transcription from jonimitchell.com


Harry's House - Centerpiece

Guitar chords transcribed by Marian Russell
Tuning: CGDFBbD   "Joni" Tuning: C77354

Intro: 

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1st verse:

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        Heatwaves on the  runway 

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as the wheels set 

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down  He takes his baggage off the 

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carousel   he takes a taxi into town 

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        Yellow schools of      taxi fishes 

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Jonah in the ticking 

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whale caught up at the lights in the fishnet 

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windows of Blooming - dales    Watching those 

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     high     fa -     shion   gir -   ls 

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       Skiny black models with raveen curls and 

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beauty parlor blondes  with    credit card eyes 

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        Looking for the chic and the fancy to 

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buy 


2nd verse: 

He opens up his suitcase 
In the continental suite 
And people thirty stories down 
Look like colored currents in the street 
A helicopter lands on a Pan Am roof 
Like a dragonfly on a tomb 
And business men in button downs 
Press into conference rooms 
Battalions of paper-minded males 
Talking commodities and sales 
While at home their paper wives 
And their paper kids 
Paper the walls to keep their gut reactions hid 


3rd verse:

Yellow checkers for the kitchen 
Climbing ivy for the bath 
She is lost in House and Gardens 
He's caught up in Chief of Staff 
He drifts off into the memory 
Of the way she looked in school 
With her body oiled and shining 
At the public swimming pool 

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Optional Centerpiece Interlude

[This part on the recording is done with piano and band, and
when performing this song solo with acoustic guitar, Joni has 
left this part out.  The following chords follow roughly the
chords played by the instruments in the recording.] 

To make the transition to Centerpiece, play four bars (16 counts) of 

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^

emphasizing the bass note (it is actually struck twice for
each of 16 counts, the second strike coinciding with the
count - listen to the recording!)

Then play:

D-----------------------------------------
Bb----------------------------------------
F-----------------------------------------
D-----------------------------------------
G-------------3--3----2--2----1--1--------
C-----0--0--------------------------------


Use the thumb of your right hand to dampen the tone of the bottom-most
string for this 12-bar blues section.  The bottom string is not required
again until the transition back into Harry's House.


D-----0--------0----0---0------
Bb----1--------1----1---1------
F-----0--------0----0---0------
D-----0--------2----3---2------
G-----0--------0----0---0------
C-----x--------x----x---x------
  The more I'm with you pretty 


D-----5--------5----5---5------
Bb----6--------6----6---6------
F-----5--------5----5---5------
D-----5--------7----8---7------
G-----5--------5----5---5------
C-----x--------x----x---x------
      ba-      by


D-----0--------0-------0----0----0--------0-------0----0------
Bb----1--------1-------1----1----1--------1-------1----1------
F-----0--------0-------0----0----0--------0-------0----0------
D-----0--------2-------3----2----0--------2-------3----2------
G-----0--------0-------0----0----0--------0-------0----0------
C-----x--------x-------x----x----x--------x-------x----x------
  The more I   feel my love in-  crease                   I'm



D-----5--------5-------5------5------5--------5-------5------5------
Bb----6--------6-------6------6------6--------6-------6------6------
F-----5--------5-------5------5------5--------5-------5------5------
D-----5--------7-------8------7------5--------7-------8------7------
G-----5--------5-------5------5------5--------5-------5------5------
C-----x--------x-------x------x------x--------x-------x------x------
    building   all my  dreams a-     round            you        our



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Bb----1--------1-------1----1------1--------1-------3----3------
F-----0--------0-------0----0------0--------0-------2----2------
D-----0--------2-------3----2------0--------0-------2----2------
G-----0--------0-------0----0------0--------0-------2----2------
C-----x--------x-------x----x------x--------x-------x----x------
     happi-    ness   will  never  cease                    'cause


D-----5--------5-------5------5------8----8----7----7----
Bb----6--------6-------6------6------9----9----8----8----
F-----5--------5-------5------5------8----8----7----7----
D-----5--------7-------8------7------8----8----7----7----
G-----5--------5-------5------5------8----8----7----7----
C-----x--------x-------x------x------x----x----x----x----
   nothin's       any  good   with-  out       you



D-----0---0--------------3---3------2----2----7----7----
Bb----1---1--------------4---4------3----3----8----8----
F-----0---0--------------3---3------2----2----7----7----
D-----0---0--------------3---3------2----2----7----7----
G-----0---0--------------3---3------2----2----7----7----
C-----x---x--------------x---x------x----x----x----x----
   Baby      you're my   center-    piece



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Bb----1--------1----1---1------
F-----0--------0----0---0------
D-----0--------2----3---2------
G-----0--------0----0---0------
C-----x--------x----x---x------


