Down To You

chord chart with fingering transcribed by Stephen Sevda  Printer-friendly version of this piece
Tuning: EADGBE   "Joni" Tuning: E55545

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Down to you.   Tuning EADGBE  by Stephen Sevda

This is NOT a cover for guitar of the faithful piano version as transcribed by
Dave Blackburn/ Michael Dunn, just a simplified interpretation. Prior knowledge
of the rhythm, timing and melody of the song is assumed. Much of this is my own


D/F♯   Gmaj7A  G G/A  D  E  Bm7 Esus4 Fmaj7b5/E Dm7 C Csus2

A7sus4 Am7 Em7C♯m F G[2] C[2] G/C

Intro  x2

       D/F♯   Gmaj7   A

D/F♯       Gmaj7     A
Everything comes and goes
          G          G/A       D
Marked by lovers and styles of clothes
D/F♯            Gmaj7    
Things that you held high
And told yourself were true
        G               G/A               D
Lost or changing as the days come down to you
        A    E  Gmaj7
Down to you

Constant stranger
You're a kind person
You're a cold person too
             A   E   G
It's down to you
   D              E       Esus4  E  Fmaj7b5/E  Dm7
It all comes down to you.
            D      c
You go down to the pick up station
                          Csus2  C
Craving warmth and beauty
    Dm7        D          C
You settle for less than fascination
                                        Csus2  C
A few drinks later you're not so choosy
         Dm7            D             C
When the closing lights strip off the shadows
                                       Csus2 C
On this strange new flesh you've found
Dm7           D                   C
Clutching the night to you like a fig leaf
Csus2  C
You hurry
Csus2  C
To the blackness
Csus2  C
And the blankets
Csus2 C  Csus2  C
To lay down an impression
Csus2    A7sus4
On your loneliness
D/F♯                     Gmaj7
In the morning there are lovers in the street
They look so high
You brush against a stranger
        G/A       D
And you both apologize
D/F♯             Gmaj7
Old friends seem indifferent
You must have brought that on
    G                 G/A
Old bonds have broken down
Am7     D      Em7   D
Love is gone
C    Em7     A
Ooh, love is gone
                D           C♯m
Written on your spirit this sad song
F  G[2]     C[2]  G/C
    Love is gone

Repeat intro x2

D/F♯       Gmaj7     A
Everything comes and goes
Pleasure moves on too early
    G/A                D
And trouble leaves too slow
D/F♯             Gmaj7
Just when you're thinking
You've finally got it made
Bad news comes knocking
G/A            D
At your garden gate
             A   E   Gmaj7
Knocking for you

Constant stranger
You're a brute-you're an angel
You can crawl-you can fly too
It's down to you
                  E   Esus4  E  Esus4  E
It all comes down to you

The D/F♯ and Gmaj7 chords I play the bass with my thumb and try to emphasise the bass run F♯, G, A.
I left out the solo interlude. A beautiful song. Play and enjoy.


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bosteph on 2013-Mar-17 at 04:57:23 GMT-5:
Simply copying the piano part note for note doesn't work for someone playing alone with an acoustic guitar. Most of the transcriptions on this site don't give strict rhythm or timing information; that's left up to the individual. The score was studied [not Dave Blackburn and Michael Dunn's, but the one from 'The Complete Joni Mitchell' songbook] and brought down to the basic core for one instrument. OK the intro has been shortened, the interlude ommited and occasionally relative majors have been used instead of minors but it works for me.
beatntrack on 2012-Oct-31 at 19:45:04 GMT-5:
If this is being presented as an arrangement with simplified and substituted chords, fair enough, but Mr. Sevda has not transcribed Joni's chords correctly and this tab style of presentation gives no timing or rhythm information as to where they occur.

While it is true that piano pieces ported to guitar usually need some modifying to make for playable voicings and certain notes may be out of range of the instrument, this song is in fact largely playable on guitar in standard tuning. Mr. Sevda's chart however does not show you how though. He would have done better if he had consulted with the detailed score that Michael Dunn and I posted, studied the piano voicings as they are scored and then applied that to guitar as accurately as they can be played by someone with moderate classical or jazz guitar chops.

Dave Blackburn
guitarist and transcriber.