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Cool Water

Guitar chords transcribed by Howard Wright  Printer-friendly version of this piece
Tuning: DAEGAD   "Joni" Tuning: D77325

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There are several electric guitars playing in this track, and not all of
them are Joni's. I think the two guitars panned far left and right are
Joni's, and the guitars in the centre of the stereo image are played
by someone else. The chords here are just for Joni's guitar part.

Joni uses a lot of upward strums on the top three or four open strings
between chords, a favourite technique of hers. I've indicated most of
these as xx0000 (I think of them as a kind of "punctuation" between 
chords). In most cases, these open strings should be left to ring on
as the next chord is fingered.

To contrast with the open string chords, most of the shapes at the 5th
and 7th fret (5554xx and 7776xx) are played without using the top open
strings. Try adding an occasional open string to these shapes (as Joni
does), but try and play most of them using just the bottom four strings.



INTRO
------

(Keyboard solo)

(Guitar starts at 00:36)

D--------0----------------------------------------
A--------0----------------------------------------
G-----2--0----1--1---1--1--1--1----2-----2--------
E---2---------2--2---2--2--2--2----2---2----------
A-------------2---------2------------0------------
D-------------2---------2----------0--------------


(repeat above part once)


VERSE 1
--------

002200       xx0000     7776xx     xx0000
All day I face      the barren waste


002200     xx0000    7776xx
  Without a taste of water


     002200   xx0000
Cool water


5554xx       550000     7776xx         770000
Old Dan and I,      our throats slate dry


999xxx  999000  555400      002200   xx0000
   Our spirits  cry out for water


7776xx     999000    xx0000
Cool clear water


Note: for the chords on "Old Dan and I ...", and for equivalent
sections of the other verses, Joni usually takes off the fingers
that are fretting the middle two strings before playing the chord
with the open strings. Exactly which fingers are removed can be 
varied, e.g you can play 5554xx  550000  or  5554xx  550400.

Sometimes it sounds as though the two guitars played by Joni do 
slightly different things here, so one might add the open strings
without changing the chord at all (5554xx  555400). Try different
variations here - the main thing is to contrast the chords that use
only the bottom four strings with the fuller sound of the chords 
that also use the top open strings.



VERSE 2
--------
 
002200          xx0000   7776xx           xx0000
Keep on movin' Dan, some devils had a plan


       002200             xx0000
Buried poison in the sand


7776xx         xx0000  999000             xx0000
Don't drink it man,      it's in the water


2221xx      002200     xx0000
Cool clear water



MIDDLE 8
---------

5554xx       550000   7776xx     770000
In my mind I see    a big green tree
  

      5554xx          550000
And a river flowin' free


7776xx        770000       999000      xx0000
Waitin' up ahead       for you and me


2221xx     002200
Cool clear water


repeat intro riff:

D--------0-------------------------
A--------0-------------------------
G-----2--0----1--1---1--1--1--1----
E---2---------2--2---2--2--2--2----
A-------------2---------2----------
D-------------2---------2----------




VERSE 3
--------

002200           xx0000    7776xx      xx0000
The nights are cool    and I'm a fool


002200      xx0000    7776xx
Each star's a pool of water


     002200    xx0000
Cool water


5554xx         550000    7776xx     770000
But come the dawn     we carry on


999xxx  xx0000  555400       002200   xx0000
  We won't last long without water


7776xx     999000    xx0000
Cool clear water



VERSE 4
--------

002200         xx0000       7776xx              xx0000
Keep on movin' Dan,   we're still in no-man's land


002200       xx0000
Dry bones and sand


7776xx         xx0000         999000     xx0000 
People never planned here for water


2221xx     002200    xx0000 
Cool clear water



MIDDLE 8
---------

(It sounds like most of the open string strums on 5554xx 
and 7776xx are done without removing any fingers this time).



5554xx       555400   7776xx    777600
In my mind I see    a big green tree
  

      5554xx          555400
And a river flowin' free


7776xx        770000       999000      xx0000
Waitin' up ahead       for you and me


2221xx     002200
Cool clear water


D--------0-------------------------
A--------0-------------------------
G-----2--0----1--1---1--1--1--1----
E---2---------2--2---2--2--2--2----
A-------------2---------2----------
D-------------2---------2----------



VERSE 5
--------

002200         xx0000     7776xx     xx0000
The shadows sway,    they seem to say


002200     xx0000   7776xx
Tonight we pray for water


     002200   xx0000
Cool water


5554xx          550400   7776xx     xx0000
  And way up there,     if you care


999000           555400
  Please show us where


       002200      xx0000
There's good water


7776xx       999000   xx0000
Cool   clear water


2221xx       002200   xx0000
Cool   clear water


2221xx       002200   xx0000
Cool   clear water


(repeat and fade)


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