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Borderline

Borderline Guitar Tabs

Mitchell Joni - Borderline chords, tabs, tablatures, lyrics

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Borderline Guitar Tabs – Mitchell Joni

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Here's a song I fell in love with when I first heard it on Turbulent Indigo. I learned the chords from watching Joni's fingers on the PBS documentary on Troubadours of Folk Festival, where she first introduced the song. This is very classic Joni melody writing, on a par with Both Sides Now in its folk simplicity. The chords are not that exotic or jazzy, but there's a fluidity to the chord changes that really heightens the emotions of the lyrics - a Joni trademark!
As before, I have not included the right-hand fingering - it's best left to the individual player to flesh out. Select a tuning that best suits your voice (the fingering is the same for all three):
Tuning on live performance: CGCEGC
Also can be played in DADF#AD

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                                   Borderline - Words & Music by Joni Mitchell

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                                                     Every   -       body looks so ill at ease                      so distrustful so dis-

                                                    
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    pleased. Running down this table, I see a borderline.                                      Like a               barbed-wire      


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 fence                               strung tight, strung tense,               prickling with pretence,       a borderline.

                                                    
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        Why are you         smirking at your friend?                                                       Is this to                be the night


                             
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  when all well-wishing ends?                          All credibility re      -  voked?                                  Thin skin, thick

  
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     jokes! Can we blame it on the smoke, this sudden          border -   line?





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