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Taxi   Harry Chapin






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Taxi
(Harry Chapin)


       C       Gm          C       Gm          C       Gm     

-|-----0---------3---|-----0---------3---|-----0---------3---|
-|---1---1---3-----3-|---1---1---3-----3-|---1---1---3-----3-|
-|-------------3-----|-------------3-----|-------------3-----|
-|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
-|-3-----------------|-3-----------------|-3-----------------|
-|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|

       C       Gm          C       Gm          C       Gm     

-|-----0---------3---|-----0---------3---|-----0---------3---|
-|---1---1---3-----3-|---1---1---3-----3-|---1---1---3-----3-|
-|-------------3-----|-------------3-----|-------------3-----|
-|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
-|-3-----------------|-3-----------------|-3-----------------|
-|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
                 It was  raining hard     in Frisco.   I needed

       C       Gm          C       Gm          C       Gm    

-|-----0---------3---|-----0---------3---|-----0---------3---|
-|---1---1---3-----3-|---1---1---3-----3-|---1---1---3-----3-|
-|-------------3-----|-------------3-----|-------------3-----|
-|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
-|-3-----------------|-3-----------------|-3-----------------|
-|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
   one more fare to make my night     A   lady up ahead waved to


       C       Gm          Bb   G#         C       Gm    

-|-----0---------3---|-----1---------4---|-----0---------3---|
-|---1---1---3-----3-|-3-----3--4------4-|---1---1---3-----3-|
-|-------------3-----|---3--------5------|-------------3-----|
-|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
-|-3-----------------|-1-----------------|-3-----------------|
-|-------------------|----------4--------|-------------------|
   flag   me   down.   She got in at the    light.


"Where you going to, my lady blue? 
It's a shame you runed your gown in the rain."
She just looked out the window, she said
"Sixteen Parkside Lane."

      C       Gm          C       Gm          Bb      G#      

-|-----0---------3---|-----0---------3---|-----1---------4---|
-|---1---1---3-----3-|---1---1---3-----3-|-3-----3--4------4-|
-|-------------3-----|-------------3-----|---3--------5------|
-|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
-|-3-----------------|-3-----------------|-1-----------------|
-|-------------------|-------------------|----------4--------|

 
         C                C    Bb              D     Am **     

-|-------0-----------|-0-----------------|-----2----0--------|
-|-----1---1-----1---|-----1--3----------|---3---3----1---1--|
-|---0-------0-------|---0------3--------|--------------2----|
-|-------------2-----|------------3----0-|-------------------|
-|-3-----------------|-3------1----------|-------------------|
-|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|

       D     Am **     

-|-----2----0--------|
-|---3---3----1---1--|
-|--------------2----|
-|-0-----------------|
-|-------------------|
-|-------------------|

Something about her was familiar,
I could swear I'd seen that face before,
But she said "I'm sure you're 

       D     Am **     C *       Bb        D       Am **        

-|-----2----0--------|-----3--------1---|-----2----0--------|
-|---3---3----1---1--|-5-----5--3-----3-|---3---3----1---1--|
-|--------------2----|---5--------3-----|--------------2----|
-|-0-----------------|------------------|-0-----------------|
-|-------------------|-3--------1-------|-------------------|
-|-------------------|------------------|-------------------|
  mistaken,"    and she  didn't say anything more.

It took a while but she looked in the mirror,
Then she glanced at the licence for my name.
A smile seemed to come to her slowly—
It was a sad smile just the same

       G                D                 C     G        

-|-------2-----------|-------2-2--------|-------------------|
-|-----0---0---------|-----3-----3------|-----1-------0-----|
-|---0-------0----0--|---2---------2----|---0---0---0---0---|
-|-------------0-----|-0-------------0--|-------------------|
-|-------------------|------------------|-3-----------------|
-|-3-----------------|------------------|---------3---------|
And she said, "How are you,  Harry?"         I said, "How are you,

    D                    G                   D     Bm        

-|-------2-2h3--------|---------3--------|-------2-----------|
-|-----3-------3------|-----0-----0---0--|-----3--------3----|
-|---2-----------2----|---0---0-----0----|---2--------4---4--|
-|-0---------------0--|------------------|-0-----------------|
-|--------------------|------------------|----------2--------|
-|--------------------|-3----------------|-------------------|
   Sue?            Through the too many miles and too little smiles


  G                         D     Am **     

-|---------3--------1-|-----2----0--------|
-|-----0-----0---0--0-|---3---3----1---1--|
-|---0---0-----0----0-|--------------2----|
-|------------------0-|-0-----------------|
-|------------------2-|-------------------|
-|-3----------------3-|-------------------|
   I still           remember you."

