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Emilio Chords

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Chords only. Tabbing experts can watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9Avzq6OoGg. Where I have falseta, any appropriate phrygian/Spanish-sounding run will do - audiences don't notice the difference, and Michael Johnson doesn't always play them exactly the same way. He studied flamenco for a year, and flamenco is, after all, an improvisatory art. Was this info helpful? Yes No
Glossary: 
Arpeggio - playing or singing a chord as a series of individual notes, e.g. Doh Mi Sol
Falseta - a flamenco phrase or run
Fundador - a brand of Spanish brandy
Seguirías - a particularly deep and serious form of flamenco song and instrumental performance
Abuelas - Spanish for grandmothers/old ladies
Vino - wine 
Sabicas - first international flamenco guitar superstar (look him up!)
Salvador Dalí - world-famous Spanish experimental artist/painter (ditto!)

EMILIO by Michael Johnson
[INTRO]
Triplets on each chord: 
Dm/A   Am7/A  Em7/A   Am   

E+   E7   E7sus4   E7

Dm/F    E7sus4/B        

Falseta over 1 bar of
E    
then arpeggio over
E7b9

[Verse]
Am
Emilio lives in an attic
Dm                    
Plays a flamenco guitar 
E7sus4/B               E7b9
Arpeggios fall out his window 
                     Dm/A    Am7/A  Em7/A Am
And roll down the fenders of rusted out  cars 
A7
They harmonize with the sirens 
Dm
And mix with that racket downstairs 
E7sus4/B                   E7b9
They wander out into the traffic 
Dm/A   Am7/A  Em7/A   Am 
Emilio's misguided prayers 

Played between these verses
Dm      E7sus4/B      E7b9

[Verse]
Am
The moon is Emilio's mistress 
Dm
On her there's no turning his back 
E7sus4/B                     E7b9
Some nights she comes to him naked and cold 
     Dm/A           Am7/A  Em7/A  Am
And some nights she only   wears black 
A7
When the Fundador flows from his bottle
Dm
Somehow there's always a fight 
E7sus4/B                      E7b9
When the moon and the lunatic dance seguirías
      Am        Dm/A          A7       Adim7   Edim7  Dm
Their beautiful music spills into the night and they dance 

[Break]  
Dm Gm Dm  
Dm Gm  Bb6  
A7b9   Dm
Dm Gm Dm
Dm Gm
Bb6  A7b9   Dm  
            
Falseta over 1 bar of
F 
then arpeggio over 
E7b9

[Verse]
Am
In his dreams he can see the abuelas
Dm
They offer him wafers and wine 
E7sus4/B           E7b9
Suspicious Emilio measures 
    Dm/A Am7/A  Em7/A  Am
The vino against the divine 
       A7
But he never has come to believe them 
Dm
Or accepted their Heavenly host 
E7sus4/B             E7b9
Sabicas and Salvador Dalí
                  Am        Dm/A          A7   Adim7
The saint and the sinner he prays to the most
Dm
Emilio lives in an attic
Am                    
Plays a flamenco guitar 
E7sus4/B               E7b9
Arpeggios fall out his window 
                     Dm/A  Am7/A  Em7/A  Am
And roll down the fenders of rusted out cars  
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