Piper At The Gates Of Dawn

Written by Van Morrison
Released on The Healing Game (1997)
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem


Open E tuning, capo 5th fret

Chords (relative to capo):

E      000000
F#m'   220100
A(v)   x5555(5)    
G#m'   440300
B      x7777(7) (B/f#)

The F#m is hammered on from the open-stringed E.
The B is so consistently played with the 6th string sounding, that it could equally well be called B/e (or rather: Badd11/e) = 077777
An alternative to A is A6 = x55570, which I seem to hear at the beginning of the second verse.


|: E . . . |F#m' . . .  :| x3
E . . . |E-B . . .|
    A               G#m                F#m               E
The coolness of the riverbank, and the whispering of the reeds
F#m         G#m         A       B
Daybreak is not so very far away 
A              G#m                F#m          E
 Enchanted and spellbound, in the silence they lingered
F#m                        G#m  A              B         (E)
 And rowed the boat as the light grew steadily strong
        A               (E) G#m               F#m                    E
And the birds were silent,   as they listened for the heavenly music
A             G#m    F#m        B
And the river played   the song 
E                F#m    G#m      A                         E
 The wind in the willows and the piper at the gates of dawn
E                F#m             G#m  A                B
 The wind in the willows and the piper at the gates of dawn 
A              G#m     F#m                    E
The song dream happened and the cloven hoofed piper
F#m                 G#m   A                            B
Played in that holy ground where they felt the awe and wonder
         A           G#m          F#m       (E) B
And they all were unafraid of the great god Pan 
And the wind in the willows and the piper at the gates of dawn
The wind in the willows and the piper at the gates of dawn 
A                       G#m     F#m                             E
 When the vision vanished (they) heard a choir of birds singing
F#m              G#m    A                           B
 In the heavenly silence between the trance and the reeds
         A              G#m      F#m             E
And they stood upon the lawn and listened to the silence 
F#m   G#m   F#m    B

Of the wind in the willows and the piper at the gates of dawn
The wind in the willows and the piper at the gates of dawn
The wind in the willows and the piper at the gates of dawn

It's the wind in the willows and the piper at the gates of dawn
The wind in the willows and the piper at the gates of dawn
The wind in the willows and the piper at the gates of dawn