transcription from jonimitchell.com


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Guitar chords transcribed by Martin Giles
Tuning: CACFGC   "Joni" Tuning: C93525

This arrangement isn't played by Joni at all, but comes about from considering how 
Joni might play it if she ever transcribed it for guitar.  The idea came from watching a 
BBC program that played a clip of Joni playing Woodstock on piano in the early 
seventies, which then cut directly to a live performance in the eighties where she 
accompanied herself on the guitar. When playing this arrangement, I use a slow, 
'scratch and slap' kind of strumming, in the style of Woodstock from the Shadows And 
Light live album.


Intro/Vamp: 

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Verses:

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077777          x55555         x04400            x04440
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I slept last    night   in a   good hotel                 I went


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202000         535000          555555            535000
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shopping to-   day for         jew-              els


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077777                 x55555         x04400            x04440
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The wind rushed a-     round in the   dirty town                     and the


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202000         535000         555555            535000
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children let   out from the   schoo-            ls                  I was


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202000                 030200            535000            777777    
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standing on a noisy    corner,           waiting for the   walking   


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555555      x04400        222222
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green


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077777                  x55555          x04400         x04440
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Across the street he    stood  and he   played real    good      on his


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