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Kevin McCue and Bruce Diehl


Chord Guide

       32 1

C:    x32010

       2  1

C/B:  x3x010

        2 1

Am7:  x02010

       3 2 1

Am7/G: 3x2010


F:    xx3211

      3    4

G:    3x0003


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

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +


Intro: / C - C/B - / Am7 - Am7/G - / F - G - / C - - - /


                 C (2)                                    F                  C

There are many kinds of borders that keep people apart

                C (½)    C/B (½)         Am7 (½)    Am7/G (½)     F                            G

There are rivers     there are checkpoints,     there are walls around the heart

              C (2)                                    F                         C

When I met you down in Mexico, I thought our biggest cross

             C (½)   C/B (½)   Am7 (½)  Am7/G (½)   F (½)         G (½C

Would be over  into       Texas,         but it       turned out to be us



              F                      C                       F                      C

You can go down to your river, wash white linens on your shore

                C (½)    C/B (½)  Am7 (½)   Am7/G (½)     F                 G

You can say that side is   your side,          and the river is your door

            F                     C                   F                           C

I can stand across on my side, I can call for you to come

                    C (½)     C/B (½)       Am7 (½)  Am7/G (½)   F (½)    G (½)            C

But we should meet there in the middle,            let our borders all go down


Repeat Intro


                 C (2)                                     F                  C

When we talked of who we were, of our families and friends,

  C (½)     C/B (½)    Am7 (½)  Am7/G (½)       F                                  G

How the world saw us,              where we thought that we might end,

                        C (2)                                            F                  C

We marked the outline of our borders, showing who we had to be,

               C (½)         C/B (½)    Am7 (½)  Am7/G (½)                F (½)  G (½)        C

But we should have formed a river,                       flowed together to the sea.




Repeat Intro


Instrumental Verse


Repeat 1st Verse


Chorus x2 (repeat last line)


Repeat Intro, end on C

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.