Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi (Tabs)

Joni Mitchell – Big Yellow Taxi (Tab)

Here’s something to play at the Big Yellow Joint this weekend: Joni Mitchell’s Big Yellow Taxi.

Intro: A cool strummy riff to start off with.

Verse: Like a lot of Joni’s songs, there are a lot of words crammed in. So you’ll need some quick alternate picking to fit them in. I have cropped out a few notes here and there to make it more playable.

Chorus: A rare case of a song getting softer at the start of a chorus. Tone it down for the first half of the chorus, then start blasting for the second.

In the second chorus at the end of the song, there’s a brief pause added on “gone” to look out for.

Outro: I love the goofy ending. She knocks it up an octave for “they paved paradise,” then drops below the original melody for the rest (sadly, not room for that on the uke).


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