Here's a song I fell in love with when I first heard it on Turbulent Indigo. I learned the chords from watching Joni's fingers on the PBS documentary on Troubadours of Folk Festival, where she first introduced the song. This is very classic Joni melody writing, on a par with Both Sides Now in its folk simplicity. The chords are not that exotic or jazzy, but there's a fluidity to the chord changes that really heightens the emotions of the lyrics - a Joni trademark! As before, I have not included the right-hand fingering - it's best left to the individual player to flesh out. Select a tuning that best suits your voice (the fingering is the same for all three): Tuning on Turbulent Indigo album: BF#D#D#F#B (my guitar goes dead this low!) Tuning on live performance: CGCEGC Also can be played in DADF#AD 4/4 Borderline - Words & Music by Joni Mitchell Intro: |||||| |||||| |||||| |||||| 555500 220100 555500 220100 |||||| |||||| |||||| |||||| Verse 1: 575655 555555 Everybody looks so ill at ease 575655 555555 So distrustful so displeased 575655 (070600) 0 12 12 12 12 0 Running down this table I see a borderline 0 13 13 13 13 0 0 12 12 12 12 0 Like a barbed wire fence 0 13 13 13 13 0 Strung tight 0 12 12 12 12 0 Strung tense 0 13 13 13 13 0 990800 Prickling with pretense 777777 A borderline 797877 777777 797877 777777 Why are you smirking at your friend 797877 990800 555555 Is this to be the night when all well-wishing ends 575655 555555 All credibility revoked 575655 Thin skin 555555 Thick jokes 575655 (0 12 12 12 12 0) Can we blame it on the smoke 555500 This borderline 220100 555500 220100 Verse 2: Every bristling shaft of pride Church or nation Team or tribe Every notion we subscribe to Is just a borderline Good or bad we think we know As if thinking makes things so! All convictions grow along a borderline Smug in your jaded expertise You scathe the wonder world And you praise barbarity In this illusionary place This scared hard-edged rat race All liberty is laced with Borderlines Verse 3: Every income every age Every fashion-plated rage Every measure every gauge Creates a borderline Every stone thrown through glass Every mean-streets-kick ass Every swan caught on the grass Will draw a borderline You snipe so steady You snub so snide So ripe and ready To diminish and deride! You're so quick to condescend My opinionated friend All you deface all you defend Is just a borderline Just a borderline 555500 220100 555500 220100 Another borderline 555500 220100 555500 220100 Just a borderline 555500 220100 555500 220100 © 1994 Crazy Crow Music, all rights reserved.
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