Year Of The Cat

Chords and lyrics for Year Of The Cat by Al Stewart

 
 
Am7 
 
D7 
 
On a  
Cmaj7 
morning 
 
fro
Bm 
m a Boga
Em 
rt 
 
movie
 
in a  
Cmaj7 
country where t
Bm 
hey turned bac
Em 
 
time
 
you go  
Cmaj7 
strolling through t
Bm 
he crowd  
Em 
like
 
Peter Lorre contempl
Am7 
ating a crime
D7 
.
 
She comes  
Cmaj7 
out of t
Bm 
he sun in a
Em 
silk 
 
dress
 
running like a  
B 
water color in the  
C 
rain.
 
Don’t bother  
B 
asking 
 
for
Em 
explanations.
 
She’ll just  
Am7 
tell you that she cam
D 
e
 
She  
Cmaj7 
doesn’t give  
Bm 
you time for
Em 
questions
 
as she  
Cmaj7 
locks up  
Bm 
you arm in  
Em 
hers.
 
And you  
Cmaj7 
follow ’til y
Bm 
our 
 
sens
Em 
 
of
 
which direction com
Am7 
pletely 
 
disappears
D7 
.
 
By the  
Cmaj7 
blue-til
Bm 
ed walls near
Em 
the market stalls
 
there’s a  
B 
hidden door she leads you  
C 
to.
 
“These days,” she  
B 
says, 
 
“I
Em 
feel my life just
 
like a  
Am7 
river running throug
D 
h
 
Well she  
B 
looks at you so co
C 
oly
 
and her  
G 
eyes shine like the  
D 
moon
 
She comes in  
B 
incense and pathch
C 
ouli
 
so you  
G 
take her to  
F 
find 
 
what’s
C/E 
waiting 
 
insid
D 
e
 
Well  
Cmaj7 
morning 
 
comes
Bm 
and you’re still
Em 
with 
 
her
 
and the  
Cmaj7 
bus and the
Bm 
tourists
Em 
are 
 
gone.
 
And you’ve t
Cmaj7 
hrown away you
Bm 
r choice  
Em 
and
 
lost your ticket so you  
Am7 
have to stay on
D7 
.
 
But the d
Cmaj7 
rumbeat 
 
st
Bm 
rains of the n
Em 
ight
 
remain in the  
B 
rhythm of the newborn  
C 
day.
 
You know somet
B 
ime 
 
you’re
Em 
bound to leave her
 
but for  
Am7 
now you’re gonna sta
D 
y
 
D 
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Em 
Am7 x02010
D7 
xx0212
Bm 
xx4432
B 
xx4442
C 
x32010
G 
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F 
C/E xx2010

Time Passages

Chords and lyrics for Time Passages by Al Stewart

Eb 
It 
 
was
Eb 
late in December. The sky turned t
Ab 
 
snow.
 
All’round the  
Bb 
day 
 
was
Cm 
goin
Bb 
 
do
Ab 
wn 
 
sl
Eb 
ow. Night, like a rive
Gm 
r, 
 
beginni
Ab 
ng to flow
 
I felt the  
Bb 
beat of my  
Cm 
mi
Bb 
nd
Ab 
go drifting into
 
Eb 
time passages. Y
Eb 
ears 
 
 
Bb 
go falling in t
Cm 
he 
 
fad
F 
ing 
 
light.
Eb 
Time passages.  
Bb 
 
Ab 
Buy me a ticket o
Gm 
n the las
Bb 
t train home tonight.
 
Eb 
Well, I’m not the kind to live in
Eb 
the 
 
past.
Gm 
Ab 
 
Th
Bb 
e years run too
Cm 
sho
Bb 
rt 
 
 
Ab 
and 
 
 
Eb 
the days too fast. The things you lean on are
 
Gm 
things that don’t
Ab 
last. Well it’s just now an
Bb 
d then my
Cm 
l
Bb 
ine 
 
 
Ab 
gets 
 
cast
 
Eb 
time passages.  
Eb 
There’s
Bb 
something back there that  
Cm 
you 
 
l
F 
eft 
 
behind.
Eb 
Time passages.  
Bb 
 
Ab 
Buy me a ticket
Gm 
on the la
Bb 
st train home tonight.
 
Eb 
Hear the echoes and feel y
Cb 
ourself 
 
starting
 
to  
Eb 
turn.
Cb 
Don’t know why you should feel that there’s somethin
Cm 
 
 
F 
to 
 
learn.
 
