American V: A Hundred Highways

1. HELP ME

Intro:
|     A     |     A     |     A     |     A     |


A                                                              E
Oh, Lord, help me to walk another mile,      just one more mile
E7                                               A
I’m tired of walking all alone.
E
And Lord, help me to smile another smile, just one more smile
E7                                                          A               A7
Don’t think I can do things on my own.


D                                                              A
I never thought I needed help before.
E                                                                A              A7
Thought that I could get by by myself.
D                                                                        A
But now I know I just can’t take it anymore.
E
And with a humble heart, on bended knee,
A
I’m beggin’ You please for help.


Interlude:
|     A     |     A     |     A     |     A     |
|     D     |     D     |     A     |A  Asus|
|     E      |  E7sus |   A/E   |     A     |


A                                                                     E
Oh, come down from Your golden throne to me, to lowly me.
A
I need to feel the touch of Your tender hand.
E
Relase these chains of darkness; let me see, Lord, let me see
A           A7
Just where I fit in to Your master plan


D                                                              A
I never thought I needed help before.
E                                                                A              A7
Thought that I could get by by myself.
D                                                                        A
But now I know I just can’t take it anymore.
E
And with a humble heart, on bended knee,
A
I’m beggin’ You please for help.


E
With a humble heart, on bended knee,
A
I’m beggin’ You please for help.


Outro:
|   D/A   |     A     |     A     |     A     |

 

2. GOD’S GONNA CUT YOU DOWN

Intro:
|   Bb5   |   Bb5   |   Bb5   |   Bb5   |
|   Bb5   |   Bb5   |   Bb5   |   Bb5   |


Bb5
You can run on for a long time,
Eb5               Bb5
Run on for a long time,

Run on for a long time.
N.C.
Sooner or later gotta cut you down
Bb5
Sooner or later, gotta cut you Down


Go tell that long tounged liar,
Eb5                         Bb5
Go and tell           that midnight rider,

Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
N.C.
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down
Bb5
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em Down


Well, my goodness gracious, let me tell you the news:

My head’s been wet with the midninght dew

I’ve been down on bended knee, talkin’ to the man from Galilee

He spoke to me in a voice so sweet,

I thought I heard the shuffle of the angel’s feet

He called my name and my heart stood still
N.C.
When He said, “John, go do My will.”


Bb5
Go tell that long tounged liar,
Eb5                         Bb5
Go and tell           that midnight rider,

Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
N.C.
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down
Bb5
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em Down


Bb5
You can run on for a long time,
Eb5               Bb5
Run on for a long time,

Run on for a long time.
N.C.
Sooner or later gotta cut you down
Bb5
Sooner or later, gotta cut you Down


Well, you may throw your rock and hide your hand,

Workin’ in the dark against your fellow man

But as sure as God made black and white,

What’s done in the dark will be brought to the light


Bb5
You can run on for a long time,
Eb5               Bb5
Run on for a long time,

Run on for a long time.
N.C.
Sooner or later gotta cut you down
Bb5
Sooner or later, gotta cut you Down


Go tell that long tounged liar,
Eb5                         Bb5
Go and tell           that midnight rider,

Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
N.C.
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down

Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut ’em down
Bb5
Tell ’em that God’s gonna cut you Down

 

3. LIKE THE 309

.  A5
It should be a while before I see Doctor Death,
.                    A5
So it would sure be nice if I could get my breath
.          A5
Well, I’m not cryin’ nor the whinin’ kind

‘Till I hear the whistle of the Three O Nine


.                                  D5                                  A5
Of the Three O Nine,     of the Three O Nine
.                                        E5                     A5
Put me in my box on the Three O Nine

Take me to the depot, put me to bed
.                                             E5                    A5
Blow an electric fan on my gnarly old head

Ev’rybody take a look. See I’m doin’ fine
.                                         E5                   A5
Then load my box on the Three O Nine


.                                  D5                                  A5
On the Three O Nine,     on the Three O Nine
.                                       E5                     A5
Put me in my box on the Three O Nine


Guitar solo:
|   A5   |   A5   |   A5   |   A5   |
|   A5   |   E5   |    E5   |   E5   |
|   E5   |   E5    |   A5   |   A5   |


A5
Hey, sweet baby, kiss me hard
.                                   E5                     A5
Draw my bath water, sweep my yard

Give a drink of my wine to my Jersey cow
.                                                     E5                A5
I wouldn’t give a hoot in hell for journey now


.                                   D5                                     A5
On the Three O Nine,       on the Three O Nine


