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    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


    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.