The Wind East and West

Author: Leonard Latest revision: October 3, 2021
Author’s Notes: After its debut on Abu Dhabi television in a much different form, with Arabic-English lyrics and a much more complex song structure, the song returned as a sort of medley paired up with “The Wind” to start out the set list to Cat’s 2007 Café Session concert. The song is a direct follow-up to Cat’s “The Wind”. The wind or rukh means “spirit” or “Holy Spirit” here, at its core telling the story of the artist having seen both worlds, the (Far and Middle) East and the West. Matching the lyrics to the upbeat chord changes can be challenging.
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.

                  "The Wind East and West"
                      by Yusuf Islam
                  as performed live at 
                YUSUF'S CAFE SESSION (2007)
Standard tuning
(low to high) E-A-D-G-B-E
in 4/4 time


   E     A          (A)    B/A         E     A          (A)    B/A 
   / . / . / . / .   / . / . / . / .   / . / . / . / .   / . / . / . / .
   d   d u   u d     d   d u   u d u   d   d u   u d     d   d u   u d u


E            A              B/A
     I've followed the wind east and west,
E        A               B/A
     I know I'll never, never rest
E           A                   B/A
     'Til I've found that happi-ness
E         A                  B/A
     In your good company.


E            A               B/A
     I've dreamt a thousand nights
E           A         B/A
     To be in your heavenly light.
E          A               B/A
     That day I'll find my side
E         A                  B/A
     In your good company.


END on D to transition into "The Wind."

BONUS VERSE (from the studio recording as exclusive "Redroom" single)

E         A                        B/A
     The lake of Kawthar waits for you
E         A                 B/A
     And all beloved people who
E         A                     B/A
     God has blessed and chosen to
E            A                  B/A
     Be in your good company.


   E      A      B/A      D
022100  x0222x  x0444x  xx0232
-MRI--  --III-  --RRR-  ---IMR

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.)
                      ! = strum a triplet
                      d = downward stroke
                      u = upward stroke
                      x = palm-mute note

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