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Song: Longhair

Here's another song. This is the first song I wrote on the guitar, which sounds much more impressive than it really is, since I'd been writing songs on autoharp for years. I still really like the sounds of the chords, though once I got to be a better guitar player, and it was no longer particularly helpful to keep one finger or other planted on the guitar neck so I didn't lose my place, I realized that these chords are hard on the hand if you don't practice regularly. The fingers don't move enough to provide natural (if momentary) stretch breaks during the song.

As always, I'd be happy to play this song for you sometime. 

In the meantime, of course, you're welcome to say hi or start a discussion in the space provided below.

Longhair
By: Deirdre M. Murphy
D ... DM7 ...G&... G*
D ................DM7 .............Em ........................A
Young man, sitting there, brushing your long hair,
.....D ................DM7 ............. G& ...............A
A smile on your lips, but your eyes look so bare,
.............G ............. D.......................... Em7 ................. A... A7
Kicked out of your home--and you're glad you're not there.
....................Em Em7 Em6 ..................Em Em7 Em6
But you're alone . . . ............on your own . . .

.......................................G ....,,.....G& ..A ...... A7
CHORUS: .......And you wear your spiral colors
.................................D .........DM7 ......G&
.......................As a shield against the pain
....................................A...... A7* ..Em7 .A
.......................Their vibrant hues a symbol
...................................Am ...................D ... DM7 ...G& ..G* ..(x2)
.......................Of the joy you hope to gain.

Your Dad used to hit you, 'til one day you hit back,
Then the hitting stopped, but the pain did not--
it still keeps coming back,
Was it wisdom or goodness--is it you or he that lacks?
And you're alone . . . on your own . . .

CHORUS

The only scars that show are the tears upon your face,
And the doubts of yourself that mere friendship can't erase,
You can't mend a broken childhood or avoid the grownups' race
And you're alone . . . on your own . . .

CHORUS

I reach to you in friendship, hoping you'll reach out again,
Though you must learn new ways to live, oh, don't pass on the pain!
With actions show your caring, and by your love we all will gain.
You're not alone . . . No more alone . . .


CHORUS: ......Though you wear your spiral colors
......................As a shield against the pain,
......................Their vibrant hues remind you
......................Of the joy* that you will gain.

Copyright ©1989 (November 14) Deirdre M. Murphy

The guitar case remains open. 


Notes: 
*In the last chorus, I play A instead of Am at "joy"
G& = 320033, which is an alternate G fingering
G*  = 320020 (or x20020 if your fingers don't want to stretch that far)
A7*= x02020  (which is one of the standard A7 fingerings)
A7 = x02223  (which is the other standard A7 fingering)
Em7 = 022030
Em6 = 022020

 
 

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