Culpeper Tavern

Words and Music by Raccoon

as recorded on Rainbow Warrior

 

The chord progression to this song is:

·        C, G, F, C, F, C, G, F, Fadd9*

 

* Note: This is done by doing a regular F major chord and putting your pinkie on the 3rd fret of the high-E string (the G note)

 

C                  G                 F            C

I saw an old friend at the Culpeper Tavern

F                       C                G              F   Fadd9

We drank some wine and we had a good time

C                G              F            C

We traded stories like any good travelers

       F             C              G               F   Fadd9

But stories of truth was all we could find

 

C                         G                 F                           C

I told him of the way that I’ve searched for God’s valley

F           C            G          F   Fadd9

Ever to wander – never to find

             C                 G                     F                      C

Then he told me of a place where an old white-haired man lived

F               C              G              F  Fadd9

Fishin' the rivers and casting the sea

                              C

That’s just what I need

 

C               G           F                 C

By seven a.m. I was saddled and traveling

F                     C                G                 F      Fadd9

Riding for the valley on the words of my friend

   C                     G             F                C

I rode for three days till I came to the tall trees

                F                  C             G                   F   Fadd9

I found a sign that said this is the boundaries of man

 

C                       G            F                C

I rode one more day till I came to big mountain

    F                   C          G               F      Fadd9

I climbed to the top and there did I stand

         C               G             F             C

That evening the rain came riding the thunder

       F                    C                 G                 F     Fadd9

The winds played a song till the first grey of dawn

                     C

I had to hang on

 

           C                G               F               C

In the morning the birds came dancin' and singin'

F                     C               G       F      Fadd9

Leading me the way to the valley below

                      C

I let my horse go

 

C                      G                   F                 C

I found the old man – He was down by the river

             F                C                    G           F      Fadd9

With an eagle on his shoulder and a line in his hand

C                G              F            C

We traded stories like any good travelers

       F             C            G              F       Fadd9

But mostly we spoke by moving our hands

 

C                  G               F                C

He found his wife on the raging grey river

      F                C              G                 F     Fadd9

He gave her his love – She gave him her hand

C                   G                   F           C

They had ten children – The eldest a daughter

         F                C           G              F    Fadd9     C

Who spoke to the deer by moving her hands – Understand

 

C                  G                 F            C

I saw an old friend at the Culpeper Tavern

F                       C                G              F    Fadd9

We drank some wine and we had a good time

C                G              F            C

We traded stories like any good travelers

       F             C              G               F    Fadd9   C

But stories of truth was all we could find