Urge for Going

Joni Mitchell       5     6    5    5  
        Capo III    Dm    Bb   A    A    Dm    Bb   A  A   
A                 G          G                    A
I awoke today and found  the frost perched on the town
  A             G                   G              A
It hovered in a frozen sky  then it gobbled summer down
D                  C
When the sun turns traitor cold 
    D                 C              E      E7
and all the trees are shivering in a naked row
   A               G                         A
I get the urge for going  But I never seem to go

  G        D       A              G               D      A
I get the urge for going When the meadow grass is turning brown
G              D       A       A         G       A
Summertime is falling down and winter is closing in

A               G                   G              A
I had a girl  in summertime She had summer-colored skin
     A          G                G                     A
And not another man  in town  My darling's heart could win
    D                    C
But when the leaves fell on the ground
    D                  C                     E              E7
And Bully winds came around and Pushed them face down in the snow
      A              G                           A
She  got the urge for going and I had to let her go
  
 G           D        A              G                D        A
She got  the urge for going When the meadow grass was turning brown
G     D          A             A          G       A
Summertime is falling down and winter was closing in

A                   G                        G               A
Now the warriors of win ter           gave a cold triumphant shout
A                    G                   G                A
And all that stays is dying ;   all that lives is gettin' out
D                C
See the geese in chevron flight 
D             C        E            E7
Flapping and racing on before the snow
  A                    G                    G                    A 
They got the urge for going And they got the wings  so they can go

 G           D        A              G               D           A
They get the urge for going When the meadow grass is turning brown
G     D       A                A         G       A
Summertime is falling down and winter is closing in

Dm    Bb   A           5  6  5    fret
 
A                      G                      G                 A
I'll ply the fire with kindling I'll pull the blankets up to my chin
A             G                           G                  A
I'll lock the vagrant winter out and I'll bolt my wanderings in
D                            C
I'd like to call back summertime
D                 C            E        E7
Have her stay for just another month or so
A                 G                   G                     A 
But she’s got the urge for going So I guess she’ll have to go

G            D         A             G               D           A
She gets the urge for going When the meadow grass is turning brown
G             D       A                A         G        A
And all her empire is closing down and winter is closing in
 
Here is an analysis of the chord progression in Nashville notation.  Note the flat 7s and flat 3s.  The 57 is the E7  the seventh of the fifth.   When we transpose the A shapes to C shapes to remove the need for a capo we find that amazingly only two shapes, E-bar and A-bar are needed.

C is played at the 8th fret with an E-bar shape.
Bb is played at the 6th fret with an E-bar shape.
F is played at the 8th fret with an A-bar shape
Eb is played at the 6th fret with an A-bar shape
G/G7 are played at the 5th fret with an E-bar shape

Verse
 / 1  b7   b7   1   //   4  b3   /  4    b3    5  57   /   1  b7  1 /         
A Shapes  
/  A   G   G    A   //   D   C   /   D   C     E  E7   /   A   G  A /      
C  Shapes 
/  C  Bb   Bb   C   //   F   Eb  /   F   Eb    G  G7   /   C  Bb  C /      

I'll ply the fire with kindling I'll pull the blankets up to my chin
I'll lock the vagrant winter out and I'll bolt my wanderings in
I'd like to call back summertime
Have her stay for just another month or so
But she’s got the urge for going So I guess she’ll have to go

  Chorus 
/  b6   4    1    b6   b3   1   /   b6   4   1      1    b6   1 /                            
/  G    D    A     G    D   A   /   G    D   A      A    G    A /
/  Bb   F    C    Bb    F   C   /   Bb   F   C      C    Bb   C /


She gets the urge for going When the meadow grass is turning brown
And all her empire is closing down and winter is closing in

 

Author: Charles West

I was the VFSS Treasurer for a few years then moved on to host the Pickers Circle on Zoom when we were hit by Covid 19 in 2020.

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