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Powderfinger

Neil Young

Chord Guide

      3    4

G:    3x0003

       32 1

C:    x32010

      3    4

G:    3x0003

       13421

Bm:   x24432

       13121

Bm7:  x24232

         32

Cmaj7:  x32000

         132

D:    xx0232

 

Strum: B   D U   U D U

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +


G (hold)                            C                              / G - - C /   G
Look out, Ma, there's a white boat comin' up the river  
            C (2)                                                        / G - - C /   G
With a big red beacon and a flag and a man on the rail  
                    C (2)
I think you'd better call John 'cause it don't look like they're here to
    Bm          C  
deliver the mail
            Bm7               Cmaj7
And it's less than a mile away
   Bm7                                Cmaj7
I hope they didn't come to stay
             Bm7                                Cmaj7                          D (2 w/riff)
It's got numbers on the side and a gun and it's makin' big waves

/ G - - - / C - - - / G - - C / G - - - /
        
  G                                 C                                     / G - - C /   G

Daddy's gone and my brother's out huntin' in the mountains

       C (2)                                                             / G - - C /   G
Big John's been drinkin' since the river took Emmy Lou

            C (2)                                                             Bm        C  
So the powers that be left me here to do the thinkin'

          Bm7                        Cmaj7
And I just turned twenty-two

            Bm7                   Cmaj7
I was wonderin' what to do

               Bm7                      Cmaj7                    D (2 w/riff)
And the closer they got, the more those feelin's grew
            
/ G - - - / C - - - / G - - C / G - - - /
        
Instrumental Verse

/ G - - - / C - - - / G - - C / G - - - /


  G                           C              / G - - C /   G

Daddy's rifle in my hand felt reassurin

                    C (2)                                                         / G - - C /   G
He told me "Red means run, son, and numbers add up to nothin'"

               C (2)                                                Bm        C  
When the first shot hit the dock I saw it comin'

                Bm7         Cmaj7
Raised my rifle to my eye

            Bm7                       Cmaj7
Never stopped to wonder why

        Bm7                        Cmaj7                     D (2 w/riff)
Then I saw black and my face splashed in the sky
           
/ G - - - / C - - - / G - - C / G - - - /
        
Instrumental Verse

/ G - - - / C - - - / G - - C / G - - - /

 

  G                                 C                  / G - - C /   G
Shelter me from the powder and the finger

 C (2)                                                / G - - C /   G
Cover me with the one that pulled the trigger

          C (2)                                           Bm        C  
Just think of me as one you never figured

            Bm7              Cmaj7
Would fade away so young

         Bm7                Cmaj7
With so much left undone

      Bm7                   Cmaj7               D (2 w/riff)
Remember me to my love, I know I'll miss her
 
/ G - - - / C - - - / G (hold) /


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.