transcription from jonimitchell.com


Carey

Dulcimer tablature transcribed by Howard Wright
Tuning: C# G# G#   "Joni" Tuning: C# 7 0

This transcription is for the dulcimer part played by Joni on 
the original song. You can copy the dulcimer part on the guitar,
though you need to make sure you play only three strings (2nd, 
3rd and 4th strings - it can be tricky to avoid playing the top 
string, so you can try removing this string completely).

For a guitar "copy" of the dulcimer part, tune your 4th string
(D) down to C#, then tune your 3rd string (G) up to G# and your 
2nd string (B) down to G#.

On the dulcimer, the bass string is tuned to C# and the melody
and drone strings a fifth higher to G#.

For each line of dulcimer tablature there is a corresponding 
line of guitar tablature that gives identical chords. Make
sure you don't get the two mixed up - because of the different
ways the instruments are fretted, the fret positions needed
are quite different (the order of the strings is also different).

The top line of tablature is the dulcimer tab (labelled "Dulc")
and the bottom line is the guitar tab ("Gtr"). The lyrics are 
written underneath both lines of tab.

NB the bass dulcimer string is at the top of the dulcimer 
tablature, as this is the way things are usually written. Joni 
sometimes strings her dulcimer in a different way, but I've 
followed the usual way of doing things here.


Strumming style
----------------

Apart from the intro, I haven't shown any details of the strumming,
I've just written a new chord shape for each chord change. 

The strumming pattern that's used is a fairly simple 8th note 
pattern, using alternate up and down strokes. To add some variety 
to this, Joni accents some strums (i.e strums louder) and mutes 
others by relaxing the pressure of the fretting hand - this mutes 
the fretted notes but allows the drone string to be heard. This 
means that the drone string fills in the gaps between the strums on 
the full chords.

If you listen to the original while following this tablature, it 
should be fairly clear how this works.


\ = slide 


INTRO
------
  
I've written out just some of the louder strums on the drone string
- there are many more quiet ones that keep the rhythm going between
the chords.


Dulc:

C#--5---5--5------4--4\----1--1-------2----2--2---2-2-2---2-2-2-2--
G#--0---0--0------0--0\----0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--
G#--6---6--6------5--5\----2--2-------3----3--3---3-3-3---3-3-3-3--

Gtr:

G#--10--10 10-----9--9\----4--4-------5----5--5---5-5-5---5-5-5-5--
G#--0---0--0------0--0\----0--0--0-0--0--0-0--0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--
C#--9---9--9------7--7\----2--2-------4----4--4---4-4-4---4-4-4-4--



VERSE:
------

Dulc:

C#----2----------------3-----------------------
G#----0----------------0-----------------------
G#----3----------------3-----------------------

Gtr:

G#----5----------------5-----------------------
G#----0----------------0-----------------------
C#----4----------------5-----------------------

  The wind is in from Africa


     
Dulc:

C#--1--------------------1------------1---------------
G#--0--------------------0------------0---------------
G#--1--------------------2------------0---------------

Gtr:

G#--2--------------------4------------0---------------
G#--0--------------------0------------0---------------
C#--2--------------------2------------2---------------
 
  Last night I couldn't sleep, oh you know it 
 


Dulc:

C#--10--------------9-----------------------------8--------7---
G#--0---------------0-----------------------------0--------0---
G#--10--------------10----------------------------9--------8---

Gtr:

G#--17--------------17----------------------------16-------14--
G#--0---------------0-----------------------------0--------0---
C#--17--------------16----------------------------14-------12--

  Sure is hard to leave here Carey but it's really not my home



Dulc:

C#---2--------1---------------------------------
G#---0--------0---------------------------------
G#---3--------2---------------------------------

Gtr:

G#---5--------4---------------------------------
G#---0--------0---------------------------------
C#---4--------2---------------------------------




Dulc:

C#--2-------------------3-------------------------
G#--0-------------------0-------------------------
G#--3-------------------3-------------------------

Gtr:

G#--5-------------------5-------------------------
G#--0-------------------0-------------------------
C#--4-------------------5-------------------------

     My fingernails are filthy



Dulc:

C#------1----------------1-----1------------------
G#------0----------------0-----0------------------
G#------1----------------2-----0------------------

Gtr:

G#------2----------------4-----0------------------
G#------0----------------0-----0------------------
C#------2----------------2-----2------------------

 I got beach tar on my feet  and I



Dulc:

C#----10----------------9-----------------8-----------7---
G#----0-----------------0-----------------0-----------0---
G#----10----------------10----------------9-----------8---

