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Gift Of The Magi

Guitar chords transcribed by Mia Ortlieb  Printer-friendly version of this piece
[Capo on fret 3]
Tuning: DADF#AD   "Joni" Tuning: D75435

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Capo up 3 frets (or 1 fret depending on which version you listen to).

Joni wrote this song based on the short story β€œThe Gift of the Magi,”
originally written by O. Henry (William Sydney Porter 1862-1910). 
It appears that Joni composed this song as a kind of libretto with 
singing parts for the wife, the husband, and the narrator or cast.  
Other than a few exceptions, there are 2 main chord shapes 
throughout the song that only change fret positions.  For the higher 
fret positions, I have listed them as follows:

10th fret = A
11th fret = B
12th fret = C

Intro:  087800  065600  000000 (repeat 4 times)


087800  076700   087800           0CBC00    0A9A00     
I remem -ber Mon-day rising up to pack his  lunch, 

         087800  076700  087800
We kissed good – bye,    *sing*

888888      777777    555555 444444 555555  065600        000000
What a fool-ish  girl was     I,     *sing*  what a fool was she

087800         076700  087800         0CBC00
Near the store where I go shopping on display

      0A9A00       087800 076700  087800
There was a  gol – den     watch   chain

888888        777777 555555 444444 555555 065600         111111 000000
All that week it had me     stop-  ping,  What a fool was she . . . . .

087800  076700     065600     000000
Almost Christmas,  we were so poor. . . .

087800          076700           065600      000000
Where there was will, there were ways, I was sure. . . . . . .

0CBC00       0A9A00        078700           067600
In the paper written plain,  I saw an ad, I caught a train,

012100              000000         0A9A00          0CBC00   000000
And sold my hair to buy the chain, what a fool was she. . . .

087800  065600  000000 (Repeat 4 times before the next verse)

(The ending on the last verse goes like this:)

065600                 000000  065600             000000
And wise men lost their way,   Wisemen lose their way,

065600          000000 076700 087800 076700 087800 000000
Merry Christmas Day. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Outro:
087800 065600 000000 (repeat 4 times, then play:) 087800 076700 087800

      
Complete lyrics:

I remember Monday rising up to pack his lunch
We kissed goodbye 
*Sing* What a foolish girl was I
*Sing* What a fool was she
Near the store where I go shopping
On display there was a golden watch chain
All that week it had me stopping
What a fool was she
Almost Christmas, we were so poor
Where there was will 
There were ways
I was sure

In the paper written plain
I saw an ad, I caught a train
And sold my hair to buy the chain
What a fool was she

(and he says:)

I remember Monday rising with her hair
reflected in my eyes
It caught the sun a million times
What a fool was he
In a window near the office was a comb
of pearls and beads and tortoise
Oh, the devil'd come to court us
What a fool was he
Almost Christmas, we were so poor
Where there was will 
There were ways
I was sure

In the pawnshop coming home
I stopped inquiring for a loan
And sold the watch to buy the comb
What a fool was he

Christmas came up cold and glum
There were no visions of sugarplums
There were no joyous carols sung
Oh, what fools were they
He sat glaring at her bob
As she lay weeping by a chain and fob
And sadly burned the Yule log
And wise men lost their way
Wisemen lose their way
Merry Christmas Day

 

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