Song To A Seagull

Guitar tablature transcribed by Howard Wright  Printer-friendly version of this piece
Tuning: CGCGCC   "Joni" Tuning: C75750

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              C5                    C7sus4

G------------12--------12-------------10--------------  (REPEAT ONCE)

Once the singing has started, the picking pattern shown above for the 
(0 0 0 12 0 12) chord shape is also used for the second shape at the 
10th fret. Use the same picking pattern for most of the song, with a 
few simple strums mixed in. Where the chord shapes have fretted notes 
on the 2nd and 4th strings (instead of the 1st/3rd strings as above) 
just shift the whole pattern down one string. 

All chord shapes are given at the end. The shapes are easy, but getting the 
fingerpicking to work takes a bit of practice (it's worth the effort though!).
One extra detail : on the G7sus4 shape that comes half way through Verse 1, you
can hammer on to the note on the 2nd string.

Verse 1:

C5        C7sus4     C5         C7sus4
Fly silly seabird no dreams can possess you

C5            C7sus4                     G7sus4
No voices can blame you for sun on your wings

C         Csus4          C               Csus4
My gentle relations have names they must call me

    C          Csus4                 C7sus4   C5  C6/9
For loving the freedom of all flying things

    C5             C7sus4       Cm(add#5)    Csus2
My dreams with the seagulls fly out of reach out of cry

Verse 2:

C*            Csus4-9  Cm             Csus4-9
I came to the city and lived like old Crusoe

C*              Csus4-9    Cm          Csus4-9
On an island of noise in a cobblestone sea

C*                   Csus4-9          Cm           Csus4-9
And the beaches were concrete and the stars paid a light bill

        C*            Csus4-9        Cm           C7sus4  C5  C6/9
And the blossoms hung false on their store window trees

    C5             C7sus4       Cm(add#5)    Csus2
My dreams with the seagulls fly out of reach out of cry

Verses 3 and 4 follow the same chord changes as for Verse 1.

Chord Shapes:

C  G  C  G  C  C         C  G  C  G  C  C          C  G  C  G  C  C
0  0  0  12 0  12        0  0  0  10 0  10         x  0  5  0  5  0

     C5                         C7sus4                  G7sus4

C  G  C  G  C  C         C  G  C  G  C  C          C  G  C  G  C  C
0  0  4  0  4  0         0  0  5  0  5  0          0  0  0  14 0  14

      C                       Csus4                       C6/9

C  G  C  G  C  C         C  G  C  G  C  C         
0  0  0  8  0  8         0  0  0  7  0  7

    Cm(add#5)                  Csus2

C  G  C  G  C  C          C  G  C  G  C  C       C  G  C  G  C  C         
0  0  0  5  4  0          0  0  0  6  5  0       0  0  0  8  7  0

       C*                      Csus4-9                  Cm


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