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Taylor

Jack Johnson

from the album On and On released in 2003

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Lyrics

Intro

(see below for intro tab)

Verse

C G They say Taylor was a good girl, never one to be late Am F C G Am F Complain, express ideas in her brain C G Working on the night shift, passing out the tickets Am F C G Am F You're gonna have to pay her if you want to park here Well, mommy's little dancer's quite a little secret Working on the streets now, never gonna keep it It's quite an imposition, and now she's only wishing That she would have listened to the words they said... poor Taylor

Chorus

C G Am F ...She just wanders around... unaffected by C G Am F ...The winter winds, yeah... and she'll pretend that... C G Am F ...She's somewhere else... so far and clear... C G Am (let ring) C G Am F C G Am F ...About 2,000 miles............... from here Well, Peter Patrick pitter patters on the window But Sunny Silhouette won't let him in And poor old Pete's got nothing 'cause he's been falling But somehow Sunny knows just where he's been He thinks that singing on Sunday gonna save his soul Now that Saturday's gone And sometimes he thinks that he's on his way, but I can see ...That his break lights are on And he just wanders around unaffected by The winter winds, yeah... and he'll pretend that... He's somewhere else... so far and clear... About 2,000 miles... from here Such a tough enchilada, filled up with nada Give him what you gotta give to get a dollar bill Used to be a limber chicken, time's a-been a-ticking Now she's finger licking to the man With the money in his pocket, flying in his rocket Only stopping by on his way to a better (world)

Ending

C D F G World........... if Taylor finds a better (world) C D F G C World........... then Taylor's gonna run away (begin intro on "away")

Notes & Tabs

Guitar Chords Used

Here is the basic way to play the guitar chords used in this song. Essentially, most all of this song uses the common I-V-vi-IV progression, which in this case is C-G-Am-F. Refer to the tabs below if you want to play exactly like Jack Johnson does.

e-|---0----3----0----1-----0----------
B-|---1----0----1----1-----1-----3----
G-|---0----0----2----2-----2-----0----
D-|---2----0----2----3-----3-----4----
A-|---3----2----0----3-----3-----5----
E-|--------3---------1----------------
      C    G    Am   F   Fmaj7   D 

Intro Tab

The intro, heard at the beginning and end of the album version of this song, can be played using the following tab. If you're just getting started with this, I'd urge you to understand the underlying chords that the riffing is based off (mainly C and F). A video tutorial of this intro can be found below.

e-|-----------------------------|----------------------------|-
B-|-----------------------------|----------------------------|-
G-|-------x---------------------|--------x-------------------|-
D-|-------x---------------------|--------x-------------------|-
A-|--1h3--x---1h3p1-----1-------|--------x----------1h2---2--|-
E-|-------x----------3-----3p0--|--1--1--x---1h2h3-----------|-
       C                           F 

 -|----------------------------------|------------------------------------|-
 -|----------------------------------|------------------------------------|-
 -|-------x--------------------------|--------x---------------------------|-
 -|-------x--1h31----1--0------------|--------x---------------------------|-
 -|--2h3--x--------3--------3--0-----|--------x------1-----1-----1-----1--|-
 -|-------x-----------------------0--|--1--1--x--1h3---1h3---1h3---1h3----|-
       C                                F 

 -|--------------------------------------|-------------------|-
 -|--------------------------------------|------------4------|-
 -|--------x-----------------------------|--------x---2---x--|-
 -|--------x---3--3/5--5--3p0------------|--------x--(3)--x--|-
 -|----3---x------------------2p0--0-----|--3-3---x--(3)--x--|-
 -|--------x--------------------------0--|--1-1---x-------x--|-
       C                                    F         F7 

 -|----0---0--0---0---0---0--0---------|---0------||
 -|----1---1--3---3/--5---3--1------1--|---1------||
 -|----0---0--0---0---0---0--0--0h2----|---2------||
 -|----2-------------------------------|---3------||
 -|----3-------------------------------|----------||
 -|------------------------------------|----------||
       C                                   Fmaj7 

Verse Chords & Strumming

While the verse uses the same C-G-Am-F progression the entire time, Jack Johnson plays it using an abbreviated and muted strumming technique. Note that he is focusing almost entirely on the 4th and 5th strings. Also, note that between each chord he plays approximately three strums with those two strings entirely open.

e-|----------------------------|----------------------------|-
B-|--(1)-----------------------|--(0)-----------------------|-
G-|--(0)-----------------------|--(0)-----------------------|-
D-|---2--2--2--2--x--0--0--0---|---0--0--0--0--x--0--0--0---|-
A-|---3--3--3--3--x--0--0--0---|---2--2--2--2--x--0--0--0---|-
E-|----------------------------|----------------------------|-
      C                            G 

 -|----------------------------|----------------------------||
 -|--(1)-----------------------|--(1)-----------------------||
 -|--(2)-----------------------|--(2)-----------------------||
 -|---2--2--2--2--x--0--0--0---|---3--3--3--3--x--0--0--0---||  x3
 -|---0--0--0--0--x--0--0--0---|---3--3--3--3--x--0--0--0---||
 -|----------------------------|----------------------------||
      Am                           F 

Ending Chords

At the end of the song, just before the intro, he plays this C-D-F-G progression as follows. These use the same C-shape chord that simply slides up the fretboard. Play this twice.

e-|-----------------------------------------------||
B-|---1--1------/3--3------/6--6------/8---8------||
G-|---0--0-------0--0-------0--0-------0---0------||
D-|---2--2------/4--4------/7--7------/9---9------||  x2
A-|---3--3------/5--5------/8--8------/10--10-----||
E-|-----------------------------------------------||
      C          D          F          G 

Videos

Official Album Version

If you want to hear the album version of the song, check out the official music video here. The actual song starts at approximately 0:53 in.



Recommended Guitar Lesson

If you want a video lesson, I recommend this one which comes in two parts. This first part shows how to play the intro section:



For the verse and chorus sections, refer to this second video from the same guy:



Chord Progressions

Verse

"Taylor was a good girl..."
| C . . . | G . . . | Am . . . | F . . . | (repeat)

Chorus

"She just wanders around..."
| C . . . | G . . . | Am . . . | F . . . | (repeat)

Ending

"When Taylor finds a better world..."
| C . . . | D . . . | F . . . | G . . . | x2

Song Info

Song: Taylor
Artist: Jack Johnson
Album: On and On
Year: 2003
Label: Universal

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