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Don Juan's Reckless Daughter

Guitar tablature transcribed by Mark Domyancich, Marian Russell and Howard Wright  Printer-friendly version of this piece
Tuning: CGDFCE   "Joni" Tuning: C77374

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(The last time Joni composed in this tuning!)

The words don't match up too well the the tab but it is easy to figure it out.

Listening to the track will help a lot of course.

Intro:
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Verse 1:
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I'm Don Juan's reckless daughter
I came out two days on your tail

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Those two bald-headed days in November

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When the first snowflakes sail.

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Out on the vast and subtle plains of mystery

A split-tongue spirit

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Talks noble as a nickle chief

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Strking up an old jukebox and he says:   

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"Snakes around the railroad tracks," he says,   

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"Eagles in jet trails," he says,   
  
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"Coils around feathers and talons on scales."    

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"Gravel under the belly plates," he says,   

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"Wind in the Wings!" He says,   

"Big bird dragging it's tail in the dust,"   

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"Snake kite flying on a
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Same tab for the next verse:   

I come from open prairie   
Given some wisdom and a lot of jive!   
Last night the ghost of my old ideals   
Reran on channel five   
And it howled so spooky for its eagle soul   
I nearly broke down and cried   
But the split tongue spirit laughed at me   
He says, "Your serpent cannot be denied."   
Our serpents love the whiskey bars   
They love the romance of the crime   
But didn't I see a neon sign   
Fester on your hotel blind?   
And a country road come off the wall   
And swoop down at the crowd at the bar   
And put me at the top of your danger list   
Just for being so much like you are!   

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You're a coward against the altitude--   
You're a coward against the flesh--   
Coward--caught between yes and no   
Reckless this time on the line for yes, yes, yes!   
Reckless brazen in the play   
Of your changing traffic lights   
Coward--slinking down the hall   
To another restless night   
As we center behind the eight ball   
As we rock between the sheets   
As we siphon the colored language   
Off the farms and the streets   
Here in Good-Old-God-Save-America   
The home of the brave and the free   
We are all hopelessly oppressed cowards   
Of some duality   
Of restless multiplicity   
Oh say can you see   

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Restless for streets and honky tonks   
Restless for home and routine   
Restless for country-safety-and her   
Restless for the lights of reckless me   
Restless sweeps like fire and rain   
Over virgin wilderness   
It prowls like hookers and thieves   
Through bolt locked tenements   
Behind my bolt locked door   
The eagle and the serpent are at war in me   
The serpent fighting for blind desire   
The eagle for clarity   
What strange prizes these battles bring?   
These hectic joys-these weary blues?   
Puffed up and strutting when I think I win   
Down and shaken when I think I lose?   

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There are rivets up here in this eagle   
There are box cars down there on your snake   
And we are twins of spirit   
No matter which route home we take   
Or what we forsake   
We're going to come up to the eyes of clarity   
And we'll go down to the beads of guile   
There is danger and education   
In living out such a reckless life style.   
I touched you on the central plains   
It was plane to train my twin   
It was just plane shadow to train shadow   
Yet to me like skin to skin.   
The spirit talks in spectrums   
He talks to mother earth to father sky   
Self indulgence to self denial   
Man to woman   

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   Scales to feathers   

   You and I Hmmmhmmmhmmm   

     
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   Eagles in the sky you and I   

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Snakes in the grass you and I   
  
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   Crawling, flying you and I   

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Oh oh you and I you and I you and I   

     
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by the dawn's early light   

Then repeat this completely awesome riff several times (The   
more the better!!! ;)   

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You and I you and I you and I you and I oh you and I   

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