D-----5--------5----5---5------
Bb----6--------6----6---6------
F-----5--------5----5---5------
D-----5--------7----8---7------
G-----5--------5----5---5------
C-----x--------x----x---x------


D-----0--------0-------0----0----0--------0-------0----0------
Bb----1--------1-------1----1----1--------1-------1----1------
F-----0--------0-------0----0----0--------0-------0----0------
D-----0--------2-------3----2----0--------2-------3----2------
G-----0--------0-------0----0----0--------0-------0----0------
C-----x--------x-------x----x----x--------x-------x----x------


D-----5--------5-------5------5------5--------5-------5------5------
Bb----6--------6-------6------6------6--------6-------6------6------
F-----5--------5-------5------5------5--------5-------5------5------
D-----5--------7-------8------7------5--------7-------8------7------
G-----5--------5-------5------5------5--------5-------5------5------
C-----x--------x-------x------x------x--------x-------x------x------


D-----0--------0-------0----0------0--------0-------2----2------
Bb----1--------1-------1----1------1--------1-------3----3------
F-----0--------0-------0----0------0--------0-------2----2------
D-----0--------2-------3----2------0--------0-------2----2------
G-----0--------0-------0----0------0--------0-------2----2------
C-----x--------x-------x----x------x--------x-------x----x------


D-----5--------5-------5------5------8----8----7----7----
Bb----6--------6-------6------6------9----9----8----8----
F-----5--------5-------5------5------8----8----7----7----
D-----5--------7-------8------7------8----8----7----7----
G-----5--------5-------5------5------8----8----7----7----
C-----x--------x-------x------x------x----x----x----x----


D-----0---0--------------3---3------2----2----7----7----
Bb----1---1--------------4---4------3----3----8----8----
F-----0---0--------------3---3------2----2----7----7----
D-----0---0--------------3---3------2----2----7----7----
G-----0---0--------------3---3------2----2----7----7----
C-----x---x--------------x---x------x----x----x----x----


D------0--------0-------0----0------
Bb-----1--------1-------1----1------
F------0--------0-------0----0------
D------0--------2-------3----2------
G------0--------0-------0----0------
C------x--------x-------x----x------
 We'll find a house and gar- den  


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Bb----6--------6----6---6------
F-----5--------5----5---5------
D-----5--------7----8---7------
G-----5--------5----5---5------
C-----x--------x----x---x------
      some-         where


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Bb----1--------1-------1----1----1--------1-------1----1------
F-----0--------0-------0----0----0--------0-------0----0------
D-----0--------2-------3----2----0--------2-------3----2------
G-----0--------0-------0----0----0--------0-------0----0------
C-----x--------x-------x----x----x--------x-------x----x------
   A- long a   country road a-   piece                      A



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Bb----6--------6-------6------6------6--------6-------6------6------
F-----5--------5-------5------5------5--------5-------5------5------
D-----5--------7-------8------7------5--------7-------8------7------
G-----5--------5-------5------5------5--------5-------5------5------
C-----x--------x-------x------x------x--------x-------x------x------
    little    cottage  on     the    out-            skirts     where



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Bb----1--------1-------1----1------1--------1-------3----3------
F-----0--------0-------0----0------0--------0-------2----2------
D-----0--------2-------3----2------0--------0-------2----2------
G-----0--------0-------0----0------0--------0-------2----2------
C-----x--------x-------x----x------x--------x-------x----x------
     we can    really  find re-    lease                    'cause


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Bb----6--------6-------6------6------9----9----8----8----
F-----5--------5-------5------5------8----8----7----7----
D-----5--------7-------8------7------8----8----7----7----
G-----5--------5-------5------5------8----8----7----7----
C-----x--------x-------x------x------x----x----x----x----
   nothin's       any  good   with-  out       you



D-----0---0-----------0----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----
Bb----1---1-----------1----1-----1-----1-----1-----1-----
F-----0---0-----------0----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----
D-----0---2-----------3----2-----0-----0-----0-----0-----
G-----0---0-----------0----0-----0-----0-----0-----0-----
C-----x---x-----------x----x-----x-----x-----x-----x-----
   Baby   you're my   cen- ter-  piece



Transition to Harry's House:

Play 8 bars of:

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emphasizing the next-to-lowest string


Play 8 bars of:

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^
emphasizing the lowest string


Then 4 bars of:

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Shining hair and shining skin 
Shining as she reeled him in 
To tell him like she did today 
Just what he could do with Harry's House 
And Harry's take home pay. 



Harry's House © 1975 Crazy Crow Music (BMI) 
Centerpiece © 1958 Caphryl Music ASCAP

 

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