Johnny Marr – Down On The Corner

Johnny Marr (de son vrai nom John Martin Maher) est un musicien anglais né à Manchester. Guitariste, compositeur, mais également clavieriste, harmoniciste et chanteur, il est surtout connu pour son rôle de compositeur au sein du groupe culte des années 1980 : The Smiths.

Son jeu de guitare créatif, mélodique et harmonieux en a fait une référence pour toute une génération de musiciens anglo-saxons, notamment le Mancunien Noel Gallagher (Oasis) ou John Squire (Stone Roses).

J’aime bien faire Down On The Corner en classe avec mes élèves :

La chanson est sur l’album Boomslang (2003). Et en passant, je vous recommande son dernier album, The Messenger (2013).

La vidéo a été filmée par Eric Tu :

“It was it the very first date of Johnny’s US tour with the Healers, the Coachella gig was the next day .

When we first met, i immediately felt the calmness and simplicity of Johnny and I loved the fact that the ‘legendary guitarist’ was actually a real down to earth person… which
to me gave the song an even more raw honesty.

I felt that the video should convey that, hence, the portrait concept.
Johnny was willing to do whatever was necessary to get the job done for the video… but he actually didn’t need to do more than one take because he nailed it. Johnny just being Johnny.

We framed the shot like a portrait of his daily life. The rest of the action in the video , the doors opening and closing, the shots of Sunset Blvd through the door, the people in the reflections sound checking for the evening gig at the Viper Room, was totally unplanned and natural. Those were really his roadies setting up… no hired extras.

The video was shot in all one-take and intentionally camera choreographed to be honest and subtle.”

capo 3rd fret
intro - Dsus4 D F Am G (4x)
 
Dsus4 D F Am G
You run around
On the rebound
Everyone says you're going all the way down
Out of your mind
All of the time
Stare at the wall
She's got it all now
 
Dsus4 D F Am G (3x)
 
Dsus4 D F Am G
 
What's goin' on?
Time slips away
You got it all wrong
I saw her today and that's all
Get up off the ground
Back on your feet
It's easily done
She didn't mean to hurt no one
 
Asus2/E
Walk on down that street where we need you
Bb
Down on the corner
G
Where there's nothing to do
 
Dsus4 D F Am G
 
You've got to believe
Take it from me
But don't take too long
You're never gonna go wrong
Get up off the ground
Back on your feet
It's easily done
She didn't mean to hurt no one
Dsus4 D F Am G (2X)
 
Asus2/E
You can walk right back where you started
Bm                            G
Friends moved on, it's all gone wrong
Asus2/E
Walk on down that street where we need you
Bb
Down on the corner
G
Where there's nothing to do
 
Dsus4 D F Am G
Get what you need na na na na na when you're feelin bad
Step back and see
It ain't really too bad
 
Asus2/E
You can walk right back where you started
Bm                            G
Friends move on, it's all gone wrong
Asus2/E
Walk on down that street where we need you
Bb
Down on the corner
G
Where there's nothing to do
Dsus2/E Am (3x)
 
Dsus4 D F Am G
Take it from me
See to believe
Don't take too long
Do it, right
See to believe
Take it from me
Don't take too long
Do it, right
 
Dsus4 D F Am G carries through all verses, fast upbeat strumming.

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