Bruce Springsteen - The Ghost Of Tom Joad
The Ghost Of Tom Joad Direct Link: Transcribed By: Aladdin The Ghost Of Tom Joad - Bruce Springsteen Bm Men walkin' 'long the railroad tracks D Bm A Goin' some place, there's no goin' back Highway Patrol choppers comin' up over the ridge Bm A Bm Hot soup on a campfire under the bridge Shelter line stretchin' round the corner D Bm A Welcome to the new world order Families sleepin' in their cars in the southwest Bm A Bm No home, no job, no peace, no rest G The highway is alive tonight D A Bm But nobody's kiddin' nobody about where it goes A I'm sitting down here in the campfire light Bm A Bm Searchin' for the ghost of Tom Joad He pulls prayer book out of his sleepin' bag D Bm A Preacher lights up a butt and takes a drag Waitin' for when the last shall be first and the first shall be last Bm A Bm In a cardboard box 'neath the underpass Got a one way ticket to the promised land D Bm A You got a hole in your belly and a gun in your hand sleeping on a pillow of solid rock Bm A Bm Bathing in the city aqueduct G The highway is alive tonight D A Bm But where it's headed everybody knows A I'm sitting down here in the campfire light Bm A Bm Searchin' for the ghost of Tom Joad (Harmonica Solo) | G | G | 3/4 D D A | 4/4 Bm | 3/4 A | 4/4 Bm | Now Tom Said; "Mom, wherever there's a cop beatin' a guy D Bm A Wherever a hungry new born baby cries Where there's a fight 'gainst the blood and hatred in the air Bm A Bm Look for me mom I'll be there Wherever there's somebody fightin' for a pIace to stand D Bm A Or decent job or a helpin' hand Wherever somebody's strugglin' to be free Bm A Bm Look in their eyes mom you'll see me." G The highway is alive tonight D A Bm But nobody's kiddin' nobody about where it goes A I'm sitting down here in the campfire light Bm A Bm Searchin' for the ghost of Tom Joad | G | G | 3/4 D D A | 4/4 Bm | | G | G | 3/4 Bm Bm A | 4/4 Bm | | G | G | 3/4 D D A | 4/4 Bm | | G | G | 3/4 Bm Bm A | 4/4 Bm | Bm G A D --2--3--0--2- --3--0--2--3- --4--0--2--2- --4--0--2--0- --2--2--0---- -----3------- Direct Link: Transcribed By: Mike capo 3 fret start with am,bruce plays it this way,move index finger to get the true sound. chords follow am,g,c for verse f,c,am,g,am for chorus. =================================================================== =================================================================== Straight Time Direct Link: Transcribed By: Aladdin Straight Time - Bruce Springsteen D11 Got out of prison back in '86 and I found me a wife G/B Walked the clean and narrow D11 just tryin' to stay out and stay alive Got a job at the rendering factory, it ain't gonna make me rich G/B In the darkness before dinner comes D11 Sometimes I can feel the itch A7sus G I got a cold mind to go tripping across that thin line D11 I'm sick of doin straight time My uncles at the evenin' table makes his living runnin' hot cars G/B Slips me a hundred dollar bill, says D11 "Charlie, you best remember who your friends are." A7sus G I got a cold mind to go tripping across that thin line D11 I ain't makin' straight time G D11 Eight years in, it feels Iike your gonna die G D11 But you get used to anything sooner or later it becomes your life Kitchen floor in the evening, tossin' my little babies high G/B Mary's smilin', but she watches me D11 out of the corner of her eye Seems you can't get any more than half free G/B I step out onto the front porch D11 And suck the cold air deep inside of me A7sus G Got a cold mind to go tripping cross that thin line D11 I'm sick of doin' straight time G D11 In the basement, huntin' gun and a hacksaw G D11 Sip a beer, and thirteen inches of barrel drop to the floor Come home in the evening, can't get the smell from my hands G/B Lay my head down on the pillow D11 And, go driftin' off into foreign lands Picking pattern D11 G/B G A7sus ----------------|---------------|---------------|---------------|-- -------3-3------|-------3-3-----|-------3-3-----|-------3-3-----| -----0-------0--|-----0-------0-|-----0-------0-|-----0-------0-| ---4-------4----|---0-------0---|---0-------0---|---0-------2---| -5--------------|-2-------------|---------------|-0-------------| ----------------|---------------|-3-------------|---------------| =================================================================== =================================================================== Highway 29 Direct Link: Transcribed By: Aladdin Highway 29 - Bruce