Big Yellow Taxi

Words & Music by:

Joni Mitchell


This was originally played in open E tuning [E  B  E  G#  B  E], allowing for a straight barre for most of the chords.  A full transcription of the open tuning version is in the November 2006 issue of Acoustic Guitar.  To approximate it in standard tuning, you can play around with adding the 6 to the chords or alternate I & IV in rhythm.


A   A6   A   A6   A  |  B   B6   B   B6   B

Aadd9/E  E7  Aadd9/E  E  [3x]


A                                        E

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.

       A             B              E

With a pink hotel, a boutique and a swinging hot spot.



E5              EM7                 Aadd9/E

Don't it always seem to go that you don't know


What you've got 'til it's gone?

     A                  B                E

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.


They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum.

And they charged all the people a dollar and a half just to see them




Hey, Farmer, Farmer, put away that D.D.T., now.

Give me spots on my apples but leave me the birds and the bees, please!




Late last night, I heard the screen door slam.

And a big yellow taxi took away my old man.


CHORUS:  [2x]


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