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Wish I Had a Troubadour


Capo 4th fret C Cadd11 C Em/B Am D Am Wish I had a troubadour a-sittin' by my knee, C Em/B Am D G7 Playin' stately rhythms of the ancient balladry. C Em/B Am F Am/E Dm If I had a troubadour, I'd signal with a nod G And he would sing for you. G7 He would sing for you C/E Until you smile.

Wish I had a castle clown with bells upon his hat,
Doin' tricks and somersaults, you'd have to laugh at that.
If I had a castle clown, I'd call him to your side
And he'd do tricks for you.
He'd do tricks for you
Until you smile.


Am D Wish I had a wind, I'd bring it by. Am G7 G7/E G7/F G7/E A gentle western wind to dry your eye. C Em/B Am Dm A southern wind to keep you from your cryin'. G7 G7/F G7/E G7/D I'm still tryin'.

Wish I had a Royal Ballet to summon at my will.
Dancin' in the candlelight, some lovely old quadrille.
If I had a Royal Ballet, I'd signal with my hand
And they would dance for you,
They would dance for you
Until you smile.

Wish I had a wind, I'd bring it by.
A gentle western wind to dry your eye.
A southern wind to keep you from your cryin'.
I'm still tryin'.

Wish I had a troubadour sittin' by my knee,
Playin' stately rhythms of the ancient balladry.
If I had a troubadour, I'd signal with a nod
And he would sing for you.
He would sing for you.
He would sing for you
Until you smile.

(Words and music by Tom Paxton, 1969)

Notes: I don't think that the chords published on The Honor of Your Company songbook is exactly what Tom plays. The above chords are based on the 1983 recording.


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