To Live is to Fly

Townes Van Zandt
as recorded by Cowboy Junkies


[G] Won't say I [D] love you babe.
[G] Won't say I [D] need you babe.
But I'm going to [A] get you babe
and I will [G] not do you wrong. [D]
[G] Living's mostly [D] wasting time
[G] and I waste my [D] share of mine
but it never feels [A] too good
so [G] let's not take too long. [D]
I'm [G] soft as [D] glass and you're a [G] gentle [A] man
[D] we got the sky to [A] talk about
and the [G] world to lie [D] upon.

[G] Days up and [D] down they come
[G] like rain on a [D] conga drum
forget most, [A] remember some
but [G] don't turn none [D] away.
[G] Everything is [D] not enough
[G] nothing is [D] too much to bear
where you been is [A] good and gone
all you [G] keep's the getting [D] there.
To [G] live is to [D] fly [G] low and [A] high
so [D] shake the dust off [A] of your wings
and the [G] sleep out of your [D] eyes.

[G] It's goodbye to [D] all my friends.
[G] It's time to [D] go again.
Think of all [A] the poetry
and the [G] pickin' down the [D] line.
[G] I'll miss the [D] system here
the [G] bottom's low and the [D] treble's clear,
but it don't pay to [A] think too much
on the [G] things you leave [D] behind.
I [G] may be [D] gone [G] but I won't be [A] long
I'll be [D] bringing back the [A] melody
and the [G] rhythm that I [D] find.

[G] We all got [D] holes to fill
[G] and them holes are [D] all that's real
some fall on you [A] like a storm
[G] sometimes you dig your [D] own.
[G] But choice is [D] yours to make
[G] time is yours to [D] take
some dive [A] into the sea
some [G] toil upon the [D] stone.
To [G] live is to [D] fly [G] low and [A] high
so [D] shake the dust off [A] of your wings
and the [G] sleep out of your [D] eyes.


Tabbed by Andrew Fung (afung@po.eecs.berkeley.edu)

bbkim's note: Although written in Ab, playing the chords above with a capo on the first fret will sound like the recording. Or to play without a capo: G = Ab / D = Eb / A = Bb

 

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Last Update: July 11, 2004
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