Circle Game - Key of C
Joni Mitchell (1968)


Fingerpicking in 4/4... for example
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| [C] Yesterday a | [F] child came out to | [C] wonder | [C] |
| [C] Caught a dragon | [F] fly inside a | [G7] jar | [G7] |
| [C] Fearful when the | [F] sky was full of | [Em7] thunder | [Em7]
And | [F] tearful at the | [C] falling [Em7↓] of [F↓] a | [C] star | [C] |

Chorus
And the | [C] seasons, they go | [Em7↓] round [F↓] and [C] 'round |
And the | [C] painted ponies go | [Em7↓] up [F↓] and [C] down |
| [F] We're captive on a | carousel of | [C] time | [C] |
| [F] We can't return, we can | only look be- | [Em7] hind from where we | [F] came
And go | [Em7] 'round and 'round and | [F] 'round in the [G7] circle | [C] game | [C]

[C] Then the child moved [F] ten times 'round the [C] seasons [C]
[C] Skated over [F] ten clear frozen [G7] streams [G7]
[C] Words like, when you're [F] older, must [Em7] appease him [Em7]
And [F] promises of | [C] someday [Em7↓] make [F↓] his | [C] dreams | [C]

Chorus
And the | [C] seasons, they go | [Em7↓] round [F↓] and [C] 'round |
And the | [C] painted ponies go | [Em7↓] up [F↓] and [C] down |
| [F] We're captive on a | carousel of | [C] time | [C] |
| [F] We can't return, we can | only look be- | [Em7] hind from where we | [F] came
And go | [Em7] 'round and 'round and | [F] 'round in the [G7] circle | [C] game | [C]

[C] Sixteen springs and [F] sixteen summers gone [C] now [C]  
[C] Cartwheels turn to [F] car wheels through the [G7] town [G7]
And they [C] tell him, take your [F] time it won't be [Em7] long now [Em7]
'Till you [F] drag your feet to | [C] slow the [Em7↓] cir- [F↓] -cles | [C] down | [C]

Chorus
And the | [C] seasons, they go | [Em7↓] round [F↓] and [C] 'round |
And the | [C] painted ponies go | [Em7↓] up [F↓] and [C] down |
| [F] We're captive on a | carousel of | [C] time | [C] |
| [F] We can't return, we can | only look be- | [Em7] hind from where we | [F] came
And go | [Em7] 'round and 'round and | [F] 'round in the [G7] circle | [C] game | [C]

So the [C] years spin by and [F] now the boy is [C] twenty [C]
Though his [C] dreams have lost some [F] grandeur coming [G7] true [G7]
There'll be [C] new dreams, maybe [F] better dreams and [Em7] plenty [Em7]
Be- [F] fore the last re- | [C] volving [Em7↓] year [F↓] is | [C] through | [C]

Chorus
And the | [C] seasons, they go | [Em7↓] round [F↓] and [C] 'round |
And the | [C] painted ponies go | [Em7↓] up [F↓] and [C] down |
| [F] We're captive on a | carousel of | [C] time | [C] |
| [F] We can't return, we can | only look be- | [Em7] hind from where we | [F] came
And go | [Em7] 'round and 'round and | [F] 'round in the [G7] circle | [C] game | [C] |
And go | [Em7] 'round and 'round and | [F] 'round in the circle | [C] game | [C] | [C↓]


#Original in key of B. This chart is a semitone higher in C.
#Last Updated 9/11/18 JJ
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