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Joy To You Baby Chords

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Artist: Josh Ritter
Song: Joy To You Baby
Album: The Beast in the Tracks
tabbed by: recebedou
email: recebedou@yahoo.com

Standard tuning: EADGBe

Chords used:
F: 133211


Intro riff:
    F                         Bb
D|--3-3--3-3--3-3--3-3--3-3---3-3--3-3--3-3--3-3--3-3-| x2

Verse 1 chords: [chords may be played similar to intro riff]
F                    Bb
I go to the parties, throw my hands in the air
F                        Bb
I drink what they pour me, the cups of who cares
F                      Bb
Go up in the night sky, up in the clouds
F                   Bb
Fly over the houses, I'm looking down

Chorus 1 chords:
F               Bb
Joy to the city, joy to the streets
F                    Bb
And joy to you baby, wherever you sleep
F                 Bb
Tonight, tonight, tonight
F                 Bb
Tonight, tonight, tonight

Interlude: [play intro riff x2]

Verse 2: [use verse 1 chords]
There's no ghosts in the graveyard, that's not where they live
They float in between us,'what is' and 'what if'
And cast our own shadows, before our own eyes
You don't get them up here though, they don't come up high

Chorus 2: [use chorus 1 chords]
Joy to the city, the parking lot lights
The lion of evening, with the rain in its eyes
Joy to the freeway, joy to the cars
And joy to you baby, wherever you are
Tonight, tonight, tonight
Tonight, tonight, tonight

Interlude: [play intro riff x4]

Verse 3: [use verse 1 chords]
There's pain in whatever, we stumble upon
If I never had met you, you couldn't have gone
But then I couldn't have met you, we couldn't have been
I guess it all adds up, to joy to the end

Chorus 3: [use chorus 1 chords]
Joy to the city, the heatwave and all
To the lion of evening, with the storm in its paw
Joy to the many, and joy to the few
And joy to you baby, joy to me too
Tonight, tonight, tonight
Tonight, tonight, tonight
Tonight, tonight, tonight

Outro: [play intro riff]
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Flycstr wrote on April 5 2013, 01:20 am

Tonally correct, but Ritter plays it differently:

Capo 5
C=332010 (hammer-on 4th string during riff)
F=133210 (hammer-on 3rd string during riff - play 6th string with your thumb

Let 1st string ring open throughout song.
Also, small typo at end of 3rd verse: "I guess it all adds up, to joy IN the end"

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tokimasa wrote on May 21 2013, 08:09 pm


I agree with Flycstr, check the youtube link.

Great song though. Glad to see it out here.

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lildave151 wrote on October 16 2015, 07:17 pm

I agree with above except the F(maj7?) is only X03210 as played in the youtube videos. And he sometimes plays C as 332010 but mostly X32010.

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