‘Big Yellow Taxi’ (cover)

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Original by Joni Mitchell

Hey farmer farmer, put away that DDT now. Give me spots on my apples, but leave me the birds and the bees …


Standard Tuning
Capo on first fret
Chords are relative to capo

Not sure about all the lyrics.

Intro: (bass riff in key of G [G#])
G
Cadd9 G
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
Cadd9 Dsus4 G
With a pink hotel, a boutique and a swinging hot spot
G D
Don’t it always seem to go that you
Am
don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone
C D G
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

Cadd9 G
They took all the trees and put ’em in a tree museum
Cadd9 Dsus4 G
And they charge the people a dollar and a half to see them
G D
Don’t it always seem to go that you
Am G
don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone
C D G
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

G
Cadd9 G
Hey farmer, farmer put away your D.D.T.
Cadd9
I don’t care about spots on my apples,
Dsus4 G
leave me the birds and the bees, please
G D
Don’t it always seem to go that you
Am G
don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone
C D G
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
C D G
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot. Why not?

Solo:
Cadd9 G
f -|———————————————————
C -|——————————————1/3–3–1–0—
G#-|——————————————2/4–4–2–0—
Eb-|———————————————————
Bb-|———————————————————
F -|–0-0-0-0h3-3-0-3–3-0-0-3–3–3–5–5/7—————–

Cadd9 Dsus4 G (harmonics)
f -|———————————————————–
C -|——————————————-(5)——3/5\3–
G#-|——————————————-(5)————-
Eb-|——————————————-(5)————-
Bb-|———————————————————–
F -|—-0-0-0h3-3–3–3-0-0-3–3–3–5–3———————-

Cadd9 G
f -|———————————————————
C -|——————————————1/3–3–1–0—
G#-|——————————————2/4–4–2–0—
Eb-|———————————————————
Bb-|———————————————————
F -|–0-0-0-0h3-3-0-3–3-0-0-3–3–3–5–5/7—————–

Em7 Dsus2 C
f -|–0——0———-0—0——
C -|–3—3——3—3——1——
G#-|–4———-2———-0——
Eb-|–2———-0———-2——
Bb-|————————3——
F -|——————————-

G
Listen late last night I heard the screen door slam
Cadd9 Dsus4 G
And a big yellow taxt took my girl away
G D
Don’t it always seem to go that you
Am G
don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone
C D G
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot

G D
Don’t it always seem to go that you
Am
don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone
C D G
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot. Why not?
C D G
They paved paradise to put up a parking lot
C D G
Paved paradise to put up a parking lot

Outro: (improvise lyrics)
Cadd9 G
Cadd9 G
Cadd9 G
Cadd9 Dsus4 G


They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
With a pink hotel, a boutique
And a swinging hot spot

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

They took all the trees
Put ’em in a tree museum
And they charged the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Hey farmer farmer
Put away that DDT now
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees
Please!

Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

Late last night
I heard the screen door slam
And a big yellow taxi
Took away my old man
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you’ve got
Till it’s gone
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot
They paved paradise
And put up a parking lot

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