This is normally a piano song, at least it was when Joni originally did it on an early album. But this is from a David Crosby version from the "Alies" album. Typed from memory. Mea culpa if there's any errors. Phil- intro: C G D G C D G Fmaj7 Em I slept last night in a good hotel Am C F C I went shopping today for jewels G Fmaj7 Em The wind rushed around in the dirty town Am C F C And the children let out from the schools Am G I was standing on a noisy corner C G F C D Waiting for the walking green G Fmaj7 Em Across the street he stood, and he played real good Am C F C On his clarinet for free G Fmaj7 Em Now me, I play for fortunes Am C F C And the velvet curtain calls G Fmaj7 Em I got a black limosine and a few gentlemen Am C F C Escorting me to these halls Am G And I'll play if you have the money C G F C D Or if you're a friend to me G Fmaj7 Em But the one-man-band by the quick lunch stand Am C F C (Em D) He was playing real good for free G Fmaj7 Em Nobody stopped to hear him Am C F C Though he played so sweet and high G Fmaj7 Em They knew he had never been on their TV Am C F C So they passed his good music by Am G I meant to go over and ask for a song C G F C D Maybe put on a harmony G Fmaj7 Em I heard his refrain as that signal changed Am C F C (Em D) He was still playing real good for free
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