transcription from jonimitchell.com


Dreamland

Guitar chords transcribed by Marian Russell
Tuning: EBDF#AB   "Joni" Tuning: E73432

On the Saturday morning of the 1999 Boston Jonifest, Catgirl was telling
everyone how much she loves the version of Dreamland on the Hissing of 
Summer Lawns Demo (HOSLD) and said how much fun it would be if we could all 
play it together for the afternoon performance.  The HOSLD had only recently 
become available to members of the JMDL and, as you may or may not know, in 
the HOSLD version of Dreamland, Joni plays guitar, whereas for the officially 
released version of Dreamland on Don Juan's Reckless Daughter, there are 
only percussion instruments accompanying the vocals.  Anyway, I liked 
Catgirl's idea, so I sat down with the recording and worked out the 
following transcription which we used to perform the song that Saturday 
afternoon.  When I returned to Vienna and had a closer listen, I realized it 
wasn't quite right, but I like this arrangement and wanted to preserve it as
part of the JMDL Guitar catalogue.  I hope you will enjoy it.

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Intro:

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1st verse:


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It's a long long way from  Canada


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A long way from snow  chains   Donkey vendors


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slicing coco-   nut  No 


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parkas       to         their


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Black babies covered in    baking flour the


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cook's got a carnival song   I'm going to 


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lay down someplace shady with


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dreamland coming on


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Dreamland, Dream-  land


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Dreamland, Dre-    eam-  


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2nd verse:

Walter Raleigh and Chris Columbus
Come marching out of the waves
And claim the beach and all concessions
In the name of the suntan slaves
I wrapped their flag around me
Like a Dorothy Lamour sarong
And I lay down thinking national
With dreamland coming on
Dreamland, dreamland
Dreamland, dreamland

3rd verse:

Good time Mary and a fortune hunter
All dressed up to follow the drums
Mary in a feather hula-hoop
Miss Fortune with a rose on her big game gun
All saints, all sinners shining
Heed those trumpets all night long
Propped up on a samba beat
With dreamland coming on
Dreamland, dreamland
Dreamland, dreamland

4th verse:

Tar baby and the Great White Wonder
Talking over a glass of rum
Burning on the inside 
With the knowledge of things to come
There's gambling out on the terrace
Midnight gamblin' out on the lawn
They lead toward temptation 
With dreamland coming on
Dreamland, dreamland
Dreamland, dreamland

5th verse:

On a plane flying to winter
In shoes full of tropic sand
Wrapped up in a foreign flag
On the arm of my Marlboro Man
The hawk howls in New York City
Six foot drifts on Myrtle's lawn
As we push the recline buttons down
With dreamland coming on
Dreamland, dreamland
Dreamland, dreamland

6th verse:

La, La ...
There's African sand on the trade winds
And the sun on the Amazon
As we push the recline buttons down
With dreamland coming on
Dreamland, dreamland
Dream, dream, dream, dreamland


© 1977 Crazy Crow Music (BMI)

 

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