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That Song About The Midway

Guitar chords transcribed by Sue McNamara  Printer-friendly version of this piece
[Capo on fret 2]
Tuning: DADEAD   "Joni" Tuning: D75255


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Many thanks to Peter Mayer for the clue of the tuning and some basic 
chord patterns.  This song had been a mystery to me for a long time! Also
thanks to Marian Russell, Rebecca Payne and David Beal.  This song
was a total group effort!!
- Sue McNamara - guitar@jmdl.com

TUNING: D A D E A D (Capo 2)

ho = hammer on

INTRO:

||**||2 ho |||||*2   ||||*|2   |||*||2 slide to  |||*||5
||||||     |||**|    |||*||    ||||||            ||||||

*|*|||7      *|*|*|5   ||*|*|4   ||||||4
||||||       ||||||    |||*||    |||*||
I met you on a midway 

||||*|2        ||**|| 2 ho repeat twice
|||*||         ||||||     
at a fair last year

*|*|||7      *|*|*|5   ||*|*|4   ||||||4
||||||       ||||||    |||*||    |||*||
And you stood out like a ruby 

||||*|2        ||**|| 2 ho repeat twice
|||*||         ||||||   
in a black man's ear

|||||*2                 ||||*|2
|||**|                  |||*||
You were playing on the horses,

          |||||*4             |||||*2
          |||**|              |||**| 
you were playing on the guitar strings

         ||||*|2      ||||||2  ||**|| 2 ho repeat twice
         |||*||       |||*||   ||||||  
You were playing like a devil wearing wings, 

        |||||*2
        |||**|
wearing wings, you looked so grand 

         ******5     ||**|| 2 ho repeat twice
         ||||||      ||||||   
wearing wings 

|||||*2                 ||||*|2
|||**|                  |||*||
Do you tape them to your shoulders 

       ||**|| 2 ho repeat twice
       ||||||   
just to sing 

        |||||*2
        |||**|
Can you fly     I heard you can 

      ******5     ||**|| 2 ho repeat twice
      ||||||      ||||||   
Can you fly 

|||||*2                 ||||*|2
|||**|                  |||*||
Like an eagle doin' your hunting 

||**||2 ho |||||*2   ||||*|2   |||*||2 slide to  |||*||5
||||||     |||**|    |||*||    ||||||            ||||||
from the sky 


SAME CHORDS FOR VERSE 2 AND 3

I followed with the sideshows to another town 
And I found you in a trailer on the camping grounds
You were betting on some lover, you were shaking up the dice
And I thought I saw you cheating once or twice, once or twice

I heard your bid once or twice 
Were you wondering was the gamble worth the price
Pack it in
I heard you did! Pack it in
Was it hard to fold a hand you knew you could win

So lately you've been hiding - it was somewhere in the news
And I'm still at these races with my ticket stubs and my blues
And a voice calls out the numbers, and it sometimes mentions mine
And I feel like I've been working overtime, overtime

I've lost my fire overtime
Always playin' one more hand for one more dime
Slowin' down I'm gettin' tired! 
Slowin' down 

      |||||*2      ||||*|2
      |||**|       |||*||
And I envy you the valley 

       ||**|| 2 ho repeat twice
       ||||||   
that you've found 

           |||||*2         ||||*|2
           |||**|          |||*||
'Cause I'm midway down the midway 

        |||*||2  |||||*2  ||||*|2
        ||||||   |||**|   |||*||
Slowin' down, down, down, 

|||||*4
|||**|
down

REPEAT INTRO

© 1969 Siquomb Publ. Corp.

 

 

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