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Steely Dan: guitar tab and chords for Haitian Divorce, The Royal Scam


    HAITIAN DIVORCE - Steely Dan
    ----------------------------

    from the album 'Royal Scam'

    Transcribed by Howard Wright
    hakwright (at) gmail (dot) com


I first worked out the chords for this Steely Dan song about 6 years ago, 
and looking back over it recently I realised I got a couple of the chords 
wrong. I've gone through and corrected it and also added the chords for the
bridge and solo sections.

If you find the simple major and minor chords in the verses a a bit too plain 
you could substitute a few 6 chords in place of the majors and m7 chords in 
place of the minors. 

All chord shapes given at the end.


INTRO:
------

Em7  Em6  Em7  Em6  Em7  Em6

E6  G#m7  A  


VERSE 1:
--------

N.B for the two madd4 chords (G# & Bb) you can substitute m11 instead.
For the Bb chord this is more or less essential as the Bbm11 is a LOT 
easier to play on the guitar than the Bbmadd4 chord. I'm fairly sure that
the chord actually played (on the piano) is Bbmadd4 though.


B              F#m            E          C#m7
Babs and Clean Willie were in love they said

Amaj7  G#madd4      B/C#                   C#m
So in  love the preacher's face turned red

B6        F#m           E6        C#m7
Soon everybody knew the thing was dead

A-5            Bbmadd4       E                   A      G#7
He shouts, she bites, they wrangle through the night, yeah

F#m    B      F#m           B
She go crazy, got to make a get-away, Papa say



CHORUS:
-------

Em7  D6    Am7     G6
Oh   Oh    No hesitation

   Cmaj7           Bm7  Cmaj7    Bm7     Em7
No tears and no hearts  breakin' no  remorse

Em7  D6   Am7       G6
Oh   Oh   congratulations

Cmaj7        Bm7  Cmaj7  Bm7      
This is your Ha - itian     divorce


Em7  Em6  E6  G#m7  A 



VERSE 2
-------

(chords as verse 1)

She takes the taxi to the good hotel 
Bon marché as far as she can tell 
She drinks the zombie from the cocoa shell 
She feels alright, she get it on tonight 
Mister driver 
Take me where the music play
Papa say 


CHORUS

Em7  Em6  Em7  Em6


BRIDGE:
-------

       Cmaj7         Em7  
At the Grotto in the greasy chair 

         C/D                             G
Sits the Charlie with the lotion and the kinky hair 

         G7                  Cmaj7
When she smiled, she said it all 

F13            Gadd2       F13               Gadd2
  The band was hot so they danced the famous Merengue 

       A7  
Now we dolly back 

       C7
Now we fade to black 


                 
N.B For true authenticity on the G G7 change above you should play:
   
    Gadd2      G               G7 
    3x743x   3x543x          3x343x
... kinky hair.   When she smiled ...

but the first chord is a bit of a stretch on the guitar, so playing just G G7 
works nearly as well and is easier to play.


SOLO:
-----

G  F  C  Bb  A

G  F  C  Bb  A

G  F  C  Bb  A

Cmaj7  Bm7  Cmaj7  Bm7


Repeat intro sequence, then into:

VERSE 3
-------

Tearful reunion in the USA 
Day by day those memories fade away 
Some babies grow in a peculiar way 
It changed, it grew, and everybody knew 
Semi-mojo 
Who's this kinky so-and-so? 
Papa go 


CHORUS


OUTRO:
------

Em7  G  F  C  Bb  A

G  F  C  Bb  A

G  F  C  Bb  A

Fmaj7  Em7  Em6

Fmaj7  Em7  Em6

repeat last line and fade



Chord Shapes
------------

For the Em7 and Em6 shapes you can also use the open bottom 
E string as well if you prefer the slightly bigger bass sound.


 EADGBE   EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE
 x7x787   x7x687    022120    464444    577655
  
  Em7       Em6       E6       G#m7        A


 EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    
 799877    244222    022100    x46454    5x665x    

   B        F#m        E        C#m7      Amaj7     


 EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    
 4x660x    4x442x    x4444x    x46654    x24444

 G#madd4   G#m11      B/C#      C#m        B6
 

 EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE   EADGBE    EADGBE
 x0764x    6x864x    6x664x    46454x   x79787    x57777

  A-5      Bbmadd4    Bbm11     G#7       Em7        D6


 EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE
 5x555x    3x545x    x35453    x24232    x5555x

  Am7        G6      Cmaj7      Bm7       C/D


 EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE
 355433    35343x    1x123x    3x020x    57565x

   G         G7       F13      Gadd2       A7


 E  A  D  G  B  E        EADGBE    EADGBE
 8  10 8  9  8  x        133211    x3555x

       C7                   F         C   


 EADGBE    EADGBE    EADGBE    E  A  D  G  B  E
 x1333x    x0222x    133210    x  8  10 9  10 8

   Bb        A       Fmaj7        Fmaj7



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