transcription from jonimitchell.com


Black Crow

Guitar chords transcribed by Mark Domyancich and Howard Wright
Tuning: BbBbDbFAbBb   "Joni" Tuning: Bb123432

The intro reminds me a lot of that "headin' on the highway" song. There's
just a few chords. Something I've noticed in a lot of Joni's songs is that
she only uses just a few chords. Some examples are: 555400 or 555555 or 557755
in pretty much any tuning so it's fairly easy to figure out her songs.
Also, if
you have the tuning to a song of hers, but don't know the chords, sometimes
just fooling around will help you!

OK, enough rambling!


Intro:
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The note on the F string here is kind of optional, but it is better to
fret it so that you don't strum the open F string by mistake.

Bb---------------------------|
Ab---------------------------|
F--(3)-3-3--3-3---0--0--0----| ..... play this 4 times
Db--5--5-5--5-5---0--0--0----|
Bb--5--5-5--5-5---3--0--0----|
Bb--5--5-5--5-5---3--0--0----|


And the verses: There's also a lot of open strums inbetween the
chords.

Also, many of the bar chords have one or two notes added to them
on the middle two strings to give a dissonant kind of sound.
So wherever you see 555555 you can vary the sound by playing
555755 or 557755 from time to time.



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	555555
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There's a crow flying

Black and ragged

Tree to tree

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He's black as the highway that's leading me


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slide  0 0 12 12 12 12    000000
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888888
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Now he's diving down



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	   111111   000000   111111
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To pick up on



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000000 	333333
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something shiny


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I feel like that black crow flying



Bb---------------------------|
Ab---------------------------|
F--(3)-3-3--3-3---0--0---0---| and repeat this a few times
Db--5--5-5--5-5---0--0---0---|
Bb--5--5-5--5-5---3--0---0---|
Bb--5--5-5--5-5---3--0---0---|

In a blue sky




Then I think you just play the above chords with no words for this
part


And repeat the intro over and over until fade.

Additional lyrics:

I took a ferry to the highway
The I drove to a pontoon plane
I took a plane to a taxi
And a taxi to a train
I've been traveling so long
How'm I ever going to know my home
When I see it again
I'm like a black crow flying
In a blue, blue sky

In search of love and music
My whole life has been
Illumination
Corruption
And diving, diving, diving, diving.
Diving down to pick up on every shiny thing
Just like that black crow flying
In a blue sky

I looked at the morning
After being up all night
I looked at my haggard face in the bathroom light
I looked out the window
And saw that ragged soul take flight
I saw a back crow flying
In a blue sky
Oh I'm like a black crow flying
In a blue sky.

© 1976 Crazy Crow Music, all rights reserved.

 

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