transcription from jonimitchell.com


Blue Motel Room

Guitar tablature transcribed by Mark Domyancich and Howard Wright
Tuning: CGDFAD   "Joni" Tuning: C77345

I'd like to thank Howard Wright for giving me the basic chords and the tuning.

The chord shapes and tablature are for the electric guitar part, played by
Joni. The acoustic guitar (Larry Carlton) uses standard tuning, so the chord
shapes are different.

The strumming patterns are pretty approximate, but listening to the album 
will help out a lot.

Note that for the third chord of the verse, Joni sometimes plays x05655 and 
sometimes x05555 for an extra "blue" touch! Joni also uses some open strings 
to "fill in" between chord changes - listen to the original to see how this 
works.

Intro:
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D----------0------------------------------------------|
A------------0----------------------------------------|
F--------2-----------------7-----0--------------------|
D------2--------2/3--3--7-----9-----------------------|
G-----------------------------------------------------|
C---0-------------------------------------------------|

D-----------------------------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------------------|
F-----------------------------------------------------|
D-----------------------------------------------------|
G-----------------------------------------------------|
C---7-slow-slide-0------------------------------------|

D---2--2--2-(0)---------0-----------------------------|
A---2--2--2-(0)----------0----------------------------|
F---2--2--2-(0)-----------0---------------------------|
D----------------2--5------7--------------------------|
G----------------2--5-------7-------------------------|
C-------------------5--------7------------------------|

Verse 1:
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D-------------2---2---2---2------7---------5----------|
A-------------2---2---2---2------7---------5----------|
F-------------2---2---2---2------7---------6----------|
D-------------2---2---2---2------7---------5----------|
G-------------0---0---0---0------0---------0----------|
C-------------0---0---0---0---------------------------|
I've got a blue motel room with a blue bedspread

D-------
A---
F---5
D---5
G---5
C---5
I got the blues inside and outside my head

D---------3---------------------------------------|
A---------3-----3---3---3---3------3---3----------|
F---------3-----3---3---3---3------5---5----------|
D-------3-------3---3---3---3------5---5----------|
G-----3---------3---3---3---3------3---3----------|
C---3-----------3---3---3---3------3---3----------|
Will you still love me

D----------0--------0---------0---0-------------|
A----------0--------0---------0---0-------------|
F----------0--------0---------2---2-------------|
D----------0--------0---------2---2-------------|
G----------0--------0---------0---0-------------|
C-----------------------------0---0-------------|
When I call you up when I am down?

D----------------------0------------------------------|
A-----------------------------------------------------|
F-------0---0---0-------------------------------------|
D-----2---2---2----2----------------------------------|
G-----------------------------------------------------|
C---0-------------------------------------------------|

Verse 2:
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D---2------------------7-----5-------------------|
A---2------------------7-----5-------------------|
F---2------------------7-----6-------------------|
D---2------------------7-----5-------------------|
G---0------------------0-----0-------------------|
C---0--------------------------------------------|
Here in Savannah it's pouring rain

D-----------------------------------------------------|
A---5---5---5---5-------------------------------------|
F---5---5---5---5-------------------------------------|
D---5---5---5---5-------------------------------------|
G---5---5---5---5-------------------------------------|
C---5---5---5---5-------------------------------------|
Palm trees in the porch light like

D-----------------------------------------------------|
A---5---5---5---5-------------------------------------|
F---7---7---7---7-------------------------------------|
D---7---7---7---7-------------------------------------|
G---5---5---5---5-------------------------------------|
C---5---5---5---5-------------------------------------|
Slick black cellophane

D-----------------------------------------------------|
A---3---3---3---3-------------------------------------|
F---3---3---3---3--------5--5-------------------------|
D---3---3---3---3--------5--5-------------------------|
G---3---3---3---3--------3--3-------------------------|
C---3---3---3---3--------3--3-------------------------|
Will you still love me

D------0----0----------0---------------------------------|
A------0----0----------0---------------------------------|
F------0----0----------2---------------------------------|
D------0----0----------2---------------------------------|
G------0----0----------0---------------------------------|
C----------------------0---------------------------------|
When I call you up when I get back to town?

Middle 8:
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|   |  | | | |
10 10 10 9 0 0
|   |  | | | |
I know that you got all those pretty girls coming on

||||||          ||||||
777777          779977
||||||          ||||||
Hanging on your boom-boom-pachyderm

||||||
555555
||||||
Will you tell those girls that

||||||
557755
||||||
You've got German Measles

||||||
002200
||||||
Honey, tell 'em you got germs

||||||
777777
||||||
I hope you'll be thinking of me

||||||
779977
||||||
Because I'll be thinking of you

 |  |  |  |  |  |    |  |  |  |  |  |
10 10 10 10 10 10   10 10 12 12 10 10
 |  |  |  |  |  |    |  |  |  |  |  |
While I'm traveling home alone

||||||                ||||||     ||||||                 ||||||
333333                335533     x00000                 002200
||||||                ||||||     ||||||                 ||||||
Tell those girls that you've got Joni she's coming back home

Verse 3:
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(Chord shapes same as previous verses)

I've got road maps from two dozen states

         555555         557755       
I've got coast to coast just to contemplate

333333
Will you still love me

335533
When I get back to town

002000

Verse 4:
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002222
It's funny how these old feelings hang around

(this is where the slightly "off-sounding" part is played! :)

D------7-------5--0---------------------------------|
A------7--0----5--0---------------------------------|
F---7-------0--5------------------------------------|
D---------------------------------------------------|
G---------------------------------------------------|
C---------------------------------------------------|

(now back to the usual chords)

555555                      557755
You think they're gone, no, they just go underground


Will you still love me
When I get back to L.A. town?

Middle 8:
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(Chords same as previous middle 8 section)

You and me are like America and Russia
We're always keeping score
We're always balancing the power
And that can get to be a cold, cold war
We're going to have to hold ourselves a peace talk
In some neutral café
You lay down your sneaking around the town, honey
And I'll lay down the highway

Outtro (repeat of 1st verse):
------------------------------

(same chords as before, but played in "free time")

I've got a blue motel room
With a blue bedspread
I've got the blues inside and outside my head
Will you still love me
When I get back to town?

D-------------------------0----------------------------|
A--------------------------0---------------------------|
F-----0---0---0---0---2-----2--------------------------|
D---2---2---2---2------------2-------------------------|
G-----------------------------0------------------------|
C------------------------------0-----------------------|

© 1976 Crazy Crow Music, all rights reserved.

 

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