transcription from jonimitchell.com


Lead Balloon

Guitar chords transcribed by Howard Wright
Tuning: DACFGC   "Joni" Tuning: D73525

There are quite a few different guitar parts on this track - I've written out the chord
shapes for the main, distorted guitar part. 

Also, in the verses with the chords Dadd9: 099999 and Bm11: 999999 it's possible that
Joni plays just the Bm11 shape and lets the bass guitar play the changing bass note. If 
you're playing it on just one guitar, I think it sounds better to include the changing 
bass note in the guitar chords, so that's how I've written it out.


Intro:
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(There is a clean-sounding guitar part doubling up on some of these chords, as well
as playing some notes on the open bottom string)


xx7777  (slide down)


xx2200   xx0000   xx2200   xx0000


xx2200   xx0000   xx2200   xx0000    


777777



Verse 1:
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999999                      222222

"Kiss my ass!" I said and I threw my drink


099999   999999    0 12 12 12 12 12

 Tequila trickling down his business suit


999999                         222222

Must be the Irish blood, fight before you think


099999   999999      0 12 12 12 12 12

         Too late now, you can't cowtow, you can't undo it


Chorus:
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The chorus has quite a few distorted guitars playing slightly different chords.
For the lines "Lead balloon ..." the loudest part playes the 0077xx and slides up to the 
0099xx chord. At the same time, the other main guitar plays 002200 and 000000, so when you 
play this song on one guitar you can vary it my mixing up these chords.


555400            777600

It's his town and that went down like a


0077xx   0099xx

Lead  balloon, lead, lead, lead, lead, balloon


        555400            777600

He said "Sic her, Rover", that went over like a


0077xx   0099xx                               0077xx   0099xx

Lead balloon, lead, lead, lead, lead, balloon,           lead balloon



Verse 2:
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(Same chords as verse 1)

An angry man is just an angry man
But an angry woman
Bitch!
I had to ask him for a helping hand
Him with the heart of a Bonaparte
Of a frozen fish!



Chorus:
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It's his town and that went down
Like a lead balloon
Lead lead lead lead balloon
He said "Sic her, Rover"
That went over
Like a lead balloon
Lead lead lead lead balloon
Lead balloon


Middle 8:
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333200   555555   888700   


099999    0 12 12 12 12 12


8 10 10 9 0 0     333200


0077xx   0099xx

Lead balloon, lead lead lead lead balloon


0077xx   0099xx

Lead balloon, lead lead lead lead balloon


0077xx   0099xx

Lead balloon, lead lead lead lead balloon


0077xx   0099xx

Lead balloon



Instrumental:
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(Same chords as for the verses)


Chorus:
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Keep repeating the 0077xx and 0099xx chords for the repeats of "lead lead lead balloon" at the end.


It's his town and that went down
Like a lead balloon
Lead lead lead balloon
He said "Sic her, Rover"
That went over
Like a lead balloon
Lead lead lead lead balloon
Lead balloon
Lead lead lead lead balloon
Lead lead lead lead balloon
Lead balloon


Final chord:  12 12 12 12 12 12    (optional whammy bar effect!)

 

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