Circle Game - Key of A
Joni Mitchell (1968)


Fingerpicking in 4/4... for example
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| [A] Yesterday a | [D] child came out to | [A] wonder | [A] |
| [A] Caught a dragon | [D] fly inside a | [E7] jar | [E7] |
| [A] Fearful when the | [D] sky was full of | [C#m7] thunder | [C#m7]
And | [D] tearful at the | [A] falling [C#m7↓] of [D↓] a | [A] star | [A] |

Chorus
And the | [A] seasons, they go | [C#m7↓] round [D↓] and [A] 'round |
And the | [A] painted ponies go | [C#m7↓] up [D↓] and [A] down |
| [D] We're captive on a | carousel of | [A] time | [A] |
| [D] We can't return, we can | only look be- | [C#m7] hind from where we | [D] came
And go | [C#m7] 'round and 'round and | [D] 'round in the [E7] circle | [A] game | [A]

[A] Then the child moved [D] ten times 'round the [A] seasons [A]
[A] Skated over [D] ten clear frozen [E7] streams [E7]
[A] Words like, when you're [D] older, must [C#m7] appease him [C#m7]
And [D] promises of | [A] someday [C#m7↓] make [D↓] his | [A] dreams | [A]

Chorus
And the | [A] seasons, they go | [C#m7↓] round [D↓] and [A] 'round |
And the | [A] painted ponies go | [C#m7↓] up [D↓] and [A] down |
| [D] We're captive on a | carousel of | [A] time | [A] |
| [D] We can't return, we can | only look be- | [C#m7] hind from where we | [D] came
And go | [C#m7] 'round and 'round and | [D] 'round in the [E7] circle | [A] game | [A]

[A] Sixteen springs and [D] sixteen summers gone [A] now [A]  
[A] Cartwheels turn to [D] car wheels through the [E7] town [E7]
And they [A] tell him, take your [D] time it won't be [C#m7] long now [C#m7]
'Till you [D] drag your feet to | [A] slow the [C#m7↓] cir- [D↓] -cles | [A] down | [A]

Chorus
And the | [A] seasons, they go | [C#m7↓] round [D↓] and [A] 'round |
And the | [A] painted ponies go | [C#m7↓] up [D↓] and [A] down |
| [D] We're captive on a | carousel of | [A] time | [A] |
| [D] We can't return, we can | only look be- | [C#m7] hind from where we | [D] came
And go | [C#m7] 'round and 'round and | [D] 'round in the [E7] circle | [A] game | [A]

So the [A] years spin by and [D] now the boy is [A] twenty [A]
Though his [A] dreams have lost some [D] grandeur coming [E7] true [E7]
There'll be [A] new dreams, maybe [D] better dreams and [C#m7] plenty [C#m7]
Be- [D] fore the last re- | [A] volving [C#m7↓] year [D↓] is | [A] through | [A]

Chorus
And the | [A] seasons, they go | [C#m7↓] round [D↓] and [A] 'round |
And the | [A] painted ponies go | [C#m7↓] up [D↓] and [A] down |
| [D] We're captive on a | carousel of | [A] time | [A] |
| [D] We can't return, we can | only look be- | [C#m7] hind from where we | [D] came
And go | [C#m7] 'round and 'round and | [D] 'round in the [E7] circle | [A] game | [A] |
And go | [C#m7] 'round and 'round and | [D] 'round in the circle | [A] game | [A] | [A↓]


#Capo on 2nd fret to play along with original.
#Last Updated 9/11/18 JJ
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