You're Aging Well
Words and music by Dar Williams
From The Honesty Room

Transcription by:   Jennifer White < white@pilot.msu.edu >
Date
April 1998


Capo: none

Intro:
        G C(9) G/B C(9)
        Am Em
        Am Em/B C(9) D (details on picking at end)

        
    G                     C(9)
Why is it that as we grow older and stronger
    G/B                  C(9)
The road signs point us adrift and make us afraid
            Am                          Em                 
Saying "You never can win," "Watch your back," "Where's your husband?"
     Am             Em/B           C(9)       D
Oh I don't like the signs that the signmakers made.

       G                          C(9)
So I'm going to steal out with my paint and brushes
     G/B                         C(9)
I'll change the directions, I'll hit every street
         Am                      Em
It's the Tinseltown scandal, the Robin Hood vandal
    Am           Em/B              C(9)
She goes out and steals the King's English
           D
And in the morning you wake up and the signs point to you 
They say
 G                            C(9)
"I'm so glad that you finally made it here,"
             G                   C(9)
"You thought nobody cared, but I did, I could tell,"
     G/B                         C(9)
And "This is your year," and "It always starts here,"
       Am      Em/B     C(9)      D      G    C(9)  G/B  C(9)
And oh-oh oh-oh-oh oh-oh, "You're aging well." 


     G                        C(9)
Well I know a woman with a collection of sticks
          G/B                        C(9)
She could fight back the hundreds of voices she heard
              Am                           Em
And she could poke at the greed, she could fend off her need
         Am        Em/B            C(9)           D  
And with anger she found she could pound every word.
    G                                 C(9)
But one voice got through, caught her up by surprise
          G/B                          C(9)         
It said, "Don't hold us back we're the story you tell,"
       Am                    Em
And no sooner than spoken, a spell had been broken
        Am       Em/B          C(9)         
And the voices before her were trumpets and tympani
D
Violins, basses and woodwinds and cellos, singing

 G                              C(9)
"We're so glad that you finally made it here
            G                    C(9)
You thought nobody cared, but we did, we could tell
               G/B                             C(9)
And now you'll dance through the days while the orchestra plays
          Am    Em/B     C(9)    D     G     
And oh-oh oh-oh-oh oh-oh, you're aging well."


C9 G/B C(9) Am Em Am Em/B C(9) D


         G                   C(9)
Now when I was fifteen, oh I knew it was over
    G/B                     C(9)
The road to enchantment was not mine to take
            Am                        Em
Cause lower calf, upper arm should be half what they are
      Am           Em/B          C(9)       D
I was breaking the laws that the signmakers made.

    G                       C(9)
And all I could eat was the poisonous apple
    G                        C(9)
And that's not a story I was meant to survive
      Am                          Em
I was all out of choices, but the woman of voices
    Am               Em/B        C(9)      
She turned round the corner with music around her,
    D
She gave me the language that keeps me alive, she said:

 G                            C(9)
"I'm so glad that you finally made it here
         G                         C(9)
With the things you know now, that only time could tell
        G/B                       C(9)
Looking back, seeing far, landing right where we are
          Am   Em/B     C(9)     D         Am   Em/B     C(9)n     D
And oh-oh oh-oh-oh oh-oh, you're aging, oh oh-oh-oh oh-oh and I am aging,
   Am   Em/B      C(9)       D     G      C(9)   G
oh oh-oh-oh oh-oh, aren't we aging well?"

Chords:

   G            320033  (sometimes 320030)
   G/B          x20033  (sometimes x20030)
   C(9)         x32030  (sometimes x32033)
   Am           x02210
   Em           022000
   Em/B         x22000
   D            xx0232
   Dsus4        xx0233
   D(9)         xx0535 


Fingerpicking pattern:

  Dar does all of the fingerpicking throughout the verses pretty much identically to the introduction (described below), except for the
  last two bars with the D chords.  At the end of the verses it is usually just plain D with perhaps a brief Dsus4 at the end.

  This song sounds pretty with any basic fingerpicking pattern, also.

Intro and picking pattern:

     G                         C(9)sus4    C(9)

e||-----------0--2--3-------|--2-----------0----------|
B||--------3-----------3----|-----3-----3-----3-----3-|
G||-----0---------------- 0-|--------0-----------0----|
D||-------------------------|-------------------------|
A||-------------------------|--3-----------3--------3-|
E||--3----------------------|-------------------------|

     G/B                       C(9)sus4    C(9)

e||-----------0--2--3-------|--2-----------0----------|
B||--------3-----------3----|-----3-----3-----3-----3-|
G||-----0---------------- 0-|--------0-----------0----|
D||-------------------------|-------------------------|
A||-------------------------|--3-----------3--------3-|
E||--2----------------------|-------------------------|

     Am                        Em

e||-----------0-------------|-----------0-------------|
B||--------1-----1----------|--------0-----0----------|
G||-----2-----------2-----2-|-----0-----------0-----0-|
D||--------------------2----|-------------------------|
A||--0----------------------|--------------------2----|
E||-------------------------|--0----------------------|

     Am       Em               C(9)

e||-----------0-----------0-|-----------0-------------|
B||--------1-----------0----|--------3--------------0-|
G||-----2-----------0-------|-----0------------0-2----|
D||-------------------------|-------------------------|
A||--0-----------2----------|--3----------------------|
E||-------------------------|-------------------------|

              Dsus4                     D(9)

e||-----------3-------------|-----------5-------------|  
B||--------3-----3----------|--------3-----3----------|  
G||-----2-----------2-----2-|-----5-----------5-----5-|  
D||--0-----------------0----|--0-----------------0----|  
A||--------------2----------|-------------------------|
E||-------------------------|-------------------------|

Transcription by: Evan A. Gordon < gordone@lafayette.edu >
Date
: September 1998

Being a guy, I capo this on either two or three. So feel free to mess around with capo positions. The next two verses are the same chords.

Gmaj7                             C
Why is it that as we grow older and stronger
Gmaj7 C
The road signs point us adrift and make us afraid
               Am                          Em
Saying "You never can win" "Watch your back" "Where's Your Husband"
  Am               /B                    C               D
I don't like the signs that the sign makers made.
Gmaj7     C
So I'm going to steal out with my paint and my brushes
Gmaj7           C
I'll change the directions, I'll hit every street.
            Am Em
It's the tinseltown scandal, the Robin Hood vandal. 
         Am              /B                  C
She goes out and steals the King's English.
                   D
And in the morning you wake up and the signs point to you, they say 
G        C     G           C
"I'm so glad that you finally made it here" "You though nobody cared, but I did, and I could tell"
 
        Am              G/B                             Am   /B   C                  D            G
"And this is your year, and it always starts here" And oh.............       You're aging well

This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research.
Words and music copyright 1996 Burning Field Music (ASCAP, administered by Bug Music).


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