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The Drinking Song  Joni Mitchell

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Intro and Chorus:
And the [G]band [D7]played [G]on

As the [G]helic[C5]opters [D]whirred

[C]Drunk on the [A7]lawn in a nuc[G]lear [Em]dawn
My [G]senses [D]finally [G]blurred
[D7]He was a [G]rock, to the [C5]end a solid remin[G]der

Couldn't [Am]deny a f[D7]riend

[D7]We lived in the [G]noise and the [C5]sweet amber [G]posion
[Bm]Peekin' up the skirt of the [C]end
[D7]And we'd [G]drink, [C5]two gnarly dudes and some [G]records
Much like [Am]plates of black [D7]food
[D7]We filled up our [G]faces, [C5]saw some far [G]places
[Bm]Stood on the roof in the [C]nude [D7]

Between poles, he said "we're like cows in the grass"
Brushing off flies
Chaise lounging around standing up, falling down
'Till we no longer opened our eyes
And we'd drink, ever notice how drinking's like war
Cup 'o' troops o'er the gums
To the end of our health a campaign 'gaisnt myself
Armed with bourons and scotches and rums


Think of bombs, we're poised on the edge of disaster
Whether it's right or it's wrong
We opened the window, played some Nintendo
Sang a few bars of some pretty old song:

        [G]Ir[C]ene [G]goodnight, [D]Irene [G]goodnight

        [G]Goodnight [G7]Irene goo[C]dnight Irene
        I'll [G]see you[D7] in my [G]dreams   [D7]
Oh to dream, those impotent bones of extinction
Flying graceful and free
None but the best cause the man cannot rest
'Till he's finally beaten his me


'Till the end, he passed out on the sun deck that morning
Quietly saying goodbye
But I was so hammered I sputtered and stammered
Told him he couldn't just die
He was a rock, went straight for his own armageddon
Face froze in a grin
Ambulance flyin' in I never drank again
Can't really call that a loss or a win


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