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Ordinary Joe chords

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This is my first tab contribution, time to give something back after having received so 
much from this site.
Your comments are welcome.

It's quite different from the other tab on this site, so I thought it would be a good 
thing to propose this version of what I think is Terry Callier's most beautiful song.
Listen to it to get an idea of how to put the words on the chords. Alternate between the
different ways to play the chords to bring in some change.

FM7: 1x2210 or x8109108
Em:  022000 or x79987
Am:  00210 or 577555
F:   133211
G:   320003 or 355433

Terry Callier - Ordinary Joe (from the album Occasional Rain - 1972)

[Intro]

FM7  Em   4x

[Verse]

                   FM7
And for my opening line

                  Em
I'm not trying to indicate my state of mind.

           FM7
I turn you on,

                    Em
I tell you that I'm laughing just to keep from crying

             FM7            Em
And bringing music when you hear it,

        FM7           Em
Keep on trying to get near it.

         FM7             Em
A little rhythm for your spirit

[Pre-Chorus]

       Am               G
Oh but that's what it's for

        F               G
Come on in, here's the door


[Chorus]

    FM7                     Em
And I've seen a sparrow get high

    FM7                   Em
And waste his time in the sky

FM7                     Em
He thinks it's easy to fly

            FM7                   Em
He's just a little bit freer than I

                   FM7
Now here's a mystery
                   Em
And maybe you can help to make it clear to me
                    FM7
When you're fast asleep
                        Em
Then what is it that's lighting up the dreams you see
          FM7             Em
Only your tears can't conceal it
               FM7                Em
And only your prayers may not reveal it
            FM7             Em
You've got soul so you can feel it

[Pre-Chorus]
         Am            G
And when you make the scene
          F           G
Well you know what I mean

[Chorus]
    FM7                     Em
Hey I've seen a sparrow get high
    FM7                     Em
And waste his time in the sky
FM7                     Em
He thinks it's easy to fly
             FM7                  Em
He's just a little bit freer than I
       FM7                  
n'doo dee doo boo bee boo boo bee bo dee
Em                                      FM7
dee boo boo dee bo do bee bo dee bo bee ba
                    
[Instrumental]

Em FM7 Em FM7 Em

[Verse]
                   FM7
Down here on the ground
                         Em
When you find folks are giving you the runaround
                  FM7
Keep your game uptight
                      Em
And if you must just take your secrets underground
         FM7                    Em
Now politicians are trying to speech you
            FM7                    Em
Mad colour watchers are trying to teach you
      FM7                     Em
Very few will really try to reach you

[Pre-Chorus]
           Am        G
If you're lost in a stack
       F              G
That's OK, come all black

[Chorus]
     FM7                  Em
Now I'd be the last to deny
     FM7                  Em
That I'm just an average guy
                   FM7                      Em
And don't you know each little bird in the sky
           FM7                  Em
Is just a little bit freer than I

[Verse]
              FM7
Hey ordinary Joe
                          Em
Although they say you're just a lazy so-and-so
                    FM7
What they think is real
                  Em          
Is nothing but an animated puppet show
              FM7               Em
So don't let time and space confuse you
              FM7             Em
And don't let name and form abuse you
         FM7                Em            
Let that Big Joe Williams blues you

[Pre-Chorus]
        Am          G            F            G
In the light of the sun you can see how they burn

[Chorus]
    FM7                     Em
Oh I've seen a sparrow get high
    FM7                    Em
And waste his time in the sky
FM7                     Em
He thinks it's easy to fly
             FM7                  Em
He's just a little bit freer than I

[Outro]
       FM7                  
n'doo dee doo boo bee boo boo bee bo dee
Em                                      FM7
dee boo boo dee bo do bee bo dee bo bee ba ... fade out


Have fun!

            
            
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jasonmckwn 10 Oct 01, 2017 06:32 AM

a gem of a song, love it. Thanks for the great tab!

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WiesikO 54 Oct 03, 2017 12:37 PM

You're welcome!

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