• Song:

    Sit Down Stranger

  • Artist:

    Gordon Lightfoot

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Chords used:  G:320003  C:X32010  D:XX0232 
            A:X02220            E:022100 
INTRO:   |  G  |  

      G                          C               G 
I'm standin' at the doorway, my head down in my hands 
      C               G                         D 
Not knowin' where to sit, not knowin' where I stand 
    G                          C               G 
My father looms above me, for him there is no rest 
    C               G                           D 
My mother's arms enfold me and hold me to her breast 
       G                                   C                   G 
"They say you've been out wanderin', they say you've traveled far 
     C             G                         D 
Sit down, young stranger and tell us who you are" 
     G                            C                   G 
The room has all gone misty, my thoughts are all in spin 
      C             G          D                 G 
"Sit down, young stranger and tell us where you been" 

                                           C                  G 
"Well, I've been up to the mountain, I've walked down by the sea 
   C                G                            D 
I never questioned no one and no one questioned me 
    G                        C                G 
My love was given freely and oft-times was returned 
   C             G                      D 
I never came to borrow, I only came to learn 
     G                               C                 G 
Sometimes it did get lonely, but it taught me how to cry 
     C                G                        D 
And laughter came to easy for life to pass me by 
   G                          C                G 
I never had a dollar that I didn't earn with pride 
          C             G                    D 
'Cause I had a million daydreams to keep me satisfied" 
         |  G  |  G  |  C  |  G  |  C  |  G  |  D  |  G  |  
      A                             D                A 
"And will you gather daydreams, or will you gather wealth? 
     D                 A                           E 
How can you find your fortune if you cannot find yourself?" 
    A                                    D               A 
My mother's eyes grow misty, there's a tremblin' in her hand 
      D             A                      E 
"Sit down, young stranger, I do not understand 
     A                                    D                   A 
And will you try and tell us that you've been too long at school? 
       D                A                          E 
That knowledge is not needed, that power does not rule? 
      A                           D                    A 
That war is not the answer, that young men should not die? 
     D            A                        E 
Sit down young stranger, I wait for your reply" 

     A                       D               A 
"The answer is not easy for souls are not reborn 
    D                  A                                 E 
To wear the crown of peace, you must wear the Crown of Thorns 
     A                      D                 A 
If Jesus had a reason, I'm sure he would not tell 
        D            A                             E 
They treated him so badly, how could he wish them well?" 

     A                            D               A 
The parlor now is empty, there's nothin' left to say 
    D            A                            E 
My father has departed, my mother's gone to pray 
         A                           D               A 
There's rockets in the meadows and ships out on the sea 
    D                A                      E 
The answer's in the forest, carved upon a tree: 
  D          A             E           A 
"John loves Mary,"...does anyone love me?
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