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Sweet Baby James  James Taylor

There [D]is a young cowb[A]oy, he l[G]ives on the r[F#m]ange,
His h[Bm]orse and his c[G]attle are his o[D]nly comp[F#m]anions,
He w[Bm]orks in the s[G]addle and he sl[D]eeps in the c[F#m]anyons,
W[G]aiting for su[D]mmer, his p[A]astures to c[Em7]hange.[A7]

And [G]as the moon rises [A7sus]he sits by his f[D]ire,
Th[Bm]inking about wo[G]men and gl[D]asses of b[A]eer,
And cl[G]osing his eyes as the [A7sus]doggies ret[D]ire,
He s[Bm]ings out a s[G]ong which is s[D]oft but it's clear,
A[E7sus]s if maybe s[E7]omeone could[Asus] hear.  [A]

Chorus:
He says g[D]oodnight you m[G]oonlight [A7sus]ladies,   [D]
R[Bm]ock-a-bye sw[G]eet baby Ja[D]mes,
D[Bm]eep greens and bl[G]ues are the co[D]lors I choose,
Won't you [E7sus]let me go down in my d[Asus]reams,
And r[G]ock-a-by [A7sus]sweet baby J[D]ames.

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.

Chorus.


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borderman (report)

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.

borderman (report)

Yes, I agree, defininitely capo on first fret. Great job to a wonderful song!

seanlabas (report)

def. capo 1

joeybonin (report)

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.

vanfireman (report)

for the a7sus chord, and easier variation is 302030...i dont know, just sounds nice

vanfireman (report)

capo 1??