I hear the sound of a railroad train
.                                            E5                A5
The whistle blows, and I’m gone again

It will take me higher than a Georgia pine
.                                              E5                    A5
Stand back, children, it’s the Three O Nine


.                                   D5                                   A5
It’s the Three O Nine,     it’s the Three O Nine
.                                        E5                     A5
Put me in my box on the Three O Nine


A chicken in the pot, and a turkey in the corn;
.                                       E5                  A5
Ain’t felt this good since jubilee morn

Talk about luck, well, I got mine
.                                                E5                    A5
Asthma comin’ down like the Three O Nine


Write me a letter, sing me a song
.                                         E5                     A5
Tell me all about it, what I     did wrong

Meanwhile, I will be doin’ fine
.                                       E5                     A5
The load my box on the Three O Nine


.                                   D5                                     A5
On the Three O Nine,       on the Three O Nine
.                                               E5                   A5
Gonna get out of here on the Three O Nine


Outro:
||: A5   |   A5   |   A5   |   A5 :||       Repeat and fade

 

4. IF YOU COULD READ MY MIND

Intro:
|     E     | Dmaj9 | Dmaj9 |     E     |
|     E     | Dmaj9 | Dmaj9 |


E                                                                    Dmaj9
.         If you could read my mind, love,              what a tale my thoughts could tell
E                                                         Dmaj9
.         Just like an old time movie              ’bout a ghost from a wishin’ well
E                                   E7                      A                               B                                      C#m
.         In a castle dark,       or a fortr   –   ess strong with chains around my feet
A                                       E
You know that ghost is me
.         A                  Emaj7/G#                  F#m7                      B                                          E
And I will never be              set free as long     as there’s a ghost that you can’t see


E                                                               Dmaj9
.        If I could read your mind, love,              what a tale your thoughts would tell
E                                                       Dmaj9
.       Just like a paperback novel,             the kind that drugstore’s sell
E                                                E7                                  A                                B                              C#m
.       When you reach the part      where the heart  –  aches come, the hero would be me
A                            E
But heroes often fail,
.        A                                 Emaj7/G#               F#m7                                    B                                    E
And you won’t read that book          again be   –        cause the ending’s just too hard to take


E                          E7                      A                               B                                                     C#m
.         I’d walk away      lik a mo – vie star who gets burned in a three-way script
A                                 E
Enter number two
.    A                        Emaj7/G#                        F#m7               B/D#                                 C#m
A movie queen to play            the scene of bringin’ all the good things out in me
.              A                              E
But for now, love, let’s be real
.  A                                   Emaj7/G#                            F#m7                  B
I never thought I could act         this way and I’ve got to say that I just don’t get it
A                                        Emaj7/G#                                   F#m7                          B/D#                             E
.       I don’t know where we           went wrong, but the feeling’s gone and I just can’t get it back


E                                                                 Dmaj9
.       If you could read my mind, love,              what a tale my thoughts could tell
E                                                       Dmaj9
.       Just like an old time movie              ’bout a ghost from a wishin’ well
E                                   E7                    A                                B                                     C#m
.       In a castle dark,       or a fortr   –   ess strong with chains upon my feet
A                              E
But stories always end
A                        Emaj7/G#                             F#m7                        B/D#                                     C#m
If you read bet    –     ween the lines, you’ll know that I’m just tryin’ to understand the
.        A                           E
The feelings that you lack
.   A                                  Emaj7/G#                           F#m7                  B
I never thought I could feel         this way and I’ve got to say that I just don’t get it
A                                          Emaj7/G#                                  F#m7                        B/D#                             E
.       I don’t know where we           went wrong, but the feeling’s gone and I just can’t get it back


Outro:
|     E     | Dmaj9 | Dmaj9 |     E     |
|     E     | Dmaj9 | Dmaj9 |     E

 

5. FURTHER ON (UP THE ROAD)

Intro:
|   Am   |   Am   |     C     |     C     |
|   Am   |    E7    |   Am   |


Am                                                                C
Where the road is dark and the seed is sown,
Am                                C
Where the gun is cocked       as the bullet’s cold,
Am    G                                      Am
Where the miles are marked          in the blood and the gold,
G          F                             G             Am
I’ll meet you further on     up the road.


Am                                    C
Got on my dead man’s suit         and my smilin’ skull ring,
Am                                 C
My lucky graveyard boots and a song to sing.
Am    G                                       Am
I got a song to sing,         it keeps me out of the cold,
G                 F                         G                    Am
And I’ll meet you further on up the road


C
Further on up the road,
Am
Further on up the road,
C                                    E7
Where the way is dark and the night is cold.
Am     G                            Am
One sunny morn – ing     we’ll rise, I know,
G                   F                            G                  Am
And I’ll meet you further on up the road.


