The Joker chords by the Steve Miller Band


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The Joker | Chords + Lyrics (tune down a tone)


Verse 1

||: G C | D C (G/B) :||
Some people call me the space cowboy, yeah.
Some call me the gangster of love.
Some people call me Maurice.
‘Cause I speak of the pompatus of love.

Verse 2

||: G C | D C (G/B) :||
People talk about me, baby.
Say I’m doin’ you wrong, doin’ you wrong.
Well, don’t you worry, baby, don’t worry.
‘Cause I’m right here, right here, right here, right here at home.

Chorus 1

| G C | G C |
‘Cause I’m a picker, I’m a grinner, I’m a lover, and I’m a sinner.
| G C | D C |
I play my music in the sun.
| G C | G C |
I’m a joker, I’m a smoker, I’m a midnight toker.
| G C | D C |
I sure don’t want to hurt no one.

Chorus 2

| G C | G C |
I’m a picker, I’m a grinner, I’m a lover, and I’m a sinner.
| G C | D C |
I play my music in the sun.
| G C | G C |
I’m a joker, I’m a smoker, I’m a midnight toker.
| G C | D Dsus4 | Dsus4 |
I get my lovin’ on the run. Ooh, whoo, ooh, whoo.

Instrumental

||: G C | D C (G/B) :|| x4

Verse 3

||: G C | D C (G/B) :||
You’re the cutest thing that I ever did see.
I really love your peaches, wanna shake your tree.
Lovey dovey, lovey dovey, lovey dovey all the time.
Ooh wee baby, I’ll sure show you a good time.

Chorus 3

| G C | G C |
‘Cause I’m a picker, I’m a grinner, I’m a lover, and I’m a sinner.
| G C | D C |
I play my music in the sun.
| G C | G C |
I’m a joker, I’m a smoker, I’m a midnight toker.
| G C | D C |
I get my lovin’ on the run.

Chorus 4

| G C | G C |
I’m a picker, I’m a grinner, I’m a lover, and I’m a sinner.
| G C | D C |
I play my music in the sun.
| G C | G C |
I’m a joker, I’m a smoker, I’m a midnight toker.
| G C | D C |
I sure don’t want to hurt no one.

Instrumental 2

| G C | G C | G C | D C |
| G C | G C | G C | D Dsus4 | Dsus4 |
Ooh, whoo, ooh, whoo

Verse 4

||: G C | D C (G/B) :||
People keep talkin’ about me, baby.
Say I’m doin’ you wrong.
Well, don’t you worry, don’t worry, no don’t worry mama.
‘Cause I’m right here at home.

Verse 5 (to fade)

||: G C | D C (G/B) :||
You’re the cutest thing I ever did see.
I really love your peaches, wanna shake your tree.
Lovey dovey, lovey dovey, lovey dovey all the time.
Come on baby now, I’ll show you a good time.



The Joker | Chords + Lyrics (don’t tune down)


Verse 1

||: F Bb | C Bb :||
Some people call me the space cowboy, yeah.
Some call me the gangster of love.
Some people call me Maurice.
‘Cause I speak of the pompatus of love.

Verse 2

||: F Bb | C Bb :||
People talk about me, baby.
Say I’m doin’ you wrong, doin’ you wrong.
Well, don’t you worry, baby, don’t worry.
‘Cause I’m right here, right here, right here, right here at home.

Chorus 1

| F Bb | F Bb |
‘Cause I’m a picker, I’m a grinner, I’m a lover, and I’m a sinner.
| F Bb | C Bb |
I play my music in the sun.
| F Bb | F Bb |
I’m a joker, I’m a smoker, I’m a midnight toker.
| F Bb | C Bb |
I sure don’t want to hurt no one.

Chorus 2

| F Bb | F Bb |
I’m a picker, I’m a grinner, I’m a lover, and I’m a sinner.
| F Bb | C Bb |
I play my music in the sun.
| F Bb | F Bb |
I’m a joker, I’m a smoker, I’m a midnight toker.
| F Bb | C Csus4 | Csus4 |
I get my lovin’ on the run. Ooh, whoo, ooh, whoo.

Instrumental 1

||: F Bb | C Bb :|| x4

Verse 3

||: F Bb | C Bb :||
You’re the cutest thing that I ever did see.
I really love your peaches, wanna shake your tree.
Lovey dovey, lovey dovey, lovey dovey all the time.
Ooh wee baby, I’ll sure show you a good time.

Chorus 3

| F Bb | F Bb |
‘Cause I’m a picker, I’m a grinner, I’m a lover, and I’m a sinner.
| F Bb | C Bb |
I play my music in the sun.
| F Bb | F Bb |
I’m a joker, I’m a smoker, I’m a midnight toker.
| F Bb | C Bb |
I get my lovin’ on the run.