Springsteen C F C I slipped on her shoe, she was a perfect size seven Am7 I said there's no smokin' in the store ma'am C/G F She crossed her legs and then C We made some small talk, that's where it should have stopped Am7 C/G F She slipped me a number, I put it in my pocket C My hand slipped up her skirt, everything slipped my mind Am7 F In that little roadhouse C On highway 29 F C It was a small town bank, it was a mess Am7 C/G F Well I had a gun, you know the rest Money on the floorboards, shirt was covered in blood C Am7 F And she was cryin', her and me we headed south C On highway 29 Am7 F In a little desert motel, the air it was hot and clean C G l slept the sleep of the dead, I didn't dream Am7 F I woke in the morning washed my face in the sink C G We headed into the Sierra Madres 'cross the borderline F C The winter sun, shot through the black trees Am7 I told myself it was all something in her C/G F But as we drove I knew it was something in me C Something had been comin' for a long long time Am7 F And something that was here with me now C On highway 29 | C | C/F C/G | Am7 | C/G | C | F C The road was filled with broken glass and gasoline Am7 C/G F She wasn't sayin' nothin', it was just a dream The wind come silent through the windshield C All I could see was snow and sky and pines Am7 I closed my eyes and I was runnin', C/G F Yeah, I was runnin' then I was flyin'..... ( Verse Instr. ) | F | F | C | C | Am7 | C/G | F | F | C F Am7 C/G C/F G -0--1--0----0----0----3-- -1--1--1----1----1----0-- -0--2--0----0----0----0-- -2--3--2----2----2----0-- -3--3--0----3----x----2-- ----1-------3----1----3-- =================================================================== =================================================================== Youngstown Direct Link: Transcribed By: Aladdin Youngstown - Bruce Springsteen Dm Here in north east Ohio Back in eighteen-o-three C James and Danny Heaton Dm Found the ore that was linin' yellow creek They built a blast furnace Here along the shore C And they made the cannon balls Dm That helped the union win the war C Here in Youngstown Dm Here in Youngstown F C My sweet Jenny, I'm sinkin' down Dm Here darlin' in Youngstown Well my daddy worked the furnaces Kept 'em hotter then hell C I come home from 'Nam worked my way to scarfer Dm A job that'd suit the devil as well Yeah, taconite, coke and limestone Fed my children and made my pay C Then smokestacks reachin' like the arms of god Dm Into a beautiful sky of soot and clay C Here in Youngstown Dm Here in Youngstown F C My sweet Jenny, I'm sinkin' down Dm Here darlin' in Youngstown F C Well my daddy come on the 0hio works Dm When he come home from world war two C Now the yards just scrap and rubble Dm He said, "Them big boys did what Hitler couldn't do" F C These mills they built the tanks and bombs Dm That won this countries wars C We sent our sons to Korea and Vietnam Dm Now were wondering what they were dyin' for C Here in Youngstown Dm Here in Youngstown F C My sweet Jenny, I'm sinkin' down Dm Here darlin' in Youngstown From the Monongaleh valley To the Mesabi iron range C To the coal mines of Appalacchia Dm The story's always the same Seven-hundred tons of metal a day Now sir you tell me the world's changed C Once I made you rich enough Dm Rich enough to forget my name C Here in Youngstown Dm Here in Youngstown F C My sweet Jenny, I'm sinkin' down Dm Here darlin' in Youngstown F C When I die I don't want no part of heaven Dm I would not do heavens work well C I pray the devil comes and takes me Dm To stand in the fiery furnaces of hell (Chorus Instr.) C - Dm - F - C - Dm Dm F C --1---1--0-- --3---1--1-- --2---2--0-- --0---3--2-- ------3--3-- ------1----- =================================================================== =================================================================== Sinaloa Cowboys Direct Link: Transcribed By: Aladdin Sinaloa Cowboys - Bruce Springsteen Capo 3rd fret | G | G | C Miguel came from a small town in northern Mexico G D He came north with his brother Louis to California three years ago G C They crossed at the river levee, when Louis was just sixteen G D G And found work together in the fields of the San Joaquin They left their homes and families C Their father said, "My sons one thing you will learn, G D for everything the north gives, it exacts a price in return." G C They worked side by side in the orchards from morning till the day was through D G Doing the work