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This Flight Tonight

Guitar tablature transcribed by Howard Wright  Printer-friendly version of this piece
Tuning: AbAbEbAbCEb   "Joni" Tuning: Ab12 7543

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The tuning for this song is similar to a variation of open G ( DGDGBD )
that has the  bottom string tuned right down to a very low G. The 
actual key for this song is Ab though, one semitone above G, so the 
tuning you need is Ab Ab Eb Ab C Eb. 

Joni's tuning notation makes things easier to get to the right
tuning (an explanation of Joni's tuning notation is also
available from this site). The idea is to tune one string by
fretting a note on the string below - the numbers in the notation
tell you what frets to use. 

In this case, with the very low pitch for the bottom string, it's
probably better to tune the 5th string to Ab, then play this string at
the 7th fret to tune the Eb string, then play this at the 5th fret to
tune the next string ... and so on. At the end, you can tune the bottom
Ab to the other Ab strings.

Alternatively, to get to the correct tuning from standard tuning, 
try this:

* Tune the A string down to a G (compare with the G string)
* Tune the top E to a D (compare with the D string)
* Tune the low E all the way down to G - check with what used to 
be the A string, but is now a G.

This gives you the open G tuning with the low G at the bottom.
If you put a capo on at the first fret, you're then in the tuning
for "This Flight Tonight".


I've written out the chord shapes at the end - you might find it 
easier or quicker to learn the song from these if you know the song
pretty well already. If you're not so sure about strumming etc, I've
tried to give the outline in the TAB.

Note - words are written below the TAB, chords above.


INTRO :
--------

            Absus4                         Abm11

Eb-----------5--5-5--------5-5-------------3--3-3--------3-3--
C------------3--3-3--------3-3-------------1--1-1--------1-1--
Ab-----------5--5-5--------5-5-------------3--3-3--------3-3--
Eb---0--0----0-------------0-0---0-0-0-0---0-------------0-0--
Ab---0--0------------0-0---------0-0-0-0------------0-0--0-0--
Ab---0--0------------0-0---------0-0-0-0------------0-0--0-0--



              Absus4                         Abm11

Eb-------------5--5-5--------5-5-------------3--3-3--------3-3-
C--------------3--3-3--------3-3-------------1--1-1--------1-1-
Ab-------------5--5-5--------5-5-------------3--3-3--------3-3-
Eb--0-0-0-0----0-------------0-0---0-0-0-0---0-------------0-0-
Ab--0-0-0-0------------0-0---------0-0-0-0------------0-0------
Ab--0-0-0-0------------0-0---------0-0-0-0------------0-0------



VERSE :
-------

   Absus4                Abm11       

Eb--5----------5----------3-------3-------------------------
C---3----------3----------1-------1-------------------------
Ab--5----------5----------3-------3-------------------------
Eb--0----------0----------0-------0-------------------------
Ab--0----0--0--0-----0-0--0---0-0-0-------------------------
Ab--0----0--0--0-----0-0--0---0-0-0-------------------------

 Look out the left the captain said


     Ab5                    Ab7sus4

Eb---0-0---0---0------------0-0---0--0--0--------------------
C----3-3---3---3------------1-1---1--1--1--------------------
Ab---0-0---0---0------------0-0---0--0--0--------------------
Eb---5-5---5---5------------3-3---3--3--3--------------------
Ab---0-0-0-0---0-----0--0---0-0-0-0--0--0--------------------
Ab---0-0-0-0---0-----0--0---0-0-0-0--0--0--------------------

    The lights down there, that's where we'll land


    Ab     Db          Ab      Db

Eb--0-0-0--/5---5-5----0-0-0---/5---5-5----------------------
C---0-0-0--/5---5-5----0-0-0---/5---5-5----------------------
Ab--0-0-0--/5---5-5----0-0-0---/5---5-5----------------------
Eb--0-0-0--/5---5-5----0-0-0---/5---5-5----------------------
Ab--0-0-0--/5---5-5----0-0-0---/5---5-5----------------------
Ab--0-0-0--/5---5-5----0-0-0---/5---5-5----------------------

