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Thrasher
Neil Young & Crazy Horse
 
Capo 2

Chord Guide
       32 1
C:    x32010
      134211
F:    133211
       2  1
C/B:  x2x010
        2 1
Am7:  x02010
       3 2 1
Am7/G: 3x2010
         211
Dm7:  xx0211
 
Strum Guide
Main Strum: B   D U   U D U
            1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
½-Measure Strum: B   D U
                 1 + 2 + 
 
Intro (Instrumental Verse)
 

                  C (2)

They were hiding behind hay bales

                   F                   C
They were planting in the full moon

               C (½)   C/B (½)      Am7 (½)    Am7/G (½)    F        G  
They had given   all they had for         something new

            C (2)
But the light of day was on them

                   F                        C
They could see the thrashers coming

               C (½)   C/B (½)      Am7 (½)    Am7/G (½)    F      G  
And the water shone like     diamonds   in the          dew

 

       F              G

And I was just getting up

           C                      F

hit the road before it's light

   F                        G                 C (2)
Trying to catch an hour on the sun

             F                            G
When I saw those thrashers rolling by,

               C (½)            C/B (½)   Am7
Looking more than two lanes    wide

          Dm7 (2)                               G (2)
I was feelin' like my day had just begun.

 

                C (2)

Where the eagle glides ascending

                 F                   C
There's an ancient river bending

                     C (½)      C/B (½)    Am7 (½)  Am7/G (½)    F                          G  
Through the timeless gorge of changes              where sleeplessness awaits

    C (2)
I searched out my companions,

                 F                   C
Who were lost in crystal canyons

                C (½)       C/B (½)  Am7 (½)   Am7/G (½)    F               G  
When the aimless blade of science      slashed the    pearly gates.

 

             F                     G

It was then I knew I'd had enough,

                    C                   F
Burned my credit card for fuel

F                                         G                               C (2)
   Headed out to where the pavement turns to sand

           F                                G
With a one-way ticket to the land of truth

               C (½)    C/B (½)   Am7
And my suitcase in my      hand

          Dm7 (2)                                     G (2)
How I lost my friends I still don't understand.

 

   C (2)

They had the best selection,

                   F                       C
They were poisoned with protection

                   C (½)    C/B (½)      Am7 (½)  Am7/G (½)    F                       G  
There was nothing that they needed,                        nothing left to find

                  C (2)
They were lost in rock formations

          F                             C
Or became park bench mutations

             C (½)        C/B (½)      Am7 (½)  Am7/G (½)      F          G  
On the sidewalks and in the stations         they were waiting, waiting

 

F                              G

   So I got bored and left them there,

                 C                            F
They were just deadweight to me

F                          G                        C (2)
   Better down the road without that load

F                                                  G
  Brings back the time when I was eight or nine

            C (½)           C/B (½)  Am7
I was watchin' my mama's T.V.

                   Dm7 (2)                                G (2)
It was that great Grand Canyon rescue episode.

 

                  C (2)

Where the vulture glides descending

           F                        C
On an asphalt highway bending

                   C (½)  C/B (½)  Am7 (½)  Am7/G (½)    F                       G  
Through libraries   and museums,                        galaxies and stars

                 C (2)
Down the windy halls of friendship

            F                            C
To the rose clipped by the bullwhip

            C (½)  C/B (½)    Am7 (½)  Am7/G (½)       F                           G  
The motel of  lost  companions          waits with heated pool and bar.

 

F                           G

   But me I'm not stopping there,

            C                       F
Got my own row left to hoe

F                     G                         C (2)
   Just another line in the field of time

                     F                              G
When the thrashers comes, I'll be stuck in the sun

             C (½)  C/B (½)  Am7
Like the dinosaurs in  shrines

             Dm7 (2)                                             G (2)
But I'll know the time has come to give what's mine.

 

Instrumental Verse

 

End on C

 

 

 

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