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Thunder Road

Bruce Springsteen


Capo 2


Strum: D   D U   U D U

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +


Chord Guide


D:    xx0232


Bm:   x24432

      3    4

G:    3x0003


A:    x02220


Asus4:    x02230


F#m:   244222


Em:   022000





Intro:  / D - - - / Bm - - - / D - - - / G - - - /

            / D - - - / A - - - / G - - - / A - - - /


           D                   G                            D (2)

The screen door slams, Mary's dress sways
          D                           A                               G (2)
Like a vision she dances across the porch. As the radio plays
       G                                A                           D                        G

Roy Orbison singing for the lonely--Hey, that's me and I want you only

                      G                   D                               Asus4       A
Don't turn me home again, I just can't face myself alone again


           D                                G                                  D (2)
Don't run back inside, darling you know just what I'm here for

                  D                                             A                           G (2)
So you're scared and you're thinking that maybe we ain't that young anymore

                     G                                    A                         D                               G
Show a little faith, there's magic in the night you ain't a beauty, but hey you're alright
G                 D                        Asus4       A

    Oh, and that's alright with me


              D                                         Bm
You can hide `neath your covers and study your pain

           D                                            G
Make crosses from your lovers, throw roses in the rain

D                                A        
  Waste your summer praying in vain

            G                                    A
For a savior to rise from these streets


              D                           Bm
Well now I'm no hero, that's understood

               D                                        G
All the redemption I can offer, girl, is beneath this dirty hood

              D                       A        
With a chance to make it good somehow

          G                          A
Hey what else can we do now?


            D                                    G                          D (2)
Except roll down the window and let the wind blow back your hair

               D                                            A                        G (2)
Well the night's busting open, these two lanes will take us anywhere

            G                                       A               D                                      G
We got one last chance to make it real, to trade in these wings on some wheels
G                     D                                   Asus4          A

   Climb in back, Heaven's waiting down on the tracks

D                Bm
Oh-oh come take my hand
          D                          G

We're riding out tonight to case the promised land

D      A        
  Oh-oh Thunder Road,

G                                        A

oh Thunder Road, Thunder Road,


  D                                    Bm
Lying out there like a killer in the sun

      D                                   G
Hey I know it's late we can make it if we run

D      A        
   Oh-oh Thunder Road,

      G            A                    D (2)

sit tight take hold, Thunder Road

          G                             A                               D (2)
Well I got this guitar and I learned how to make it talk

             Bm (2)                                                    G       A
And my car's out back if you're ready to take that long walk

                         G                        A                      F#m                                Bm
From your front porch to my front seat--the door's open but the ride it ain't free

And I know you're lonely and there's words that I ain't spoken

But tonight we'll be free, all the promises'll be broken


                    D                           G                       D (2)
There were ghosts in the eyes of all the boys you sent away

                          D                                    A                                          G (2)
They haunt this dusty beach road in the skeleton frames of burned out Chevrolets

                             G                                A                                     D                            G
They scream your name at night in the street, your graduation gown lies in rags at their feet
                F#m (2)                                              G (2)

And in the lonely cool before dawn you hear their engines roaring on

                       Em                               A                G (2)
But when you get to the porch they're gone on the wind,

                 Em (2)          G                                         A                             D (2)

so Mary climb in.  It's a town full of losers and we’re pulling out of here to win.


Outro (play 2x):


/ D - - - / A - - - / D - - - / G - - - /

/ D - - - / A - - - / G - - - / A - - - /


End on D

This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.