Interlude:
|   Am   |   Am   |     C     |     C     |
|   Am   |    E7    |   Am   |


C
Now, I’ve been out in the desert, just doin’ my time,
Am                              C
Searchin’ through the dust, lookin’ for a sign.
Am        G                                          Am
If there’s a light up ahead,       well, brother, I don’t know,
G               F                  G                           Am
But I got this fever burnin’ in my soul.


C
Further on up the road,
Am
Further on up the road,
C
Further on up the road,
E7
Further on up the road,
Am     G                            Am
One sunny morn – ing     we’ll rise, I know,
G                   F                            G                  Am
And I’ll meet you further on up the road.


Outro:
|   Am   |   Am   |     C     |     C     |
|   Am   |    E7    |   Am   |    Am   |
|   Am   |     G    |   Am   |     G     |
|   Am   |     G    |   Am   |

 

6. ON THE EVENING TRAIN

Intro:
|     C     |     F     |     G     |     C     |
|     C     |     F     |   C  F   |     C     |


C                                         F
I heard the laughter at the de – pot,
.            G                       C
But my tears fell like the rain
.                                                                  F
When I saw them place that long, white cas – ket
.                      C         F                   C
In the baggage coach of the evening train.


.                                            F
The baby’s eyes are red from weepin’
.                    G                      C
It’s little heart     is filled with pain.
.                                                              F
“Oh, daddy,” it cried, “they’re taking ma – ma
.                     C   F                    C
Away from us     on the evening train.”


Interlude:
|     C     |     F     |     G     |     C     |
|     C     |     F     |   C  F   |     C     |


.                                                        F
As I turned to walk away from the de – pot,
.                  G                        C
It seemed I heard her call my name
.                                                            F
“Take care of my baby and tell him, dar – lin’
.                       C        F                   C
That I’m going home on the evening train.


.                                                  F
I pray that God will give me cour – age
.                  G                      C
To carry on     till we meet a – gain.
.                                              F
It’s hard to know she’s gone for – ever.
.                            C       F                    C
They’re carryin her home on the evening Train


Interlude:
|     C     |     F     |     G     |     C     |
|     C     |     F     |   C  F   |     C     |


.                                                  F
I pray that God will give me cour – age
.                 G                      C
To carry on     till we meet a – gain.
.                                              F
It’s hard to know she’s gone for – ever.
.                            C       F                    C
They’re carryin her home on the evening train
.                            C       F                    C
They’re carryin her home on the evening Train


Outro:
| C  C/F |  C   F  |  C   F  |  C   F  |     C    |

 

7. I CAME TO BELIEVE

Intro:
|     G     |     G     |


G                                                                   C
I couldn’t manage the problems I laid on my – self
D                                                                                   G
And it just made it worse when I laid them on somebody else.
C
So I fin’lly surrendered it all, brought down in de – spair.
D                                 D7                                G
I cried out for help and I felt a warm Comforter there.


G7#5            C                                                                    G
And I         came       to believe in a power much higher than I.
D                              D7                                   G
I came to believe that I    needed help to get by.
G7#5     C                                                               G
In          child like faith, I gave in and gave Him a try,
D                            D7                                   G
And I came to believe in a power much higher than I.


Interlude:
|     G     |     G     |     G     |     G     |
|     C     |     C      |     C     |     C     |
|     G     |     G     |     D     |     D     |
|    D7    |    D7    |     G     |     G     |


C
Nothin’ worked out when I handled it all on my own,
D                                                                    G
And each time I failed, it made me feel twice as a – lone.
C
Then I cried, “Lord, there must be a sure and easier way,
D                                D7                                                       G
For it just can not help that a man should lose hope and faith ev’ry day.”


G7#5            C                                                                    G
And I         came       to believe in a power much higher than I.
D                              D7                                   G
I came to believe that I    needed help to get by.
G7#5     C                                                               G
In          child like faith, I gave in and gave Him a try,
D                            D7                                   G
And I came to believe in a power much higher than I.
D                            D7                                   G
And I came to believe in a power much higher than I.


Outro:
|     C     |     G     |

 

8. LOVE’S BEEN GOOD TO ME

Intro:
|     A     |   D/A   |     A     |   D/A   |


A                     Bm
.   I have been a rover,
E                           A           D/A
.    I have walked a-lone.
A                           Bm
.    Hiked a hundred highways,
E                        A             A/G#
.    Never found a home.


