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Terry Callier, Ordinary Joe Chords (ver.1)

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Ordinary Joe Chords (ver.1)

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                This is my first tab contribution, time to give something back after having received so 
Your comments are welcome.

It's quite different from the other tab on this site, so I thought it would be a good 
to propose this version of what I think is Terry Callier's most beautiful song.
Listen to it to get an idea of how to put the words on the chords.

Fm7: 1x2210
Em:  022000
Am:  002210
F:   133211
G:   320003 or 355433

Terry Callier - Ordinary Joe (from the album Occasional Rain - 1972)

Intro

Fm7  Em  Fm7  Em  2 x


Verse 1:

                   Fm7
And for my opening line

                  Em
I'm not trying to indicate my state of mind.

           Fm7
I turn you on,

                    Em
I tell you that I'm laughing just to keep from crying

             Fm7            Em
And bringing music when you hear it,

        Fm7           Em
Keep on trying to get near it.

         Fm7             Em
A little rhythm for your spirit


Bridge:

       Am               G
Oh but that's what it's for

        F               G
Come on in, here's the door


Refrain:

    Fm7                     Em
And I've seen a sparrow get high

    Fm7                   Em
And waste his time in the sky

Fm7                     Em
He thinks it's easy to fly

            Fm7                   Em
He's just a little bit freer than I

Continue with the same pattern:

Now here's a mystery
And maybe you can help to make it clear to me
When you're fast asleep
Then what is it that's lighting up the dreams you see
Only your tears can't conceal it
And only your prayers may not reveal it
You've got soul so you can feel it
And when you make the scene
Well you know what I mean

Hey I've seen a sparrow get high
And waste his time in the sky
He thinks it's easy to fly
He's just a little bit freer than I

Doo doo dee doo doo doo doo doo dee da da da
doo doo doo doo doo doo dee do da do da
doo doo dee doo doo da
doo doo dee doo doo da

Down here on the ground
When you find folks are giving you the runaround
Keep your game uptight
And if you must just take your secrets underground
Now politicians are trying to speech you
Mad colour watchers are trying to teach you
Very few will really try to reach you
If you're lost in a stack
That's OK, come all black

Now I'd be the last to deny
That I'm just an average guy
And don't you know each little bird in the sky
Is just a little bit freer than I

Hey ordinary Joe
Although they say you're just a lazy so-and-so
What they think is real
Is nothing but an animated puppet show
So don't let time and space confuse you
And don't let name and form abuse you
Let that Big Joe Williams blues you
In the light of the sun you can see how they burn

Oh I've seen a sparrow get high
And waste his time in the sky
He thinks it's easy to fly
He's just a little bit freer than I

Doo doo dee doo doo doo doo doo dee doo doo dooo
dee doo doo doo doo doo dee doo daa doo daa ...

Have fun!
            
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