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I Can See Clearly Now- Johnny Nash


(@shadyharrison)
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Here's another classic which I feel ought to be here. Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now".
Verse: I c[D]an see cle[G]arly now the ra[D]in has gone,
I can see a[G]ll obstacles in my w[A]ay
Go[D]ne are the da[G]rk clouds that had me bli[D]nd
It's [C]gonna be a [G]bright, bright sunshiney d[D]ay
It's [C]gonna be a [G]bright, bright sunshiney [D]day

I th[D]ink I can ma[G]ke it now the pain has go[D]ne
All of the b[G]ad feelings have disap[A]peared
Here is that rain[G]bow I've been prayin' f[D]or
It's [C]gonna be a [G]bright, bright sunshiney [D]day

Bridge: Lo[F]ok all around, there's nothing but blue s[C]ky
Lo[F]ok straight ahead, nothing but blue s[A]ky... [C#m] [G] [C#m] [G] [C] [Bm] [A]

I c[D]an see cle[G]arly now the ra[D]in has gone,
I can see a[G]ll obstacles in my w[A]ay
Go[D]ne are the da[G]rk clouds that had me bli[D]nd
It's [C]gonna be a [G]bright, bright sunshiney [D]day
It's [C]gonna be a [G]bright, bright sunshiney [D]day

I hope you can still make it out, even though I can't seem to get the lines to line up one over the other.

Further edit- thanks to Laz, who pointed out that I had the chorus timing incorrect- probably something to do with the fact that I worked it out, and posted it in quick succession, and also pointed out that I'd missed out the "back half" of the bridge. Now it's been fixed.

Take care,

Casey


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(@cheesehead54)
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Great song. Very easy. I like that on a cold weekend. Thanks.


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(@shadyharrison)
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You're welcome, mate.

Take care,

Casey


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(@vic-lewis-vl)
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Great song, I've always loved this since it came out. Funnily enough, I'd never played it - until Laz suggested it at the 2nd Merseyside jam! As Laura said, "We played 'Stormy Monday' and it rained; we played 'I Can See Clearly Now' and the sun came out!

I think your chord changes are still a little out, though; I've tried playing along with it on THIS youtube version and I think it's more like this......

[D]I can see [G]clearly now the [D]rain has gone,
I can see [G]all obstacles [A]in my way,
[D]Gone are the [G]dark clouds that [D]had me blind
It's gonna be a [C]bright, [G]bright sunshiny [D]day,
It's gonna be a [C]bright, [G]bright sunshiny [D]day.

[D]I think I can [G]make it now the [D]pain has gone,
All of the [G]bad feelings have [A]disappeared,
[D]Here is that [G]rainbow I've been [D]prayin' for,
It's gonna be a [C]bright, [G]bright sunshiny [D]day,
It's gonna be a [C]bright, [G]bright sunshiny [D]day.

[F]Look all around, there's nothing but [C]blue sky,
[F]Look straight ahead, nothing but [A]blue sky... [C#m] [G] [C#m] [G] [C] [Bm] [A]

[D]I can see [G]clearly now the [D]rain has gone,
I can see [G]all obstacles [A]in my way,
[D]Gone are the [G]dark clouds that [D]had me blind,
It's gonna be a [C]bright, [G]bright sunshiny [D]day,
It's gonna be a [C]bright, [G]bright sunshiny [D]day.

Try it like this, let me know what you think.

:D :D :D

Vic

"Sometimes the beauty of music can help us all find strength to deal with all the curves life can throw us." (D. Hodge.)


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The bridge is one of the hardest parts to work out, especially the C#m - G - etc., part after the singing or during the "aaaahhhhh" is you prefer. If you play the F in the second line as a barre chord, you can also "step" up to the A by playing a G barre chord on the "but" before "blue sky:"

[F]Look all around, there's nothing but [C]blue sky,
[F]Look straight ahead, nothing [G] but [A]blue sky... [C#m] [G] [C#m] [G] [C] [Bm] [A]

Using the A barre chord (577655) also puts you in great position to play C#m (x46654) and G as barre chords. You can also use C#m7 and that should sound fine as well.

Great song. Fun to play.

Peace


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(@shadyharrison)
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Good catch, Vic. :) Feel free to edit as needed. :)

Take care,

Casey


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