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Amelia

Guitar chords transcribed by Mark Domyancich  Printer-friendly version of this piece
Tuning: CGCEGC   "Joni" Tuning: C75435

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I think this songs really holds together because the guitar
line is so beautiful and the chords are easy to play. This
version here is similar to how Joni plays it on the Shadows
And Light album. I especially love the tuning!

Intro:

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Verse 1:

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I was driving across the burning des - ert

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When I spotted six    jet planes

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Leading six white  vapor trails

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Across the bleak  terrain

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It was the hexagram of the heavens

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It was the strings of my guitar   (You can hear this in the background)

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Amelia

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It was just a false   alarm

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And then into the next verses:

The drone of flying engines
is a song so wild and blue
it scrambles time and seasons if it gets thru' to you
Then your life becomes a travelogue                  
of picture-post-card-charms
Amelia, it was just a false alarm

People will tell you where they've gone
They'll tell you where to go
but till you get there yourself you never really know
where some have found their paradise
other's just come to harm
Amelia, it was just a false alarm

I wish that he was here tonight
It's so hard to obey
His sad request of me to kindly stay away
So this is how I hide the hurt
As the road leads cursed and charmed
I tell Amelia, it was just a false alarm

A ghost of aviation
she was swallowed by the sky
or by the sea, like me she had a dream to fly
Like Icarus ascending
on beautiful foolish arms
Amelia, it was just a false alarm

Maybe I've never really loved
I guess that is the truth
I've spent my whole life in clouds at icy altitude
and looking down on everything
I crashed into his arms
Amelia, it was just a false alarm

I pulled into the Cactus Tree Motel
to shower off the dust
and I slept on the strange pillows of my wanderlust
I dreamed of 747's
over geometric farms
dreams, Amelia, dreams and false alarms.

©1976 Crazy Crow Music, all rights reserved.

 

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