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That Song About The Midway

Guitar chords transcribed by Marian Russell and Sue McNamara  Printer-friendly version of this piece
[Capo on fret 2]
Tuning: DADEAD   "Joni" Tuning: D75255

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This is a modification of Sue McNamara's tab.
Many thanks to her for the initial effort and 
for the existence of the JMDL guitar site!

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Intro:


000 02h 00       000 0h3 0h3 0h2       000 0h3 0h2 0


000 0h2 00



1st verse:


000000  707000        505000      404000
I       met you on a  mid-        way


000320           000 0h2 00     000 0h2 00     000000
at a fair last   year                          and you


707000             505000      404000
stood out like a   ru-         by


000320           000 0h2 00     000 0h2 00     000000
in a black man's ear                           you were


000332           000320   0000000
playing on the   horses   you were


000554                   000332    000000
playing on the guitar    strings   you were


000320           000300
playing like a   devil  wearing 


000 0h2 00     000 0h2 00     000000
wings                         wearing


000332              000330  000000 
wings you looked so grand   wearing 


555555
wi-         


000000     000 0h2 00     000000
ings                      do you


000332             000330         
tape them to your  shoulders just to


000 0h2 00     000 0h2 00    000000
sing                         Can you


000332              000330  000000 
fly I heard you     can     can you   


555555
fly -


000000     000 0h2 00     000000
-y                        like an


000332             000330         
eagle doing your   hunting from the 


000 0h2 00     000 0h2 00    000000
sky 


Additional verses:

I followed with the sideshows 
to another town 
And I found you in a trailer 
on the camping grounds
You were betting on some lover
you were shaking up the dice
And I thought I saw you cheating 
once or twice.

Once or twice I heard you bid 
Once or twice 
Were you wondering was the gamble worth the price
Pack it in, I heard you did 
Pack it in
Was it hard to fold a hand you knew you could win

So lately you've been hiding
It was somewhere in the news
And I'm still at these races 
With my ticket stubs and my blues
And a voice calls out the numbers
And it sometimes mentions mine
And I feel like I've been working overtime

Overtime, I've lost my fire 
Overtime
Always playin' one more hand for one more dime
Slowin' down I'm gettin' tired
Slowin' down 
And I envy you the valley that you've found 
'Cause I'm midway down the midway 
Slowin' down, down, down, 

© 1967 Siquomb Publishing Corp. BMI

 

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drsteve on 2013-Oct-04 at 12:06:00 GMT-5:
Amazing song; amazing tab. I'm keeping one of my Taylors tuned to DADEAD just to play this one over and over. One suggestion. I've been playing 555555 as 500500. It sounds a wee bit more haunting and, after all, it is a haunting song.