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Big Yellow Taxi  Joni Mitchell




[A]   [A6]    [A]   [A6]    [A]   [B]   [B6]    [B]   [B6]    [B]   E  A/E  E7  A/E  E  A/E E7  A/E  E   etc
Verse :

They pa[A]ved paradi[A6]se and p[A]ut up a parking [E]lot[A/E] [E7] [A/E] [E]
With a pi[A]nk ho[A6]tel, a bou[B]tique and a s[B6]wingin' ho[E]t spot

D[E5]on't it always [Emaj7]seem to go
That you d[A/E]on't know what you've got till it's go[E]ne
They pa[A]ved parad[A6]ise and p[B]ut up a p[B6]arking lo[E]t
([E]Cho[A/E]o   [E7]    [A/E]    b[E]op bop bop bop, choo[A/E]     [E7]    [A/E]  bo[E]p bop bop bop)
They took all the trees, put 'em in a tree museum
And they charged the people a dollar and a half just to see 'em
Hey farmer farmer, put away that D.D.T. now
Give me spots on my apples but leave me the birds and the bees
Late last night I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi took away my old man
CHORUS TWICE (with only one chooo bop... at each end)
They paved paradise, put up a parking lot (choo bop bop bop bop)
They paved paradise, put up a parking lot
Chord Shapes :

     [E]     [A]     [B]    [A/E]     [E7]      [A6]      [B6]     [E5]     [Emaj7]                           
E  --0----5----7----0---0------5----7-----0----0---------------------
B  --0----5----7----0---0------5----7-----0----0---------------------
G# --0----5----7----1---3------5----7-----3----3--------------------
E  --0----5----7----0---0------5----7-----0----0-----------------
B  --0----5----7----2---3------7----9-----5----4----------------
E  --0----5----7----0---0------5----7-----0----0----------------

On the first two lines of the chorus and
frequently on the verse, it is better to somewhat muffle the chords so
that the rhythm can be heard but the actual notes barely heard. Also,
the song can be played in regular tuning with the same chords, but I
think it sounds much better this way (and this is what J.M. actually does).
Also, please post if you know any J.M. songs in their actual
tuning. I hear that of all her guitar songs, she only did around
two of them in standard tuning!

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banjogirl78 (report)

Cluttered, not enough space makes it difficult to read.