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Eastern Rain

Guitar tablature transcribed by Sue McNamara  Printer-friendly version of this piece
Tuning: BF#BF#BF#   "Joni" Tuning: B75757

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Unreleased song
This version is from the 1967 Gene Shay radio show
where she demonstrates the song for Gene and
Gordon Lightfoot.

Tuning: BF#BF#BF#
Joni Notation: B75757

Note: Joni uses the overhand bar method on the third and the
fifth fret: barring the first five strings and leaving the
top string open.

Intro riff twice:

F#---7---9---7------7---9--7----------------------|
B----7---------7----7--------7--------------------|
F#---7----------7---7----------7------------------|
B----0--------------0-----------------------------|
F#------------------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------------------|

F#---5---7---5------5---7--5----------------------|
B----5---------5----5--------5--------------------|
F#---5----------5---5----------5------------------|
B----0--------------0-----------------------------|
F#------------------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------------------|

Verse:

F#---7-------7------7------7----------------------|
B----7---7-----7----7---7----7--------------------|
F#---7----------7---7----------7------------------|
B----0--------------0-----------------------------|
F#------------------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------------------|
   Rain comes from the east one night

F#---5-------5------5------5----------------------|
B----5---5-----5----5---5----5--------------------|
F#---5----------5---5----------5------------------|
B----0--------------0-----------------------------|
F#------------------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------------------|
    We watch it come ...

F#---7-------7------7------7----------------------|
B----7---7-----7----7---7----7--------------------|
F#---7----------7---7----------7------------------|
B----0--------------0-----------------------------|
F#------------------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------------------|
   To hang like beaded curtains

F#---5-------5------5------5----------------------|
B----5---5-----5----5---5----5--------------------|
F#---5----------5---5----------5------------------|
B----0--------------0-----------------------------|
F#------------------------------------------------|
B-------------------------------------------------|
    Till the morning sun ...

F#------0-------------0---0----------0------------|
B-------3----------3--3---3-------3--3------------|
F#------3-------3---------3-----3-----------------|
B-------3----3------------3---3-------------------|
F#------3-----------------3-----------------------|
B---0---3-----------------3-----------------------|
        Water dripping from our clothes

F#------0-------------0---0----------0------------|
B-------5----------5--5---5-------5--5------------|
F#------5-------5---------5-----5-----------------|
B-------5----5------------5---5-------------------|
F#------5-----------------5-----------------------|
B---0---5-----------------5-----------------------|
         You with raindrops on your nose

F#------0-------------0---0----------0------------|
B-------3----------3--3---3-------3--3------------|
F#------3-------3---------3-----3-----------------|
B-------3----3------------3---3-------------------|
F#------3-----------------3-----------------------|
B---0---3-----------------3-----------------------|
        You ask me sadly please don't go

F#----0-------------------------------------------|
B-----0----4-5--7-7--5-4-5--1--0--0--0------------|
F#----0----0-0--0-0--0-0-0--0--0--1--0------------|
B-----0----0-0--0-0--0-0-0--0--0--0--0------------|
F#----0---------------------------1--0------------|
B-----0-------------------------------------------|
      Away now ...

F#------0-------------0---0----------0------------|
B-------3----------3--3---3-------3--3------------|
F#------3-------3---------3-----3-----------------|
B-------3----3------------3---3-------------------|
F#------3-----------------3-----------------------|
B---0---3-----------------3-----------------------|
        Until the rain is done I say

F#----0-------------------------------------------|
B-----0----4-5--7-7--5-4-5--5--5------------------|
F#----0----0-0--0-0--0-0-0--0--0------------------|
B-----0----0-0--0-0--0-0-0--0--0------------------|
F#----0-------------------------------------------|
B-----0-------------------------------------------|
        I'll stay now ...

F#----0-------------------------------------------|
B-----0----4-5--7-7--5-4-5--5--5------------------|
F#----0----0-0--0-0--0-0-0--0--0------------------|
B-----0----0-0--0-0--0-0-0--0--0------------------|
F#----0-------------------------------------------|
B-----0-------------------------------------------|

Verse 2 (same as 1):

Rain outside but inside
We don't mind at all
Shadows from the fire
Slowly climb and fall
Kisses fade and leave no trace
Whispers vanish into space
The dawn will lead me on a chase
To nowhere ...
I cry as if I were the first to go there.

Chorus:

F#------0-------------0---0----------0------------|
B-------5----------5--5---5-------5--5------------|
F#------5-------5---------5-----5-----------------|
B-------5----5------------5---5-------------------|
F#------5-----------------5-----------------------|
B---0---5-----------------5-----------------------|
       And I know I shouldn't be here ...

F#------0-------------0---0----------0------------|
B-------3----------3--3---3-------3--3------------|
F#------3-------3---------3-----3-----------------|
B-------3----3------------3---3-------------------|
F#------3-----------------3-----------------------|
B---0---3-----------------3-----------------------|
        Yes, I know I should go home ...

F#------0----0--0---------0-----------------------|
B-------0----7--7---------7-----------------------|
F#------0----7--7---------7-----------------------|
B-------0-----------0-----0-----------------------|
F#------0-----------0-----0-----------------------|
B---0---0-----------0-----0-----------------------|
         But that eastern rain

F#------0----0--0---------0-----------------------|
B-------5----5--5---------5-----------------------|
F#------5----5--5---------5-----------------------|
B-------0-----------0-----0-----------------------|
F#------0-----------0-----0-----------------------|
B---0---0-----------0-----0-----------------------|
         drones in my brain ...

F#------0-------------0---0----------0------------|
B-------3----------3--3---3-------3--3------------|
F#------3-------3---------3-----3-----------------|
B-------3----3------------3---3-------------------|
F#------3-----------------3-----------------------|
B---0---3-----------------3-----------------------|
        And I'm so all alone ...

F#----0-------------------------------------------|
B-----0----4-5--7-7--5-4-5--5--5------------------|
F#----0----0-0--0-0--0-0-0--0--0------------------|
B-----0----0-0--0-0--0-0-0--0--0------------------|
F#----0-------------------------------------------|
B-----0-------------------------------------------|
        so all alone ...

F#----0-------------------------------------------|
B-----0----4-5--7-7--5-4-5--5--5------------------|
F#----0----0-0--0-0--0-0-0--0--0------------------|
B-----0----0-0--0-0--0-0-0--0--0------------------|
F#----0-------------------------------------------|
B-----0-------------------------------------------|

Verse 3 (same as 2):

Morning comes up from the east
We watch it come
And far away now rolls the ancient
Rain God's drum
You with daybreak in your eyes
Afraid to speak for telling lies
I watch you search for some reply
To lend me ...
But when the rain is done
There's no pretending ...

Repeat Chorus with this outro:

F#----0--------------------------------------------0---0--------------------|
B-----0---------4-5--7-7--5-4-5--1--0--0--0----0---0-----0------------------|
F#----0---------0-0--0-0--0-0-0--0--0--1--0h1--0h1-0-------0----------------|
B-----0---------0-0--0-0--0-0-0--0--0--0--0----0---0---------0--------------|
F#----0--------------------------------1--0h1--0h1-0-----------0------------|
B-----0--------------------------------------------0-------------0----------|
        so all alone ...

 

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