the hueros wouldn't do. C Word was out some men in from Sinaloa were Iooking for some hands G D Well, deep in Fresno county there was a deserted chicken ranch G C And there in a small tin shack on the edge of a ravine D G Miguel and Louis stood cooking methamphetamine C You could spend a year in the orchards G Or make half as much in one ten hour shift C Working for the men from Sinaloa G D Ah, but if you slipped, C The hydriodic acid G C Could burn right through your skin G D They'd leave you spittin' up blood in the desert G If you breathed those fumes in G C It was early one winter evening as Miguel stood watch outside G D When the shack exploded, lighting up the valley night G C Miguel carried Louis' body over his shoulder down a swale to the creekside G D G And there in the tall grass, Louis Rosales died C Miguel lifted Louis' body into his truck and then he drove G D To where the morning sunlight fell on a eucalyptus grove C There in the dirt he dug up ten-thousand dollars. all that they'd saved D G Kissed his brothers lips and placed him in his grave G C D -3--0--2- -0--1--3- -0--0--2- -0--2--0- -2--3---- -3------- =================================================================== =================================================================== The Line Direct Link: Transcribed By: Aladdin The Line - Bruce Springsteen C I got my discharge from Fort Irwin F C took a place on the San Diego county line F C felt funny bein' a civilian again G it'd been some time C my wife had died a year ago F C I was still tryin' to find my way back whole F C went to work for the INS on the line G C with the California Border Patrol F Bobby Ramirez was a ten year veteran C and we became friends F C his family was from Guanajuato G so the job it was different for him C he said' "They risk death in the deserts and mountains" F C pay all they got to the smugglers rings, F C we send 'em home and they come right back again G C Carl, hunger is a powerful thing." F C Well I was good at doin' what I was told F C kept my uniform pressed and clean F C at night I chased their shadows G through the arroyos and ravines C drug runners, farmers with their families, F C young women with little children by their sides F C come night we'd wait out in the canyons G C and try to keep 'em from crossin' the line Well the first time that I saw her F C she was in the holdin' pen F C Our eyes met and she looked away G then she looked back again C her hair was black as coal F C her eyes reminded me of what I'd lost F she had a young child cryin' in her arms C G C and I asked, "Senora, is there anything I can do" Am7 There's a bar in Tijuana F where me and Bobby drink alongside C G C the same people we'd sent back the day before Am7 F we met there she said her name was Louisa C G she was from Sonora and had just come north Am7 F we danced and I held her in my arms G C and I knew what I would do F C she said she had some family in Madera county G C if she, her child and her younger brother could just get through At night they come across the levy F C in the searchlights dusty glow F C we'd rush 'em in our Broncos G and force 'em back down into the river below C she climbed into my truck F C she leaned towards me and we kissed F C as we drove her brothers shirt slipped open G C and I saw the tape across his chest Am7 F We were just about on the highway C G C when Bobby's jeep come up in the dust on my right Am7 F I pulled over and let my engine run C G and stepped out into his lights Am7 I felt myself movin' F G C felt my gun restin' 'neath my hand F C we stood there starin' at each other G C as off through the arroyo she ran Bobby Ramirez he never said nothin' F C 6 months later I left the line F C I drifted to the central valley G and took what work I could find C at night I searched the local bars F and the migrant towns C Lookin' for my Louisa G C with the black hair fallin' down C F G Am7 -0--1--3--0-- -1--1--0--1-- -0--2--0--0-- -2--3--0--2-- -3--3--2--0-- ----1--3----- (Alternate with susbended chords) =================================================================== =================================================================== Balboa Park Direct Link: Transcribed By: Aladdin Balboa Park - Bruce Springsteen (Capo 3rd fred) C G C G D C G