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At Seventeen Chords

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Artist: Janis Ian
Song: At seventeen
Tabbed by: DJ
10th Dec 2012

CAPO: 5th fret (Sounds in key of C)

These are partial chords intended to be played in a latin rhythm,
in a fingerstyle using the thumb for the root notes,
and an upstroke with the index and middle fingers:

Chord names and fret positions are relative to the capo:
G9     =  3x02xx     Bb6    = x1303x
G      =  3x00xx     G7     = 320001
Gmaj7  =  3x40xx     D7     = xx0212
G6     =  3x20xx     Gm7    = 353333
A7sus4 =  x0203x     Cm7    = x35343
Am7    =  x0201x     Ebmaj7 = xx1333
E/A    =  x0210x     Gmaj7(type2) = 320002
D9/F#  =  2x021x

Here's a link to Janis playing the song live:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMUz2TNMvL0

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   G9    G       Gmaj7  G6 G     G9    G       Gmaj7  G6 G
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |


(G)   G9        G       Gmaj7    G6    G   A7sus4   Am7        E/A    Am7
  I learnt the truth at seven - teen, that love was meant for beauty queens,
    D9/F#
And high school girls with clear - skinned smiles,
      G9      G        Gmaj7      G6   G     G9    G      Gmaj7   G6 G
Who married young, and then re - tired!   |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |


(G)  G9       G     Gmaj7  G6    G  A7sus4  Am7         E/A      Am7
The valen - tines I never knew, the Friday night cha - rades of youth,
     D9/F#
Were spent on one more beautiful,
     G9     G      Gmaj7       G6   G     G9    G       Gmaj7  G6 G
At seven - teen, I learnt the truth!   |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |


    Bb6                            Am7                  D7
And those of us with ravaged faces,     lacking in the social graces,
   Gm7            Cm7                   Gm7         Cm7
Desperately re - mained at home, in - venting lovers on the phone,
    Ebmaj7                D7                   Gm7                  Cm7
Who called to say, "Come dance with me!", and murmured vague ob - senities,
Am7                                D9/F#
     It isn't all it seems... at seventeen!


(G)  G9   G            Gmaj7        G6
 A brown eyed girl in 'hand - me - downs',
  G   A7sus4  Am7   E/A         Am7         D9/F#
Whose name I never could pro- nounce, said,"Pity please, the ones who serve,
      G9   G       Gmaj7      G6     G    G9    G       Gmaj7  G6 G
They only get what they de - serve!"   |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |


(G)      G9          G      Gmaj7    G6
And the rich re - lationed hometown queen,
G   A7sus4  Am7  E/A       Am7            D9/F#
    Marries into what she needs, with a guarantee of company,
      G9   G      Gmaj7   G6  G    G9    G       Gmaj7  G6 G
And haven for the elder - ly!   |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |


      Bb6                            Am7                 D7
Re - member those who win the game, lose the love they sought to gain,
      Gm7         Cm7           Gm7         Cm7
In debentures of quality, and dubious in - tegrity,
      Ebmaj7                D7            Gm7
Their small town eyes will gape at you in dull surprise,
      Cm7         Am7                                 D9/F#
When payment due...   exceeds accounts recieved, at seventeen!


  G9     G       Gmaj7         A7sus4  Am7     E/A   Am7
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |

  D9/F#                          G9    G       Gmaj7  G6 G
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |

  Bb6                           Am7             D7
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |

  Gm7            Cm7             Gm7           Cm7
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |

 Ebmaj7           D7            Gm7            Cm7
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |

  Am7                           D9/F#
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |

  G9     G       Gmaj7  G6 G     G9    G       Gmaj7  G6 G
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |


(G)  G9      G      Gmaj7     G6  G  A7sus4   Am7        E/A   Am7
 To those of us who knew the pain of Valen - tines that never came,
    D9/F#                                       G9      G       Gmaj7  G6  G
And those whose names were never called when choosing sides for basket ball!
   G9    G      Gmaj7   G6 G
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |


(G)      G9      G      Gmaj7    G6    G  A7sus4     Am7    E/A       Am7
 It was long a - go, and far a - way, the world was younger than to - day,
     D9/F#                                 G9     G     Gmaj7  G6     G
And dreams were all they gave for free to ugly duckling girls... like me!


        Bb6                                 Am7                  D7
We all play the game, and when we dare to cheat ourselves at solitaire,
       Gm7          Cm7                  Gm7          Cm7
In - venting lovers on the phone, re - penting other lives unknown,
     Ebmaj7              D7                   Gm7                Cm7
That call to say, "Come dance with me!", and murmur vague ob - senities,
Am7                                D9/F#
     At ugly girls like me... at seventeen!

   G9    G       Gmaj7  G6 G   Gmaj7(type2)
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |   /    ||
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Pencom wrote on August 7 2014, 04:55 pm

Excellent! A lot of work went into this...and I like it...thanks for posting..

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lottedeb wrote on October 10 2014, 06:36 am

Same over here, a lot of work haha. But everytime I play it, people say it sounds nice, so it was totally worth it! Love this tab btw, it's easier to play than the other one and it sounds the same.

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DiddyD wrote on August 8 2014, 06:25 am

Thank you very much, Tom,
It's always nice to hear from you
DJ

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