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California - Joni Mitchell
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                                     From the album 'Blue'

 


The original has a dulcimer part playing the intro, and playing chords in 
the main part of the song.  I've tabbed the dulcimer intro bit for guitar 
using an alternative tuning.  For the main part of the song, the acoustic 
(using normal tuning) dominates; I've written out chord shapes ( and a bit 
of tab) for this, as well as shapes for the 'dulcimer' part. 

The original acoustic part adds a few noodles on top of the basic chords 
(mostly sus4 and sus2 type of things). I've tried to include a few of these, 
but I havn't tried to TAB note for note what is played.   

The acoustic part is played with a capo at the 3rd fret, so when I 
write D I mean play a D shape above the 3rd fret. (The actual 
chord would be F)

OK ?


To play the dulcimer part, tune to : F Bb D A C F     (no capo used)

Low E up to F
A up to Bb
D - same
G up to A
B up to C
E up to F


h - hammer on
p - pull off
/ - slide


INTRO :
--------

                 G                        A         D                  G/A

F-------------------------------------------2---------------------------0--0--
C---4h5p4-0---0--2---2-2---2---2-----0----4---4-----0---0-0---0-0-------2--2--
A-----------0----1---1-1---1-------0------3-----3---0---0-0---0-0-------1--1--
D----------------3---3-3---3------------------------3---3-3---3-3-------------
Bb---------------0---0-0---0------------------------------------------2-2--2--
F---------------------------------------------------0---0-0---0-0-------------



VERSE 1:
--------

D
Sitting in a park in Paris France

G                       D/F#       E7 
Reading the news and it sure looks bad

E7
They won't give peace a chance

Em/A      A7                      D
That was just a dream some of us had

D                G
Still a lot of lands to see

      D/F#               E7
But I wouldn't want to stay here

E7               Em/A      A7
It's too old and cold and settled in its ways here




CHORUS:
-------

G   Gsus4        G
     Ah but California

    D     B7        B7/F#   B7
California I'm coming  home

G 
I'm gonna see the folks I dig

D/F#                    A   Asus2
I'll even kiss a sunset pig

 A              D
California I'm coming home



  D            Gmaj7        D       Dsus4 D       A/G

E--0h2p0--------2---2--0----------2---3---2-----------------
B--3-----3---3--3---3--3-----3----3---3---3---------3--3----
G----------2----4---4--4-----2----2---2---2---------4--4----
D----------------------------0----0---0---0---------5--5----
A------------------------------------------------0--0--0----
E---------------3---3---------------------------------------





VERSE 2:
---------
  D                 
I met a redneck on a Grecian isle

G                          E7  
We did the goat dance very well   

E7 
He gave me back my smile

Em/A         A7 
But he kept my camera to sell

D
Oh the rogue, the red red rogue

G
He cooked good omelettes and stews

      E       
And I might have stayed on with him there

       A7
But my heart cried out for you




CHORUS:
--------
G  Gsus4     G
          California

  D          B7       B7/F#  B7     
Oh California I'm coming home

   G      
Oh make me feel good rock and roll band

Dsus2/F#
I'm your biggest fan

A
California I'm coming home




  D            Gmaj7        D       Dsus4 D       

E--0h2p0--------2---2--0-----2----2---3---2-----------
B--3-----3---3--3---3--3-----3----3---3---3-----------
G----------2----4---4--4-----2----2---2---2-----------
D----------------------------0----0---0---0-----------
A----------------------------------------------------
E---------------3---3---------------------------------





MIDDLE 8:
---------

D            E 
Oh it gets so lonely

G
  When you're walking 

D                             A 
  And the streets are full of strangers

A               E   D/F#   G                  E7     
All the news of home you read just give you the blues

C                 A        Asus4  A  Asus2  A  
Just give you the blues




      G                        A         D                  G/A

F--------------------------------2---------------------------0--0--
C-----2---2-2---2---2-----0----4---4-----0---0-0---0-0-------2--2--
A-----1---1-1---1-------0------3-----3---0---0-0---0-0-------1--1--
D-----3---3-3---3------------------------3---3-3---3-3-------------
Bb----0---0-0---0------------------------------------------2-2--2--
F----------------------------------------0---0-0---0-0------------








VERSE 3:
---------
(For the standard tuning acoustic, use the G,E7 and A shapes which are
higher up the neck - I've marked them below with a '*' )


     D                                      G*
So I bought me a ticket I caught a plane to Spain

                                E7*
Went to a party down a red dirt road

 
There were lots of pretty people there

A*           G*               D
Reading Rolling Stone reading Vogue

D                          G*
They said how long can you hang around

G*                  E7*
I said a week maybe two

                         A*
Just until my skin turns brown

              G*
And then I'm going home



CHORUS:
--------

G Gsus4   G 
    To California

   D
California

           B7   B7/F#
I'm coming home

B7   G 
Oh   will you take me as I am

D/F#
Strung out on another man

A7                     D
California I'm coming home



  D            Gmaj7        D       Dsus4 D       

E--0h2p0--------2---2--0-----2----2---3---2-----------
B--3-----3---3--3---3--3-----3----3---3---3-----------
G----------2----4---4--4-----2----2---2---2-----------
D----------------------------0----0---0---0-----------
A----------------------------------------------------
E---------------3---3---------------------------------




D             E
Oh it gets so lonely

G
  When you're walking 

D                           A
And the streets are full of strangers

                E        G
All the news of home you read

               D                  A
More about the war and the bloody changes

  E                      G
Oh will you take me as I am

                      D
Will you take me as I am 

        A                      E
Will you, will you take me as I am

G              D            A
   Mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm mmm

             E
Take me as I am ......




Chord Shapes :
--------------

Standard tuning (acoustic guitar part)
REMEMBER - these are capoed at the 3rd fret


 EADGBE    EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE    EADGBE
 xx0232    3x0003     020100     x02020     3x0013    xx5433
 
   D         G          E7         A7        Gsus4      G*


 EADGBE    EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE    EADGBE 
 x21202    x02220     2x023x     x02230     x02200    2x0230  

   B7        A         D/F#       Asus4      Asus2    Dsus2/F#


 EADGBE    EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE     EADGBE
 x32010    x02030     x0543x     x0200x     2x120x     xx2434

   C       A7sus4      G/A        Em/A       B7/F#       E7*


 EADGBE       
 xx7655   

   A*      



Alternative tuning (Dulcimer part)
-----------------------------------

Just to keep things simple I'll keep the same chord names as for
the standard tuning guitar part.  In actual fact, the dulcimer chords
are all in F, but since the acoustic guitar is played in D with
a capo on the 3rd fret, it's also effectively playing in F, although
all the chord names are written in D.  So to make it easy (I hope!)
I'll write all the chords as though it were in D.


If you can't understand what the fuck I'm on about, mail me and I'll try
to explain.

I havn't tabbed all the chords, but these are the basic ones.

(I'll write 'b' for the Bb string to save space)


 FbDACF    FbDACF     FbDACF     FbDACF   FbDACF      FbDACF
 023000    xx3354     x03120     x03555   243222      x22102
 
   D         D          G          G        E7         A7


  FbDACF    FbDACF    FbDACF    FbDACF
  xx0321    x03130    4x3000    x2x120
   
    B7       Gsus4     D/F#      G/A





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