transcription from jonimitchell.com


Otis And Marlena

Guitar chords transcribed by Sue McNamara
Tuning: BbFCFAC   "Joni" Tuning: Bb77543

Thanks to Howard Wright and Jim Leahy for their help on these chords.


Intro:

C  -----------5--5--5--5-----------5--5--5--5----
A  -----------5--6--5--6-----------5--6--5--6----
F  -----------5--5--5--5-----------5--5--5--5----
C  -----------5--7--5--7-----------5--7--5--7----
F  -----------5--5--5--5-----------5--5--5--5----
Bb --0--0--0--5--5--5--5--0--0--0--5--5--5--5----


Verse:

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A  ---5--6---------5------6---------
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    Marlena under Foster Grants


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    She's undercover from the dawn's advance


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   That girl is travel-drained


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And the neon mercury vapor stained


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     Miami sky     It's red as meat


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     It's a cheap pink rose


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     Otis in the driver's seat


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    Watches the street lights fade away


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     On louvered blocks in green sea air


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     In fluorescent fossil yards


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     Slippers are shuffling into folding chairs


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    Freckled hands are shuffling cards


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A  --0------------------------1------------
F  --0------------------------0------------
C  --0------------------------2------------
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Bb --0------------------------0------------

    They've come for sun and fun


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A  ---7---------------------8-----
F  ---7---------------------7-----
C  ---7---------------------9-----
F  ---7---------------------7-----
Bb ---7---------------------7-----

     While Muslims stick up Washington ...


Otis empties out the trunk
On the steps of that celebrated dump
Sleazing by the sea
Bow down to her royal travesty--
In her ballrooms heads of state--
In her bedrooms rented girls--
Always the grand parades of cellulite
Jiggling to her golden pools
Through flock and cupid colonnades
They jiggle into surgery
Hopefully beneath the blade
They dream of golden beauty ...

They've come for sun and fun
While Muslims stick up Washington ...

Marlena, white as stretcher sheet
Watches it all from her 10th floor balcony
Like it's her opera box
All those Pagliacci summer frocks
Otis is fiddling with the TV dial
All he gets are cartoons and reruns
She taps her glass with an emery file
Watching three rings in the sun
The golden dive, the fatted flake
And sizzle in the mink oil
It's all a dream
She has awake
Checked into Miami Royal
Where they've come for sun and fun
While Muslims stick up Washington ...

©1977 Crazy Crow Music BMI

 

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