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From Sean O’Hagan’s 1990 High Llamas album. Written by Sean O’Hagan. No capo.

INTRO:

Am7++Em7

VERSE 1:

Am7Honey get your coatEm7++Am7
We’re going Em7out to D7find ourselves some hash
F /CSit down in the roadDdim
Talk about the C /Gstructures of our classE7

And Am7Harry wants to buyEm7++Am7
Em7Buy the trees, he D7wants to buy the sky
F /CDrag them out of townDdim
Where Harry lives the Cmaj7trees are safe and soundBm7

 
CHORUS:

Amaj7Don’t burn the G6trees down
Fmaj7Leave them for another dayDm7
Amaj7Don’t burn the C /Gtrees down
Fmaj7Leave it for another dayCmaj7++Fmaj7++Bm7

 
VERSE 2:

Am7In this great backyardEm7++Am7
Country Em7boys and D7postmen stand on guard
F /CKeeping their own peaceDdim
They ball around the Cmaj7roots of these old treesBm7

 
CHORUS:

Amaj7Don’t burn the G6trees down
Fmaj7Leave them for another dayDm7
Amaj7Don’t burn the C /Gtrees down
Fmaj7Leave it for another dayCmaj7
Fmaj7Leave it for another dayBm7

 
INSTRUMENTAL:

Fmaj7++G6++Am7
Fmaj7++G6

Am7++Em7++Am7++Em7++D7++F /C++Ddim++Cmaj7++Bm7

VERSE 3:

Am7So this is our landEm7++Am7
The air we Em7breathe, the D7ground on which we stand
You F /Cjust can’t sell the airDm7
And they know they can’t Cmaj7sell what isn’t thereBm7

 
CHORUS/FADE:

Amaj7Don’t burn the G6trees down
Fmaj7Leave them for another dayDm7
Amaj7Don’t burn the C /Gtrees down
Fmaj7Leave it for another dayCmaj7
Fmaj7Leave it for another dayBm7