transcription from jonimitchell.com


The Tea Leaf Prophecy (Lay Down Your Arms)

Guitar chords transcribed by Marian Russell
Tuning: AAEGCE   "Joni" Tuning: A 12 7354

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       Study war no 


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more     Lay down your 


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arms   Study war no
               

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more     Lay 'em down    Lay 'em


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down now   Study war no


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more    Lay down your


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arms    Study war no (more)


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News reels rattle the


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Nazi dread     The


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able-bodied have shipped away


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Molly McGee gets her


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tea leaves read


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You'll be married in a month, they say


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"These leaves are 


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crazy


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look at this town - there's no men left


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Just frail old boys and


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babies


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talking to teacher in the treble clef"


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She plants her garden in the


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spring


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She does the winter shovel-


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ling


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Tokyo Rose on the 


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radio


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She says she's leavin' but


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she don't go


Additional verses:

Out of the blue - just passin' thru
A young flight sergeant
On two weeks leave - 
Says "Molly McGee - no one else will do!"
And seals the tea-leaf prophecy
Oh these nights are strong and soft -
Private passions and secret storms
Nothin' about him ticks her off
And he looks so cute in his uniform
She plants her garden in the spring
He does the winter shovelling
But summer's just a sneeze
In a long-long-bad-winter cold
She says "I'm leavin' here" but she don't go.

"Sleep little darlin'!
This is your happy home.
Hiroshima cannot be pardoned!
Don't have kids when you get grown
Because, this world is shattered.
The wise are mourning -
The fools are joking.
Oh - what does it matter?
The wash needs ironing
And the fire needs stoking."
She plants her garden in the spring
He does the winter shovelling
The three of 'em laughin' 'round the radio
She says "I'm leavin' here" but she don't go.

She plants her garden in the spring
They do the winter shovelling
They sit up late and watch the Johnny Carson Show
She says "I'm leavin' here" but she don't go.

© 1988 Crazy Crow Music BMI

 

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