transcription from jonimitchell.com


The Only Joy In Town

Guitar chords transcribed by Marian Russell
Tuning: DAEGAD   "Joni" Tuning: D77325

Intro: 

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I want to  paint a picture 

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Boti       celli   style 

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Instead of Venus   on a clam I'd paint this 

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Flower child 

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"You are the air my flowers breathe" 

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      he calls, and the ladies turn around   on the 

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first day of Spring, I'm looking at the 

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only joy around     He's the only joy around 

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The only joy I found 

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He's the only joy in town 

Repeat Intro 
  

2nd Verse: 

The Spanish steps are crowded 
Bunch of bodies brooding there 
Dead pan side-walk vendors 
Hustling vacant stares 
Making all the more exceptional 
This fool in a flower crown 
On the first day of Spring 
I'm looking 
At the only joy in town 

He's the only joy around 
The only joy I found 
The only joy in town 

3rd Verse: 
The Boticelli black boy 
With the fuchsias in his hair 
Is breathing in women like oxygen 
On the Spanish stairs 
In my youth I would have followed him 
All through this terra-cotta town 
On the first day of spring 
We'd dance and sing 
And be the only joy in town 

We'd be the only joy around 
The only joy in town 
He's the only joy I found 
All day 

4th Verse: 

At night these streets are empty 
Where does everybody go 
Where are the brash and tender rooms 
in Roman candle glow 
Where are Fellini's circus' 
La Dolce Vita clowns 
On the first day of Spring 
I'm looking 
At the only joy around 

He's the only joy around 
The only joy I found 
He's the only joy in town 

© 1991 Crazy Crow Music BMI

 

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