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    Gulf Coast Highway

    Nanci Griffith

     

    Chord Guide

           32 1

    C:    x32010

          134211

    F:    133211

            231

    Am:   x02210

          3    4

    G:    3x0003

     

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

           1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

     

    Intro:  Instrumental Chorus

     

                    C (2½)             F (½)         C (2)

    Gulf coast highway, he worked the rails

                            C (2)                                       F (2)           
    He worked the rice fields with their cold dark wells

                           Am                G              C
    He worked the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico

                   F              C                        G                         C (2)
    The only thing we've owned is this old house here by the road

    Chorus:

                           Am                   G                                C
    And when he dies he says he'll catch some blackbird's wing

                         F              C                               G                         C (2)
    And we will fly away to heaven come some sweet blue bonnet spring


                                        C (2½)           F (½)     C (2)

    She walked through springtime when I was home

                               C (2)                          F (2
    The days were sweet, our nights were warm

                           Am                             G                           C
    The seasons changed, the jobs would come, the flowers fade,

                         F                 C                      G                     C (2)
    and this old house felt so alone when the work took me away

    Chorus:

                             Am                     G                                  C
    And when she dies she says she'll catch some blackbird's wing

                       F                C                               G                         C (2)
    And we will fly away to heaven come some sweet blue bonnet spring

     

    Instrumental Verse and Chorus

     

                   C (2½)   F (½)       C (2)
    Highway 90, the jobs are gone

                         C (2)                      F (2
    We kept our garden, we set the sun

                    Am                 G                            C
    This is the only place on Earth blue bonnets grow

                        F                            C                  G                         C (2)
    And once a year they come and go at this old house here by the road

     

    Chorus:

                             Am                G                                C
    And when we die we say we’ll catch some blackbird's wing

                       F                C                               G                         C (2)
    And we will fly away to heaven come some sweet blue bonnet spring

                         Am                   G                                C
    Yes when we die we say we’ll catch some blackbird's wing

                       F                C                               G (ritard)           C (2, hold second measure)
    And we will fly away to heaven come some sweet blue bonnet spring

     

     


    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.