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Big yellow taxi   Joni Mitchell

Date: Mon, 28 Aug 1995 14:20:59 +0100

                           BIG YELLOW TAXI - Joni Mitchell

                        from the album 'Ladies of the Canyon', 1970

Originally sent by Harlan Thompson 

Corrections/additions by Howard Wright (

(You might also need a capo on the 3rd fret - I'm not sure)
All chord shapes given at the end.

Intro :

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 :

       A         A6      A               E     A/E  E7  A/E  E
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

         A    A6        B            B6        E
With a pink hotel, a boutique and a swingin' hot spot

 E5             Emaj7
Don't it always seem to go

          A/E                                   E
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone

       A        A6       B        B6       E
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

 E  A/E E7  A/E  E                   A/E  E7  A/E E
(Choo           bop bop bop bop, choo           bop 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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