Sweet Baby James

James Taylor

There is a young cowboy, he lives on the range,
His horse and his cattle are his only companions,
He works in the saddle and he sleeps in the canyons,
Waiting for summer, his pastures to change.

And as the moon rises he sits by his fire,
Thinking about women and glasses of beer,
And closing his eyes as the doggies retire,
He sings out a song which is soft but it's clear,
As if maybe someone could hear.  

He says goodnight you moonlight ladies,   
Rock-a-bye sweet baby James,
Deep greens and blues are the colors I choose,
Won't you let me go down in my dreams,
And rock-a-by sweet baby James.

Well the first of December was covered with snow,
And so was the turnpike from Stockbridge to Boston,
The Birkshires seemed dream-like on account of that frostin',
With ten miles behind me and ten thousand more to go.

There's a song that they sing when they take to the highway,
A song that they sing when they take to the sea,
A song that they sing of their home in the sky,
Maybe you can believe it, if it helps you to sleep,
But singing works just fine for me.


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A A7 A7sus Asus Bm D E7 E7sus Em7 F#m G
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vanfireman (report comment to admin):
capo 1??

vanfireman (report comment to admin):
for the a7sus chord, and easier variation is 302030...i dont know, just sounds nice
joeybonin (report comment to admin):
There are 19,000 bad tab versions of this tune on the web. This one is good, complete with James' trusty sus4 chords. Also love his arrangement of Foster's Oh, Susanna.
seanlabas (report comment to admin):
def. capo 1
borderman (report comment to admin):
Yes, I agree, defininitely capo on first fret.  Great job to a wonderful song!
borderman (report comment to admin):
As for Capo on #1, it only raises the pitch a half note.  JT plays it on two videos that I found where no Capo is used (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l9MncdJ_lOs) and one where a capo is used (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EoNd_maBbY).  Suppose it all depends on which notes are easier to sing on a given day.