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That Song About The Midway

Guitar tablature transcribed by Rebecca Payne and David Beal  Printer-friendly version of this piece
[Capo on fret 2]
Tuning: DADEAD   "Joni" Tuning: D75255

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We were able to come up with this tab due in part to the chords
posted on this site.  The chords were originally posted by Sue
McNamara and then added to by Marian Russell.  Many thanks to 
them for that, for the accurate tuning, and for this terrific
site!

We're convinced this is an extremely close rendition of the real
thing.  If the tab appears a bit confusing at first, it helps to
get the pattern of the bass notes into your head.  Throughout
almost the entire song, the bass is continually going "bum-bum ...
bum-bum ... bum-bum."  For part of the song, the bass switches to
a higher string, but still continues the pattern.  There are only 
a few measures where that bass pattern is absent.


Tuning:  DADEAD (Joni tuning x75255), Capo on 2nd fret
Time Signature: 4/4

              
|--------0---------------0-------|0h--2---2---------------2-------|
|0-----------0-----------0-------|0h--3-------3-----------3-------|
|0h--2---------------0-----------|0h--3---------------3-----------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|0-----------0---0-----------0---|

       
|0-------0---------------0-------|--------------0-----------0-----|
|0h--2-------2-----------2-------|--------0-----------------------|
|0h--3---------------3-----------|0h--2---------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|0-------------0-----------------|
							    I 	
      
|----------------------------0---|------------------------0-------|
|------------7-------------------|5-------------------------------|
|--------0---------------0-------|--------0-----------0-------0---|
|----7---------------7-----------|----5-----------4---------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|7---------------7---------------|5-----------4-------------------|
 met       you     on       a     midway                  at a          
     
|------------0-------------------|--------0---------------0-------|
|2---------------------------2---|0-----------0-----------0-------|
|--------3---------------3-------|0h--2---------------0-----------|
|----0---------------0-----------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|0-----------0---0-----------0---|
 fair                     last                        year                    
      
|--------0---------------0-------|----------------------------0---|
|0-----------0-----------0-------|7-----------7-------------------|
|0h--2---------------0-----------|--------0---------------0-------|
|--------------------------------|----7---------------7-----------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|7---------------7---------------|
                         and  you stood     out      like      a   
       
|------------------------0-------|------------0-------------------|
|5-------------------------------|2---------------------------2---|
|--------0-----------0-------0---|--------3---------------3-------|
|----5-----------4---------------|----0---------------0-----------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|5-----------4-------------------|0-----------0---0-----------0---|
 ru-         by                                in a black man's            
      
|--------0---------------0-------|--------0---------------0-------|
|0-----------0-----------0-------|0-----------0-----------0-------|
|0h--2---------------0-----------|0h--2---------------0-----------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|0-----------0---0-----------0---|
                         ear                             you were
      
|2-----------2-----------2-------|0-----------0-----------0-------|
|--------3-----------3-----------|--------2-----------2-----------|
|----3---------------------------|----3---------------------------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|0-----------0---0-----------0---|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
  playing        on       the     horses      you        were        
     
|4-----------4-----------4-------|2-----------2-----------2-------|
|--------5-----------5-----------|--------3-----------3-----------|
|----5---------------------------|----3---------------------------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|0-----------0---0-----------0---|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
 playing      on   the    guitar  strings      you        were
   
|0-----------0-----------0-------|0-----------0-----------0-------|
|--------2-----------2-----------|--------0-----------0-----------|
|----3---------------------------|----3---------------------------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|0-----------0---0-----------0---|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
 playing     like        the      devil                   wearing
    
|--------0---------------0-------|--------0---------------0-------|
|0-----------0-----------0-------|0-----------0-----------0-------|
|0h--2---------------0-----------|0h--2---------------0-----------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|0-----------0---0-----------0---|
 wings     					          wearing   
     
|2-----------2-----------2-------|2-----------2-----------2-------|
|--------3-----------3-----------|--------3-----------3-----------|
|----3---------------------------|----3---------------------------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|0-----------0---0-----------0---|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
  wings     you      looked  so   grand                 wearing
    
