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Full step down (D G C F A D) G/D C/D - Cmaj7/D - C6/D Dadd11 Gsus4 - G - Gsus4 - G G D/F# C G So you speak to me of sadness and the coming of the winter, Em Bm C D The fear that is within you now, and it seems to never end, G D/F# C G And the dreams that have escaped you, and the hope that you've forgotten, Em G D/F# And you tell me that you need me now and you want to be my friend, C G D/F# And you wonder where we're going, where's the rhyme and where's the reason? Em G D/F# And it's you cannot accept, it is here we must begin Am To seek the wisdom of the children G D/F# C C/B D And the graceful way of flowers in the wind. G D/F# C G For the children and the flowers are my sisters and my brothers - Em Bm C D Their laughter and their loveliness would clear a cloudy day. G D/F# C G Like the music of the mountains and the colors of the rainbow, Em G D G They're a promise of the future and a blessing for today. Am D G D/F# C G Though the cities start to crumble and the towers fall around us, Em Bm C D The sun is slowly fading and it's colder than the sea, G D/F# C G It is written, "From the desert to the mountains they shall lead us. Em G D/F# By the hand and by the heart, they will comfort you and me. C G D In their innocence and trusting they will teach us to be free." G D/F# C G For the children and the flowers are my sisters and my brothers - Em Bm C D Their laughter and their loveliness would clear a cloudy day. G C D G And the song that I am singing is a prayer to nonbelievers. Em G D C Come and stand beside us - we can find a better way. G/D C/D - Cmaj7/D - C6/D Dadd11 G
(Words and music by John Denver, 1968)
Notes: The song was often played on a 12-string guitar tuned whole step down (DGCFAD), so most recordings of the song are actually in F. Some early live recordings are in F sharp.
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