It’s just a game tha
Eb 
t you play.
 
Well, the  
Eb 
picture is changing. Now you’re
Gm 
part of  
Ab 
a crowd. They’re laughing
 
at  
Bb 
something, 
 
the
Cm 
mu
Bb 
sic
Ab 
‘s 
 
l
Eb 
oud. A girl comes toward you
Gm 
you once us
Ab 
ed to know.
 
You reach out your  
Bb 
hand, but you’re
Cm 
al
Bb 
 
 
Ab 
alone in those
 
Eb 
time passages.  
Eb 
I know  
Bb 
you’re in there, you’re ju
Cm 
st 
 
out
F 
of 
 
sight.
Eb 
Time passages.  
Bb 
 
Ab 
Buy me a ticket on t
Gm 
he last tr
Bb 
ain home tonight.

Roads To Moscow

Chords and lyrics for Roads To Moscow by Al Stewart

 
Em+9 Em#5+9 Em+9 Em#5+9  
Em 
switch to 4/4
 
 
Em 
They crossed over the border the
D 
hour 
 
before
Em 
dawn
 
 
D 
Moving in lines through the  
Cmaj7 
day
 
 
G 
Most of our planes were dest
D 
royed on the ground where they  
Am 
lay
 
 
Em 
Waiting for orders we
D 
held in the
Em 
wood
 
 
D 
Word from the front never c
Cmaj7 
ame
 
By  
G 
evening the sound of the  
D 
gunfire was miles a
Am 
way
 
 
E 
Ah softly we move through the shadows, slip a
Fmaj7 
way through the trees
 
C
E 
rossing their lines in the mists in the fields on our h
Fmaj7 
ands and our
 
C 
And all that I  
G 
ever, 
 
 
C 
was able to  
G 
see
E 
 
 
Am 
 
G 
 
Fmaj7 
 
G 
 
Fmaj7 
Em 
The fire in the air, glowing red, silhouetting the smoke on the breeze
 
All summer they drove us back  
D 
through the Ukr
Em 
aine
 
Smol
D 
ensk and Viasma soon  
Cmaj7 
fell
 
By  
G 
autumn we stood with our  
D 
backs to the town of Or
Am 
el
 
 
Em 
Closer and closer to
D 
Moscow 
 
they
Em 
come
 
 
D 
Riding the wind like a  
Cmaj7 
bell
 
 
G 
General Guderian  
D 
stands at the crest of the  
Am 
hill
 
E 
Winter brought with her the rains, oceans of  
Fmaj7 
mud filled the roads
 
 
E 
Glueing the tracks of their tanks to the ground while the  
Fmaj7 
sky 
 
filled
 
C 
And all that I  
G 
ever, 
 
 
C 
was able to  
G 
see
E 
 
The fire in the  
Am 
air glowing  
G 
red, 
 
silho
Fmaj7 
uetting
G 
the snow on  
Fmaj7 
the 
 
breeze.
 
 
Am 
Ahhhh,
G 
ahhhh,
Fmaj7 
ahhhhh x4
 
Fmaj7
Am 
G 
 
Fmaj7
Am 
G 
 
And  
Am 
far away behind their lines the
G 
partisans are stirring in the
Fmaj7 
 
Coming unexp
Am 
ectedly upon their
G 
outposts growing like a
Fmaj7 
promise
 
You’ll never  
Am 
know, you’ll never know which way to
G 
turn, which way to
 
you’ll never  
Fmaj7 
see 
 
us
 
As we’re  
Am 
stealing through the blackness of the
G 
night, you’ll never know
 
you’ll never  
Fmaj7 
hear 
 
us
 
And the  
G 
evening sings in a  
Fmaj7 
voice of amber  
E 
the dawn is sur
Fmaj7 
ely 
 
coming
 
 
G 
 
Fmaj7 
 
E 
 
Fmaj7 
Em 
The morning road leads to Stalingrad and the sky is, softly humming
 
Two broken tigers on  
D 
fire in the  
Em 
night
 
 
D 
Flicker their souls to the  
Cmaj7 
wind
 
We  
G 
wait in the lines for the  
D 
final approach to be
Am 
gin
 
It’s been  
Em 
almost four years that I’ve
D 
carried 
 
a
Em 
gun
 
At  
D 
home it will almost be  
Cmaj7 
spring
 
The  
G 
flames of the tigers are  
D 
lighting the road to Ber
Am 
lin
 
 
E 
Ah, quickly we move through the ruins that  
Fmaj7 
bow to the ground
 
The  
E 
old men and children they throw out to face us, they  
Fmaj7 
can’t slow us
 
