s day  

 

  Am G F G Bm7 E7
Stopped into a church   I passed a long the way  
  F C E7 Am F E E7
Oh I got down on my knees   and I pre tend to pray  
  Am G F
You know the preacher likes the cold,    
  G Bm7 E7
he knows I’m gonna stay  
  Am G F G Bm7 E7
California dreaming   on such a winter’s day  

 

  Am G F G Bm7 E7
All the leaves are brown   and the sky is grey  
F C E7 Am E E7
I’ve been for a walk   on a winter’s day    
  Am G F G Bm7 E7
If I didn’t tell her   I could leave to day  
  Am G F
California dreaming    
  G Bm7 E7 F
on such a winter’s day    
  G Am G F
on such a winter’s day    
  G Fmaj7 G Cmaj7
on such a winter’s day    

 multiple-chords

A little bit of history about this song:

MamasPapasJohn and Michelle Phillips were in New York City in 1963, just after they were married (at ages 28 and 19). John woke up Michelle and asked her to help him with this song he had just written one verse for. They were, at that time, still in a group called the New Journeymen. It wasn’t until 1965 after they had moved to Los Angeles and were in their new group, the Mamas and the Papas that this song became a hit. Also see a video: California Dreaming.

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For beginner guitar players, finding easy songs to play can boost your confidence (after you learn them, of course). Don’t set yourself up for failure by trying to play the most complicated music at first. Try to find a song that uses three chords and master that song before you start feeling frustrated about being a beginner at playing guitar. Learn the song first by just strumming it. Later, after you learn to play it that way you could add bass runs or any kind of riffs of the melody.

Some suggested easy guitar songs (I’ll be adding chords and lyrics to some of these soon):

Nowhere Man – The Beatles (or most of the early Beatle’s songs)

Eleanor Rigby – The Beatles

As Tears Go By – The Rolling Stones

Old Man – Neil Young

Harvest Moon – Neil Young

Folsom Prison Blues / Your Cheating Heart

God Put A Smile Upon Your Face – Coldplay

Friend Of The Devil – The Grateful Dead

House of the Risin’ Sun – (as performed by Bob Dylan or The Animals)

It’s Too Late – Carole King

More Guitar Songs – For Intermediate and Advanced Guitar Players:

California Dreaming – by the Mamas and the Papas

Same Old Lang Syne – by Dan Fogelberg

We are in the process of adding the lyrics and chords to many of these easy guitar songs, so come back and check for these and more.

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