Dan Fogelberg - Leader Of The Band Guitar Chords

Dan Fogelberg

adult standards, album rock, bubblegum pop, folk

Song versions: 1 2 3
Chords: G, C, Am, Em, D, C/G, Bm, D7
                                       Leader of the Band
                                            By Todd


(Capo 1st fret)


[Intro]

    G  C  Am  Em  D  G  C/G  G  C/G  G  C/G  G


[Verse 1]

    G                                 Bm              C
      An only child alone and wild, a cabinet maker's son 
   Am                          Em
      His hands were meant for different work 
              Am                 C    D
      And his heart was known to none
    G                                        Bm       C
      He left his home and went his lone and solitary way
             Am           Em            D7          G   C/G G C/G G C/G G
      And he gave to me a gift I know I never can repay


[Verse 2]

    G                      Bm               C
      A quiet man of music denied a simpler fate
      Am               Em                    Am             C    D                
      He tried to be a soldier once, but his music wouldn't wait
    G                                          Bm                C
      He earned his love through discipline, a thundering velvet hand
          Am              Em                      Am       D7   G       
      His gentle means of sculpting souls took me years to understand 


[Chorus]

    C                   Bm                    C                G
      The leader of the band is tired and his eyes are growing old
              Am                    Em                 Am            D
      But his blood runs through my instrument and his song is in my soul
    C                    Bm           C                G
      My life has been a poor attempt   to imitate the man
          Am            Em            Am     C      G    C/G G C/G G C/G G
      I'm just a living legacy to the leader of the band


[Verse 3]

    G                                            Bm            C
      My brother's lives were different for they heard another call
      Am          Em              Am          C    D                
      One went to Chicago and the other to St Paul
    G                              Bm          C
      And I'm in Colorado when I'm not in some hotel
      Am              Em                  Am      D7      G    C/G G C/G 
      Living out this life I've chose and come to know so well


[Interlude]

    G  C  Am  Em  D  G  C/G  G  C/G  G  C/G  G (hold)

    G                                    Bm             C   
      I thank you for the music and your stories of the road
   Am                     Em              Am              C   D                
      I thank you for the freedom when it came my time to go
    G                                      Bm                 C
      I thank you for the kindness and the times when you got tough
          Am            Em             Am       D7    G    
      And papa, I don't think I said I love you near enough

[Chorus]

    C                   Bm                    C                G
      The leader of the band is tired and his eyes are growing old
              Am                    Em                 Am            D
      But his blood runs through my instrument and his song is in my soul
    C                    Bm           C                G
      My life has been a poor attempt   to imitate the man
          Am            Em            Am     C      G    
      I'm just a living legacy to the leader of the band
        Am          Em            Am     C      G     
      I am a living legacy to the leader of the band


[Outro]

    C/G G  C/G G G  C  Am  Em  D  G  C/G  G (hold)

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