Jesse chords & lyrics

by Janis Ian

  • Jesse was written by Janis Ian. The song was made famous by Roberta Flack which was 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, Cadd9, Dm, Dm7/C, E7, G, G7, G/B, Gm/Bb, A7, Asus4

Jesse by Janis Ian

Intro: 3/4
   | Cadd9  | % | G/B  | % | Gm/Bb  | % | Asus4  | A7  |
   |   G    | % |  G   | % |

   Cadd9                       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           Cadd9  | Cadd9  |
   Hey Jes-se, I'm lone-ly, come home.

   Cadd9                       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          Cadd9  | Cadd9  |
   Hey Jes-se, I'm lone-ly, come home


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


   Cadd9                     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           Cadd9  | A7  | Dm  | G7  |  C  |
   Hey Jes-se, I'm lone-ly, come home                        Pause

C Major

Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
White Numbered Circles: Optional Notes
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note
B: Bass Note

Right Handed Charts:

Left Handed Charts:

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

Jesse Sheet Music is featured in the Janis Ian Guitar Songbook - 14 songs including At Seventeen, Fly Too High, From Me To You, I Hear You Sing Again, In The Winter, Jesse, Joy, Love Is Blind, Ride Me Like A Wave, Society's Child, Stars, Tattoo, The Last Train, The Other Side Of The Sun. Includes guitar tablature, standard notation, vocal melody, lyrics, chord names and guitar chord diagrams.

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