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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------##
From: J.P.Wilks@cs.bham.ac.uk (Julie P Wilks)

These are the (easy) chords for Free Man in Paris (Joni's version anyway).

Free Man in Paris
=================

Words and Music by Joni Mitchell


          A                              D
The way I see it he said, you just can't win it,
            C                                              G
Everybody's in it for their own gain; you can't please 'em all,
               F                       A
There's always somebody putting you down,
                           D
I do my best and I do good business,
                        C
There's a lot of people asking for my time,
                          G
They're tryin' to get ahead;
                  F                   A
they're tryin' to be a good friend of   mine,

Chorus
        F
I was a free man in Paris,
       G
I felt unfettered and alive,
C                  Asus4
There was nobody callin' me up for favours
            A
and no-ones future to decide,
             F
You know I'd go back there tomorrow
            G                   C
but for the work I've taken on,
            Asus4          D                A
stokin' the star maker machinary behind the popular songs.

Instrumental bit ... (mix it about a bit!)

Em9  A  Em9  A  Em9 A

C D F   C D G A  C D F  C D G A


Verse 2:

          A                        D
I deal in dreamers and telephone screamers,
         C                                    G
Lately I wonder what I do it for; if I had my way,
         F                                A
I'd just walk through those doors, and wan-der,
                  D
down the Champs Elysees;
              C
going cafe to cabaret, thinking
                         G
how I'd feel when I find,
     F                   A
that very good friend of   mine

Chorus:

End instrumental bit ...

A  C D F  C D G A



From: spxhaw@thor.cf.ac.uk (Howard Wright \(Hman\))

                             Free Man in Paris  - Joni Mitchell
                         ----------------------------------------


                                                tabbed by Howard Wright
                                                spxhaw@uk.ac.cf.thor


Tuning : open D

From low to high that is  -  D A D F# A D

So you can leave your A and D strings - all the others go down either
a semitone or a tone.

NOTE: For the verse and chorus I'll just put down the chord shapes once
each time the chord changes. Check out the record for details on strumming

Intro
-----

D----5---7---10---10-10-10-10------10--0----5--0----7---7-7-7-7--|
A----7---9---12---12-12-12-12------10--0----5--0----7---7-7-7-7--|
F#---6---8---11---11-11-11-11------10--0----5--0----7---7-7-7-7--|
D----5---7---10---10-10-10-10------10--0----5--0----7---7-7-7-7--|
A----------------------------------10--0----5--0----7---7-7-7-7--|
D----------------------------------10--0----5--0----7---7-7-7-7--|


D---5---7---10---10-10-10-10-----10--0----5--0----7---7-7---7-7---7-7----|
A---7---9---12---12-12-12-12-----10--0----5--0----7---7-7---7-7---7-7----|
F#--6---8---11---11-11-11-11-----10--0----5--0----7---7-7---7-7---7-7----|
D---5---7---10---10-10-10-10-----10--0----5--0----7---7-7---7-7---7-7----|
A--------------------------------10--0----5--0----7---7-7---7-7---7-7----|
D--------------------------------10--0----5--0----7---7-7---7-7---7-7----|

Carry on strumming that chord at the seventh fret for a few bars.....

Verse 1
-------


D----------7--------------------------------7---------------------|
A----------7--------------------------------7---------------------|
F#---------7--------------------------------8---------------------|
D----------7--------------------------------7---------------------|
A----------7--------------------------------9---------------------|
D----------7--------------------------------7---------------------|

'The way I see it' he said 'you just can't win it, everybody's

D----5----------------------------------------------5-------------|
A----5----------------------------------------------5-------------|
F#---6----------------------------------------------5-------------|
D----5----------------------------------------------5-------------|
A----7----------------------------------------------5-------------|
D----5----------------------------------------------5-------------|

    in it for their own gain you can't please them all there's always


D----5-----------------------7-----------------------------7-------|
A----5-----------------------7-----------------------------7-------|
F#---6-----------------------7-----------------------------8-------|
D----5-----------------------7-----------------------------7-------|
A----7-----------------------7-----------------------------9-------|
D----5-----------------------7-----------------------------7-------|

   somebody shooting you down. I do my best and I do good business

D---------------------------5-------------------------------5-----|
A---------------------------5-------------------------------5-----|
F#--------------------------6-------------------------------5-----|
D---------------------------5-------------------------------5-----|
A---------------------------7-------------------------------5-----|
D---------------------------5-------------------------------5-----|

  there's a lot of people asking for my time trying to get ahead

D-------------10-----------------7--------7--7--7--7-------------------|
A-------------12-----------------7--------7--7--7--7-------------------|
F#------------11-----------------7--------8--7--8--7-------------------|
D-------------10-----------------7--------7--7--7--7-------------------|
A--------------------------------7--------9--7--9--7-------------------|
D--------------------------------7--------7--7--7--7-------------------|

   trying to be a good friend of  mine


Chorus
------

D--------3-------------------------5-----------------5-------------|
A--------3-------------------------5-----------------5-------------|
F#-------3-------------------------5-----------------6-------------|
D--------3-------------------------5-----------------5-------------|
A--------3-------------------------5-----------------7-------------|
D--------3-------------------------5-----------------5-------------|

I was a free man in paris I felt unfettered and alive     there was

D---------7------------------7-------------------5------------7----|
A---------7------------------7-------------------5------------7----|
F#--------7------------------8-------------------5------------7----|
D---------7------------------7-------------------5------------7----|
A---------7------------------9-------------------0------------7----|
D---------7------------------7--------------------------------7----|

  nobody calling me up for favours and noone's future to decide

D-------------3----------------------------------5--------------5--|
A-------------3----------------------------------5--------------5--|
F#------------3----------------------------------5--------------6--|
D-------------3----------------------------------5--------------5--|
A-------------3----------------------------------5--------------7--|
D-------------3----------------------------------5--------------5--|

you know I'd go back there tomorrow but for the work I've taken on

D---------------7-------------7-----------------5-----------7------|
A---------------7-------------7-----------------5-----------7------|
F#--------------7-------------8-----------------5-----------7------|
D---------------7-------------7-----------------5-----------7------|
A---------------7-------------9-----------------0-----------7------|
D---------------7-------------7-----------------------------7------|

   stoking the star-maker machinery behind the popular song


D--------4-------4---------7-----7-7--7-7------|
A--------5-------5---------7-----7-7--7-7------|
F#---5---5---5---5---5-----7-----8p7--8p7------|
D----5---5---5---5---5-----7-----7-7--7-7------|
A----0---0---0---0---0-----7-----9p7--9p7------|
D--------------------------7-----7-7--7-7------|


Repeat this last line once

(p=pull off)

Then play the intro again, and into the second verse


Verse 2
--------

I deal in dreamers and telephone screamers
lately I wonder what I do it for, if I had my way
I'd just walk out the door and wander
Down the Champs Elysees
Going cafe to cabaret
Wandering how I'd feel when I find that very good friend of mine


Chorus
------

repeat the last tab line of the chorus, as before, then go back
to the intro bit.
Play this four times, and that's it !

Howard
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kttunstallator3 wrote on August 8 2009, 09:50 pm

prefer the one in open D...well great job making the tab, really appreciated it. :()

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