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River chords

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Song: River
Artist: Joni Mitchell
Composer: Joni Mitchell
Album: Blue

Tabbed by DJ ('DiddyD' on ultimateGuitar.com)
7th Nov 2015

This is my own interpretation for acoustic guitar, but trying to
reflect elements of Joni's piano style.
The intro and coda are not a literal transcription of the piano,
but intended to just give a flavour of those Christmas riffs
for those who want to include them.

Played fingerstyle

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

Chord names and fret positions are relative to the capo:
G     = 320003    Esus4 = 022200    Am      = x02210    Em11   = 020200
Em    = 022000    Dsus4 = xx0233    Bm/A    = x0554x    C/D    = xx0010
Cmaj7 = x32000    Dsus2 = xx0230    Am7     = x02213    Cadd9  = x32030
D     = xx0232    C     = x32010    Cmaj7 * = 032003    D5     = xx0235
C/G   = 3x2013    Em/B  = x22000    Em9     = 020002    A7sus4 = x02030

**************************************************************************

[Intro]
     G
e |-------------------|------------------|
B |--0--0-0---0--0-0--|--0---3-----------|
G |--0--0-0---0--0-0--|--0---0---0---2---|
D |-------------------|----------0---0---|
A |-------------------|------------------|
E |--3--3-3---3--3-3--|--3---3---3---3---|

     Em
e |-------------------|------------------|
B |--0-0--0---0-------|--0---3-----------|
G |--0-0--0---0--2-2--|--0---0---0---2---|
D |--------------4-4--|----------0---0---|
A |-------------------|------------------|
E |--0-0--0---0--0-0--|--0---0---0---0---|

    Cmaj7
e |-------------------|------------------|
B |--0-0--0---0-------|--0---3-----------|
G |--0-0--0---0-0--0--|--0---0---0---2---|
D |-------------0--0--|----------2---2---|
A |--3-3--3---3-3--3--|--3---3---3---3---|
E |-------------------|------------------|

     D
e |--2------2----2---|--2--2----2---2----|
B |--3------3----3---|--3--3----3---3----|
G |------2-----2-0---|-------------------|
D |--0---------------|--4--4----2---0----|
A |------------------|-------------------|
E |------------------|-------------------|


[Verse 1]
       C/G        G                C/G           G
It's coming on Christmas, they're cutting down trees,
         C/G         G                   C/G       G
They're putting up reindeer, and singing songs of joy and peace,
       Em              Esus4  Em               D          Dsus4 D Dsus2 D
Oh, I wish I had a ri - ver----- I could skate--- away on!| /   /   /   / |


[Verse 2]
    C/G       G          C/G           G
But it don't snow here, stays pretty green,
           C/G           G                    C/G              G
I'm gonna make a lot of money, then I'm gonna quit this crazy---- scene,
       Em             Esus4  Em               D             Dsus2  D
Ah, I wish I had a ri - ver---- I could skate--- away on!  | /  /  /  / |



[Verse 3]
    C                     D    C/D
I wish I had a river so long-------,  I would...
G                    C    Em/B     Am   Bm/A    Am7  Bm/A
 ...Teach my feet to ...fly--------------------------------,
                   | /  /  /  /  | /  /  /  / | /  /  /  / |

        G                C/D   D                   Cmaj7            Cmaj7 *
Woh, I wish I had a riv - er   ...I could skate a - way on,| /  /  /  /  |
                        G         C/G G
    I made my  ba -by   ...cry---------!
e |----3---2---0------|
B |----0---0---0---3--|
G |----------------0--|
D |-------------------|
A |----3---3---3---3--|
E |-------------------|

 Em9            Em11   Em     D       C/D   D
| /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  / | /  /  /  /  | /  /  /  / |


[Verse 4]
   C/G            G                    C/G        G
He tried hard to help me, you know, he put me at ease,
        C/G           G             C/G           G
And he loved me so naughty, made me weak in the knees,
             Em         Esus4  Em               D             D    Dsus2 D
Oh, I wish I had a river-------- I could skate---- away on! | /  /   /  / |


[Verse 5]
C/G                    G           C/G            G
      I'm so hard to handle, I'm selfish and I'm sad,
         C/G                      G          C/G         G
Now I've gone and lost the best baby that I------  ever had,
       Em             Esus4  Em                 D              D    Dsus2
Oh, I wish I had a ri - ver----- I could skate----  away on! | /  /  /  / |


[Verse 6]
   C                     D     C/D
I wish I had a river so long--------, I would...
G                    C    Em/B     Am   Bm/A    Am7  Bm/A
 ...Teach my feet to ...fly---------------------------------------------,
                   | /  /  /  /  | /  /  /  / | /  /  /  / | /  /  /  / |

Am7         G                 C/D  D                   Cmaj7   Cadd9  C
     Oh, I wish I had a riv - er   ...I could skate away on,  | /  /  /  / |
                         G           C/G  G
    I made my  ba - by  say goodbye--------!
e |-----3---2---0------|
B |-----0---0---0---3--|
G |-----------------0--|
D |--------------------|
A |-----3---3---3---3--|
E |--------------------|

 Em9           Em11   Em     D       C/D    D
| /  /  /  /  | /  /  /  / | /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  |


 [Verse 7]
       C/G        G                C/G           G
It's coming on Christmas, they're cutting down trees,
         C/G         G                C/G      G
They're putting up reindeer, singing songs of joy and peace,
Em                    Esus4  Em               Dsus2
    I wish I had a ri - ver---- I could skate------  away-----  on-----!


[Coda]
     D                                                Am
e |--2--2--2-----|--0-h2----2------|--2--5-----0--|---0----0----|
B |--3--3--3-----|--3-------3------|--3--3--3--3--|---1----1----|
G |--------------|-----------------|--------2-----|-------------|
D |--0--0--0--0--|--0---0---0---0--|--0--0--0--0--|-------------|
A |--------------|-----------------|--------------|---0----0----|
E |--------------|-----------------|--------------|-------------|

    Cmaj7           Cadd9            Cmaj7
e |--0--0--0------|------0------0--|--0--3--------|---0---0-----|
B |--0--0--0------|---3-----3---3--|--0-----1--3--|---0---0-----|
G |---------------|---0------------|--------0-----|-------------|
D |---------------|----------------|--------------|-------------|
A |--3--3--3---3--|---3---------3--|--3-----3-----|---3---3-----|
E |---------------|----------------|--------------|-------------|

     Am            A7sus4          Am
e |--0--0--0-----|------0-----0--|--0--3--------|---0-----0-----|
B |--1--1--1-----|--3------3--3--|--1-----1--3--|---1-----1-----|
G |--------------|--0------------|--------0-----|---------------|
D |--------------|---------------|--------------|---2-----2-----|
A |--0--0--0--0--|--0---------0--|--0-----0-----|-----0-----0---|
E |--------------|---------------|--------------|---------------|

     Am
e |---0-------0-------|---0----------------||
B |---1-------1-------|---1----------------||
G |-------------------|--------------------||
D |---2-------2-------|---2-------2--------||
A |-----0---------0---|-------0--------0---||
E |-------------------|--------------------||

            
            
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kjlee2112 214 Nov 19, 2015 01:43 PM

Great stuff man - I was going to try to tab this stuff out, and I see you did this like a week ago haha. Thanks for this!

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