Yahweh Sunshine

Words and Music by Raccoon (with Phil Swaby on violin)

As recorded on REIGNITE IT! Greatest Hits Vol. 1

The chord progressions to this song are: 

·        E, F#m*, G#m*, F#m*

·        E, G, A, B

·        E**, B, A, B, E6, B, A, B

 

* Note: The E, F# and the G# are the same as the “Sweet Melissa” chords. The open E is played normally while the F#m and G#m are played where you would bar them starting at the 2nd and 4th frets except you leave the bottom two strings (B and E) open. (I will add chord diagrams later). Also there is a lick played off the G# and F# with the picking on the high-E and B strings (this will be tabbed out later).

 

** The E during the chorus is done using the A-form at the 7th fret. But the 2nd time the E is played during the chorus the chord is really E6 which is done by doing the same A-form E chord at the 7th fret, but then also adding the C# note at the 9th fret of the high-E string.

 

E                              F#m          G#m                       F#m

Mmmm the times are changin' – Nothin' ever stays the same, yeah

E                              F#m              G#m                               F#m

Mmmm the times are changin' - The bear and the eagle are to blame, yeah

E                       F#m             G#m                      F#m

You can’t tame a bear and you can’t chain an eagle down

E                                      F#m

And you can’t make a river flow upstream

             G#m                      F#m                       E

And the dead don’t make no sound, no sound, no sound

 

     F#m     G#m                F#m                          E       F#m

By tomorrow - I’m gonna be on the road again my friend

G#m              F#m                        E     F#m

I can hear the wild birds callin' my name

G#m               F#m                       E

I can hear the wild birds callin' me home

 

E                                              F#m

John’s down by the river and he never sets foot in the city

    G#m                            F#m

At least not by the light of day, eh, yeah, yeah

E                                          F#m

John’s down by the river - He never sets foot in the city

G#m                                          F#m

All he wants to do is get high and play, hey

                               E        G       A       B

It feels safer that waaay aaaay aaaay aaay

 

           E*         B            A           B          E6   B   A   B

Singin' Yahweh sunshine, sunshine, light my day

E*          B           A            B         E6   B   A   B

Yahweh sunshine, sunshine light my way

                E*                         B   A                B             E6   B   A   B

You gotta stand up and stand out – Raise your voice and shout

E*                        B                     A         B                  E6   B   A   B

Be a man, make a plan and take a stand – Let it all hang out

           E*         B            A           B         E6   B   A   B

Singin' Yahweh sunshine, sunshine, fill my heart

E*          B            A                      B          E   F#m   G#m   F#m

Yahweh sunshine, sunshine help me do my part

 

E                           F#m                               G#m

I can feel the beat beneath the city street - poundin' in my head

                F#m                                         E

Makin' me wish I'd never done the things I did

           F#m                G#m                         F#m                           E       F#m

Ah by tomorrow, yeah tomorrow I’m gonna be on the road again, my friend

G#m              F#m                        E       F#m

I can hear the wild birds calling my name

G#m              F#m                        E

I can hear the wild birds calling me home

E                                     F#m

John’s by the river and he never sets foot in the city

G#m                                F#m

At least not by the light of day

E                                              F#m

John’s down by the river and he never sets foot in the city

G#m                                         F#m

All he wants to do is get high and play

                              E       G     A     B

It feels safer that way – Hey, hey, hey

 

           E*          B            A          B          E6    B   A   B

Singin' Yahweh sunshine, sunshine heal my bones

E*          B            A          B                 E6   B   A   B

Yahweh sunshine, sunshine light my way home

E*          B            A         B       E6   B   A   B

Yahweh sunshine, sunshine in my soul

E*          B            A          B         E6   B   A   B

Yahweh sunshine, sunshine all day long

 

E*            B             A                                B

Kiva, kiva circle star – You’re in a circle wherever you are

E*            B             A                                B

Kiva, kiva circle star – You’re in a circle wherever you are

E*            B             A                               B           E   B

Kiva, kiva circle star – You’re in the larger circle by far

A                            B            E   B

You’re in the larger circle by far

A                            B            E   B

You’re in the larger circle by far

A                            B            E 

You’re in the larger circle by far

 

(need to add outro chords if this version has them) something like…

E  F#m  G#m  F#m  G#m  F#m

E  F#m  G#m  F#m  G#m  F#m

E  F#m  G#m  F#m  G#m  F#m  E