Ladies Of The Canyon - Joni Mitchell
From the album 'Ladies of the canyon'
First things first - the tuning.
Or in Joni notation - C 7 7 3 7 4
(The numbers tell you which frets to use when comparing the tuning of 2 strings)
I'm just going to give you the shapes - there aren't a lot of different
chords to worry about, and the basic picking style is fairly simple to pick
up from the record.
Chord Shapes used :
CGDFCE CGDFCE CGDFCE CGDFCE CGDFCE CGDFCE
002200 002000 033000 030000 022000 020000
C Cadd4 C7add4 C9add4 C6add4 C6add9add4
CGDFCE C G D F C E CGDFCE CGDFCE
x22222 x 0 10 9 10 x x0767x x0545x
A6/7sus4 Gmadd4 Gadd9 G9(no3rd-no5th)
Weird names .. but that's what you get if you use strange tunings !
Use the last three shapes for the little introduction bit, then change to
C alternating with Cadd4 and you go into the verse.
She tends to use the chords in pairs, alternating between them.
So use (C and Cadd4) as a pair.
(C7add4 and C9add4) as a pair
and (C6add4 and C6add9add4) as a pair.
The verse just uses these 3 pairs of chords, plus the A6/7sus4 chord.
Play around with these and you should pick it up pretty easily.
A final point - she tends to hit a few open strings between chord changes, and
sometimes hammers on to a new chord shape after strumming a few open strings.
. Mitchell Joni lyrics
Trina wears her wampum beads
She fills her drawing book with line
Sewing lace on widows' weeds
And filigree on leaf and vine
Vine and leaf are filigree
And her coat's a secondhand one
Trimmed in antique luxury
She is a lady of the canyon.
Annie sits you down to eat
She always makes you welcome in
Cats and babies 'round her feet
And all are fat and none are thin
None are thin and all are fat
She may bake some brownies today
Saying, you are welcome back
She is another canyon lady.
Estrella circus girl
Comes wrapped in songs and gypsy shawls
Songs like tiny hammers hurled
At beveled mirrors in empty halls
Empty halls and beveled mirrors
Sailing seas and climbing banyans
Come out for a visit here
To be a lady of the canyon.
Trina takes her paints and her threads
And she weaves a pattern all her own
Annie bakes her cakes and her breads
And she gathers flowers for her home
For her home she gathers flowers
And Estrella, dear companion
Colors up the sunshine hours
Pouring music down the canyon-
Coloring the sunshine hours
They are the ladies of the canyon.