More songs by Jim Croce

This file is part of a collection that (moreso than the rest of the site) are not meant to be detailed or accurate transcriptions of the original recordings. They're just some simple chord charts that I made for my own use, some of them my own arrangements.
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"TIME IN A BOTTLE" by Jim Croce
From the 1972 album You Don't Mess Around with Jim
Words and music by Jim Croce
Transcribed by T-rev
In D minor and D major (capo 5 in A minor and A major)

      Am           Am,maj7   Am7    D
   If I could save time in a bottle
       Fmaj7            Dm           E7lick
   The first thing that I'd like to do
         Am         Am,maj7   Am7     D
   Is to save every day till eternity passes
    Fmaj7       Dm                minor lick
   Away just to spend them with you

      Am           Am,maj7      Am7    D
   If I could make days last forever
      Fmaj7            Dm          E7lick
   If words could make wishes come true
       Am         Am,maj7    Am7          D
   I'd save every day like a treasure and then
    Fmaj7        Dm                minor lick
   Again I would spend them with you

          A              A/G#
But there never seems to be enough enough time
   F#m11             E4                  D2       D2/C#  Bm7  major lick
To do the things you want to do once you find them
     A              A/G#
I've looked around enough to know
     F#m11            E4                 D2       D2/C#  Bm7  major lick
That you're the one I want to go through time with

      Am      Am,maj7      Am7    D
   If I had a box just for wishes
       Fmaj7           Dm         E7lick
   And dreams that had never come true
       Am           Am,maj7 Am7          D
   The box would be empty except for the memory
       Fmaj7         Dm          minor lick
    of how they were answered by you

Transcribed 2005-05-25 by T-rev for Joe and Margie
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x02210 Am
x02110 Am,maj7
x02010 Am7
xx0232 D
xx3210 Fmaj7
xx0231 Dm

4x2220 Amaj7/G#
2x2200 F#m11
0x2200 E4
xx0230 D2
x4x230 D2/C#
x2x232 Bm7

minor lick

major lick

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