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Gulf Coast Highway

Nanci Griffith

 

Chord Guide

       32 1

C:    x32010

      134211

F:    133211

        231

Am:   x02210

      3    4

G:    3x0003

 

Strum: B   D U B   D U   w/alternating bass

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

Intro:  Instrumental Chorus

 

                C (2½)             F (½)         C (2)

Gulf coast highway, he worked the rails

                        C (2)                                       F (2)           
He worked the rice fields with their cold dark wells

                       Am                G              C
He worked the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico

               F              C                        G                         C (2)
The only thing we've owned is this old house here by the road

Chorus:

                       Am                   G                                C
And when he dies he says he'll catch some blackbird's wing

                     F              C                               G                         C (2)
And we will fly away to heaven come some sweet blue bonnet spring


                                    C (2½)           F (½)     C (2)

She walked through springtime when I was home

                           C (2)                          F (2
The days were sweet, our nights were warm

                       Am                             G                           C
The seasons changed, the jobs would come, the flowers fade,

                     F                 C                      G                     C (2)
and this old house felt so alone when the work took me away

Chorus:

                         Am                     G                                  C
And when she dies she says she'll catch some blackbird's wing

                   F                C                               G                         C (2)
And we will fly away to heaven come some sweet blue bonnet spring

 

Instrumental Verse and Chorus

 

               C (2½)   F (½)       C (2)
Highway 90, the jobs are gone

                     C (2)                      F (2
We kept our garden, we set the sun

                Am                 G                            C
This is the only place on Earth blue bonnets grow

                    F                            C                  G                         C (2)
And once a year they come and go at this old house here by the road

 

Chorus:

                         Am                G                                C
And when we die we say we’ll catch some blackbird's wing

                   F                C                               G                         C (2)
And we will fly away to heaven come some sweet blue bonnet spring

                     Am                   G                                C
Yes when we die we say we’ll catch some blackbird's wing

                   F                C                               G (ritard)           C (2, hold second measure)
And we will fly away to heaven come some sweet blue bonnet spring

 

 


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.