Guitar chords transcribed by Sam Stone  Printer-friendly version of this piece
Tuning: A#FA#GA#D   "Joni" Tuning: A#75934

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written by Joni Mitchell
from 'Blue' (1971)

Arranged for guitar by Sam Stone
TUNING:  A#FA#GA#D (A#75934) (low to high)

Note:  This is one that I've been sitting on since 2010.  It was inspired by Martin Giles' guitar 
arrangement for "For Free," in which he took a piano song and arranged it for alternate-tuned guitar.
I wanted to do the same thing for "River."  The result is a very slow, jazzy arrangement very reminiscent 
of and in the same key as Herbie Hancock's version.  Unfortunately, my tabbing skills aren't as good as 
other submitters' so all I can offer are chord shapes and the YouTube clip.

As always, the fret numbers 10 and above are written with letters such that A=10, B=11 C=12, etc.  
Also, fret numbers in parentheses should be played with your thumb.

Intro:  000300 > 000301/000301/000301 > 000300 (repeat)


000300 > 000301    000300
    It's coming on Christmas

         000301      000300
They're cutting down trees

         000301     000300
They're putting up reindeer
000300>000301>000303     000005  000003 000300
And sing-ing  songs of    joy     and    peace

Oh I   wish  I had a river

I could skate away on

But it don't snow here
It stays pretty green
I'm going to make a lot of money
Then I'm going to quit this crazy scene
I wish I had a river
I could skate away on

 055300      055300 055000 055300  077500
I wish I had a ri  -  ver    so     long

x7777x  x77500  x9977x              77777 > 777778 > 77777A > 777778 > 777777
  I      would   teach    my feet to fly             

    555555        000000 > 777777            CCCCCC  > Intro 
Oh I wish I had a river,        I could skate away on

 x99008  x77007 555005 > 555050  > Intro
I made my baby    cry         

The rest of the song is just repeats.



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