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And The Baby Never Cries
Anthem
Any Old Kind of Day
Babysitter
Basic Protest Song
Barefoot Boy
Better Place to Be [1]
Bluesman
Bummer
Burning Herself
Caroline
Cat's in the Cradle
Changes
Circle
Copper
Corey's Coming [1] [2] [3] [4]
Could you put your Light on Please?
Country Dreams
Danceband on the Titanic
Dancin' Boy
The Day They Closed the Factory Down
Dirt Gets Under the Fingernails
Dogtown
Dreams Go By
Empty
Everybody's Lonely
Fall In Love With Him
Flowers are Red [1]
Get On With It
God Babe You've Been Good To Me
Greyhound
Halfway to Heaven
I Do It For You Jane
I Don't Want to Be President
I Finally Found It, Sandy
I Miss America
I Wanna Learn a Love Song
I Wonder What Would Happen to Him
I Wonder What Would Happen to this World
If My Mary Were Here [1]
If You Want to Feel
It Seems You Only Love Me When It Rains
Jenny
Last of the Protest Singers [1] [2]
Last Stand
Laugh Man
Legends of the Lost and Found
A Lot of Lonely People Tonight
Love Is Just Another Word
Mail Order Annie
Manhood
The Mayor of Candor Lied [1]
Mercenaries
Mismatch
Mr. Tanner [1]
My Old Lady [1] 2] [3]
Northwest 222
Odd Job Man
Old College Avenue
Old Folkie
On the Road to Kingdom Come
One Light in a Dark Valley
Paint A Picture of Yourself (Michael)
The Parade's Still Passing By
Poor Damned Fool
Pretzel Man
A Quiet Little Love Affair
Remember When the Music
The Rock
Roll Down the River
Salt And Pepper
Same Sad Singer
Sandy
Sequel
She is Always Seventeen
She Sings Songs Without Words
Shooting Star
Short Stories
The Shortest Story
Six String Orchestra
Sniper [1]
Somebody Said
Someone Keeps Calling My Name
Sometime Somewhere Wife
Song for Myself
Song Man
Star Tripper
Stranger with the Melodies
Stop Singing These Sad Songs
Story of a Life
Sunday Morning Sunshine
Tangled Up Puppet
Taxi [1] [2] [3]
There Only Was One Choice
They Call Her Easy [Commentary]
Thirty Thousand Pounds of Bananas
Up On The Shelf
Vacancy
We Grew Up A Little Bit
We Were Three
What Made America Famous
Why Do Little Girls?
Why Should People Stay The Same?
Winter Song
W*O*L*D [1]
Woman Child
Word Wizard
You Are The Only Song

Tabs / Chords

A Better Place to Be [Chords]
Cat's in the Cradle [Chords] [Tabs]
Circle [Chords]
Copper [Chords]
Corey's Coming [Chords]
Dreams Go By [Chords]
Flowers Are Red [Chords]
Get On With It [Chords]
I Wanna Learn a Love Song [Chords] [Chords 2]
Last Stand [Chords]
Let Time Go Lightly [Chords]
Mercenaries [Chords]
Salt and Pepper [Chords]
Sequel [Chords]
Saturday Morning [Chords]
Shooting Star [Chords]
Shortest Story [Chords]
Stranger with the Melodies [Tabs]
Tangled Up Puppet [Chords]
Taxi [Tabs]
What Made America Famous [Chords]
W*O*L*D [Chords]
You Are the Only Song [Chords]

For more chords, visit ChapinMusic.com.

Musical Analysis

Flowers Are Red - Russell Nadel [Word]


Any chords or tablatures listed herein are the author's own work and represents his or her own interpretation of the song. You may only use the chords or tablatures for private study, scholarship, or research. Any other use may constitute a violation of applicable copyright laws.

Please visit Cherry Lane Music, Inc., the publisher of Harry Chapin's music. They sell a few books of Chapin music with official chord and tablature notations.

 

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The Latest Release

Sniper & Other Love Songs

 
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In 1972, Harry released Sniper & Other Love Songs. Thirty years would pass before the album would ever reach the CD format. Sniper was finally re-released in June, 2002.

Originally given a working title of Sweet City Suite, the album tells the story of various characters one might run into in a city. The album features the original studio versions of Chapin classics "A Better Place to Be" and "Circle." But perhaps more importantly (as those songs are already well-distributed on compilation CDs), the album features seemingly lost Chapin stories, including "And the Baby Never Cries," "Burning Herself," "Barefoot Boy," and "Woman Child."

Sniper is for the seasoned Chapin fan. New fans would do better to check out Greatest Stories Live. But for Chapin fans who have reached the level of the Dance Band on the Titanic album, this is the next step. Slightly over-produced and having a little of the "forced" feel that some of Harry's studio albums possess, this album does not capture the powerfully live Harry Chapin. Nonetheless, it captures Harry's great iconoclastic songwriting--Harry takes the story song to new heights here. But the album works best for those ready for it; don't buy it until you are ready to appreciate it!