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Rhymes and Reasons


Drop D tuning; Capo 3rd fret D G/A - Gmaj7/A - G6/A A+11 Dsus4 - D - Dsus4 - D D A/C# G D So you speak to me of sadness and the coming of the winter, Bm F#m G A The fear that is within you now, and it seems to never end, D A/C# G D And the dreams that have escaped you, and the hope that you've forgotten, Bm D A/C# And you tell me that you need me now and you want to be my friend, G D A/C# And you wonder where we're going, where's the rhyme and where's the reason? Bm D A/C# And it's you who cannot accept, it is here we must begin Em To seek the wisdom of the children D A G G/F# A And the graceful way of flowers in the wind. D A/C# G D For the children and the flowers are my sisters and my brothers - Bm F#m G A Their laughter and their loveliness would clear a cloudy day. D A/C# G D Like the music of the mountains and the colors of the rainbow, Bm D A D They're a promise of the future and a blessing for today. Em A D A/C# G D Though the cities start to crumble and the towers fall around us, Bm F#m G A The sun is slowly fading and it's colder than the sea, D A/C# G D It is written, "From the desert to the mountains they shall lead us. Bm D A/C# By the hand and by the heart, they will comfort you and me. G D A In their innocence and trusting they will teach us to be free." D A/C# G D For the children and the flowers are my sisters and my brothers - Bm F#m G A Their laughter and their loveliness would clear a cloudy day. D G A D And the song that I am singing is a prayer to nonbelievers. Bm D A G Come and stand beside us - we can find a better way. D G/A - Gmaj7/A - G6/A A+11 D

(Words and music by John Denver, 1968)


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