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Cold Blue Steel And Sweet Fire

Guitar chords transcribed by Sue McNamara  Printer-friendly version of this piece
Tuning: CGDGBD   "Joni" Tuning: C77543

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It helps greatly to learn these chord changes if you play along with the recording.  

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Intro:

**||||7 **||||5 **||||7 **||||10 **||||7 **||||5 **||||7
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 G       F       G       Bb       G       F       G

**||||slide 1-7 **||||5 **||||7 **||||10 **||||7 **||||5 **||||2
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 G               F       G       Bb       G       F       D

||||*|1   ||||*|3    |**|*|5 
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 C        Gmaj7/C      Csus2
Cold Blue Steel out of money

                |**|*|7 ||||*|8
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                Gmaj7/C  Csus2
One eye for the beat police 

**||||slide 1-7 **||||5 **||||7 **||||10 
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 G               F       G       Bb       
Sweet Fire calling

    **||||7 **||||5 
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    G       F      
"You can't deny me

**||||slide 1-7 **||||5 **||||7 **||||10 
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 G               F       G       Bb       
Now you know what you need"

   **||||7 **||||5  **||||2 
    ||||||  ||||||  ||||||  
    G       F        D      

||||*|1   ||||*|3    |**|*|5 
||*|||    ||*|||     ||||||
 C        Gmaj7/C      Csus2
Underneath the jungle gym

                |**|*|7 ||||*|8
                ||||||  |||*||
                ||||||  ||*|||
                Gmaj7/C  Csus2
Hollow-grey-fire-escape-thief

**||||7  **||||5 **||||7 ||**** 7
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 G        F       G       D
Looking for Sweet Fire

          ||**** 5    
          ||||||
           C
Shadow of Lady Release

 ||****5 ||****3 ||****5
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  C       Bb/C    C
"Come with me

 ||**** slide 3-5
 ||||||
 Bb to C
I know the way" she says

****** 7  ******10   ****** 5
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 D/G       F/Bb       C/F
"It's down, down, down the dark ladder

||||*|1   ||||*|3    |**|*|5 
||*|||    ||*|||     ||||||
 C        Gmaj7/C     Csus2
Do you want to contact somebody first

             |**|*|7 ||||*|8
             ||||||  |||*||
             ||||||  ||*|||
             Gmaj7/C  Csus2
Leave someone a letter

       **||||7 **||||5 
       ||||||  ||||||  
         G       F       
You can come now

**||||7 **||||10 **||||7 **||||5 **||||7
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 G       Bb       G       F       G
Or you can come later"

**||||slide 1-7 **||||5 **||||7 **||||10 **||||7 **||||5 **||||2
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 G               F       G       Bb       G       F       D

Continue with the same chords for next two verses:

A wristwatch, a ring, a downstairs screamer
Edgy-black cracks of the sky 
"Pin-cushion-prick- 
Fix this poor bad dreamer!" 
"Money" cold shadows reply 
Pawnshops crisscrossed and padlocked 
Corridors spit on prayers and pleas 
Sparks fly up from Sweet Fire 
Black soot of Lady Release
"Come with me
I know the way" she says
"It's down, down, down the dark ladder
Do you want to contact somebody first
Does it really matter
If you come now
Or if you come on later?"

Red water in the bathroom sink 
Fever and the scum brown bowl 
Blue Steel still begging 
But it's indistinct 
Someone's Hi-Fi drumming Jelly Roll 
Concrete concentration camp 
Bashing in veins for peace 
Cold Blue Steel and Sweet Fire 
Fall into Lady Release
"Come with me I know the way" she says
"It's down, down, down the dark ladder 
Do you want to contact somebody first 
I mean what does it really matter 
You're going to come now
Or you're going to come later"

OUTRO:

REPEAT CHORDS FOR VERSE THEN ADD:

****** 7  ******10   ****** 5
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 D/G       F/Bb       C/F

© 1972 Joni Mitchell-BMI

 

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