A guitar is a thief in the night |Dm / |F / |G / | That robs you of sleep through the wall |G / |Bb / |/ / |D Dsus4|D / | A guitar is a thin box of light |A / |F / |G / | Throwing reflections that rise and fall |G / |Bb / |/ / |E / |E7 / | It reminds you of Memphis or maybe Majorca |A7 / |/ / |Gm7 / |/ / | Big Bill Broonzy or Garcia Lorca |Dm / |/ / |Gm7 / |A7 / | A truck going north or a cab to the Festival Hall |Dm / |F / |G / |Bb C |D / | |Dsus4 / |A7... And the man who plays the guitar for life Tests his thumbs on a slender knife Forever caresses a frigid wife His fingers travel on strings and frets Like a gambler's moving to cover bets Remembering what his brain forgets While his brain remembers the fears and debts |Dm / |F / |G / |Bb C |D / | |Dsus4 / |D / |/ / | Long fingernails that tap a brittle rhythm on a glass |Gm7 |/ |C9 |/ |Am7 |/ |/ |/ | Around his neck a ribbon with a little silver hook |Gm7 |/ |/ |/ | Like some military order second class |Dm |/ |A7 |/ | You can read him like an open book |Dm |/ |E7 |/ | From the hands that spend their lives creating tension |Gm7 |/ |A7 |/ | From the wrists that have a lean and hungry |Gm7.|(tacet)| Eyes that have a mean and angry look |A7..|(tacet)|Dm / |/ / |A7 / |/ / | A guitar is a thief in the night That robs you of sleep through the wall A guitar is a thin box of light Throwing reflections that rise and fall A guitar reminds you of death and taxes Charlie Christian outplaying the saxes The beginners' call and the very last call of all |Dm / |F / |G / |Bb C |D / | |Dsus4 / |D / |/ / | (E-C#) (F-D) (G-E) (A-F) / (Bb-G) (A-F) (G-E) (F-D) (G-E) (A-F) (Bb-G) (C-A) (D-Bb') (C-A) (Bb-G) (A-F) (G-E) The beginners' call and the very last call of all |Dm / |F / |G / |Bb C |D / | |Dsus4 / |D....... Chord Transcription by Dave Jones, amendments by Pete Atkin. Notes: Note pairs such as (E-C#) are just that: play two notes rather than a whole chord. Start the runs on 4th and 2nd string at 2nd fret. (F-D) is at 3rd fret. Rest of note pairs played on 3rd and 1st strings. You can play these runs in all the verses ("A guitar reminds you...", "Like a gambler's..."). The chords to these lines are Pete's amendments interpreted by DJ. Other arrangements of A7, Dm and Gm7 may work for you. Chord shapes: Bb to C : barred-A at 1st fret moves up to 3rd fret. Gm7 to A7 : (in the verse) barred-Em7 at 3rd fret moves up to barred-E7 at 5th. Other A7's: use the A with open 3rd string version, not the half-barre-plus-high-G. Tempo: The original is a fast 4/4. Here the bar structure is the same but the count is halved, so that makes it a moderate 2/2, I suppose. Strum to your own taste. In the bridge the tempo actually increases but the strum rate halves again. Thanks to Pete for drawing attention to these details.
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