Maybe You’re Right

Author: Leonard Latest revision: December 11, 2021
Author’s Notes: Together with “Father and Son” and the “The Day They Make Me Tsar,” this song belongs to a handful of musical pieces Cat had written for a proposed musical about the Romanovs called “Revolussia,” a project which ultimately never came to be. Cat plays a terrific piano on the record, and in almost all live performances he chose to play the piano part over guitar. But there is also rare video footage of him playing this song live on guitar, such as the 1970 Belgian Jazz Bilzen pop festival or his performance on French TV that same year. On the studio demo Cat solely plays guitar, so it stands to reason that the song originated there first and that the fleshed-out piano part came later. The most exciting stuff happens on piano, though, so we decided to adapt some of the piano magic from his live 1971 BBC performance (see video down below) to guitar, while adhering as much as possible to the studio demo for solo guitar and voice.
Each guitar tab is the author’s own work and represents his or her own interpretation of the song.
Visitors may use the guitar tabs offered here only for private study, scholarship, or research.

                    "Maybe You're Right"
                      by Cat Stevens
                from the original album 
                 MONA BONE JAKON (1970)
Standard tuning
(low to high) E-A-D-G-B-E

in 4/4 time

  G/D               Eb/G               D  D/F# D  D/F#   Em          Em7
   /   /   /   /     /   /   /   /     /   /   /   /     /   /   /   /
   d     u d u d u                     d   d   d u d u   d   d                    

   C                 G                 FaddG         C        [C2]    [C2]
   /   /   /   /     /   /   /   /       /   /   /   /     /   /   /   /
   d   d   d u d u   d u       u d u     d     u d u d         d   d   d u


G                       C    D                     Em  RIFF
     Now maybe you're right     and maybe you're wrong
C                        G                          F/C              C
     But I ain't gonna argue with you no more, I've done it for too long
G                        C    D                         Em  RIFF
     It was getting so good,     why then, where did it go?
C              G                      F/C            C
     I can't think about it no more, tell me if you know
G                    C    D                   Em  RIFF
     You were loving me,     I... was loving you
C                           G                   C/G
     But now there ain't nothing but regretting
C                G                     F/C                 C
     Nothing, nothing but regretting,       everything we do


G                        C         D                   Em  RIFF
     I put up with your lies like     you put up with mine
C                        G                            F/C                              C
     But God knows we should have stopped somewhere,       we could've have taken the time
G                    C         D                    Em  RIFF
     But time has turned, yes     some call it the end
C                         G                      C/G  C           G    C/G
     So tell me, tell me did you really love me          like a friend
C                        G                C/G  C            G       C/G
     You know you don't have to pretend,          It's all over now
C                  G           C/G    C                G         C/G
     It'll never happen again, no no no, it'll never happen again
C                  G         C/G   C          G         
     It won't hap-pen again,          never,     never, never
C                  G           F/C       C          (G/D)
     It'll never happen again, no no no no, no no no no


Repeat VERSE 1. ("So maybe you're right...")

OUTRO (Plays just like INTRO)

  G/D            Eb/G            D D/F#D D/F#   Em    RIFF_
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |
   C              G            FaddG      C       [C2]  [C2]
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |
 FaddG      C       [C2]  [C2]  G/D
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  ||


      Note #1: Chords in square brackets are passing chords, 
               and only played intermittently.
      Note #2: For C/G you can also play this short little 
               bass riff:

                  G     C

  G/D    Eb/G      D     D/F#     Em      Em7
x55433  xx5343  xx0323  xx4323  022000  020000
-RLMII  --RIMI  ---IRM  --LIRM  -MR---  -M----

   C     [C2]      G     FaddG   F/C      C/G
x32013  x30013  3x0003  xx3213  x33211  3x2013
-RM-IL  -R--IL  R----L  --RMIL  -RLMII  R-M-IL

Chord fingering:      T = thumb                
                      I = index finger
                      M = middle finger
                      R = ring finger
                      L = little finger

Tablature notation:   h = hammer-on
                      p = pull-off
                      d = downward stroke
                      u = upward stroke

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