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    I Dream a Highway

    Gillian Welch

     

    Capo 4  (Em) (G) (C/G) progression

     

    Intro (Em) (G) (C/G)

     

    Oh I dream a highway back to you love
    A winding ribbon with a band of gold
    A silver vision come and rest my soul
    I dream a highway back to you

    John he's kicking out the footlights
    The Grand Ole Opry's got a brand new band
    Lord, let me die with a hammer in my hand
    I dream a highway back to you.

    I think I'll move down into Memphis
    And thank the hatchet man who forked my tongue
    I lie and wait until the wagons come
    And dream a highway back to you.

    The getaway kicking up cinders
    An empty wagon full of rattling bones
    Moon in the mirror on a three-hour jones,
    I dream a highway back to you.

    Oh I dream a highway back to you love
    A winding ribbon with a band of gold
    A silver vision come arrest my soul
    I dream a highway back to you.

    Which lover are you, Jack of Diamonds?
    Now you be Emmylou and I'll be Gram
    I send a letter, don't know who I am
    I dream a highway back to you.

    I'm an indisguisable shade of twilight
    Any second now I'm gonna turn myself on
    In the blue display of the cool cathode ray
    I dream a highway back to you.

    I wish you knew me, Jack of Diamonds
    Fire-riding, wheeling when I lead em up
    Drank whisky with my water, sugar in my tea
    My sails in rags with the staggers and the jags
    I dream a highway back to you.

    Oh I dream a highway back to you love
    A winding ribbon with a band of gold
    A silver vision come molest my soul
    I dream a highway back to you.

    Now give me some of what you're having
    I'll take you as a viper into my head
    A knife into my bed, arsenic when I'm fed
    I dream a highway back to you.

    Hang overhead from all directions
    Radiation from the porcelain light
    Blind and blistered by the morning white
    I dream a highway back to you.

    Sunday morning at the diner
    Hollywood trembles on the verge of tears
    I watched the waitress for a thousand years
    Saw a wheel within a wheel, heard a call within a call
    I dreamed a highway back to you.

    Oh I dream a highway back to you love
    A winding ribbon with a band of gold
    A silver vision come molest my soul
    I dream a highway back to you.

    Step into the light, poor Lazarus
    Don't lie alone behind the window shade
    Let me see the mark death made
    I dream a highway back to you.
    I dream a highway back to you.

    What will sustain us through the winter?
    Where did last years lessons go?
    Walk me out into the rain and snow
    I dream a highway back to you.

    Oh I dream a highway back to you love
    A winding ribbon with a band of gold
    A silver vision come and bless my soul
    I dream a highway back to you

    I dream a highway back to you
    Oh I dream a highway back to you love
    A winding ribbon with a band of gold
    A silver vision come and bless my soul
    I dream a highway back to you.


    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.