Thoughts Are Free tab with lyrics by Leonard Cohen - Easy chords and tabs for guitar

Leonard Cohen – Thoughts Are Free tab

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Die Gedanken sind Frei  (text and music: anonymous)

Dean Engelhard writes in his complete collection of cohen songs (
/pub/music/lyrics) that Cohen had performed this german folk song.
It was never released on CD (as much as I know).

The song was written between 1780 and 1800, at the time of the French

 Possible accompaniment  patterns:

           C                     C

1 a 2 a 3 a 1 a 2 a 3 ae:--------------------|--------0-----0-----|B:--------1-----------|--------1-----1-----|G:-----0-----0-----0--|-----0-----0-----0--|D:--------------2-----|--------------------|A:--3-----------------|--3-----------------|E:--------------------|--------------------| p i m i p i p i a i a i C m m 3 a 1 2 3 a
---------------||--------------0-----| ---------------||--1-----1--------1--| ---------0--0--||--------------------| The melody: ---------------||--------------------| ---------------||--------------------| ---------------||--------------------| Die Ge- dan- ken sind
G7 C
1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 ae:---------------|---------------|----------------|-------------0-----|B:---------------|---------------|----------------|--1-----1-------1--|G:--0---------0--|------------0--|------------0---|-------------------|D:---------------|--3----0-------|--2-------------|-------------------|A:---------------|---------------|-------3--------|-------------------|E:---------------|---------------|----------------|-------------------| frei wer kann sie er- ra- ten? Sie flie- hen vor-
G7 C G7
1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 ae:-----------------|-----------------|------------------|------------------|B:-----------------|-----------------|---------------1--|--0------3-----0--|G:--0-----------0--|--------------0--|------------------|------------------|D:-----------------|--3-----0--------|--2---------------|------------------|A:-----------------|-----------------|--------3---------|------------------|E:-----------------|-----------------|------------------|------------------| bei, wie naech- li- che Schat- ten. Kein Mensch kann sie
C G7 C
1 2 3 a 1 2 3 a 1 2 3e:--------0---------|----------------|----------0--------|B:--1------------1--|--0----3-----0--|--1------------1---|G:------------------|----------------|-------------------|D:------------------|----------------|-------------------|A:------------------|----------------|-------------------|E:------------------|----------------|-------------------| wis- sen, kein Jae- ger er- schies- sen mit
F C G7
1 2 a 3 a 1 2 3 a 1 a 2 3e:--------------------|----------------0--|--0----------------|B:----------0---1-----|------------1------|-----3---1----0----|G:--2----2---------2--|--0----------------|-------------------|D:--------------------|-------------------|-------------------|A:--------------------|-------------------|-------------------|E:--------------------|-------------------|-------------------| Pul- ver und Blei, die Ge- dan- ken sind
1 2 Da capoe:--------------||B:--1----------*||G:--------------||D:-------------*||A:--------------||E:--------------|| frei.
C G7 C Die Gedanken sind frei! Wer kann sie er-raten? G7 C Sie fliegen vorbei wie naechtliche Schatten. G7 C G7 C Kein Mensch kann sie wissen, kein Jaeger er-schiessen F C G7 C mit Pulver und Blei. Die Ge-danken sind frei! [Thoughts are free! Who can guess them? They fly along like nightly treasures No man can know them No hunter can shoot them With powder and lead Thoughts are free!] C G7 C Ich denke, was ich will und was mich be-gluecket, G7 C doch alles in der Still und wie es sich schicket. G7 C G7 C Mein Wunsch und Be-gehren kann niemand ver-wehren, F C G7 C es bleibet da-bei: Die Ge-danken sind frei! [I think about what I want and what makes me happy But everything quietly, and just how it comes. To my wish and desire Nobody can oppose, It stays this way: Thoughts are free!] C G7 C Und sperrt man mich ein im finsteren Kerker, G7 C das alles sind rein ver-gebliche Werke, G7 C G7 C denn meine Ge-danken zer-reissen die Schranken F C G7 C und Mauern ent-zwei: Die Ge-danken sind frei! [And if they lock me in a dark dungeon That is something that can be forgiven Cause my thoughts Tear up the bars And walls. Thoughts are free!] C G7 C Ich liebe den Wein, mein Maedchen vor allen, G7 C sie tut mir allein am be-sten ge-fallen. G7 C G7 C Ich bin nicht al-leine bei meinem Glas Weine, F C G7 C mein Maedchen da-bei: Die Ge-danken sind frei! [I love wine, my girl most of all, Only me she pleases best I am not alone With my glass of wine My girl is with me: Thoughts are free!] C G7 C Drum will ich auf immer den Sorgen ent-sagen C G7 C und will mich auch nimmer mit Grillen mehr plagen. G7 C G7 C Man kann ja im Herzen stets lachen und scherzen F C G7 C und denken da-bei: Die Ge-danken sind frei! [That's why I will never worry anymore And I will never tease myself with whims anymore Because in one's heart One can keep laughing and joking While thinking Thoughts are free!]
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