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          Why The  Whippoorwill Cries by Paul Smith


 


About the song:
In recent years, I will sit all alone in my studio playing the guitar, singing and writing songs for hours.  
During that time, my mind fills up with thoughts and memories of the past -- when I was a kid, 
or my first love or to the days when I played and sang for a living.  I remember nights playing and 
singing songs late into the morning hours to strangers who gave it little mind.  Other nights I was the
focus of everyone in the room.  Strange!  


Now I record and send songs out into the deep, dark night of cyberspace unable to see the faces 
of those who hear my music
.  Believe me when I say that can make for a lonely gig.  In the spring 
of 2004, a Whippoorwill was calling into the night outside our home.  His call was loud and lonely
too, just the way I felt.  So instead of recording, I wrote "Why The Whippoorwill Cries."




Why The Whippoorwill Cries
   by Paul Smith  2004
    6 string capo 3nd fret

Introduction;  
         Gmaj7 f# g  f# d    Cmaj7     g f#     e Gmaj7
           Gmaj7  g  f#  d   Cmaj7    Gsus4             Am
                      Bm        C                  D            Gmaj7
           Gmaj7 g b d Cmaj7 g   f#     e  Gmaj7
             Gmaj7 g b d Cmaj7 g   f#     e  Gmaj7

         Gmaj7 f# g  f# d    Cmaj7     g f#     e Gmaj7
(1)      There was a little girl, that I used to know
          Gmaj7  g  f#  d   Cmaj7    Gsus4             Am
          She and I were friends, sometimes we go
                      Bm        C                  D            Gmaj7
          To the park and there wed play until dark
Gmaj7 g b d Cmaj7 g   f#     e  Gmaj7
                         many years ago
Cmaj7   Gsus4          Am             Bm      C                    D7                  Gmaj7
          But dont you know sometimes I think of those times of long ago
Gmaj7 g b d Cmaj7           g            f#   e    Gmaj7
                             Sometimes they fill my mind
Cmaj7 Gsus4             Am Bm            C              D7              Gmaj7 G7
                When Im all alone in my room they still fill my mind.

Chorus:       C                 D           G            f#     Em   Am        D7             G    Am7 Gsus4
But now I know why the whippoorwill cries......when hes all alone.
                 C                 D                 G      f#            Em
Why hell call into the night till the early morning light
Em                         Am                       D      c  b a D7
        Why you can almost hear him moan

(2)     There was a little song, that I used to know
         I would sing it soft, Id play it slow
      In the night sometimes way into the night
        Many was years ago,
           But dont you know sometimes I think of those songs of long ago,
                     Sometimes they fill my mind.
       When Im all alone in my room, they still fill my mind.

Chorus: (change the last line to )
           .......why hes making himself known

(3)      As for that little girl well now ... Shes all grown
         She and I have been... and yes weve known
     The ways of love under the stars above.
           many years ago.
                dont you know sometimes I think of that love of long ago,
                           Sometimes it fill my mind.
      When Im all alone in my room she still fills my mind.

Chorus: (change the last line to )
          ......you can almost hear him groan

                      C                  D                G        f#          Em
      Yay Hell call into the night till the early morning light
                   Am     D7             Gmaj7 g b d Cmaj7 g f# e Gmaj7
      for hes making his heart known
Gmaj7 g b d Cmaj7
Gsus4                         Am            Bm                C         D7               G       a b d e d c G Gmaj7
            But dont you know sometimes late at night I still feel all alone

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