Words & Music by David Gates
Recorded by Bread featuring David Gates, 1971 (#4)

  A        E7      Em7      D9     Bb+7     A      Dm6     E7 
007600   006400  005400   004230  003230  002220  000201  020130  

      A                E7                  Em7              D9
    007600           006400              005400           004230
If a picture paints a thousand words, then why can't I paint you?

    Bb+7              A       Dm6                E7
   003230           002220   000201            020100
The words will never show the you  I've come to know.

     A           E7                            Em7          D9
If a face could launch a thousand ships, then where am I to go?

       Bb+7             A             Dm6                E7
There's no one home but you -- you're all that's left me to.


     F#m    Fdim(III)    F#m             D6
   244222    003434     244222         000202
And when my   love   for life is running dry,

     C#m7-5     F#7      Bm7-5    E7
     045450    242322   023230  020100
You'll come and pour your-self on me.

     A                 E7           Em7               D9
If a man could be two places at one time, I'd be with you;

  Bb+7          A     Dm6              E7
Tomorrow and today, beside you all the way.

         A                  E7                Em7            D9
If the world should stop revolving, spinning slowly down to die,

    Bb+7                A        Dm6                 E7
I'd spend the end with you, and when the world was through,

     F#m   Fdim(III)    F#m               D6
Then one by  one,  the stars would all go out,

    C#m7-5    F#7        Bm      Bm7    Bm7-5
   045450   242322     224432  004432 023230
Then you and   I   would sim  -  ply    fly

  E7      A      D9      Bb+7       A
020100 002220  004230   003230   002220   
   A  -  way.

While it's a little on the "new" side to fit comfortably with the overall content of this website, I've included this song because, first, it's a just-plain-beautiful song...and secondly, because it is all the more so because of the minimalism a single accoustic guitar and a single voice can bring to it. Some songs lose a lot if they don't have full accompaniment. This one loses a lot with too much.

The lyric and guitar chord transcriptions on this site are the work of The Guitarguy and are intended for private study, research, or educational purposes only. Individual transcriptions are inspired by and and based upon the recorded versions cited, but are not necessarily exact replications of those recorded versions.