transcription from jonimitchell.com


Eastern Rain

Guitar chords transcribed by Mark Domyancich
[Capo on fret 5]
Tuning: DGDDGD   "Joni" Tuning: D57057

Recorded live March 19, 1967

Intro:

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Repeat one time.

First verse - use the same picking pattern as above.

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Rain comes from the east one night
 
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We watch it come
 
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     To hang like beaded curtains 'til
 
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the morning sun
 

{Picking pattern changes here to a casual strum for the barre chords}

For these chord shapes, Joni uses what's known as a overhand barre; instead
of using your index finger to form the entire barre chord in normal playing, 
reach over the neck to form the partial barre chord (as in The Circle Game). 

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Water dripping from our clothes
 
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You with raindrops on your nose
 
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You ask me sadly please don't go
 
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   away        now
 
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Until the rain is done I say I'll
 
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stay now

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Second verse:

Rain outside but inside
We don't mind at all
Shadows by the fire
Slowly climb and fall
Kisses fade and leave no trace
Whispers vanish into space
Dawn will send me on a chase to nowhere
I cry as if I were the first to go there
 
Chorus - use overhand barres again:

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And I know I shouldn't be here
 
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Yes I know I should go home
 
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But that Eastern rain drones in my brain
 

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       And I'm so all alone - so all
 

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   alone

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Third verse:

Morning comes up from the East
We watch it come
And far away now rolls
the ancient rain god's drum
You with daybreak in your eyes
Afraid to speak for telling lies
I watch you search for some reply to lend me
But when the rain is done there's no pretending
 

Chorus:

And I know I shouldn't be here
Yes I know I should go home
But that Eastern rain drones in my brain
And I'm so all alone  - so all

 
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alone
 
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© 1967 Siquomb Publishing Corp., all rights reserved.

 

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