Jesse chords & lyrics

by Janis Ian

Jesse was written by Janis Ian. The song was made famous by Roberta Flack which she released on Nov 8, 1973 from her album Killing Me Softly. Janis Ian recorded the song on her album Stars which was released in 1974.

Music: Key of C Major in 3/4 time at 84-86 bpm (♩)
Chords: C, Csus2, Dm, Dm7/C, E7, G, G7, G/B, Gm/Bb, A7, Asus4
Janis Ian

Jesse by Janis Ian

Intro: 3/4
   | Csus2  | % | G/B  | % | Gm/Bb  | % | Asus4  | A7  |
   |   G    | % |  G   | % | 

   Csus2                       G/B
1. Jes-se come home, there's a hole in the bed
            Gm/Bb                   Asus4  |  A7  |
   Where we slept now it's grow-ing cold       (Hey)
       Dm                       Dm7/C
   Hey Jes-se, your face in the place where we lay
            G7                    C          E7
   By the hearth, all a-part it hangs on my heart
            A7                         Dm
   And I'm leav-ing the light on the stairs
                G7                 C  |  A7  |
   No I'm not scared - I wait for you     (Hey)
       Dm           G7           Csus2  | Csus2  |
   Hey Jes-se, I'm lone-ly, come home.

   Csus2                       G/B
2. Jes-se, the floors and the boards 
                   Gm/Bb                   Asus4  |  A7  |
   Re-call-ing your steps, and I re-mem-ber too      (All the)
           Dm                        Dm7/C
   All the pic-tures are fad-ing and shad-ed in grey, 
          G7                      C          E7
   But I still set a place on the ta-ble at noon
            A7                       Dm
   And I'm leav-ing a light on the stairs
                G7                 C  |  A7  |
   No I'm not scared - I wait for you     (Hey)
       Dm           G7          Csus2  | Csus2  |
   Hey Jes-se, I'm lone-ly, come home


Instr: | G/B  | % | Gm/Bb  | % | Asus4  | A7  |
       |  G   | % |   G    | % ||  G   ||


   Csus2                     G/B
3. Jes-se, the spread on the bed
                    Gm/Bb                    Asus4  |  A7  |
   Is like when you left, I've kept it up for you      (And all the)
                Dm                           Dm7/C
   And all the blues and the greens have been re-cent-ly cleaned, 
             G7                  C          E7
   And it's seem-ing-ly new Hey Jes, me and you
          A7                        Dm
   We'll swal-low the light on the stairs
                   G7                   C  |  A7  |
   We'll do up my hair, and sleep un-a-ware    (Hey)
       Dm           G7           Csus2  | A7  | Dm  | G7  |  C  |
   Hey Jes-se, I'm lone-ly, come home                         Pause
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C Major

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4: Notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string
NB: The transition from Csus2 → G/B → Gm/Bb → Asus4 → A7
    is very easy - simply follow the charts.

 Right Handed Chord Tabs:   
         Csus2               G/B               Gm/Bb              Asus4               A7 
    e|---|---|-4-|     e|---|---|-4-|     e|---|---|-4-|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|
    B|---|---|-3-|     B|---|---|-3-|     B|---|---|-3-|     B|---|---|-3-|     B|---|-2-|---|
    G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|---|---|
    D|---|-1-|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|-1-|---|     D|---|-1-|---|
    A|---|---|-2-|     A|---|-1-|---|     A|-1-|---|---|     A|---|---|---|     A|---|---|---|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3
   
          Dm                Dm7/C               G7                 G                 C                 E7 
    e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|    e|---|---|-3-|    e|---|---|---|    e|---|---|---|
    B|---|---|-3-|     B|---|---|-3-|     B|---|---|---|    B|---|---|---|    B|-1-|---|---|    B|---|---|---|
    G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|---|---|    G|---|---|---|    G|---|---|---|    G|-1-|---|---|
    D|---|---|---|     D|---|---|---|x    D|---|---|---|    D|---|---|---|    D|---|-2-|---|    D|---|---|---|
    A|---|---|---|x    A|---|---|-4-|     A|---|-2-|---|    A|---|-1-|---|    A|---|---|-3-|    A|---|-2-|---|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|-3-|    E|---|---|-2-|    E|---|---|---|x   E|---|---|---|
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3

                                                     
Left Handed Chord Tabs:
        Csus2               G/B               Gm/Bb              Asus4               A7
    |-4-|---|---|e     |-4-|---|---|e     |-4-|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e
    |-3-|---|---|B     |-3-|---|---|B     |-3-|---|---|B     |-3-|---|---|B     |---|-2-|---|B
    |---|---|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|---|---|G
    |---|-1-|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|-1-|---|D     |---|-1-|---|D
    |-2-|---|---|A     |---|-1-|---|A     |---|---|-1-|A     |---|---|---|A     |---|---|---|A
   x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1   Frets    

         Dm                Dm7/C               G7                G                 C                 E7
    |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e    |---|---|-1-|e    |-3-|---|---|e    |---|---|---|e    |---|---|---|e
    |-3-|---|---|B     |-3-|---|---|B    |---|---|---|B    |---|---|---|B    |---|---|-1-|B    |---|---|---|B
    |---|-2-|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G    |---|---|---|G    |---|---|---|G    |---|---|---|G    |---|---|-1-|G
    |---|---|---|D    x|---|---|---|D    |---|---|---|D    |---|---|---|D    |---|-2-|---|D    |---|---|---|D
   x|---|---|---|A     |-4-|---|---|A    |---|-2-|---|A    |---|-1-|---|A    |-3-|---|---|A    |---|-2-|---|A
   x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    |-3-|---|---|E    |-2-|---|---|E   x|---|---|---|E    |---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1   Frets
Janis Ian:
Born: Janis Eddy Fink on April 7, 1951 in New York City, U.S.
Occupations: Singer songwriter, musician, author
Music Style: Folk
Active Years: 1965-present
2 Grammy Awards:
  • 1975 - At Seventeen (single from her 1975 album - Between The Lines)
  • 2013 - Best Spoken Word Album (her autobiography - Society's Child)
Official Website janisian.com

Logo Jesse Sheet Music is featured in the Janis Ian Songbook: Guitar Songbook Edition - 26 songs including Society's Child, At Seventeen, Jesse, Honor Them All, All Roads to the River, Amsterdam, Fly Too High, From Me to You, Getting Over You, Ride Me Like a Wave, Searching for America, Silly Habits, Stars, Take No Prisoner, Tattoo, The Other Side of the Sun and many more.

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