It was somewhere in a fairy tale
I used to take her home in my car.
We learned about love in the back of a Dodge—
The lessons 

     C *       Bb         D     Am **            D     Am **     

-|-----3--------1---|-3---3----0--------|-3---3----0--------|
-|-5-----5--3-----3-|-2---2----1--1---2-|-2---2----1--1---2-|
-|---5--------3-----|-3---3----2----2---|-3---3----2----2---|
-|------------------|-0---0----0--------|-0---0----0--------|
-|-3--------1-------|-------------------|-------------------|
-|------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
 lessons hadn't gone too far.

       G                Em      A           D     D (add C#)        

-|---------2---------|-------------0---|-----2-------2-----|
-|-----0-----0----0--|-----0-------2---|-----3-------3-----|
-|---0---0-----0-----|---0---0---2---2-|---2---2---2---2---|
-|-------------------|-----------------|-0-------4---------|
-|-------------------|---------0-------|-------------------|
-|-3-----------------|-0---------------|-------------------|
You see she was going to be an actress and I was gonna learn to

    Bm                    G                   D     Bm        

-|---------2----------|---------3--------|-------2-----------|
-|-----3-----3---3----|-----0-----0---0--|-----3--------3----|
-|---4---4-----4------|---0---0-----0----|---2--------4---4--|
-|--------------------|------------------|-0-----------------|
-|-2------------------|------------------|----------2--------|
-|--------------------|-3----------------|-------------------|
   fly,          She took off to find the footlights, I

     C *       Bb      D Am **      D     Am **      

-|-----3--------1----|-3-0-0-0-|-3-3-3-0-0-0-|
-|-5-----5--3-----3--|-2-1-1-1-|-2-2-2-1-1-1-|
-|---5--------3------|-3-2-2-2-|-3-3-3-2-2-2-|
-|-------------------|-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
-|-3--------1--------|---------|-------------|
-|-------------------|---------|-------------|
took off to find the sky.

C                              Bm                   E
I've got something inside me to make a princesess blind.

         C    Em  Am    Em  C           Em Am  D               Em
There;s a wild man wizard, he's hiding in me, illuminatin' my mind.

C                               Bm                E
I've got something inside me, not what my life's about,

      C    Em   Am      Em C       Em   Am F                        A#
'Cause I've been letting my outside tide me over till my time runs out.

D#  A#  F  A#  D#  F

Some harmonic stuff (no idea)

       D     Am **     D        Am **      D        Am **  

-|-----2----0--------|-----2----0--------|-----2----0--------|
-|---3---3----1---1--|---3---3----1---1--|---3---3----1---1--|
-|--------------2----|--------------2----|--------------2----|
-|-0-----------------|-0-----------------|-0-----------------|
-|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
-|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
                                      There was not much more for us

       D     Am **         D     Am **         D     Am **    

-|-----2----0--------|-----2----0--------|-----2----0--------|
-|---3---3----1---1--|---3---3----1---1--|---3---3----1---1--|
-|--------------2----|--------------2----|--------------2----|
-|-0-----------------|-0-----------------|-0-----------------|
-|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
-|-------------------|-------------------|-------------------|
 to talk about. Whatever we had once was gone. So I turned my cab

       D     Am **        C *       Bb    D Am **   D     Am **  

-|-----2----0--------|-----3--------1---|-3-0-0-0-|-3-3-3-0-0-0-|
-|---3---3----1---1--|-5-----5--3-----3-|-2-1-1-1-|-2-2-2-1-1-1-|
-|--------------2----|---5--------3-----|-3-2-2-2-|-3-3-3-2-2-2-|
-|-0-----------------|------------------|-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
-|-------------------|-3--------1-------|---------|-------------|
-|-------------------|------------------|---------|-------------|
into the driveway, past the gate and the fine-trimmed lawn.

And she said, "We must get together," but I knew it'd never be arranged.
So she handed me twen-ty doll-ars for a two-fifty fare.
She said "Harry, keep the change."

      D       D   Am Am Am Am          D   D  Am Am Am Am
Well, another man might have been      angry, 

    D       D   Am Am Am               D   D  Am Am Am Am 
and another man might have been        hurt,

    D       D   Am Am Am Am         D   D   Am Am Am Am
But another man never would have    let her go.

C             Bb         D Am Am Am Am  D D D Am Am Am
I stashed the bill in my shirt.

       G                Em      A           D     D (add C#)        

-|---------2---------|-------------0---|-----2-------2-----|
-|-----0-----0----0--|-----0-------2---|-----3-------3-----|
-|---0---0-----0-----|---0---0---2---2-|---2---2---2---2---|
-|-------------------|-----------------|-0-------4---------|
-|-------------------|---------0-------|-------------------|
-|-3-----------------|-0---------------|-------------------|
And she walked away in silence.         It's strange how you never

    Bm                    G                   D     Bm        

-|---------2----------|---------3--------|-------2-----------|
-|-----3-----3---3----|-----0-----0---0--|-----3--------3----|
-|---4---4-----4------|---0---0-----0----|---2--------4---4--|
-|--------------------|------------------|-0-----------------|
-|-2------------------|------------------|----------2--------|
-|--------------------|-3----------------|-------------------|
   know,         But we'd both gottem what we'd asked for such a

  G                        D     Am **     

-|---------3---------|-----2----0--------|
-|-----0-----0---0---|---3---3----1---1--|
-|---0---0-----0-----|--------------2----|
-|-------------------|-0-----------------|
-|-------------------|-------------------|
-|-3-----------------|-------------------|
  long, long time ago.