           I saw a fallin'    star burn up


     Ab   Db  Ab Db      Ab         Db/Ab   Ab     

Eb---0-0--/5--0--/5-5----0--0-0---0-0---0---0----0-0-0-0-0----
C----0-0--/5--0--/5-5----0--0-0---0-1---1---0----0-0-1-0-1----
Ab---0-0--/5--0--/5-5----0--0-0---0-0---0---0----0-0-0-0-0----
Eb---0-0--/5--0--/5-5----0--0-0---0-2---2---0----0-0-2-0-2----
Ab---0-0--/5--0--/5-5----0--0-0---0-0---0---0----0-0-0-0-0----
Ab---0-0--/5--0--/5-5----0--0-0---0-0---0---0----0-0-0-0-0----

          'bove the Las Vegas sand



    Ab       Db/Ab        Ab

Eb--0--0-0---0---0---0----0-0---------------
C---0--0-0---1---1---1----0-0--------------
Ab--0--0-0---0---0---0----0-0---------------
Eb--0--0-0---2---2---2----0-0---------------
Ab--0--0-0---0---0---0----0-0----------------
Ab--0--0-0---0---0---0----0-0---------------



     Absus4                Abm11

Eb----5----------5----------3-------3------------------------
C-----3----------3----------1-------1------------------------
Ab----5----------5----------3-------3------------------------
Eb----0----------0----------0-------0------------------------
Ab----0----0--0--0-----0-0--0---0-0-0------------------------
Ab----0----0--0--0-----0-0--0---0-0-0------------------------

It wasn't the one that you gave to me



     Ab5                   Ab7sus4

Eb---0-0---0---0------------0-0---0--0--0---------------------
C----3-3---3---3------------1-1---1--1--1---------------------
Ab---0-0---0---0------------0-0---0--0--0---------------------
Eb---5-5---5---5------------3-3---3--3--3---------------------
Ab---0-0-0-0---0-----0--0---0-0-0-0--0--0---------------------
Ab---0-0-0-0---0-----0--0---0-0-0-0--0--0---------------------

       That night down south between the trailers



    Ab     Db           Ab      Db

Eb--0-0-0--/5---5-5-----0-0-0---/5---5-5--------------------
C---0-0-0--/5---5-5-----0-0-0---/5---5-5--------------------
Ab--0-0-0--/5---5-5-----0-0-0---/5---5-5--------------------
Eb--0-0-0--/5---5-5-----0-0-0---/5---5-5--------------------
Ab--0-0-0--/5---5-5-----0-0-0---/5---5-5--------------------
Ab--0-0-0--/5---5-5-----0-0-0---/5---5-5--------------------

          Not the early one    that you can wish upon



     Ab   Db     Ab Db          Ab        Db/Ab    Ab

Eb---0-0--/5--5--0--/5-5-5------0--0-0---0-0---0---0----0-0--
C----0-0--/5--5--0--/5-5-5------0--0-0---0-1---1---0----0-0--
Ab---0-0--/5--5--0--/5-5-5------0--0-0---0-0---0---0----0-0--
Eb---0-0--/5--5--0--/5-5-5------0--0-0---0-2---2---0----0-0--
Ab---0-0--/5--5--0--/5-5-5------0--0-0---0-0---0---0----0-0--
Ab---0-0--/5--5--0--/5-5-5------0--0-0---0-0---0---0----0-0--

         Not the northern one that guides in the sailors



CHORUS :
--------

    Abmaj7            Ab6sus2sus4   Ab  Db/Ab

Eb----/4---4--4---------2-2-2-2-----0-----0--0--0--------------
C-----/3---3--3---------1-1-1-1-----0h1---1--1--1--------------
Ab----/4---4--4---------2-2-2-2-----0-----0--0--0--------------
Eb----0----0--0--0-0-0--0-0-0-0-----0h2---2--2--2--------------
Ab---------------0-0-0--------------0-----0--0--0--------------
Ab---------------0-0-0--------------0--------0--0--------------

