Chords in this song

A chordBm chordBm7 chordD chordD7 chordG chordG9 chordGm chordGm6 chordGm7 chord

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Intro: DD chord

Verse:
DD chord                           GG chord
I don't wanna drive a fancy car today
              BmBm chord        AA chord       Gm7Gm7 chord
I don't wanna ride in a red corvette
DD chord                    GG chord
I don't wanna jog my Saturday away
      BmBm chord          AA chord       Gm7Gm7 chord
But I don't wanna go home yet
DD chord                       GG chord
Today is not the day to jump out of a plane
              BmBm chord          AA chord        Gm7Gm7 chord
I don't wanna parasail or play roulette 
DD chord                            GG chord
I don't wanna risk it all or go insane
      BmBm chord          AA chord       Gm7Gm7 chord     
But I don't wanna go home yet

Chorus:
               GG chord         DD chord
I just want to watch the birds go by
        Gm6Gm6 chord                        BmBm chord    Bm7Bm7 chord
From my handy foldable blue canvas throne
        GG chord          DD chord
I wanna watch them fly and fly
    Gm6Gm6 chord                       BmBm chord     Bm7Bm7 chord
And see them soar up into the unknown
        GG chord                               GmGm chord                           DD chord
But I'd feel just like a nerd, watching birds, watching me here all alone

Verse:
DD chord                            GG chord
I don't wanna break dance or learn tai Kwon do
              BmBm chord                AA chord        Gm7Gm7 chord
I don't wanna fish till all the fish are gone 
DD chord                          GG chord
I don't wanna roller skate even if it's slow
              BmBm chord          AA chord      Gm7Gm7 chord
I don't wanna pass out in a marathon
DD chord                    GG chord
I don't like soccer, baseball track or field
        BmBm chord       AA chord        Gm7Gm7 chord
I'm not up for a match of polo
DD chord                     GG chord
I don't wanna seek or try to stay concealed 
         BmBm chord        AA chord         Gm7Gm7 chord    
I'm also not up for... water polo

Chorus:
             GG chord         DD chord
I just wanna watch the birds up there
          Gm6Gm6 chord                          BmBm chord  Bm7Bm7 chord
Track the migratory patterns that they flow
        GG chord          DD chord
I wanna watch them from my chair
        Gm6Gm6 chord                         BmBm chord   Bm7Bm7 chord
With my binoculars, my latte and my phone
   GG chord                         GmGm chord                         DD chord
Trying to spot a lark in the park parked in nature all alone

Bridge:
AA chord                                 GG chord
Alone here with the doves and the sparrows and the ospreys
    BmBm chord                     GG chord
The owlets, the eagles and my list
          AA chord                     GG chord
It's just me and Mr. Finch, the robins, the kingfishers
    BmBm chord                                 AA chord
The snipes, though I heard they don't exist
GG chord                          DD chord
Each little species in its little way can teach me
     D7D7 chord                        G9G9 chord
What awaits you if you can get away

Chorus:
        GG chord                  DD chord
I wanna watch the birds do what they will
Gm6Gm6 chord                           BmBm chord   Bm7Bm7 chord
Sorry if I'm ornithologically prone
        GG chord                                  DD chord
I wanna watch from somewhere undisturbing, quiet, calm and still
Gm6Gm6 chord                              BmBm chord   Bm7Bm7 chord
Sit right here and gaze at the unknown 

Finale:
GG chord                                             AA chord
I don't wanna fly in the sky, I just wanna be alone.
AA chord

                DD chord    
I just wanna be alone

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22 Comments

  1. aalleexx_bailey

    +5

  2. YEESSSS love this song!!!!!!

  3. +1 is better

  4. Am7 sounds wrong – is there any other way of playing it ?(other than open strings)

  5. THIS IS MY FAVORITE SONG !! GREAT CHORDS ?

  6. What’s a good strumming patterning for this song

  7. I found that playing the cords as is (at “0”), but putting a capo on fret one sounds nice and is pretty easy :)
    Also, I don’t think Gm7 is right either.

  8. anything better than am7? doesn’t sound right

  9. It’s ‘Taekwondo’ not *Taikwondo*

  10. great chords!! i think 0 works for this song, though i just replace all the Gm7s, Gm6s and G9s with F#m and it sounds okay :)

  11. Sarah plays ukulele not tragedies

    -2 still has some tricky chords, but I find it much easier! Just put a capo on 2nd fret to keep the same key.

  12. Schutterbug

    What is the strumming pattern?

  13. instead of “my list” its “mynas”

  14. sonalipapaya

    I’d day you can replace the Gm7 with just plain G and for Gm6 a simple Gb sounds wonderful

  15. what strumming patterns did you guys use?

  16. +1 is the actuall key they do it in. And plus i love Thomas Sanders so this is amazing

  17. I’ve seen somethings about how the Gm7 doesn’t work, and I agree. I tried substituting it with a regular G chord, and it doesn’t sound completely correct, but it sounds pretty close so that’s what I use.

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