Free Falling

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

 

The original recording features at least three acoustic rhythm guitars, all doing something different.  This chord chart tries to capture the spirit of the song with one guitar.

 

Play this progression throughout except for Interlude II: 

/ D - (Dsus4) - / - (D) (Asus4) - /

 

Chords in parentheses are anticipated.

 

Capo 3

 

Strum Guide

Slow strum

D     Dsus4       D   Asus4

D     D         D D   D

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

Fast strum

D     Dsus4       D   Asus4

D DUD D DUD D DUD DUD D DUD D DU

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

Power chord strum

D5    G5          D5  A5

D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D D

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

 

Chord Guide

         132

D:    xx0232

           134

Dsus4:  xx0232

          123

Asus4:  x02230

       134

D5:   x577xx

      134

G5:   355xxx

      134

A5:   577xxx

 

 

 

 

Intro: Progression x2 (w/slow strum)

 

Verse 1 (slow strum):

She's a good girl, loves her mama
Loves Jesus and America too
She's a good girl, crazy 'bout Elvis
Loves horses and her boyfriend too

Verse 2 (fast strum):

It's a long day living in Reseda
There's a freeway runnin' through the yard
And I'm a bad boy cause I don't even miss her
I'm a bad boy for breakin' her heart

 

Chorus (fast strum):
And I'm free, free fallin'
Yeah I'm free, free fallin'

 

Verse 3 (slow strum):
All the vampires walkin' through the valley
Move west down Ventura Boulevard
And all the bad boys are standing in the shadows
All the good girls are home with broken hearts

Chorus

 

Interlude (fast strum):

/ D - (Dsus4) - / - (D) (Asus4) - /

 

/ D - (Dsus4) - / - (D) (Asus4) - /

Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a

 

/ D - (Dsus4) - / - (D) (Asus4) - /

 

/ D - (Dsus4) - / - (D) (Asus4) - /

Free fallin', I'm-a free fallin', I'm-a

Verse 4 (slow strum):
I wanna glide down over Mulholland
I wanna write her name in the sky
Gonna free fall out into nothin'
Gonna leave this world for a while

Chorus

 

Interlude II (power chord strum):

/ D5 - (G5) - / - (D5) (A5) - /

 

/ D5 - (G5) - / - (D5) (A5) - /

                                          Yeah, I'm          

/ D5 - (G5) - / - (D5) (A5) - /

free,                                    free fallin'         

/ D5 - (G5) - / - (D5) (A5) - /

                                          Yeah, I'm          

/ D5 - (G5) - / - (D5) (A5) - /

free,                                    free fallin'         

/ D5 - (G5) - / - (D5) (A5) - /

 

End on D



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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.

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