RIVER 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) Verse: 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 (2)22000 Oh I wish I had a river x02220 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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