D   Am **
You see, she was gonna be an actress, and I was gonna learn to fly.

She took off to find the footlights, and I took off to find the sky.


       G                D                 C     G        

-|-------2-----------|-------2-2--------|-------------------|
-|-----0---0---------|-----3-----3------|-----1-------0-----|
-|---0-------0----0--|---2---------2----|---0---0---0---0---|
-|-------------0-----|-0-------------0--|-------------------|
-|-------------------|------------------|-3-----------------|
-|-3-----------------|------------------|---------3---------|
And here she's acting happy              Inside her handsome

    D                    G                   D     Bm        

-|-------2-2h3--------|---------3--------|-------2-----------|
-|-----3-------3------|-----0-----0---0--|-----3--------3----|
-|---2-----------2----|---0---0-----0----|---2--------4---4--|
-|-0---------------0--|------------------|-0-----------------|
-|--------------------|------------------|----------2--------|
-|--------------------|-3----------------|-------------------|
   home,                 And me, I'm flying in my   taxi


     C *       Bb      D Am **   D     Am **   

-|-----3--------1----|-3-0-0-0-|-3-3-3-0-0-0-|
-|-5-----5--3-----3--|-2-1-1-1-|-2-2-2-1-1-1-|
-|---5--------3------|-3-2-2-2-|-3-3-3-2-2-2-|
-|-------------------|-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
-|-3--------1--------|---------|-------------|
-|-------------------|---------|-------------|
taking tips, and getting stoned.


G                 A
I go flying so high

When I'm stoned.
       D     Am **    

-|-----2----0--------|
-|---3---3----1---1--|
-|--------------2----|
-|-0-----------------|
-|-------------------|
-|-------------------|

repeat and fade

Chords used:
C                Gm               Bb                G#
-----------      -----------      -----------      -----------
| | | | 1 |      | | | | | |   B1 1 1 1 1 1 1   B4 1 1 1 1 1 1
-----------      -----------      -----------      -----------
| | 2 | | |      | | | | | |      | | | | | |      | | | 2 | |
-----------      -----------      -----------      -----------
| 3 | | | |      | 3 | 4 4 4      | | 3 3 3 |      | 3 4 | | |
-----------      -----------      -----------      -----------
| | | | | |      | | | | | |      | | | | | |      | | | | | |
-----------      -----------      -----------      -----------

D                Am **            C * (bar)        G
-----------      -----------      -----------      -----------
| | | | 1 |      | | | | 1 |   B3 1 1 1 1 1 1      | | | | | |
-----------      -----------      -----------      -----------
| | | 2 | 3      | | | 2 | |      | | | | | |      | 2 | | | |
-----------      -----------      -----------      ----------- 
| | | | 4 |      | | | | | |      | | 3 3 3 |      3 | | | | 3
-----------      -----------      -----------      -----------
| | | | | |      | | | | | |      | | | | | |      | | | | | |
-----------      -----------      -----------      ----------- 


Em               A                D (add C#)       Bm         
-----------      -----------      -----------      -----------
| | | | | |      | | | | | |      | | | | | |   B3 1 1 1 1 1 1
-----------      -----------      -----------      -----------
| 1 2 | | |      | | 1 2 3 |      | | | 1 | 2      | | | | 2 |
-----------      -----------      -----------      ----------- 
| | | | | |      | | | | | |      | | | | 3 |      | | 3 4 | |
-----------      -----------      -----------      -----------
| | | | | |      | | | | | |      | 4 | | | |      | | | | | |
-----------      -----------      -----------      -----------

E                Am               F                D#
-----------      -----------      -----------      -----------
| | | 1 | |      | | | | 1 |      1 1 1 1 1 1   B6 1 1 1 1 1 1
-----------      -----------      -----------      -----------
| 2 3 | | |      | | 2 3 | |      | | | 2 | |      | | | | | |
-----------      -----------      -----------      -----------
| | | | | |      | | | | | |      | 3 4 | | |      | | 3 3 3 |
-----------      -----------      -----------      -----------
| | | | | |      | | | | | |      | | | | | |      | | | | | |
-----------      -----------      -----------      -----------

     A#
    -----------
 B6 1 1 1 1 1 1
    -----------
    | | | 2 | |
    -----------
    | 3 4 | | |
    -----------
    | | | | | |
    -----------

This is quite a song.  If there are any corrections, additions, etc, please let me know.

Brad Morris
b-morris@uchicago.edu


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