|Author:||Leonard||Latest revision:||February 24, 2019|
|Author’s Notes:||A hidden gem from Cat’s formative years as a singer/songwriter, “Hummingbird” has the same timeless quality, a combination of delicate lyrics and a catchy melody, as his later, more famous work, but due to its overarrangment the original recording falls short despite the beautiful vocals.|
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"Hummingbird" by Cat Stevens from the original album MATTHEW & SON (1967) Standard tuning (low to high) E-A-D-G-B-E Capo at 2nd fret (key of D) in 4/4 time INTRO C FaddG C FaddG C FaddG C | / / / / | / / / / | / / / / | / / / / | VERSE 1 C Em [EmaddG] There's a yellow flower by your bed F C Sadly droopin' its perfumed head Cmaj7 Fmaj7 G Fmaj7 [Fmaj7sus2] So you won't smell it, I know what you'll miss. CHORUS 1 C G And there's a hummingbird, a hummingbird, C FaddG A hummingbird, a hummingbird, C G FaddG Oh, there's a hummingbird singing. VERSE 2 C Em [EmaddG] There is the hat you made, the clothes you wore F C Lying down on the cold, dirty floor. Cmaj7 Fmaj7 G Fmaj7 [Fmaj7sus2] The colors are fading, they'll never shine a-gain. REPEAT CHORUS 1 INSTRUMENTAL C FaddG C FaddG C FaddG C | / / / / | / / / / | / / / / | / / / / | C G C FaddG | / / / / | / / / / | / / / / | / / / / | C G FaddG C FaddG C | / / / / | / / / / | / / / / | / / / / | / / / / | VERSE 3 C Em [EmaddG] Now the road, it's turning gray, F C There's a shadow where you once lay. Cmaj7 Fmaj7 G Fmaj7 [Fmaj7sus2] They'll find it to-morrow, and think you went a-lone. CHORUS 2 C G But there's a hummingbird, a hummingbird, C FaddG A hummingbird, a hummingbird, C G FaddG C FaddG C Ah, there's a hummingbird crying. | / / / / | / / / / || CHORDS ====== Note: Chords in brackets ([EmaddG]) are passing chords meant to be played intermittently between chord transitions. C F Em G x32010 133211 022000 3x0003 -RM-I- TRLMII -MR--- R----L 332010 RLM-I- Cmaj7 Fmaj7 FaddG EmaddG Fmaj7sus2 x32000 xx3210 xx3213 022003 xx3020 -RM--- --RMI- --RMIL -MR--L --R-I- Chord fingering: T = thumb I = index finger M = middle finger R = ring finger L = little finger x = muted string