|Author:||Leonard||Latest revision:||November 28, 2021|
|Notes:||A reflection of Cat’s spiritual, self-seeking journey at the time and especially after his convalescence from tuberculosis; thematically in a similar vein as “On the Road to Find Out.” Cat plays a stellar piano part here, with intricate riffs and a Floyd Cramer-like solo in the second Chorus. For the guitar part itself is purposefully held basic even in live performances, where Alun often reaches for the 12-string guitar, we opted to adapt the piano part and its chords to the guitar whenever feasible.|
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"Miles from Nowhere" by Cat Stevens from the original album TEA FOR THE TILLERMAN (1970) Standard tuning (low to high) E-A-D-G-B-E in 4/4 time INTRO A* G* D | / / / / | / / / / | VERSE 1 (D) G A-RIFF G-RIFF D Miles from no-where, guess I'll take my time, oh yeah, to reach there. G A-RIFF G-RIFF D Look up at the mountain I have to climb, oh yeah, to reach there. G/D D G C/G G Ah Lord, my body has been a good friend, A-RIFF* G-RIFF D But I won't need it when I reach the end. (D) G/D D G C/G G Miles from no-where, I guess I'll take my time, A (D) D C/D D C/D Oh yeah, to reach there. | / / / / | / / / / | CHORUS 1 D C D C D I creep through the valleys, and I grope through the woods, C D G A D! C! 'Cause I know when I find it, my honey, it's gonna make me feel good. Yes! D C D I love every-thing, so don't it make you feel sad, C D G A F D C 'Cause I'll drink to you, my baby, I'll think to that, I'll think to that. D C A G A G! A! | / / / / | / / / / | / / / / | VERSE 3 D G A-RIFF G-RIFF D Miles from no-where, not a soul in sight, oh yeah, but it's alright. G A-RIFF* G-RIFF D I have my freedom, I can make my own rules, oh yeah, the ones that I choose. G/D D G C/G G Lord, my body has been a good friend, A (D) D C/D D C/D But I won't need it when I reach the end. | / / / / | / / / / | CHORUS 2 D C D C D C D G A D! C! | / / / / | / / / / | / / / / | / / / / | / / / / | D C D I love every-thing, so don't it make you feel sad, C D G A F D 'Cause I'll drink to you, my baby, I'll think to that, I'll think to that, C D C A G A G! A! I'll think to that. | / / / / | / / / / | / / / / | OUTRO D G A-RIFF G-RIFF D Miles from no-where, guess I'll take my time, oh yeah, to reach there. RIFFS ===== A-RIFF_____________ A-RIFF*____________ (higher up the neck) (cowboy-chord area) A A6 A A4 A A A6 A A4 A d u u d u d u d d u u d u d u d E|---5---5---5---5-|-5- E|---2---0---0---0-|-0- B|-5-7---5-5-5-5-5-|-5- B|-2-2---2-2-2-3-2-|-2- G|-6-6---6-6-6-7-6-|-6- G|-2-2---2-2-2-2-2-|-2- D|-7-------7---7---|-7- D|-2-------2---2---|-2- A|-0-------0---0---|-0- A|-0-------0---0---|-0- E|-----------------|--- E|-----------------|--- G-RIFF______________ G Gmaj7 G6/D D d d u d u d u d E|-3---3-3-2-2-0-0-|-0h2- B|-0---0-0-0-0-3-3-|-3--- G|-0---0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0h2- D|-0---0---0---0---|-0--- A|-x---x---x-------|----- E|-3---3---3-------|----- CHORDS ====== A* G* 5776xx 3554xx TRLMII TRLMII D G G/D C/G Note: On the record D major is played x00232 3x0003 xx0003 3x2013 with A in the bass throughout ---IRM R----L -----L R-M-IL (D/A); we applied the same logic to C major in the chorus (C/G) A C/D C F for the added oomph. x02220 xx0010 332010 133211 --IMR- ----I- RLM-I- TRLMII Riff chords: A A6 A4 G Gmaj7 G6/D x07655 x07675 x07755 3x0003 3x0002 xx0030 --RMII --RMLI --RLII R----L R----I ----L- x02220 x02222 x02230 --IMR- --IMRL --IML- Chord fingering: T = thumb I = index finger M = middle finger R = ring finger L = little finger Tablature notation: h = hammer-on p = pull-off ~ = vibrato [ ] = natural harmonic (Harm.) / = legato slide (gliss) up the fret \ = legato slide (gliss) down the fret ! = accentuate part with great intensity d = downward stroke u = upward stroke