Gtr:

G#----17----------------17----------------16----------14--
G#----0-----------------0-----------------0-----------0---
C#----17----------------16----------------14----------12--

    miss my clean white linen and my fancy French cologne




Dulc:

C#--2------1------------------------------------
G#--0------0------------------------------------
G#--3------2------------------------------------

Gtr:

G#--5------4------------------------------------
G#--0------0------------------------------------
C#--4------2------------------------------------



CHORUS:
-------

Dulc:

C#---1-----------------2------------------------
G#---0-----------------0------------------------
G#---2-----------------3------------------------

Gtr:

G#---4-----------------5------------------------
G#---0-----------------0------------------------
C#---2-----------------4------------------------

Oh Carey get out your cane



Dulc:

C#----4----------------3------------------------
G#----0----------------0------------------------
G#----5----------------4------------------------

Gtr:

G#----9----------------7------------------------
G#----0----------------0------------------------
C#----7----------------5------------------------

And I'll put on some silver



Dulc:

C#----5-------------------4--------1-------2------3---
G#----0-------------------0--------0-------0------0---
G#----6-------------------5--------2-------3------3---

Gtr:

G#----10------------------9--------4-------5------5---
G#----0-------------------0--------0-------0------0---
C#----9-------------------7--------2-------4------5---

     Oh you're a mean old Daddy, but I like you  



Dulc:

C#---2----3-------2------------------------------
G#---0----0-------0------------------------------
G#---3----3-------3------------------------------

Gtr:

G#---5----5-------5------------------------------
G#---0----0-------0------------------------------
C#---4----5-------4------------------------------

          fine


Chords are the same for future verses/choruses, except for 
slightly different ending on last chorus.


VERSE
------

Come on down to the Mermaid Cafe
And I will buy you a bottle of wine
And we'll laugh and toast to nothing 
And smash our empty glasses down
Lets have a round for these freaks and these soldiers
A round for these friends of mine
Lets have another round for the bright red devil 
Who keeps me in this tourist town


CHORUS
-------

Come on Carey get out your cane
I'll put on some silver
Oh you're a mean old Daddy, but I like you
I like you, I like you, I like you 


VERSE
------

Maybe I'll go to Amsterdam
Or maybe I'll go to Rome
And rent me a grand piano and put some flowers round my room
But lets not talk about fare-thee-wells now
The night is a starry dome
And there playing that scratch rock'n roll
Beneath the Matala moon


CHORUS
-------
 
Come on Carey get out your cane
And I'll put on some silver
You're a mean old Daddy, but I like  you


VERSE
------

The wind is in from Africa
Last night I couldn't sleep, oh you know it 
sure is hard to leave here but it's really not my home
Maybe it's been too long a time since I was
Rambling down in the street
Now they got me used to that clean white linen 
And that frency French cologne



Final Chorus:
-------------

Dulc:

C#---1------------------2-----------------------
G#---0------------------0-----------------------
G#---2------------------3-----------------------

Gtr:

G#---4------------------5-----------------------
G#---0------------------0-----------------------
C#---2------------------4-----------------------

Oh Carey get out your cane



Dulc:

C#----4-----------------3-----------------------
G#----0-----------------0-----------------------
G#----5-----------------4-----------------------

Gtr:

G#----9-----------------7-----------------------
G#----0-----------------0-----------------------
C#----7-----------------5-----------------------

And I'll put on my finest silver



Dulc:

C#----5------------------4--------1-------2----3---2--
G#----0------------------0--------0-------0----0---0--
G#----6------------------5--------2-------3----3---3--

Gtr:

G#----10-----------------9--------4-------5----5---5--
G#----0------------------0--------0-------0----0---0--
C#----9------------------7--------2-------4----5---4--

We'll go to the Mermaid Cafe have fun tonight



Dulc:

C#-------5--------------------4------------1----------2------3--
G#-------0--------------------0------------0----------0------0--
G#-------6--------------------5------------2----------3------3--

Gtr:

G#-------10-------------------9------------4----------5------5--
G#-------0--------------------0------------0----------0------0--
C#-------9--------------------7------------2----------4------5--

I said, oh you're a mean old Daddy, but you're out of sight 


 
Dulc:

C#---5-----------4--------3--------2--------------
G#---0-----------0--------0--------0--------------
G#---6-----------5--------4--------3--------------

Gtr:

G#---10----------9--------7--------5--------------
G#---0-----------0--------0--------0--------------
C#---9-----------7--------5--------4--------------

 

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