F#m                        C#m
.        Still and all I’m happy.
D                             Bm7b5
.    The reason is, you see,
A                         Bm7         D                   Bm7b5
.    Once in a while              a-long the way,
A                E           A
Love’s been good to me.


.                        Bm     E
There was a girl       in Denver
Bm                 E                     A           A/G#
.      Before the summer storm.
F#m                           C#m
.       Oh, her eyes were tender,
D                             E
.    Oh, her arms were warm.


.                        A           C#7                F#m            A7
And she could smile               away the thunder,
D                        Bm7b5
.    Kiss away the rain.
.        A                Bm            D                Bm7b5
And even though          she’s gone away,
.        A              E            A
You won’t hear me com – plain.


.                       Bm
.   I have been a rover,
E                           A          D/A
.    I have walked a-lone.
A                          Bm
.    Hiked a hundred highways,
E                        A             A/G#
.    Never found a home.


F#m                        C#m
.        Still and all I’m happy.
D                             Bm7b5
.    The reason is, you see,
A                         Bm7         D                    Bm7b5
.    Once in a while              a-long the way,
A                E           A
Love’s been good to me.


.                        Bm       E
There was a girl         in Portland,
Bm                 E                      A              A/G#
.     Before the winter chill.
F#m                         C#m
.       We used to go a-courtin’
D                        E
.    Along October Hill.


.                       A           C#7              F#m                   A7
And she could laugh             away the dark clouds,
D                      Bm7b5
.    Cry away the snow.
.     A               Bm       D              Bm7b5
It seems like on  –  ly    yesterday,
.     A            E            A
As down the road  I     go.


.                       Bm
.   I have been a rover,
E                           A           D/A
.    I have walked a-lone.
A                           Bm
.    Hiked a hundred highways,
E                        A             A/G#
.    Never found a home.


F#m                         C#m
.        Still and all I’m happy.
D                              Bm7b5
.    The reason is, you see,
A                         Bm7         D                    Bm7b5
.    Once in a while              a-long the way,
A                E           A
Love’s been good to me.

 

9. A LEGEND IN MY TIME

G                               C
If heartaches brought fame
D                 G
In love’s crazy game,
C          D               G
I’d be a legend in my time.


D                       G              C
If they gave gold statu – ettes
D                     G
For tears and reg – ret,
C        D                 G
I’d be a legend in my time.


B7
But they don’t give awards
E7
And there’s no praise or fame
A7
For hearts that are broken,
D7
For love that’s in vain.


G                                C
If loneli – ness meant world ac – claim,
D                              G
Ev’ry – one would know my name.
C        D                 G
I’d be a legend in my time.


C
If heartaches brought fame
D                 G
In love’s crazy game,
C          D               G
I’d be a legend in my time.


D                       G              C
     If they gave gold statu – ettes
D                     G
For tears and reg – ret,
C        D                 G
I’d be a legend in my time.


B7
But they don’t give awards
E7
And there’s no praise or fame
A7
For hearts that are broken,
D7
For love that’s in vain.


G                                C
If loneli – ness meant world ac – claim,
D                              G
Ev’ry – one would know my name.
C        D                 G
I’d be a legend in my time.

 

10. ROSE OF MY HEART

Intro:
|     C     |     F     |    G7    |     C     |


.                                        F                  C
We’re the best partners this world’s ever seen;
.        G                                   C
To – gether we’re close as can be.
.                                               F
But sometimes it’s hard to find time in between
.     C                                      G
To tell you what you mean to me.


C                                          F
You are the rose of my heart,
G                                 C
You are the love of my life.
.                                   F
A flower not faded nor falling apart,
.             C                                       G
If you’re tired, rest your head on my heart,
.                   C
Rose of my heart.


.                                         F             C
When sorrow holds you in its arm of clay,
.      G                                        C
It’s raindrops that fall from your eyes.
.                                              F
Your smile is the sun come to earth for a day;
.        C                                  G
You brighten my blackest of skies.


C                                          F
You are the rose of my heart,
G                                 C
You are the love of my life.
.                                   F
A flower not faded nor falling apart,
.              C                                       G
If you’re cool, let my love make you warm,
.                   C
Rose of my heart.


.                                            F             C
So, hard times or easy times, what do I care?
.             G                             C
There’s nothin’ I’d change if I could.
.                                              F
The tears and the laughter are things we share;
.         C                                G
Your hand in mine makes it good.


