Tuning: C# C# C# C# G# C# In Joni notation: C# 0 12 0 7 5 This is the acoustic guitar part played by Steven Stills. The tuning pattern is one of Stills' favourites: it's the one used on Suite: Judy Blue Eyes, 4+20 and others. In fact, the opening chords below are very similar to the opening riff of Suite: Judy Blue Eyes. The tuning is quite an extreme one, and it's not easy to get things perfectly in tune for the open strings and for notes at the top of the neck. As always with open tunings, you need to find the best compromise. This guitar part was transcribed in the "Hits" guitar songbook but the tuning they gave was wrong. I think that's the first time that a songbook to which Joel Bernstein contributed has got an incorrect guitar tuning! (Joel is Joni's long time friend and guitar tuning archiver. I guess he only keeps records for Joni's tunings and not for tunings used by other people on her songs). There are only a handful of chord shapes so this is a nice easy one to play! Intro: ------ N.B the song starts with the dulcimer on its own, and the guitar enters after a couple of bars. If you want to play something similar to the opening dulcimer chords on the guitar as well, try this: xx0025 xx0004 777777 Guitar enters with: x x 0 0 10 9 xx0097 xx0075 xx0054 Note: for many of the 000054 chords, ad. lib hammer-ons and pull-offs to/from 000055 are used. Also, since the bottom four strings are all tuned to the same note, it doesn't make a big difference which ones you play. I tend to avoid the lowest two strings when playing the opening riff above, and play all the strings the rest of the time. VERSE: ------ 000054 The wind is in from Africa 777777 Last night I couldn't sleep, oh you know it 550000 000054 777777 sure is hard to leave here Carey but it's really not my home 000054 My fingernails are filthy 777777 I got beach tar on my feet 550000 000054 777777 And I miss my clean white linen and my fancy French cologne CHORUS: ------- 777777 000054 Oh Carey get out your cane 777777 And I'll put on some silver 550000 000054 777777 000054 000075 Oh you're a mean old Daddy, but I like you fine 0 0 0 0 10 9 000097 000075 000054 (the chord changes on this last line are played ad lib on later choruses) Chords are the same for future verses/choruses, except for slightly different ending on last chorus: Final Chorus: ------------- 777777 000054 Oh Carey get out your cane 777777 And I'll put on my finest silver 550000 000054 777777 000054 We'll go to the Mermaid Cafe have fun tonight 550000 000054 777777 000054 I said, oh you're a mean old Daddy, but you're out of sight xx0075 x x 0 0 10 9 xx0097 xx0075 000054
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