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At Seventeen Chords

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5th fret
Artist: Janis Ian
Song: At seventeen
Album: Between the lines
Tabbed by: DJ
10th Dec 2012

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

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

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:

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

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[Intro]
   G9    G       Gmaj7  G6 G     G9    G       Gmaj7  G6 G
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |


[Verse 1]
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!  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |


[Verse 2]
 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!  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |


[Verse 3]
 G   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!


[Verse 4]
   G9    G            Gmaj7         G6   G
A brown eyed girl in 'hand - me - downs',
      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!"  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |


[Verse 5]
 G       G9          G      Gmaj7    G6   G
And the rich re - lationed hometown queen,
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!   |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |


[Verse 6]
 G    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
The small town eyes will gape at you ...in dull surprise,
Cm7                     Am7                                D9/F#
     When payment due...   exceeds accounts recieved, at seventeen!


[Verse 7 -Instrumental]
  G9     G       Gmaj7  G6 G   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
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |


[Verse 8]
 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#
        And those whose names were never called...
G9           G               Gmaj7  G6  G    G9    G      Gmaj7   G6 G
  ...When choosing sides for basket ball! |  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |


[Verse 9]
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#
       And dreams were all they gave for free...
G9             G     Gmaj7 G6    G  G9    G    Gmaj7   G6 G
 ...To ugly duckling girls  ...like me! 


[Verse 10]
G      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 and say, "Come dance with me!",     and murmur vague ob - senities,
Am7                                D9/F#
     At ugly girls like me... at seventeen!


[Coda]
   G9    G       Gmaj7  G6 G    Gmaj7 *
|  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |   /    ||
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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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