C                                          F
You are the rose of my heart,
G                                 C
You are the love of my life.
.                                   F
A flower not faded nor falling apart,
.              C                                       G
If you’re cool, let my love make you warm,
.                   C
Rose of my heart.


Interlude:
|     C     |     F     |     C     |     G     |


C                                          F
You are the rose of my heart,
G                                 C
You are the love of my life.
.                                   F
A flower not faded nor falling apart,
.              C                                       G
If you’re cool, let my love make you warm,
.                   C
Rose of my heart.

 

11. FOUR STRONG WINDS

Intro:
|     E     |   F#m   |     B     |     E     |
|     A     |     A     |     B     |     B     |


E                        F#m
Four strong winds     that blow a – lone,
B                          E
Seven seas      that run high,
A                                                         B
All these things      that won’t change come what may.


E                                F#m
Well, our good       times are all gone
B                            E
And I’m bound       for movin’ on.
A                                                   B
I’ll look for you if I’m ever back this way.


E                    F#m
Think I’ll go      out to Al – berta;
B                             E
Weather’s good      there in the fall.
A                                                      B
Got some friends that I could go a-workin’ for.


E                                     F#m
Yet I wish you’d change your mind
B                          E
If I ask you one more time,
A                                                      B
But we’ve been       through this a hundred times or more.


E                        F#m
Four strong winds     that blow a – lone,
B                          E
Seven seas      that run high,
A                                                         B
All these things      that won’t change come what may.


Interlude:
|     E     |   F#m   |     B     |     E     |
|     A     |     A     |     B     |     B     |
|     E     |   F#m   |     B     |     E     |
|     A     |     A     |     B     |     B     |


E                                F#m
Well, our good       times are all gone
B                            E
And I’m bound       for movin’ on.
A                                                   B
I’ll look for you if I’m ever back this way.


E                                    F#m
If I get        there ‘fore the snow            flies,
B                               E
And if things        are lookin’ good,
A                                                      B
You could meet        me if I sent you down the fare.


E                                   F#m
But by then,       it would be winter,
B                           E
Not much        for you to do,
A                                                            B
And the winds        can sure blow cold a-way out there.


E                        F#m
Four strong winds     that blow a – lone,
B                          E
Seven seas      that run high,
A                                                         B
All these things      that won’t change come what may.


E                                F#m
Well, our good       times are all gone
B                            E
And I’m bound       for movin’ on.
A                                                   B
I’ll look for you if I’m ever back this way.


Outro:
|     E     |   F#m   |     B     |     E     |
|     A     |     A     |     B     |     B     |
|     E     |   F#m   |     B     |     E     |
|     A     |     A     |     B     |     B     |
|     E     |

 

12. I’M FREE FROM THE CHAIN GANG NOW

Intro:
|    Ab    |    Db    |    Ab    |   Db/F   |
|    Ab    |  Eb/G |    Ab    |     Ab    |


.                        Db                Ab
I got rid of the shackles that bound me
.                                         Bb7                 Eb
And the guards that were always around       me.
.                          Ab                      Db
There were tears        on the mail
.                      Ab              Db/F
Mother wrote           me in jail,
.            Ab                Eb/G          Ab
But I’m free from the chain gang now.


.                              Db                    Ab
All the years I was known and re – spected
.                               Bb7                 Eb
Till one day I was wrongly suspect – ed.
.                  Ab                     Db
I was shack  –  led in chains
.                  Ab               Db/F
In the cold,       freezin’ rain,
.             Ab                Eb/G          Ab
But I’m free from the chain gang now.


Interlude:
|    Ab    |    Db    |    Ab    |   Db/F   |
|    Ab    |  Eb/G |    Ab    |     Ab    |


.                              Db               Ab
All the years I was known by a number.
.                         Bb7         Eb
How I kept my mind is a wonder.
.                       Ab                   Db
But like a bird        in a tree,
.              Ab             Db/F
I got my        liber – ty,
.             Ab                Eb/G          Ab
And I’m free from the chain gang now.


.                      Db                Ab
I got rid of the shackles that bound me
.                                         Bb7                 Eb
And the guards that were always around       me.
.                          Ab                      Db
There were tears        on the mail
.                      Ab              Db/F
Mother wrote           me in jail,
.            Ab                Eb/G          Ab
But I’m free from the chain gang now.


.                           Ab                      Db
There were tears        on the mail
.                       Ab              Db/F
Mother wrote           me in jail,
.             Ab                Eb/G          Ab
But I’m free from the chain gang now.

 

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