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High-Flying Bird
High-Flying Bird
by Elton John & Bernie Taupin
Taken from "Don't Shoot Me, I'm Only the Piano Player"

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Note: This song was originally played in Ab. I have shifted it down one key to make it
easier to play and sing. If you want it back in its original key, you can always use a
capo or transpose back up.
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[G   Fma7 C  Fma7 C] x 2

G                                C
You wore a little cross of gold around your neck,

G                             D
I saw it as you flew between my reasons,

Am                               C
Like a raven in the night time when you left.

G                                 C
I wear a chain upon my wrist that bears no name,

G                      D
You touched it and you wore it,

Am                             C
And you kept it in your pillow all the same.

G                          C
My high-flying bird has flown from out my arms,

Am
I thought myself her keeper,

D
She thought I meant her harm,

G
She thought I was the archer,

C
A weather man of words,

Fma7        C
But I could never shoot down,

G     Fma7 C  Fma7 C
My high-flying bird.

G                                     C
The white walls of your dressing room are stained in scarlet red.

G                               D
You bled upon the cold stone like a young man,

Am                      C
In the foreign field of death.

G                           C
Wouldn't it be wonderful is all I heard you say,

G                                             D
You never closed your eyes at night and learned to love daylight,

Am                C
Instead you moved away.

G                          C
My high-flying bird has flown from out my arms,

Am
I thought myself her keeper,

D
She thought I meant her harm,

G
She thought I was the archer,

C
A weather man of words,

Fma7       C
But I could never shoot down,

G                          C
My high-flying bird has flown from out my arms,

Am
I thought myself her keeper,

D
She thought I meant her harm,

G
She thought I was the archer,

C
A weather man of words,

Fma7       C
But I could never shoot down,

G     Fma7 C  Fma7 C
My high-flying bird.

G                        C
My high-flying, high-flying bird.

G                        C
My high-flying, high-flying bird.

G                        C         G
My high-flying, high-flying bird.

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This is probably my favorite song on the "Don't Shoot Me" album.
I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.
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Tabbed by He-Man Dan, the proud founder of the Anti-Cat Society and He-Man's Cat Exterminators.
 
 
Elton John - High-Flying Bird :: indexed at Ultimate Guitar.
High-Flying Bird tabs @ 911Tabs

About the artist behind High-Flying Bird:

Sir Elton Hercules John CBE[1] [2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is an English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist.

In his four-decade career, John has been one of the dominant forces in rock and popular music, especially during the 1970s. He has sold more than 250 million albums[citation needed] and over one hundred million singles,[3] making him one of the most successful artists of all time. He has more than 50 Top 40 hits including seven consecutive #1 U.S. albums, 59 Top 40 singles, 16 Top 10, 4 #2 hits, and nine #1 hits. He has won five Grammy awards and one Academy Award. His success has had a profound impact on popular music and has contributed to the continued popularity of the piano in rock and roll. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked him #49 on their list of the 100 greatest artists of all time.[4]

Some of the characteristics of John's musical talent include an ability to quickly craft melodies for the lyrics of songwriting partner Bernie Taupin, his former rich tenor (now baritone) voice, his classical and gospel-influenced piano, the aggressive orchestral arrangements of Paul Buckmaster among others and the flamboyant fashions, outlandishly excessive eye glasses, and on-stage showmanship, especially evident during the 1970s.

John was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994. He has been heavily involved in the fight against AIDS since the late 1980s and was knighted in 1998. He entered into a civil partnership with David Furnish on 21 December 2005 and continues to be a champion for the LGBT social movements. On April 9, 2008 Elton John held a benefit concert for the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign, and raised $2.5 million.[5]

Indexed at Wikipedia.

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