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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|-|------------------------------------------------|

[Intro]

A Amaj7 A7 D Dm A E A

[Verse 1]
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

[Chorus]

      A          D  E         A
      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

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

[Verse 2]
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

e|-------------------|-------------------------|----------------------------|
B|-------------------|--------------2--5--7----|--7--5--2h0--------5-5-5-5--|
G|-------------------|-------------------------|------------2---------------|
D|-------------------|------2--4---------------|----------------------------|
A|----------------0--|--0-4--------------------|----------------------------|
E|-------------------|-------------------------|----------------------------|

e|--------------------------------|----------------------|
B|--7----8----7----5----8----7----|--5--3----------3--5--|
G|--------------------------------|----------------------|
D|--------------------------------|----------------------|
A|--------------------------------|----------------------|
E|--------------------------------|----------------------|

e|--------------------------|-----------------------|-----------------0----------|
B|--6--------3-6-5-3-6-5-3--|--3--3--2----0---------|--------2-------------3--2--|
G|--------------------------|----------------2------|--1-2-4---4-2-1-------------|
D|--------------------------|-----------------------|----------------------------|
A|--------------------------|-----------------------|----------------------------|
E|--------------------------|-----------------------|----------------------------|

e|------------------------|-----------5----9--10--12--|
B|--0---------------------|--------5------------------|
G|-----2------------------|--2--6---------------------|
D|------------------2--4--|---------------------------|
A|--------------0-4-------|---------------------------|
E|------------------------|---------------------------|

e|--12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

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


e|------------5----7----5----4----|--5----12--12------14----|
B|-------6------------------------|-------------------------|
G|--7-----------------------------|-------------------------|
D|--------------------------------|-------------------------|
A|--------------------------------|-------------------------|
E|--------------------------------|-------------------------|

e|--16-16-16-16-16-16-16-16-16-16-16-16-16-16-16-16-16-16-16-16-16-16-16-16-|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|

e|--17-17-17-17-17-17-17-17-17-17-17-17-17-17-17-17-17-17-17-17-17-17-17-17-|---|
B|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|---|
G|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|---|
D|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|---|
A|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|---|
E|--------------------------------------------------------------------------|---|
electric guitar
                                              A

e|------|------|------|------|------------------|--17--------19----17----|
B|------|------|------|------|------------------|------------------------|
G|------|------|------|------|------------------|------------------------|
D|------|------|------|------|------------------|------------------------|
A|------|------|------|------|------------------|------------------------|
E|------|------|------|------|------------------|------------------------|
  D                    E                              A

e|--------------------|------------------14--12--10--|--9------------9--10--|
B|--17b---------------|--17------15--17--------------|----------------------|
G|--------------------|------------------------------|----------------------|
D|--------------------|------------------------------|----------------------|
A|--------------------|------------------------------|----------------------|
E|--------------------|------------------------------|----------------------|
  D                            A

e|--10b-----10-9-10b-----10-9-|--10--9----------------------|
B|----------------------------|-----------12--10----10--12--|
G|----------------------------|-----------------------------|
D|----------------------------|-----------------------------|
A|----------------------------|-----------------------------|
E|----------------------------|-----------------------------|
  E                          A

e|--------------------------|--------------------------|
B|--12b-----12--12------10--|--9--10--12--10--9--------|
G|--------------------------|--------------------------|
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|
A|--------------------------|--------------------------|
E|--------------------------|--------------------------|
  A                            D                      E

e|----------------------------|----------------------|-------------------------|
B|--10-----------10-----------|----------------------|-------------------------|
G|------9------------9--------|--9------7--7------6--|--6--9--9----7--6-----4--|
D|---------11-----------11----|----------------------|-------------------7-----|
A|----------------------------|----------------------|-------------------------|
E|----------------------------|----------------------|-------------------------|
  A                   D

e|-------------------|------------------------------------------9--|
B|-------------------|-------------------------------9--10--12-----|
G|--4b---------------|------------------------9--11----------------|
D|-------------------|-------------9--11--12-----------------------|
A|-------------------|--9--11--12----------------------------------|
E|-------------------|---------------------------------------------|

    A                              D
e|--10b---10--9-----------------|-----------------------9------|
B|---------------10-------------|---------------10--12-----12--|
G|-----------------------9h11h9-|--9--11--11-------------------|
D|------------------------------|------------------------------|
A|------------------------------|------------------------------|
E|------------------------------|------------------------------|

    A                    A                       A
e|--------------------|-----------------------|------------------------|
B|--10----------------|-----------------------|-----5--7--5------------|
G|--------------------|----------2--4----2----|--6-----------6----2----|
D|--------------------|-------4---------------|------------------------|
A|--------------------|----5------------------|------------------------|
E|--------------------|-----------------------|------------------------|

    A                       A
e|-----------------------|----------------------------12b-----|
B|-----------------------|------------12--14--12--------------|
G|----------2--4----2----|----11--14--------------14----------|
D|-------4---------------|------------------------------------|
A|----5------------------|------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------|------------------------------------|

    D                            A
e|----14--17--17b---17----14--|--12----------12--------------|
B|----------------------------|------15--14------15--14------|
G|----------------------------|------------------------------|
D|----------------------------|------------------------------|
A|----------------------------|------------------------------|
E|----------------------------|------------------------------|

    D                        A                            A
e|------------------------|----------------------------|------------------------|
B|--14-14-14b-------------|--10--12--14----12----10----|------------------------|
G|------------------------|----------------------------|--11----9--------9------|
D|------------------------|----------------------------|-------------11---------|
A|------------------------|----------------------------|------------------------|
E|------------------------|----------------------------|------------------------|

                  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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| h  Hammer-on
| b  Bend
| /  Slide up 

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BillyL 61 Feb 08, 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 61 Feb 08, 2008 07:10 PM

Tuning: Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb

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JackDelonge 57 Jan 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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