High Flying Bird

 
Ab 
 
Gb/Db 
 
Db 
 
Gb/Db 
 
Db 
 
You wore a  
Ab 
little cross of gold around you
Db 
neck,
 
I  
Ab 
saw it as you flew between my  
Eb 
reason.
 
Like a  
Bbm 
raven in the night time when you l
Db 
eft.
 
I wear a  
Ab 
chain upon my wrist that bears no n
Db 
ame,
Ab 
You touched it and you  
Eb 
wore 
 
it,
 
And you  
Bbm 
kept it in your pillow, all the  
Db 
same.

{soc}

 
My high-flying  
Ab 
bird has flown from  
C 
out 
 
my
Db 
arms,
 
I thought myself her  
Bbm 
keeper,
 
She thought I meant her  
Eb 
harm,
 
She  
Db/Eb 
thought I was the  
Ab 
archer,
 
A weather  
C 
man 
 
of
Db 
words,
 
But I could  
Fm/C 
never 
 
 
Bbm 
shoot 
 
 
Db/Ab 
down,  
Gb 
 
Db 
 
My high-flying  
Ab 
bird.  
Gb/Db 
 
Db 
 
Gb/Db 
 
Db 
{eoc}

 
The  
Ab 
white walls of your dressing room are  
Db 
stained in scarlet red.
 
You  
Ab 
bled upon the cold stone like a young  
Eb 
man.
Bbm 
In the foreign field of  
Db 
death.
Ab 
Wouldn’t it be wonderful is  
Db 
all I have to say,
 
You never  
Ab 
closed your eyes at night and learnt to love  
Eb 
daylight.
Bbm 
Instead, you moved  
Db 
away.

{soc}

 
My high-flying  
Ab 
bird has flown from  
C 
out 
 
my
Db 
arms,
 
I thought myself her  
Bbm 
keeper,
 
She thought I meant her  
Eb 
harm,
 
She  
Db/Eb 
thought I was the  
Ab 
archer,
 
A weather  
C 
man 
 
of
Db 
words,
 
But I could  
Fm/C 
never 
 
 
Bbm 
shoot 
 
 
Db/Ab 
down,  
Gb 
 
Db 
 
My high-flying  
Ab 
bird.  
Gb/Db 
 
Db 
 
Gb/Db 
 
Db 
{eoc}

My high flying, high flying bird

7 Comments:

  1. C# should be written as Db (and F# should be Gb)…Db is the four chord for Ab. If it were written in G#, then C# would be the way to write it.

    Thanks so very much for your efforts!

  2. Dave, Thanks for pointing that one out. I’ve updated the transcription so it should look proper now.

    This will surely decrease the amount of confusion people may have been experiencing.

    mg

  3. The first line of the lyric should read “your neck” not
    “you neck” (just nit picking on an otherwise excellent effort to
    present this information)

  4. What’s with all those flats. that’s not the way I learned it. I wouldn’t like to play barre chords all the way through it. I play it all in the 1st position. who ever wrote out this method was to lazy to write it in an easier way. I start it in G, all you have to do is drop everything down a half step GH s

  5. Gary feel free to play it in whatever key you want. I am a piano player and this is the key I play it in so that is why I listed it this way to share with everyone else. Enjoy the music!

  6. I love this song! Reminds me of when I was little. My best friend Kim bought me the record album for my 12th birthday. It brings me back! And I still remember all the words.

  7. It is a very wonderful song! It was really nice to find him performing the song live in modern years on youtube!

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