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The Joker Chords

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The only chord version so far to have the full lyrics in order with their accompanying chords . Additional info on tuning and riffs. Was this info helpful? Yes No
Song: The joker
Artist: Steve Miller Band
Composer: Steve Miller, Eddie Curtis & Ahmet Ertsgun
Album: The joker

Tabbed by DJ ( 'DiddyD' at ultimateGuitar.com )
27th Dec 2015

TUNING:  D-G-C-F-A-D
De-tune all strings down a full tone, a chromatic tuner
is useful to get the tuning accurate

This arrangement combines elements of the acoustic and
the bass guitars.  With two players, one could strum
the chords, the other concentrating mainly on adding
the bass riffs. The single version fades out on Verse 5,
I suggest finishing with another chorus. 

Most people would play this with a straight C major,
but I like the Cadd9, it makes for a very smooth change
between the other chords, and the bass riff can be added
with the index and middle fingers.

N.B. The chords are named as if still in standard tuning
but will sound a tone lower in the key of F.
G     = 320033   D     = xx0232
Cadd9 = x32033   Dsus4 = xx0233   h = hammer-on 

[Main riff]
   (F)         (Bbadd9)     (C)         (Bbadd9)
    G           Cadd9        D           Cadd9
d |------3--------3--------|-------2-----------------|
A |------3--------3--------|-------3-----------------|
F |------0--------0--------|-------2-----------------|
C |------0--------2--0-h2--|--0-0--------------------|
G |--------0-2-3--3--------|----------0-2-3-3-3-2-0--|
D |--3-3-------------------|-------------------------|

[Additional riff at end of some lines]
   (C)        (Bbadd9)             (F)
    D          Cadd9                G
d |------2----------------------|----------|
A |------3----------------------|----------|
F |------2------------------0---|---0------|
C |--0-0---------------0-h2-----|----------|
G |---------0-2-3-3-3-----------|----------|
D |-----------------------------|----------|

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

[Verse 1]
G        Cadd9                       D      Cadd9
    Some people call me 'The Space Cowboy',       yeah,
G        Cadd9                     D     Cadd9
    Some call me 'The Gangster of Love',
G        Cadd9                 D     Cadd9
    Some people call me 'Maur - ice',
           G              Cadd9        D    Cadd9
'Cause I speak ...of the pompatus of love!


[Verse 2]
G   Cadd9            D             Cadd9
    People talk a - bout me, baby,
G           Cadd9              D              Cadd9
    Say I'm doing you wrong, doing you wrong--------,
G         Cadd9             D                 Cadd9
    Well, don't you worry, baby, don't worry--------,
             G
'Cause I'm right here, right here,
Cadd9                      D     Cadd9
Right here, right here at home!


[Chorus]
               G            Cadd9
'Cause I'm a picker, I'm a grinner,
        G                Cadd9
I'm a lover, then I'm a sinner,
G            Cadd9         D   Cadd9
   I play my music in the sun--------,
        G          Cadd9           G      Cadd9
I'm a joker, I'm a smoker, I'm a midnight toker,
G              Cadd9             D   Cadd9
   I sure don't want to hurt no one--------!
        G            Cadd9
I'm a picker, I'm a grinner,
        G               Cadd9
I'm a lover, then I'm a sinner,
G            Cadd9         D   Cadd9
   I play my music in the sun--------,
        G          Cadd9           G      Cadd9
I'm a joker, I'm a smoker, I'm a midnight toker,
G           Cadd9          D
   I get my loving on the run!
Dsus4            D       Dsus4
 Woo - hoo, oo - oo---!   Woo - hoo, oo - oo!


[Break]
     G    Cadd9     D    Cadd9 
||:  /  /  /  /  |  /  /  /  /  :||[x4]


[Verse 3]
  G               Cadd9         D       Cadd9
You're the cutest thing that I ever did see,
    G               Cadd9           D        Cadd9
I really love your peaches, wanna shake your tree,
G             Cadd9                        D           Cadd9
   A -Lovey- dovey, lovey -dovey, lovey -dovey all the time,
G            Cadd9             D                   Cadd9
   Hoo - ee, baby, I'll sure show you a good time------!


[Chorus]
               G            Cadd9
'Cause I'm a picker, I'm a grinner,
        G                Cadd9
I'm a lover, then I'm a sinner,
G            Cadd9         D   Cadd9
   I play my music in the sun--------,
        G          Cadd9           G      Cadd9
I'm a joker, I'm a smoker, I'm a midnight toker,
G           Cadd9          D   Cadd9
   I get my loving on the run--------!
        G            Cadd9
I'm a picker, I'm a grinner,
        G              Cadd9
I'm a lover, and I'm a sinner,
G          Cadd9         D   Cadd9
   Play my music in the sun--------,
        G          Cadd9           G      Cadd9
I'm a joker, I'm a smoker, I'm a midnight toker,
G              Cadd9             D   Cadd9
   I sure don't want to hurt no one--------!


[Break]
  G    Cadd9   G    Cadd9   G   Cadd9    D    Cadd9
| /  /  /  / | /  /  /  / | /  /  /  / | /  /  /  / |

  G    Cadd9   G    Cadd9   G    Cadd9
| /  /  /  / | /  /  /  / | /  /  /  / |

Dsus4       D             Dsus4
      Woo - hoo, oo - oo!  Woo - hoo, oo - oo!


[Verse 4]
G   Cadd9                    D             Cadd9
    People keep talking a - bout me, baby,
G   Cadd9                D    Cadd9
     Say I'm doing you wrong--------,
G         Cadd9
    Well, don't you worry,
        D              Cadd9
Don't worry, no, don't worry, mamma,
G             Cadd9          D    Cadd9
   'Cause I'm right here at home!


[Verse 5]
G    Cadd9                      D       Cadd9
     You're the cutest thing I ever did see,
  G               Cadd9           D        Cadd9
Really love your peaches, wanna shake your tree,
G         Cadd9                         D          Cadd9
   Lovey- dovey, lovey -dovey, lovey -dovey all the time,
G          Cadd9           D             Cadd9
   Come on, baby, now, ...show you a good time!


[Suggestion for ending]
               G            Cadd9
'Cause I'm a picker, I'm a grinner,
        G               Cadd9
I'm a lover, and I'm a sinner,
G            Cadd9         D   Cadd9
   I play my music in the sun---------,
        G          Cadd9           G      Cadd9
I'm a joker, I'm a smoker, I'm a midnight toker,
G           Cadd9          D    Cadd9
   I get my loving on the run---------!
               G           Cadd9
'Cause I'm a picker, I'm a grinner,
        G               Cadd9
I'm a lover, and I'm a sinner,
G          Cadd9         D   Cadd9
   Play my music in the sun--------,
        G          Cadd9           G      Cadd9
I'm a joker, I'm a smoker, I'm a midnight toker,
G               Cadd9            D
   I sure don't want to hurt no one!
Dsus4             D      Dsus4           G
 Woo - hoo, oo - oo---!  Woo - hoo, oo - oo!
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miketranch 10 Oct 19, 2016 07:59 PM

Spot on, thanks

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trolar1 34 Apr 24, 2017 05:32 PM

The first chorus is too long. The second chorus is also wrong, it ends with "I sure don't want to hurt no one" and a small guitar solo.

Cross reference with the recording step by step please. (Maybe there is a different version I am not aware of?)

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