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

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

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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