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One Time and One Time Only


C F C I spent my hungry young years running wild. C F G G6 G7 G6 There was a lot I had to do. C F C And I spent cities like a handful of change, G7 C But I never quit looking for you. C F G One time and one time only, C F G Been such a long time lonely. C F G G6 G7 G6 One time and all time it will be. C F G Been waiting such a long time, C F G Each time has been the wrong time, C G7 C Until you came to me.

I looked for you in every face I saw;
I could not find you anywhere.
Then finally one day I quit trying at all,
And looked up and saw you standing there.

One time and one time only,
Been such a long time lonely.
One time and all time it will be.
Been waiting such a long time,
Each time has been the wrong time,
Until you came to me.

I don't mind telling you what's on my mind,
It's no big secret anymore:
I've got no plans at all for moving on,
That's the one thing I was never looking for.

One time and one time only,
Been such a long time lonely.
One time and all time it will be.
Been waiting such a long time,
Each time has been the wrong time,
Until you came to me.

(Words and music by Tom Paxton, 1965)

Notes: Tom's version was in the key of F; The Mitchell Trio - with John Denver - sang it in E (Mike Kobluk did the lead vocals). Better place the capo wherever it fits. There are several ways to play the chorus:

1. [C]One time and [F]one time [G]only, [C]been such a [F]long time [G]lonely.
2. [C]One time and [F]one time only, [C]been such a [F]long time lonely.
3. [C]One time and [F]one time [C]only, been such a [F]long time [C]lonely.

All three would work well for this song. I prefer the first one.


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