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Michael From Mountains

Guitar chords transcribed by Howard Wright and Sue McNamara  Printer-friendly version of this piece
Tuning: FFCGAC   "Joni" Tuning: F07723

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Sue McNamara already did a nice transcription of this song. I've taken 
her version and changed a few chords here and there to come up with
this version, which I think is pretty much spot on.

Thanks to Sue for getting it started!


Intro:
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Cmadd9    F       F       F       F
xx0767  000505  000500  000505  000500


Verse 1:
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  F       F                 F
000505  000500            000505  
Michael wakes you up with sweets


  F     Fadd2   Bbm6/9/F               Fadd2 
000500  000000  001010                 000000
He takes you up streets and the rain comes down


  F        F                 F
000505   000500            000505  
Sidewalk markets locked up tight


  F     Fadd2   Bbm6/9/F            Fadd2 
000500  000000  001010              000000
  And umbrellas bright on a grey background



Bridge:
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There's a trick you need here for the 10 10 10 10 10 0 and 999990 chords.
To get a barre across the lowest 5 strings and keep the top string open, 
you need to use an *overhand* barre. In other words, your hand approaches 
the neck from above, with your fingers pointing *down* to the floor. Use 
your first finger to barre the 5 strings and leave the top one open.

Although I've heard this overhand technique of Joni's mentioned once or twice,
this is the first time I've actually found it to be the only way to play a 
particular chord. 

There's an extra subtelty involved here - for the chords at the 10th and
9th fret, the top string alternates between being open and fretted (e.g
the chord sequence is 999990 999999 99990). On one guitar it's possible 
to do this (use another finger for the top string), but it's not that easy. 

On the original song, there are two guitars playing, and it sounds like 
one guitar plays the full barre (i.e top string fretted) and the other 
plays the 5-string barre (top string open). So the effect is as if the 
top string switches between open and fretted, but it's probably the 
interaction of the two different guitar parts. 

Of course, it could be that Joni actually *does* change between the two shapes ... but
I find this quite tricky - maybe she has more flexible fingers?!

If you find the switch between chord shapes difficult on one guitar, just use 
the 5-string barre, as the open top string is an important note in these chords.


    Eb6/9                         Ebadd9               Eb6/9        
10 10 10 10 10 0             10 10 10 10 10 10     10 10 10 10 10 0
There's oil  on the puddles     in   taffeta     patterns


  D9                 Dadd9      D9   
999990               999999   999990 
    That run down the drain


Dbmaj9                       Cadd9
888880                       777770
In colored arrangements that Michael will change 


       Fadd9         Gmadd4  Fadd9   Gmadd4   Fadd9
       000000        x22010  000000  x22010   000000
with a stick that he found


Chorus:
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Cmadd9   
xx0767   
   Michael from mountains


Bbadd9
555555   
  Go where you will go to


 Am7                 Am7     Am7
x44030             x44034  x44030
   Know that I will know you


Gmadd4    Am7   Bbadd9  Abadd9    F         F        F
x22010  x44030  555555  333333  000505    000500   000505
      Someday    I may  know you very well


Cmadd9    F       F       F       F
xx0767  000505  000500  000505  000500


Verse 2:
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(Same chords as before)

Michael brings you to a park
He sings and its dark when the clouds come by
Yellow slickers up on swings
Like puppets on strings hanging in the sky
They'll splash home to suppers in wallpapered kitchens
Their mothers will scold
But Michael will hold you
To keep away cold till the sidewalks are dry-


CHORUS


Verse 3:
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(Same chords as before)

Michael leads you up the stairs
He needs you to care and you know you do
Cats come crying to the key
And dry you will be in a towel or two
There's rain in the window
There's sun in the painting that smiles on the wall
You want to know all
But his mountains have called so you never do-



Final chorus:
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Cmadd9
xx0767   
   Michael from mountains


Bbadd9
555555   
  Go where you will go to


 Am7                 Am7     Am7
x44030             x44034  x44030
   Know that I will know you


Gmadd4    Am7   Bbadd9  Abadd9    F         F        F
x22010  x44030  555555  333333  000505     000500   000505
      Someday    I may  know you very well


Gmadd4    Am7   Bbadd9  Abadd9    F         F        F
x22010  x44030  555555  333333  000505      000500   000505
      Someday    I will  know you very well


Cmadd9    F       F       F       F
xx0767  000505  000500  000505  000500


  F       F       F
000505  000500  000505

 

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