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I Was Only Joking Chords

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#----------------------------------PLEASE NOTE---------------------------------#
#This file is the author's own work and represents their interpretation of the #
#song. You may only use this file for private study, scholarship, or research. #
#------------------------------------------------------------------------------#
#

Date: Sun, 28 Dec 1997 13:16:26 -0500
From: Dan Nicholas 
Subject: CRD:I Was Only Joking   by Rod Stewart

I Was Only Joking
By Rod Stewart
Words & Music by (Stewart & Grainger) ASCAP 1977
>From the LP "Footloose and Fancy Free"
Transcribed by Dan Nicholas
nicholdb@istar.ca


This is the riff which is played after the Chorus

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


Chords used...

EADGBE
======
002220     A
002120     Amaj7
002020     A7
X00232     D
X00231     Dm
022100     E


A                  Amaj7
Ever since I was a kid at school
A7                   D
I messed around with all the rules
Dm               A                E              A
Apologized then realized I'm not different after all
                         Amaj7         A7         D
Me & the boys thought we had it sussed Valentinos all of us
Dm                      A            E                  A
My dad said we looked rediculous but boy we broke some hearts


                    Amaj7      A7               D
In and out of jobs runnin free wagin war with society
Dm                      A            E            A
Some blank faces stare back at me & nothin ever changed
                     Amaj7             A7                     D
Promises made in the heat of the night creepin home before it got too light
Dm                  A                 E               A
I wasted all that precious time and blamed it on the wine

      A          D  E         A
Cho...I was only jo-king  my dear (my dear)
                    D      E        A
      Looking for a way to hide my fear (my fear)
                   D  E      A
      What kind of fo-ol was I (was I)
               E
      I could never win (never win)      ......Riff


A              Amaj7     A7                    D
Never found a comprimise collected lovers like butterflies
Dm                 A               E            A
Illusions of that grand first prize are slowly wasted
                    Amaj7      A7             D
Suzie baby you were good to me givin' love unselfishly
Dm                       A
But you took it all too seriously
E                 A
I guess it had to end


Cho...

Inst...verse,cho,verse,cho..


                  Amaj7       A7                         D
Now you ask me if I'm sincere that's the question that I always fear
Dm                  A                   E                       A
The first seven is never clear but I'll tell you what you wanna hear
                     Amaj7        A7                          D
I'll try to give you all you want but givin' love is not my strongest point
Dm                                A        E               A
If that's the case it's pointless goin' on I'd rather be alone
                     Amaj7         A7                   D
'Cause what I'm doin must be wrong pourin' my heart out in a song
Dm                 A               E                  A
Owning up for prosperity for the whole damn world to see
                    Amaj7       A7                     D
Quietly now while I turn a page Act 20's over without costume change
    Dm                       A
The principal would like to leave the stage
     E                 A
The crowd don't understand


Dan Nicholas
Heldan Enterprises
e-mail: nicholdb@istar.ca
e-mail: dan.nicholas@ottawa.com
e-mail: az252@freenet.carleton.ca
e-mail: dan.nicholas@homemail.com
http://home.istar.ca/~nicholdb
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juanhunt wrote on January 27 2005, 12:00 am

I think your tab is pretty much spot on except when it goes "what kind of fool was i" it should be F#m

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korkeycat wrote on February 17 2008, 04:27 pm

This is a great tab the only very slight difference i make is to play with a capo on the third it just seems to lift the song a little thnx for posting this..

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kmw wrote on August 14 2008, 01:22 pm

Great tab, but I play it with capo on 1st fret and it matches the cd perfectly.

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