transcription from jonimitchell.com


In France They Kiss On Main Street

Guitar chords transcribed by Sue McNamara
[Capo on fret 2]
Tuning: DAEGAD   "Joni" Tuning: D77325

Note: Fret positions are from capo e.g., 2 indicates 
two frets down from capo.

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Downtown

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With my darling dimestore thief

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In the War of Independence

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Rock 'n Roll rang sweet as victory

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Under neon signs

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A girl was in bloom

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And a woman was

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fading in a suburban room

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I said, "Take me to the dance"  "Do you want to dance"

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"I love to dance"

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And I told him, "They don't take chances

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And they seem so removed from romance"

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"They've been broken in churches and schools

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And molded to middle class circumstance"

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We were rolling,          rolling,

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rock 'n            rolling

Downtown
The dance halls and cafes
Feel so wild you could break somebody's heart
Doing the latest dance craze
Gail and Louise
In those push-up brassieres
Tight dresses and rhinestone rings
Drinking up the band's beer
Young love was kissing under bridges
Kissing in cars, kissing in cafes
Walking down Main Street
Kisses like bright flags on holidays
"In France they kiss on Main Street"
"Amour, mama, not cheap display"
And we were rolling, rolling, rock 'n rolling

Downtown
In the pinball arcade
With his head full of pool hall pitches
And songs from the hit parade
He'd be singing "Bye, Bye, Love"
While he's racking up his free play
Let those rock 'n roll choir boys
Come and carry us away
Sometimes Chickie had the car
Or Ron had a car
Or Lead Foot Melvin with his hot-wire head
We'd all go looking for a party
Looking to raise Jesus up from the dead
I'd be kissing in the backstreet
Thrilling to the Brando-like things that he said
And we'd be rolling, rolling, rock 'n rolling

© 1975 Crazy Crow Music, BMI

 

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