C 
And all that I  
G 
ever, 
 
 
C 
was able to  
G 
see
E 
 
The eyes of the  
Am 
city 
 
are
G 
opening
Fmaj7 
now 
 
it’s
G 
the end of
Fmaj7 
the 
 
dream
 
 
Am 
Ahhh,
G 
ahhh,
Fmaj7 
ahhh x4
 
Fmaj7
Am 
G 
 
Fmaj7
Am 
G 
 
Fmaj7
Am 
G 
 
Fmaj7
Am 
G 
 
I’ll never  
Am 
know, I’ll never know why I was
G 
taken from the line
 
and all the o
Fmaj7 
thers
 
To  
Am 
board a special train and journey
G 
deep into the heart of holy
Fmaj7 
Russia
 
Fmaj7
G 
Fmaj7 
E 
 
The  
G 
pale sun of Oc
Fmaj7 
tober whispers  
E 
the snow will soon
Fmaj7 
be 
 
coming
 
And I  
G 
wonder when I’ll be
Fmaj7 
home again, and  
E 
the morning answe
Fmaj7 
rs, 
 
never
 
And the  
G 
evening sighs and the  
Fmaj7 
steely 
 
Russ
E 
ian skies go on
 
 
Fmaj7 
 
F 

On The Border

Chords and lyrics for On The Border by Al Stewart

F#m 
The fishing boats go out across the evening water
D 
Smuggling guns and arms across the Spanish border
Bm 
The winds whip up the waves so loud
 
The  
A 
ghost moon sails a
G 
mong the clouds
 
And  
F#m 
turns the rifle
E 
s into silve
F#m 
r on the border
 
F#m 
On my wall the colours of the maps are running
D 
From Africa the winds they talk of changes coming
Bm 
The torches flair up in the night
 
The  
A 
hand that sets the  
G 
farms 
 
alight
 
Has  
F#m 
spread the word t
E 
o those who’re waitin
F#m 
g on the border
 
A 
In the vllage where I grew up
Em 
Nothing seems the same
 
But still you  
D 
never see the change from day to  
A 
day
 
And no one  
D 
notices the customs slip  
C# 
away
C# 
B 
A 
G#m 
F#m 
E 
F#m 
 
F#m 
Late last night the rain was knocking on my window
D 
I moved across the darkened room and in the lampglow
Bm 
I thought I saw down in the street
 
The  
A 
spirit of the  
G 
century
F#m 
Telling us tha
E 
t we’re all standin
F#m 
g on the border
 
A 
In the islands where I grew up
Em 
Nothing seems the same
 
It’s just the  
D 
patterns that remain an empty  
A 
shell
 
 
D 
 
C# 
 
But there’s  
A 
strangeness in the air you feel too well
 
C# 
 
B 
 
A 
 
G#m 
 
F#m 
 
E 
 
F#m 

Midas Shadow

Chords and lyrics for Midas Shadow by Al Stewart

 
You’ve got your  
C 
ticket and your  
Bb 
hotel 
 
keys
 
And your overnight  
Am7 
bag at your feet
 
YOu’re looking d
C 
own on the tropi
Bb 
cal 
 
trees
 
While the Spanish m
Am7 
aids pick up the sheets
F 
Conquist
C 
ador in  
F 
search of  
C 
gold
 
For all the j
Bb 
ack-daw 
 
reasons
 
The Midas shadow
C 
that’s so hard  
Bb 
to 
 
please
 
Follows wh
Am7 
erever you go.
 
Nothing ventured
C 
, nothing gained
Bb 
they 
 
said
 
So you played for t
Am7 
he winner takes all
 
And tossed the d
C 
ice high up and  
Bb 
craned your head
 
To see how the n
Am7 
umbers would fall
F 
You 
 
stol
C 
e the ga
F 
me so easi
C 
ly
 
Your luck ran
Bb 
with the seasons
 
But still the sh
C 
adow that the ni
Bb 
ght won’t free just
 
Follows  
Am7 
wherever you go.
 
