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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.