 Oh starlight        star bright you got the loving


     Db/Ab       Ab

Eb----0---0------0---------------------------------------------
C-----1---1------0---------------------------------------------
Ab----0---0------0---------------------------------------------
Eb----2---2------0---------------------------------------------
Ab----0---0------0---------------------------------------------
Ab----0---0------0---------------------------------------------

   that I like alright


    Abmaj7            Ab6sus2sus4      Ab Db/Ab

Eb----/4---4--4---------2-2-2-2--------0-----0--0--0--------
C-----/3---3--3---------1-1-1-1--------0h1---1--1--1--------
Ab----/4---4--4---------2-2-2-2--------0-----0--0--0--------
Eb----0----0--0--0-0-0--0-0-0-0--------0h2---2--2--2--------
Ab---------------0-0-0-----------------0-----0--0--0--------
Ab---------------0-0-0-----------------0--------0--0--------

    Turn  this  crazy   bird around I       shouldn't 



    Db/Ab      Ab                Db/Ab

Eb---0--0------0--0--0---0-----0-0---0-----------------------
C----1--1------0--0--0---0-----0-1---1-----------------------
Ab---0--0------0--0--0---0-----0-0---0-----------------------
Eb---2--2------0--0--0---0-----0-2---2-----------------------
Ab---0--0------0--0--0---0-----0-0---0-----------------------
Ab---0--0------0--0--0---0-----0-0---0-----------------------

    have got on this flight      tonight



    Ab*           Ab6/9 Ab  Db/Ab        Ab

Eb--0---0--0--0-----0---0---0--0----0-0--0--0--------------
C---/3--3--3--3-----1---0---1--1----1-1--0--0--------------
Ab--/4--4--4--4-----2---0---0--0----0-0--0--0--------------
Eb--0---0--0--0-----0---0---2--2----2-2--0--0--------------
Ab--0-------------------0---0--0----0-0--0--0--------------
Ab--0-------------------0---0--0----0-0--0--0--------------



    Ab       Db/Ab     Ab*           Ab6/9 Ab Db/Ab Ab

Eb--0--0--0--0--0-0----0---0--0--0-----0---0---0----0---------
C---0--0--0--1--1-1----/3--3--3--3-----1---0---1----0---------
Ab--0--0--0--0--0-0----/4--4--4--4-----2---0---0----0---------
Eb--0--0--0--2--2-2----0---0--0--0-----0---0---2----0---------
Ab--0--0--0--0--0-0----0-------------------0---0----0---------
Ab--0--0--0--0--0-0----0-------------------0---0----0---------



Verse 2:
--------

You got the touch so gentle and sweet
But you've got that look so critical
Now I can't talk to you baby
I get so weak
Sometimes I think love is just mythical
Up there's a heaven
Down there's a town
Blackness everywhere and little lights shine
Blackness, blackness dragging me down
Come on light the candle in this poor heart of mine


Chorus


Verse 3:
---------

I'm drinking sweet champagne
Got the headphones up high
Can't numb you out can't drum you out of my mind
They're playing "Goodbye baby, baby goodbye,
Ooh love is blind"
Up go the flaps
Down go the wheels
I hope you got your heat turned on baby
I hope they finally fixed your automobile
Hope it's better when we meet again baby


Chorus



Chord Shapes :
--------------

    Absus4    Abm11      Ab5      Ab7sus4       Ab        Db

Eb----5--------3----------0---------0------------0---------5----
C-----3--------1----------3---------1------------0---------5----
Ab----5--------3----------0---------0------------0---------5----
Eb----0--------0----------5---------3------------0---------5----
Ab----0--------0----------0---------0------------0---------5----
Ab----0--------0----------0---------0------------0---------5----



    Db/Ab      Abmaj7   Ab6sus2sus4    Ab*      Ab6/9

Eb----0----------4----------2-----------0--------0-------------
C-----1----------3----------1-----------3--------1-------------
Ab----0----------4----------2-----------4--------2-------------
Eb----2----------0----------0-----------0--------0-------------
Ab----0----------0----------0-----------0--------0-------------
Ab----0----------0----------0-----------0--------0-------------

 

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SueMc on 2011-Aug-04 at 07:45:31 GMT-5:
Hi PC,

If you check the generic tuning function on the main page of the guitar/piano tab page, you will see that X12 7 5 4 3 is also workable for the songs Electricity, For The Roses, and Hunter (the Good Samaritan). All really fun songs to play!!

Happy tuning! SueMc
pcstrmr on 2011-Aug-03 at 23:43:27 GMT-5:
thank you, this is a great transcription.
do you know any other of her songs in this tuning?
pc