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Leader of the Band

Song Author Dan Fogelberg Lyrics by: Dan Fogelberg Performer: Dan Fogelberg Submitted by: Anonymous
[G7]    [C]    [Am]    [Em]    [D]    [G]    
[C/G]    [G]    [C/G]    [G]    [C/G]    [G]    
[G]An only c[C/G]hild al[G]one and wild,
a[Bm] cabinet maker's [C]son  
[Am]His hands were meant for d[Em]ifferent work
and his [Am]heart was known to [C]none.[D]    

[G]He left his [C/G]home and[G] went his lone
an[Bm]d solitar[C]y way
And [Am]he gave to me a g[Em]ift I k[Am]now   
I [D7]never can repa[G]y   [C/G]    [G]    [C/G]    [G]    [C/G]    [G]    

[G]A quiet[C/G] man o[G]f music,
[Bm]denied a simpler [C]fate
[Am]He tried to be a sol[Em]dier once
but his [Am]music wouldn't w[C]ait [D]    

[G]He earn[C/G]ed his [G]love through discipline,
a [Bm]thund'ring velvet[C] hand
His g[Am]entle means of s[Em]culpting souls
took me y[Am]ears to [D7]understa[G]nd  

[C]The leader of the b[Bm]and is tired
and his[C] eyes are growing [G]old  
But his [Am]blood runs through my [Em]instrument
and his [Am]song is in my [F]soul[D]    

[C]My life has been a [Bm]poor attempt
to [C]imitate the m[G]an  
I'm [Am]just a living l[Em]egacy
to the [Am]leader [C]of the [G]band

[G]My brothers' [C/G]lives were [G]different
for they [Bm]heard another [C]call
[Am]One went to Chic[Em]ago,   
the o[Am]ther to St. [C]Paul[D]    

[G]And I'm in [C/G]Color    [G]ado  
when I'[Bm]m not in some h[C]otel
[Am]Living out this [Em]life I chose
and [Am]come to k[D7]now so w[G]ell [C/G]    [G]    
[G7]    [C]    [Am]    [Em]    [D]    [G]    
[C/G]    [G]    [C/G]    [G]    [C/G]    [G]    

[G]I thank you[C/G] for the[G] music
and your[Bm] stories of the[C] road
[Am]I thank you for the fr[Em]eedom
when it c[Am]ame my time to [C]go   [D]    

[G]I thank you[C/G] for the[G] kindness
and the[Bm] times when you got[C] tough
[Am]And papa I don't [Em]think I said
"I l[Am]ove you" [D7]near eno[G]ugh.

[C]The leader of the b[Bm]and is tired
and his[C] eyes are growing [G]old  
But his [Am]blood runs through my [Em]instrument
and his [Am]song is in my [F]soul[D]    

[C]My life has been a [Bm]poor attempt
to [C]imitate the m[G]an  
I'm [Am]just a living l[Em]egacy
to the [Am]leader [C]of the [G]band
I [Am]am the living l[Em]egacy
to the [Am]leader [C]of   [D] the b[G]and  



An only child alone and wild,
a cabinet maker's son
His hands were meant for different work
and his heart was known to none.

He left his home and went his lone
and solitary way
And he gave to me a gift I know
I never can repay

A quiet man of music,
denied a simpler fate
He tried to be a soldier once
but his music wouldn't wait

He earned his love through discipline,
a thund'ring velvet hand
His gentle means of sculpting souls
took me years to understand

The leader of the band is tired
and his eyes are growing old
But his blood runs through my instrument
and his song is in my soul

My life has been a poor attempt
to imitate the man
I'm just a living legacy
to the leader of the band

My brothers' lives were different
for they heard another call
One went to Chicago,
the other to St. Paul

And I'm in Colorado
when I'm not in some hotel
Living out this life I chose
and come to know so well

I thank you for the music
and your stories of the road
I thank you for the freedom
when it came my time to go

I thank you for the kindness
and the times when you got tough
And papa I don't think I said
"I love you" near enough.

The leader of the band is tired
and his eyes are growing old
But his blood runs through my instrument
and his song is in my soul

My life has been a poor attempt
to imitate the man
I'm just a living legacy
to the leader of the band
I am the living legacy
to the leader of the band

Chords

  • G7
  • C
  • Am
  • Em
  • D
  • G
  • C/G
  • Bm
  • D7
  • F

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