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I Was Only Joking Tab

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I Was Only Joking
By Rod Stewart

Intro:

E-|---5-55---5-5h7-55—55555-5h7-5----------------------|
B-|--------7----------------------8-8—10b10-8-10b10-8--|
G-|----------------------------------------------------|
D-|----------------------------------------------------|
A-|----------------------------------------------------|
E-|----------------------------------------------------|

E-|------------------------------------------------|
B-|------------------------------------------------|
G-|-11/12-11-9-7--7-9-11-9-7-9-7-------------------|
D-|------------------------------9/10-9-7-5--------|
A-|------------------------------------------------|
E-|------------------------------------------------|

A-Amaj7-A7-D-Dm-A-E-A

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

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D-|-0-2-4-2-0------------|
A-|-----------2-0-2-0----|
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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

Chorus

Instrumental: acoustic guitar

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--10b-----10-9-10b-----10-9-|--10--9----------------------|
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  A                    A                       A
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--10----------------|-----------------------|-----5--7--5------------|
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  A                       A
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                  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

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BillyL wrote on February 8 2008, 07:08 pm

great tab my only problem with it is, the song is supposed to be tuned down a half step.

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BillyL wrote on February 8 2008, 07:10 pm

Tuning: Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb

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JackDelonge wrote on January 20 2014, 11:43 am

Actually it should be played in standard tuning but with a capo on the first fret.

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