|------------5-------------------|--------0---------------0-------|
|5-----------------------5-------|----0-------------------0-------|
|--------5-----------5-----------|0-----------0-------0-----------|
|----5-----------5-----------5---|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|5-----------5-----------5-------|0-----------0---0-----------0---|
 wi      -i        -i      -i      -ings
    
|--------0---------------0-------|2-----------2-----------2-------|
|0-----------0-----------0-------|--------3-----------3-----------|
|0h--2---------------0-----------|----3---------------------------|
|--------------------------------|0-----------0---0-----------0---|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|--------------------------------|
                         do  you  tape     them    to    your  
    
|0-----------0-----------0-------|--------0---------------0-------|
|--------3-----------3-----------|0-----------0-----------0-------|
|----3---------------------------|0h--2---------------0-----------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|0-----------0---0-----------0---|
 shoulders               just to                           sing  
    
|--------0---------------0-------|2-----------2-----------2-------|
|0-----------0-----------0-------|--------3-----------3-----------|
|0h--2---------------0-----------|----3---------------------------|
|--------------------------------|0-----------0---0-----------0---|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|--------------------------------|
                         can  you  fly     I      heard      you
       
|2-----------2-----------2-------|------------5-------------------|
|--------3-----------3-----------|5-----------------------5-------|
|----3---------------------------|--------5-----------5-----------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|----5-----------5-----------5---|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|5-----------5-----------5-------|
 can                     can you  fly       -y      -y        -y
        
|--------0---------------0-------|--------0---------------0-------|
|----0-------------------0-------|0-----------0-----------0-------|
|0-----------0-------0-----------|0h--2---------------0-----------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|0-----------0---0-----------0---|
 -y                         				  like  an
     
|2-----------2-----------2-------|0-----------0-----------0-------|
|--------3-----------3-----------|--------3-----------3-----------|
|----3---------------------------|----3---------------------------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|0-----------0---0-----------0---|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
 eagle       doin'      your      huntin'		  from the
       
|--------0---------------0-------|0h--2---2---------------2-------|
|0-----------0-----------0-------|0h--3-------3-----------3-------|
|0h--2---------------0-----------|0h--3---------------3-----------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|0-----------0---0-----------0---|
     			  sky 
      
|0-------0---------------0-------|--------------0-----------0-----|
|0h--2-------2-----------2-------|--------0-----------------------|
|0h--3---------------3-----------|0h--2---------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|0-------------0-----------------|

Repeat from the 5th measure for the next two verses.  But the last
verse ends differently.  From last measure of the verse, it goes like
this:

|--------0---------------0-------|--------0---------------0-------|
|0-----------0-----------0-------|0-----------0-----------0-------|
|0h--2---------------0-----------|0h--2---------------0-----------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|0-----------0---0-----------0---|
                    .....found			       cause  I'm

|2-----------2-----------2-------|2-----------2-----------2-------|
|--------3-----------3-----------|--------3-----------3-----------|
|----3---------------------------|----3---------------------------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|0-----------0---0-----------0---|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
 midway      down       the       miiiiiiiid-
        
|4-----------4-----------4-------|4-----------4-----------4-------|
|--------5-----------5-----------|--------5-----------5-----------|
|----5---------------------------|----5---------------------------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|0-----------0---0-----------0---|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
 way							  slowin'

|--------0---------------0-------|0h--2---2---------------2-------|
|0-----------0-----------0-------|0h--3-------3-----------3-------|
|0h--2---------------0-----------|0h--3---------------3-----------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|0-----------0---0-----------0---|
 down				  down

|0-------0---------------0-------|--------0---------------0-------|
|0h--2-------2-----------2-------|0-----------0-----------0-------|
|0h--3---------------3-----------|0h--2---------------0-----------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|0-----------0---0-----------0---|
 down			                      down

|0h--2---2---------------2-------|0-------0---------------0-------|
|0h--3-------3-----------3-------|0h--2-------2-----------2-------|
|0h--3---------------3-----------|0h--3---------------3-----------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
|0-----------0---0-----------0---|0-----------0---0-----------0---|

|--------------0-----------------|
|--------0-----------------------|
|0h--2---------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|--------------------------------|
|0-------------0-----------------|


The rest of the words:

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 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
And I envy you the valley
that you've found
Cause I'm midway down the midway
Slowin' down, down, down, down

© 1967 Siquomb Publishing Corp. BMI

 

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