I’ve managed to figure out a standard tuning version of “Harry’s House/Centerpiece” (one of my favourite Joni songs). I’ve borrowed some elements and chord shapes from Marian Russell’s CGDFBbD transcription. It sounds pretty good, but if you have any suggestions/improvements (and I’m sure this thing could be improved upon) I’d love to hear from you - firstname.lastname@example.org. All fret positions are relative to the capo. Intro: 002220 005550 007770 000000 002220 002220 005555 007777 000000 002220 00222x Heatwaves 00000x on the 33320x runway 00555x As the wheels set 33300x down 33300x He takes his 00777x baggage 00777x Off the 000000 carousel 00000x He takes a taxi into 03000x town 00222x Yellow schools 00000x of 33320x taxi fishes 00555x Jonah in the ticking 33300x whale 33300x Caught up at the 00777x lights 00777x In the fishnet 00000x windows 00000x Of Blooming- 03000x –dales, watching those 002220 High 005550 fa- 007770 –shion 000000 Gir – 002220 – rls 33200x Skinny black models with 33000x raven curls 002220 Beauty parlour 005550 blondes 007770 with 000000 Credit card 002220 eyes 33200x Looking for the chic 33000x and the fancy to buy (same chords for following verses) He opens up his suitcase In the continental suite And people thirty stories down Look like colored currents in the street A helicopter lands on a Pan Am roof Like a dragonfly on a tomb And business men in button downs Press into conference rooms Battal Yellow checkers for the kitchen Climbing ivy for the bath She is lost in House and Gardens He's caught up in Chief of Staff He drifts off into the memory Of the way she looked in school With her body oiled and shining Like a public swimming pool…. Transition to Centerpiece: 030000 ….002020 The more I’m with 002220 you 002220 Pretty 002020 baby 002020 The more I feel my 002220 love 002220 In- 002020 –crease 333333 I’m 335353 building all my 333333 dreams 335353 Around 333333 you Our 002220 happiness will 002020 Nev- 002220 –er 002020 cease 222222 Cause 244322 nothin’s any good 244322 With- 242322 –out 244322 you 002220 Baby you’re my 005550 Cen- 002020 –ter- 024442 –piece! Transition to Harry’s House: 003000 002220 Shining 005550 hair 007770 and 000000 Shining 002220 skin 33200x Shining as she 33000x reeled him in To 002220 tell him 005550 like 007770 she 000000 Did 002220 today 33200x Just what he could do with Harry’s House 33000x And Harry’s take home pay Outro: 030000 for a while, then 002220 (upstrum). (That last chord’s not actually on the record but I think it gives the song a nice finishing touch.)
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