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You can play along with the recording in GCEA tuning using the (A) songsheet and have some fun by substituting [Bm7] for [Bm] and [C#m7] for [C#m] - great way to learn new chords and experiment with different sounds. If you want to play along with the recording in GCEA tuning using the (G) songsheet, put your capo on the 2nd fret. Again you can try substituting [Bm7] for [Bm] and [Am7] for [Am].
Though it has been recorded by many performers (including Bing Crosby, Lynn Anderson, and Elvis Presley), "Snowbird" is best known through Anne Murray's 1969 recording, which—after appearing as an album track in mid-1969—was eventually released as a single in the summer of 1970. It was a No. 2 hit on Canada's pop chart and went to No. 1 on both the Canadian adult contemporary and country charts. It was certified as a gold single by the RIAA, the first American Gold record ever awarded to a Canadian solo female artist. In 2003 it was an inaugural song inductee of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Anne Murray and Gene MacLellan had met while both were regulars on the CBC television series Singalong Jubilee and Murray recorded two of MacLellan's compositions, "Snowbird" and "Biding My Time", for her first major label album release, This Way Is My Way, in 1969. Murray would recall: "Gene told me he wrote ["Snowbird"] in twenty minutes while walking on a beach in PEI." Gene MacLellan made his own recording of "Snowbird" on his 1970 album Street Corner Preacher: MacLellan's version features an additional verse to the song's standard two verse format. (WIKIPEDIA)