transcription from jonimitchell.com
Guitar chords transcribed by Sam Stone
[Capo on fret 2]
Tuning: CGDFCE "Joni" Tuning: C77374
CHINESE CAFE / UNCHAINED MELODY written by Joni Mitchell, utilizing the words and music of North/Zaret and Goffin/King from 'Wild Things Run Fast,' 1982 Arranged for guitar by Sam Stone Tuning: CGDFCE (C77374), Capo 2 Note: This arrangement is one of those that just "came to me." I had been looking at the chords as noted (in standard tuning) in the "Joni Mitchell Complete" songbook from 2006 and decided to "fiddle with the knobs," as Joni says. By magic or something I accidentally ended up in the good old CGDFCE tuning and, after playing through this arrangement a few times, I wouldn't be surprised if this was the tuning Joni actually used for this song, maybe in an early demo or something of that sort. That said, this is not an exact transcription. It's just a guitar arrangement that seeks to combine the many elements of the full-band recording and synthesize them down, hopefully offering a sufficient "stripped down" version which can be played relatively easily and in a familiar tuning. All fret numbers ten and above are written with numbers such that A=10, B=11, etc. Intro (approximately, listen to the album to get the rhythm): E ---------------------------- C --------------------------0- F ------------9-----------4--- -> 002200 002000 002200 002000 002200 002000 D -7/8--A-8--A--A-8--8--3----- G ---------------------------- C ---------------------------- 0002200 002200 > 0022200 > 002200 (hammer on and off F string following the melody) Caught in the middle 002200 > 0022200 > 002200 555400 Ca - rol - we're middle class, we're middle aged 775555 We were wild in the old days 555400 Birth of rock 'n' roll days 220000 Now your kids are coming up straight A7800X And my child's a stranger 775555 555400 I bore her, but I could not raise her 220000 Nothing lasts for long 002200 Nothing lasts for long AA8900 Nothing lasts for long 775555 Down at the Chinese Cafe 220000 We'd be dreaming on our dimes x3050x 7755xx 33550x We'd be playing "Oh my love, my darling" 002220 > 002000 002220 002000 002220 002000 002220 One more time Uranium money Is booming in the old home town now It's putting up sleek concrete Tearing the old landmarks down now Paving over brave little parks Ripping off Indian land again How long how long Short sighted business men Ah nothing lasts for long Nothing lasts for long Nothing lasts for long Down at the Chinese Cafe We'd be dreaming on our dimes We'd be playing "You give your love, so sweetly" One more time Christmas is sparkling Out on Carol's lawn This girl of my childhood games With kids nearly grown and gone Grown so fast Like the turn of a page We look like our mothers did now When we were those kids' age Nothing lasts for long Nothing lasts for long Nothing lasts for long Down at the Chinese Cafe We'd be dreaming on our dimes We'd be playing x3050x 7755xx 33550x "Oh my love, my darling 55540x x3050x I've hungered for your touch 7755xx A long lonely time x3050x 77555x 33550x And time goes by so slowly 55540x x3050x And time can do so much 77555x 220000 Are you still mine? x3050x 555400 I need your love 77555 220000 I need your love 33550x 555400 0022000 God speed your love to me" 002200 002000 002200 002000 002200 002000 Time goes - where does the time go? I wonder where the time goes.
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