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Lyr/Chords Req: Follow (from Richie Havens)

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Pooby 07 Mar 02 - 12:29 PM
Sorcha 07 Mar 02 - 07:23 PM
Mark Ross 07 Mar 02 - 08:14 PM
Jim Dixon 29 Oct 08 - 06:49 PM
GUEST,bill roe 24 Nov 08 - 09:17 PM
GUEST,MLBob 28 Nov 08 - 09:33 AM
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Subject: Richie Havens 'Follow'
From: Pooby
Date: 07 Mar 02 - 12:29 PM

I've been thinking of adding Havens' "Follow" to my rep. After some digging, I found the lyrics on the Web; now I need some help with chords. I know he does a lot in an open D tuning, but any help with the tab, in standard or open tuning, would be mucho appreciato. Any offers/suggestions?


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Richie Havens 'Follow'
From: Sorcha
Date: 07 Mar 02 - 07:23 PM

I didn't find Follow, but if you go to Richies site, and scroll down, he has a page that tells, with pictures, how he plays his music, and a couple pages of tabs.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Richie Havens 'Follow'
From: Mark Ross
Date: 07 Mar 02 - 08:14 PM

The song is by Jerry Merrick, last I heard he was living in New Hope Pennsylvania. I believe if you could find an old copy of Richies songbook from the late '60's, or early '70's, you'll find the song in there.

Mark Ross


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Subject: Lyr Req: FOLLOW (Jerry Merrick)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 29 Oct 08 - 06:49 PM

Lyrics copied from http://www.actionext.com/names_r/richie_havens_lyrics/follow.html

(You will also hear the song at that site.)


FOLLOW
Jerry Merrick

Let the river rock you like a cradle.
Climb to the treetops, child, if you're able.
Let your hands tie a knot across the table.
Come and touch the things you cannot feel,
And close your fingertips and fly where I can't hold you.
Let the sun-rain fall and let the dewy clouds enfold you,
And maybe you can sing to me the words I just told you,
If all the things you feel ain't what they seem,
Then don't mind me 'cause I ain't nothin' but a dream.

The mockingbird sings each different song.
Each song has wings. They won't stay long.
Do those who hear think he's doing wrong?
While the church-bell tolls its one-note song,
And the school-bell is tinkling to the throng,
Come here where your ears cannot hear,
And close your eyes, child, and listen to what I'll tell you:
Follow in the darkest night the sounds that may impel you,
And the song that I am singing may disturb or serve to quell you.
If all the sounds you hear ain't what they seem,
Then don't mind me 'cause I ain't nothin' but a dream.

The rising smell of fresh-cut grass,
Smothered cities choke and yell with fuming gas.
I hold some grapes up to the sun,
And their flavor breaks upon my tongue.
With eager tongues, we taste our strife
And fill our lungs with seas of life.
Come taste and smell the waters of our time,
And close your lips, child, so softly I might kiss you.
Let your flower perfume out and let the winds caress you.
As I walk on through the garden, I am hoping I don't miss you.
If all the things you taste ain't what they seem,
Then don't mind me 'cause I ain't nothin' but a dream.

The sun and moon both arise,
And we'll see them soon through days and nights;
But now silver leaves are mirrors, bring delights,
And the colors of your eyes are fiery bright.
While darkness blinds the skies with all its light,
Come see where your eyes cannot see,
And close your eyes, child, and look at what I'll show you.
Let your mind go reeling out and let the breezes blow you,
And maybe when we meet, then suddenly I will know you.
If all the things you see ain't quite what they seem,
Then don't mind me 'cause I ain't nothin' but a dream.

And you can follow; and you can follow; follow....

[As sung by Richie Havens on several albums. Also recorded by Jerry Merrick, Mick Sterling, Evan Teatum, Susan Tedeschi, and Jerry Jeff Walker.]


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Follow (from Richie Havens)
From: GUEST,bill roe
Date: 24 Nov 08 - 09:17 PM

2nd verse, line 7 should be "close your ears...", not "eyes" (that comes in the last verse.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Follow (from Richie Havens)
From: GUEST,MLBob
Date: 28 Nov 08 - 09:33 AM

Here's an example for follow

Remember, Richie is playing in Open D (D-A-D-F#-A-D) tuning:

Alternate D / Em7, first 5 lines of verse 2
Bm (Come) -Em (hear)/A, line 6
Alt D - G next 3 lines
D (If) - Em (sounds) - A (seem) line10
D (don't)- G (me)- F#m (I) - A(nothin')- D (dream) -back to

Alternating D / Em7 and into next verse


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Follow (from Richie Havens)
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Aug 09 - 10:35 PM

Last thread requesting the chords to Follow sort of died. Has anyone worked out the chords to this beautiful song?


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Follow (from Richie Havens)
From: GUEST
Date: 24 Aug 09 - 11:25 PM

I don't know if they will line up but here goes.


Don


Chords:

        D5        D5/E        D5/F#        D5
        Let the river         rock you like a         cradle            
        D5        D5/E        D5/F#        D5
        Climb to the treetops        , child,         if you're abl        e
        D5        D5/E        D5        G        D5
        Let your hands tie a         knot across the         table.                    
        D5        D5/B        A7sus4        A7
        Come and         touch the things you cannot         feel.            

And close your fingertips and fly where I can't hold you
Let the sun-rain fall and let the dewy clouds enfold you
And maybe you can sing to me the words I just told you,
If all the things you feel ain't what they seem.
And don't mind me 'cos I ain't nothin' but a dream.


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Subject: RE: Lyr/Chords Req: Follow (from Richie Havens)
From: Peace
Date: 25 Aug 09 - 01:34 PM

"The song is by Jerry Merrick, last I heard he was living in New Hope Pennsylvania."

He's now living in Florida, FYI.


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