transcription from jonimitchell.com


The Hissing Of Summer Lawns

Guitar chords transcribed by Marian Russell
Tuning: BF#DF#AB   "Joni" Tuning: B78432

This is actually an arrangement rather than a direct transcription.
I'm pretty sure Joni does not use this tuning or even play guitar 
on the recording of this song.

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This is the bass line for the intro and between verses: 

B-------------------------------------------------------- 
A-------------------------------------------------------- 
F#------------------------------------------------------- 
D-------------------------------------------------------- 
F#-----------0--5--0--3--5--5--------0--5--0--3--5--5---- 
B------0--0--------------------0--0---------------------- 
  

B-------------------------------------------------------- 
A-------------------------------------------------------- 
F#------------------------------------------------------- 
D-------------------------------------------------------- 
F#-----------0--5--0--3--5--5------------3----8---------- 
B------0--0--------------------0------------------------- 
  

The following chords could be played on a second guitar over the bass line: 

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089090
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077070
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054050 (I think 055050 sounds nicer, but 
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077070
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089090
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077070
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054050
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Verse 1: 
  
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He bought her a diamond for her throat 

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                880800                 550500
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He put her in a ranch house on a hill 
  

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550500 
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She could see the valley barbecues from her window sill 

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             880800       AA0A00
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See the blue pools in the squinting sun 

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                               089090  077070  054050 
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                               (or bass line if preferred) 
And hear the hissing of summer lawns 


Verse 2: 

He put up a barbed-wire fence 
To keep out the unknown 
And on every metal thorn 
Just a little blood of his own 
She patrols that fence of his to a Latin drum 
And the hissing of summer 

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lawns 

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wonder make it easy 

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with a joyful mask 

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tube's gone darkness darkness darkness no color no contrast 

Bridge: 

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x8768x   x6546x   x5035x   55022x   AA0A00 
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                                           da-da-da dweeee da 

Verse 3: 

Diamond dog, carrying a cup and a cane 
Looking through a double glass 
Look at too much pride and too much shame 
There's a black fly buzzing 
There's a heat wave burning in her master's voice 

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                               089090  077070  054050 
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                               (or bass line if preferred) 
And the hissing of summer lawns 

Verse 4: 

He gave her his darkness to regret 
And good reason to quit him 
He gave her a room full of Chippendales 
That nobody sits in 
Still she stays with a love of some kind 
It's the lady's choice 

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The hissing of summer lawns 

Fade out with these chords: 

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© 1975 Crazy Crow Music (BMI) 
© Mad Man's Drum Music ASCAP

 

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