Guitar chords transcribed by Howard Wright  Printer-friendly version of this piece
Tuning: C#C#C#C#G#C#   "Joni" Tuning: C# 0 12 0 7 5

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Tuning: C# C# C# C# G# C#
In Joni notation: C# 0 12 0 7 5

This is the acoustic guitar part played by Steven Stills. The tuning pattern is
one of Stills' favourites: it's the one used on Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, 4+20 and
others. In fact, the opening chords below are very similar to the opening riff
of Suite: Judy Blue Eyes.

The tuning is quite an extreme one, and it's not easy to get things perfectly 
in tune for the open strings and for notes at the top of the neck. As always 
with open tunings, you need to find the best compromise.

This guitar part was transcribed in the "Hits" guitar songbook but the tuning
they gave was wrong. I think that's the first time that a songbook to which Joel 
Bernstein contributed has got an incorrect guitar tuning! (Joel is Joni's long
time friend and guitar tuning archiver. I guess he only keeps records for Joni's
tunings and not for tunings used by other people on her songs). 

There are only a handful of chord shapes so this is a nice easy one to play!


N.B the song starts with the dulcimer on its own, and the guitar 
enters after a couple of bars. If you want to play something similar 
to the opening dulcimer chords on the guitar as well, try this:

xx0025   xx0004   777777

Guitar enters with:

x x 0 0 10 9    xx0097  xx0075  xx0054

Note: for many of the 000054 chords, ad. lib hammer-ons and pull-offs 
to/from 000055 are used.

Also, since the bottom four strings are all tuned to the same note, it
doesn't make a big difference which ones you play. I tend to avoid the lowest
two strings when playing the opening riff above, and play all the strings the 
rest of the time.


The wind is in from Africa

Last night I couldn't sleep, oh you know it 

550000          000054                           777777
sure is hard to leave here Carey but it's really not my home

My fingernails are filthy

I got beach tar on my feet

      550000              000054            777777
And I miss my clean white linen and my fancy French cologne


   777777              000054  
Oh Carey get out your cane

And I'll put on some silver

550000               000054     777777  000054  000075
Oh you're a mean old Daddy, but I like  you      fine

0 0 0 0 10 9  000097  000075  000054

(the chord changes on this last line are played ad lib on later choruses)

Chords are the same for future verses/choruses, except for slightly 
different ending on last chorus:

Final Chorus:

   777777              000054  
Oh Carey get out your cane

And I'll put on my finest silver

      550000           000054    777777   000054 
We'll go to the Mermaid Cafe have fun tonight

        550000               000054      777777      000054  
I said, oh you're a mean old Daddy, but you're out of sight 

xx0075   x x 0 0 10 9    xx0097  xx0075  000054


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