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Chord Req: That Song About The Midway

GUEST,Marc 29 Jan 07 - 05:17 PM
alanabit 29 Jan 07 - 05:55 PM
Genie 30 Jan 07 - 03:11 AM
GUEST,Paul 30 Jan 07 - 08:03 AM
GUEST,Bucky 07 Nov 11 - 09:43 PM
Jim Dixon 24 May 13 - 01:38 PM
GUEST 24 May 13 - 03:41 PM
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Subject: Chord Req: That Song About The Midway
From: GUEST,Marc
Date: 29 Jan 07 - 05:17 PM

Can anyone help with Bonnie Raitt's version of the Joni Mitchell classic, That Song About The Midway? It sounds like an alternate tuning to me.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: That Song About The Midway
From: alanabit
Date: 29 Jan 07 - 05:55 PM

It almost certainly is. I read that Joni's polio as a child made it impossible for her to use normal chording. That forced her to find different ways to play the guitar. I guess that was lucky for all of us, who like her music. If you Google a bit, you should find a Joni Mitchell site with that song on it.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: The Midway (Joni Mitchell)
From: Genie
Date: 30 Jan 07 - 03:11 AM

FWIW, I believe the song title is "The Midway" (not sure about the "The").


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: That Song About The Midway
From: GUEST,Paul
Date: 30 Jan 07 - 08:03 AM

I'm interested in the arrangement to Bonnie Raitt's version as well. I think it's in an open G tuning, but I can't quite figure the chords.


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: That Song About The Midway
From: GUEST,Bucky
Date: 07 Nov 11 - 09:43 PM

Chord tunings absolutely nothing to do with Joni's polio. She uses many many tunings and can play in regular tuning as well as any other.

It is 'That Song About the Midway.' No 'The Midway' or 'Midway,' but 'That Song About the Midway.'

Bucky


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Subject: Lyr Add: THAT SONG ABOUT THE MIDWAY (from B Raitt)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 24 May 13 - 01:38 PM

I can't help with the chords, but I can provide the lyrics.


THAT SONG ABOUT THE MIDWAY
As sung by Bonnie Raitt on "Streetlights"

I met you on a midway at a fair last year,
And you stood out like a ruby in a black man's ear.
You were playin' on the horses, playin' on a guitar's strings.
You were playin' like a devil wearin' wings,
Wearin' wings—you looked so grand wearin' wings.
Do you tie them to your shoulders just to sing?
Can you fly? I heard you can. Can you fly,
Just like an eagle doin' his huntin' from the sky?

I followed through a sideshow to another town,
And I found you in a trailer on a camping ground.
You were bettin' on some lover, shootin' up the dice,
And I thought I saw you cheating once or twice,
Once or twice—I heard you did—once or twice.
Were you wondering: was the gamble worth the price?
Now you've packed it in—I heard you did—packed it in.
Was it so hard to fold a hand you knew could win?

Lately you've been hiding; it was somewhere in the news.
Well, I'm still at these races with my ticket stubs and my blues.
The man calls out the numbers; he sometimes mentions mine,
But I feel like I've been workin' overtime,
Overtime—I've lost my fire—over time,
Always playin' one more hand for one more dime.
Well, I'm slowin' down—I'm gettin' tired—slowin' down,
And I envy you the valley that you've found,
'Cause I'm midway down the midway, slowin' down,
Down.


[Joni Mitchell sings this song on "Clouds."]


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Subject: RE: Chord Req: That Song About The Midway
From: GUEST
Date: 24 May 13 - 03:41 PM

http://jonimitchell.com/music/transcription.cfm?id=226


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