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Big Yellow Taxi Chords

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[Verse 1]
G                                        D
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
       G              A              D
With a pink hotel, a boutique and a swingin' hot spot

[Chorus 1]
D               A
Don't it always seem to go
          G                                   D
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone
      G                 A                D
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

[Verse 2]
     G                                        D
They took all the trees, put 'em in a tree museum
         G                    A                         D
And they charged the people a dollar and a half just to see 'em

[Chorus 2]
D               A
Don't it always seem to go
          G                                   D
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone
      G                 A                D
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

[Verse 3]
    G                                D
Hey farmer farmer, put away that D.D.T. now
        G                      A                          D
Give me spots on my apples but leave me the birds and the bees
D
please

[Chorus 3]
D               A
Don't it always seem to go
          G                                   D
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone
      G                 A                D
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

[Verse 4]
G                                       D
Late last night I heard the screen door slam
      G               A                D
And a big yellow taxi took away my old man

[Chorus 4]
D               A
Don't it always seem to go
          G                                   D
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone
      G                 A                D
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
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[Outro]
D         G               A                D
Yeah they paved paradise, put up a parking lot
D           G               A                D
I said they paved paradise, put up a parking lot
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hay-jay98 10 May 24, 2013 09:01 PM

Hey great job! Any ideas for strumming pattern? Thx

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RabbitFly 10 Aug 22, 2013 02:22 PM

I actually prefer this chord progression to most others that does not consider Joni's weird tuning. And if you want it closer to the original you can capo it at the second fret, or third with half step down tuning as I do, and add in quick em/g between the G and the D.

For example if you play the G as a G5 or a two finger G and just tap D string at the second fret.

As for strumming I personally use a typical down down down followed by a up up down down up. It's far from correct, but it works for me.

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april.archer.92 10 Oct 19, 2013 02:10 PM

Just started playing again after 12 yrs. and this is just what I needed to help get me started

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