Another day, ano
C 
ther boarding ca
Bb 
rd,
 
As you wait for you
Am7 
r seat on the ‘plane
 
The movie runs b
C 
ut you’re still  
Bb 
working 
 
hard
 
And you don’t touch
Am7 
your food or champagne
F 
I know t
C 
hat 
 
when
F 
your 
 
well
C 
runs 
 
dry
 
Yuu’ll want t
Bb 
o know the reason
 
The empty night  
C 
will bring you n
Bb 
 
reply
 
As it foll
Am7 
ows wherever you go.

Marion The Chtelaine

Chords and lyrics for Marion The Chtelaine by Al Stewart

D 
When the  
A 
great collector found her
D 
She was just a  
A 
girl
D 
She rang a chord in
A 
side 
 
him
 
And he  
D 
stole her  
Bm 
to 
 
the
F#m 
centre of h
Em 
is 
 
world
 
Many  
F# 
wished they could
Bm 
be
G 
in her shoes
 
But she  
D 
surely did know  
A 
how to have the  
D 
blues
 
Em 
They say t
F#m 
omorrow’s 
 
such
G 
 
lon
F#m 
g, 
 
 
Em 
long 
 
time
 
F#m 
They say  
C#m 
tomorrow 
 
ne
A 
ver 
 
comes
 
D 
Wha
Bm 
tever 
 
happen
G 
ed to  
F#m 
th
Em 
is dream of mine
 
D 
Count the  
Bm 
days as they
Em 
run
A 

Last Days Of The Century

Chords and lyrics for Last Days Of The Century by Al Stewart

 
Bass notes:  
Em 
E-E-G-A-B-B-C-B
D 
-A-A-B-A-F#-F#-G-F#
 
When the  
Em 
cock 
 
crows
D/A 
And 
 
th
Em 
e wind blows
D/A 
And 
 
the
Em 
primrose 
 
o
D/A 
 
dawn
 
Is at your  
Em 
windows
Cmaj7 
Moving through  
D/F# 
the 
 
deep
 
You chase  
Cmaj7 
dreams accross y
D/F# 
our 
 
sleep
Em 
Scarecrows
D/A 
Waiting at you
Em 
 
door
 
In the  
G 
last days of the c
D 
entury
G 
Leaning from your  
D 
balcony
 
You said
Am 
: This is how it’s
Em 
meant to be
 
Can’t you  
Cmaj7 
feel it in  
D 
the 
 
air?
G 
See that light come  
D 
shining 
 
down
G 
All the way to  
D 
Chinatown
Am 
See it shine from
Em 
miles 
 
around
 
Ref
Cmaj7 
lecting 
 
e
Bm7 
verywhere

Katherine Of Oregon

Chords and lyrics for Katherine Of Oregon by Al Stewart

G 
When I get even  
D 
more old  
C 
than I am now  
G 
G 
I’ll have a house  
D 
overlooking 
 
 
C 
the water  
D 
D 
I’ll read all the books  
G 
that I never  
C 
got ’round  
G 
to
D 
The lights of the  
G 
city they  
D 
blink off and on  
G 
again
G 
Names in my  
D 
memory are  
C 
there, then they’re  
D 
gone 
 
again
D 
Albums of  
G 
photographs 
 
 
C 
spread on the  
D 
floor 
 
again
G 
2.
D 
C 
G 
G 
I’ll fill my  
D 
garage up with  
C 
things I’ve no  
G 
use 
 
for
G 
Obsolete 
 
 
D 
knick-knacks that  
C 
there’s no  
D 
excuse 
 
for
D 
I’ll turn my  
G 
back on the  
C 
world’s grand  
D 
illusions
D 
The lights of the  
G 
city they  
D 
blink off and on  
G 
again
G 
Names in my  
D 
memory are  
C 
there, then they’re  
D 
gone 
 
again
D 
Albums of  
G 
photographs 
 
 
C 
spread on the  
D 
floor 
 
again
G 
3.
D 
C 
G 
G 
I’ll wear my  
D 
clothes with their  
C 
colors all  
G 
clashing
G 
They’ll be so  
D 
old that they’ll  
C 
come back in  
D 
fashion
D 
I’ll sit on the  
G 
beach with my  
C 
paper wrapped  
D 
luncheon
D 
The lights of the  
G 
city they  
D 
blink off and on  
G 
again
G 
Names in my  
D 
memory are  
C 
there, then they’re  
D 
gone 
 
