More songs by Don McLean

This file is part of a collection that (moreso than the rest of the site) are not meant to be detailed or accurate transcriptions of the original recordings. They're just some simple chord charts that I made for my own use, some of them my own arrangements.
- T-rev

From his 1970 album Tapestry
Written by Don McLean
Transcribed by T-rev

            D               Dmaj9
        And if she asks you why
                G6/D            D
        You can tell her that I told you
                 Em       A              D
        That I'm tired of castles in the air
                   Em      A                 D
        I've got a dream I want the world to share
                   Em         A             D
        And castle walls just lead me to despair

        Hills of forest green
        Where the mountains touch the sky
        A dream come true, I'll live there 'til I die
        I'm asking you to say my last goodbye
        The love we knew ain't worth another try

 Em                      A               D
    Save me from all the trouble and the pain
               G        Em                      A
    I know I'm weak but I can't face that girl again
 Em                      A             D
    Tell her the reasons why I can't remain
                   G       Em                       A
    Perhaps she'll understand if you tell it to her plain

        But how can words express
        The feel of sunlight in the morning
        In the hills away from city strife
        I need a country woman for my wife
        I'm city born but I love the country life

        For I will not be part
        Of her "cocktail generation"
        Partners waltz, devoid of all romance
        The music plays and everyone must dance
        I'm bowing out, I need a second chance

Transcribed 2019-03-08 by T-rev
More tab available at

 xx0775 D
 xx0655 Dmaj9
 xx0435 G6/D
 xx0232 D (hammer on 1st string)
 022000 Em
 x02220 A
 320033 G

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