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    The Circle Game

    Joni Mitchell


    Capo 4


    Intro: / G/B - Am7 / G/B - Am7 / G/B - Am7 /

           / G - C/G - / G - - - /


      G           C                G (2)

    Yesterday a child came out to wonder

     G               C           D7 (2)

    Caught a dragonfly inside a jar

      G                C              Bm (2)

    Fearful when the sky is full of thunder

         C              Am7 (1/2)     G (1/2)  C/G (1/2)  G

    And tearful at the falling of a star.  



    G                          Am7 (1/2)    G (1/2)

    And the seasons, they go 'round and   'round

             G                Am7 (1/2)    G (1/2)

    And the painted ponies go up and      down

    C (2)                                G (2)

       We're captive on the carousel of time

    C (2)                              

      We can't return, we can only look

    Bm                    C

    behind from where we came

             G                     Am7 (1/2)   

    And go 'round and 'round and 'round in the circle

    G (1/2)   C/G (1/2)    G



    G                     C                    G (2)

    Then the child moved ten times round the seasons

    G            C                  D7 (2)

    Skated over ten clear frozen streams

    G                       C               Bm (2)

    Words like "when you're older" must appease him

          C          Am7 (1/2)          G (1/2)  C/G (1/2)  G

    And promises of someday make his dreams




    G                    C                    G (2)

    Sixteen springs and sixteen summers gone now

    G                   C                      D7 (2)

    Cartwheels turn to car wheels through the town

              G                    C                 Bm (2)

    And they tell him, "Take your time, it won't be long now

                C                Am7 (1/2)      G (1/2) C/G (1/2)   G

    'Til you drag your feet to slow the circle down"




            G                 C               G (2)

    So the years spin by and now the boy is twenty

                 G                     C                D7 (2)

    Though his dreams have lost some grandeur coming true

                 G                 C                   Bm (2)

    There'll be new dreams, maybe better dreams, and plenty

       C               Am7 (1/2)         G (1/2)   C/G (1/2)   G

    Before the last revolving year is through




             G                      Am7

    And go 'round and 'round and 'round in the circle

    G (1/2)   C/G (1/2)   G (1/2)   C/G (1/2)  



    End on last G

    This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.