Chorus 4

| F Bb | F Bb |
I’m a picker, I’m a grinner, I’m a lover, and I’m a sinner.
| F Bb | C Bb |
I play my music in the sun.
| F Bb | F Bb |
I’m a joker, I’m a smoker, I’m a midnight toker.
| F Bb | C Bb |
I sure don’t want to hurt no one.

Instrumental 2

| F Bb | F Bb | F Bb | C Bb |
| F Bb | F Bb | F Bb | C Csus4 | Csus4 |
Ooh, whoo, ooh, whoo

Verse 4

||: F Bb | C Bb :||
People keep talkin’ about me, baby.
Say I’m doin’ you wrong.
Well, don’t you worry, don’t worry, no don’t worry mama.
‘Cause I’m right here at home.

Verse 5 (to fade)

||: F Bb | C Bb :||
You’re the cutest thing I ever did see.
I really love your peaches, wanna shake your tree.
Lovey dovey, lovey dovey, lovey dovey all the time.
Come on baby now, I’ll show you a good time.



The Joker Chords: Learn the progressions


The Joker Analysis + TAB

Search the internet for The Joker chords and I can guarantee it’ll say that the chords are in the key of G.

And looking at the video in the playlist above, you can clearly see how Steve Miller plays G, C, and D chords.

However, listening to the recording, it’s all in the key of F. So he must have tuned down a whole step, right?

Playing along with the record and I reckon there are two guitars, one in standard, one tuned down a whole step.

Members get TAB for playing in both F and G, the reason being that you’re not going to bring a guitar tuned down a whole step for just one tune to the gig.

Also, everyone else in the band won’t understand what you mean when you claim The Joker should be played a tone up from the original recording so it’s easier for you. They’ll just think you’re lazy.

The secret to being a successful professional guitarist is to always go the extra mile, and most importantly, be happy about it. In the case of the Joker that means learn it in both F and G.

Another alternative would be to invest in the Digitech drop pedal… but then again, what if you leave it at home…

Members start with playing the bass line riff in both F and G, then develop the bass line into a guitar part in both keys that will work on the acoustic, or in a band.

This is a preview of the finished part I came up with, playing in G. It’s the first line only, when repeated, you need some call and response or it’ll sound boring.

The Joker chords and TAB. Riff idea in G, first line.

Here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): The Joker – Guitar Lesson with TAB.

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How The Joker is borrowing and referencing other songs!

The more I study songs in depth, the more I discover how songs are being inspired/referencing previous compositions, in the case of The Joker, Steve Miller has done this in several ways.

Firstly, he’s taken an old blues tune called Lovey Dovey (The Clovers, 1954), written by Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun and Eddie Curtis.

The melody isn’t exactly the same but it is similar, the lyrics on the original are:

Well, you’re the cutest thing that I did ever see.
I really love your peaches, gonna shake your tree.
Lovey Dovey. Lovey Dovey all the time.
Lovey Dovey, I can’t get you out of my mind.

Whereas Steve’s third and fifth verses are:

You’re the cutest thing that I ever did see.
I really love your peaches, wanna shake your tree.
Lovey dovey, lovey dovey, lovey dovey all the time.
Ooh wee baby, I’ll sure show you a good time.

There are also a couple of references to previous Steve Miller songs in there. “Some people call me Maurice” is a reference to a previous song from the band’s 1972 album Recall the Beginning… A Journey from Eden.

The “Gangster of Love” line is from another album, Sailor, 1968. Once I Learned this, the lyrics finally started to make (some) sense.



The Joker Chords | Related Pages


Intermediate Acoustic

There are many more Intermediate Acoustic Songs with chords similar to The Joker.

Most intermediate acoustic tunes can’t be played using just basic open-position chords. We have to move up the fretboard and play CAGED barre chords as well.

We incorporate bass lines, add licks, extend chords, and play vocal melodies. Most importantly, we’ll invent second guitar parts and play these songs together.


Five similar tunes with chords and lyrics

When you can play The Jokers' chords, try these five tunes from the songbook.

Steve Miller Band

Steve Miller Band wrote The Joker.

Steve had his first success with a Blues band in Chicago but soon moved to San Fransico to set up what was to become the Steve Miller Band.

Their best-known tunes include The Joker, Abracadabra, Take the Money and Run, Fly Like An Eagle, and Rock’n Me.


Steve Miller Band on the web

Listen to Steve Miller Band on Spotify.


Pop & Rock

When you can play The Joker, check out these Pop & Rock tunes as well.

Whenever a tune doesn’t fit into a specific genre, it tends to end up here, in the Pop & Rock section.

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