FREE Christmas Carol Songbook

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    Thunder Road

    Bruce Springsteen

     

    Capo 2

     

    Strum: D   D U   U D U

           1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

     

    Chord Guide

             132

    D:    xx0232

           13421

    Bm:   x24432

          3    4

    G:    3x0003

            123

    A:    x02220

                123

    Asus4:    x02230

           134111

    F#m:   244222

           12

    Em:   022000

     

     

     

     

    Intro:  / D - - - / Bm - - - / D - - - / G - - - /

                / D - - - / A - - - / G - - - / A - - - /

     

               D                   G                            D (2)

    The screen door slams, Mary's dress sways
              D                           A                               G (2)
    Like a vision she dances across the porch. As the radio plays
           G                                A                           D                        G

    Roy Orbison singing for the lonely--Hey, that's me and I want you only

                          G                   D                               Asus4       A
    Don't turn me home again, I just can't face myself alone again

     

               D                                G                                  D (2)
    Don't run back inside, darling you know just what I'm here for

                      D                                             A                           G (2)
    So you're scared and you're thinking that maybe we ain't that young anymore

                         G                                    A                         D                               G
    Show a little faith, there's magic in the night you ain't a beauty, but hey you're alright
    G                 D                        Asus4       A

        Oh, and that's alright with me

     

                  D                                         Bm
    You can hide `neath your covers and study your pain

               D                                            G
    Make crosses from your lovers, throw roses in the rain

    D                                A        
      Waste your summer praying in vain

                G                                    A
    For a savior to rise from these streets

     

                  D                           Bm
    Well now I'm no hero, that's understood

                   D                                        G
    All the redemption I can offer, girl, is beneath this dirty hood

                  D                       A        
    With a chance to make it good somehow

              G                          A
    Hey what else can we do now?

     

                D                                    G                          D (2)
    Except roll down the window and let the wind blow back your hair

                   D                                            A                        G (2)
    Well the night's busting open, these two lanes will take us anywhere

                G                                       A               D                                      G
    We got one last chance to make it real, to trade in these wings on some wheels
    G                     D                                   Asus4          A

       Climb in back, Heaven's waiting down on the tracks

    D                Bm
    Oh-oh come take my hand
              D                          G

    We're riding out tonight to case the promised land

    D      A        
      Oh-oh Thunder Road,

    G                                        A

    oh Thunder Road, Thunder Road,

     

      D                                    Bm
    Lying out there like a killer in the sun

          D                                   G
    Hey I know it's late we can make it if we run

    D      A        
       Oh-oh Thunder Road,

          G            A                    D (2)

    sit tight take hold, Thunder Road

              G                             A                               D (2)
    Well I got this guitar and I learned how to make it talk

                 Bm (2)                                                    G       A
    And my car's out back if you're ready to take that long walk

                             G                        A                      F#m                                Bm
    From your front porch to my front seat--the door's open but the ride it ain't free

          G
    And I know you're lonely and there's words that I ain't spoken

              A
    But tonight we'll be free, all the promises'll be broken

     

                        D                           G                       D (2)
    There were ghosts in the eyes of all the boys you sent away

                              D                                    A                                          G (2)
    They haunt this dusty beach road in the skeleton frames of burned out Chevrolets

                                 G                                A                                     D                            G
    They scream your name at night in the street, your graduation gown lies in rags at their feet
                    F#m (2)                                              G (2)

    And in the lonely cool before dawn you hear their engines roaring on

                           Em                               A                G (2)
    But when you get to the porch they're gone on the wind,

                     Em (2)          G                                         A                             D (2)

    so Mary climb in.  It's a town full of losers and we’re pulling out of here to win.

     

    Outro (play 2x):

     

    / D - - - / A - - - / D - - - / G - - - /

    / D - - - / A - - - / G - - - / A - - - /

     

    End on D


    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.