again
D 
Albums of  
G 
photographs 
 
 
C 
spread on the  
D 
floor 
 
again
G 
I’ll spend my  
D 
evenings with  
C 
Katherine of  
G 
Oregon

Im Falling

Chords and lyrics for Im Falling by Al Stewart

 
(1)
C 
Watching you  
C/B 
movin
Am 
 
aro
G 
und, taking t
F 
he 
 
 
E 
time to get
Am 
a proper look,
 
(1)It  
Dm 
seems as though
E 
I’ve never really
Am 
looked at you
A 
 
And  
Dm 
already 
 
the
E 
sun 
 
has
Am 
gone and it’
Cdim 
s growing  
E 
dark 
 
outside,
 
And our  
Am 
shadow is an embyro that
Dm 
slowly comes t
E 
o life and
 
growing stronger as it climbs, to shiver in a blaze across the ceiling
Am 
 
And the  
Dm 
soundless 
 
 
E 
crash of the
Am 
sea
 
And the waves break over the beach of our  
Cdim 
bodies as you  
E 
reach 
 
your
(to 3rd verse)

 
Bb 
Moving around inside a
A 
dream 
 
today,
Bb 
falling for you in such  
A 
a special way

A League Of Notions

Chords and lyrics for A League Of Notions by Al Stewart

C 
 
G 
 
F 
 
C 
 
G 
 
C 
x2
 
C 
I’m here sitting in the wr
G 
eck of Europe
 
With a  
F 
map of Europe
C 
Spread out  
G 
in a hall of Vers
C 
ailles
C 
And every single nat
G 
ionality and principal
F 
ity
C 
have come for a piece
G 
of the pie
C 
 
C 
I’m sitting in the wr
G 
eck of Europe
 
With a m
F 
ap of Europe
 
And the l
C 
ines and the border
G 
s are gone
C 
C 
We’ve got to do this jigsa
G 
 
puzzle
 
It’s an
F 
awful 
 
muddle
 
But
C 
somehow we’ve got to
G 
go 
 
on
C 
 
C7 
**Lawrence of Arabia is wait
F 
ing in the wings
 
He’s got some A
Fm 
rab sheikhs and kings
 
And we’re in d
C 
ebt to  
G 
them 
 
some
C 
how
C7 
Lawrence of Arabia has got thi
F 
s perfect vision
 
Gonna
Fm 
sell him down the river
 
There’s no ti
C 
me for him n
G 
ow
F 
C 
G 
C 
 
C 
I think I’m gonna take a piece
G 
of 
 
Russia
 
And a P
F 
iece of Germany
 
And  
C 
give them to Polan
G 
 
again
C 
C 
I’ll put together
G 
Yugoslavia and Czecho
F 
slovakia
 
And
C 
hope that is how
G 
they’ll 
 
r
C 
emain
 
C 
Then I’ll take a b
G 
it of Turkey
 
Then a lo
F 
t of Turkey
 
This is  
C 
all quite a hea
G 
dy 
 
aff
C 
air
C 
There’s Persia and Iraq
G 
to pick up
 
And there’s C
F 
hurchill’s 
 
hiccup
 
And we can
C 
‘t leave it up i
G 
n the ai
C 
r
 
C7 
Woodrow Wilson waves his fourteen points  
F 
around
 
And says “The time to act is n
Fm 
ow
 
Won’t get this opportun
C 
ity 
 
ag
G 
ain”
C 
C7 
Woodrow Wilson has his fourteen po
F 
ints
 
But Clemenceau turns to Lloyd Ge
Fm 
orge
 
God hims
C 
elf had only ten
G 
F 
C 
G 
C 
 
C 
Today I’m carried by a leagu
G 
e of notions
 
By  
F 
a league of notions
C 
I don’t think I  
G 
quite 
 
und
C 
erstand
C 
I only know from this comm
G 
otion
F 
There’s a chance that we could turn
C 
The world in the palm  
G 
of our hands
C 
 
C7 
Voices in the corridors of p
F 
ower
 
Candles burning hour by h
Fm 
our
 
Still you know that to the victors g
C 
o the s
G 
poils
C 
 
C7 
Such a great responsi
F 
bility to make it fair
 
And there must be
Fm 
some reparations now
C 
And don’t forget the oi
G 
l
F 
C 
G 
C 
 
C 
Today I’m carried by a leagu
G 
e of notions
 
By  
F 
a league of notions
C 
I don’t think I  
G 
quite 
 
und
C 
erstand
C 
I only know from this comm
G 
otion
F 
There’s a chance that we could turn
C 
The world in the palm  
G 
of our hands
C 
 
C 
Pax 
 
v
G 
obiscum