d--------0-------0-|-------0-----0---|---------0---|--------------| b------------------|---------------0-|-------0-----|------1-------| g------0-------0---|-----0-----------|-----2-----2-|----0-------0-| D----2-------0-----|---2-------0-----|---0---------|--2-------0---| A------------------|-----------------|-------------|--------------| E--3-------3-------|-3-------3-------|-2-----------|-0------0-----| C G C G He lay his blanket underneath the freeway C G C as the evening sky grew dark G C G took a sniff of toncho from his coke can D C and headed through Balboa Park G C G where the men in Mercedes C G C come nightly to employ G C G in the cool San Diego evening D C | C G | C G | D | C G the services of the border boys C G C He grew up near the zona norte G C G C with the hustlers and smugglers he hung out with G C G he swallowed their balloons of cocaine D C brought 'em cross the 12th street strip G C G sleeping in a shelter C G C if the night got too cold G C G runnin' from the migra D C | C G | C G | D | C G of the border patrol C G C G Past the Salvage yard 'cross the train tracks C G C and in through the storm drain G C G they stretched their blankets out neath the freeway D C and each one took a name C G there was x-man and cochese C G C little spider his sneakers covered in river mud C G they come north to California D C | C G | C G | D | C end up with the poison in their blood Em7 G He did what he had to do for money D C sometimes he sent home what he could spare Em7 C the rest went to hi-top sneakers and toncho G D G and jeans like the gavatchos wear C G C G one night the border patrol swept 12th street C G C a big car come fast down the boulevard G C G spider stood caught in it's headlights D C got hit and went down hard C G C G as the car sped away spider held his stomach C G C limped to his blanket 'neath the underpass G C G lie there tasting his own blood on his tongue D closed his eyes and listened to the cars C G | C | G rushin by so fast C G D Em7 -0--0--0--0-- -1--0--3--0-- -0--0--2--0-- -2--0--0--0-- -3--2-----2-- ----3-----0-- =================================================================== =================================================================== Dry Lightning Direct Link: Transcribed By: Aladdin Dry Lightning - Bruce Springsteen G F C ------8--|-7-7-7-|-----7-7>8-7---|-5-----|---------|--------| ----8-8--|-8-----|---8----h----8-|---8-6-|-5-5\3-5-|-5------| --9-9----|-------|-7-------------|-------|----s----|--------| -10------|-------|---------------|-------|---------|--------| ---------|-------|---------------|-------|---------|--------| ---------|-------|---------------|-------|---------|--------| Threw... C F Threw my robe on in the morning C Watched the ring on the stove turn to red, G Stared hypnotized into a cup of coffee C Pulled on my boots and made my bed F Screen door hangin' off its hinges C Kept bangin' me awake all night G As I look out the window C The only thing in sight F Is dry lightning C On the horizon line G Gsus G Just dry lightning Gsus C And you on my mind F I chased the heat of her blood C Like it was the holy grail G Descend beautiful spirit C Into the evening pale F Her appaloosa's C Kickin' in the corral smelling rain G There's a low thunder rolling C 'Cross the mesquite plain F But it's dry lightning C On the horizon line G Gsus G Just dry lightning Gsus C And you on my mind C F C G ----------------|-------------|-5---5-5-3---|-------|----------|-------3---------| ----5-5/6-5--s--|--6-6-6/8----|-----------6-|-5--/6-|-5--------|---------3-------| -------s----7\5-|----------/5-|---5---------|----s--|---/5-5\4-|-4-4/5-----5-4-4-| --5-------------|----------s--|-------------|-------|---s---s--|----s------------| ----------------|-------------|-------------|-------|----------|-----------------| ----------------|-------------|-------------|-------|----------|-----------------| C ------1-0-----|---------| ------0-1-3-1-|-1-8\5-5-| --4\2---------|----s----| ---s----------|---------| --------------|---------| --------------|---------| G I'd drive down to Alvarado street C Where she danced to make ends meet G I'd spend the night over my gin C G As she'd talk to her men F Well the piss yellow sun C Comes bringing up the day G She said ain't nobody gonna give nobody C What they really need anyway F You get so sick of the fighting C You lose your fear of the end G But you can't lose your memory C And the sweet smell of your skin F And it's dry lightning C On the horizon line G Gsus G Just dry lightning Gsus C And you on my mind --------------|----- --------------|----- --------------|--0-- --5-5/7-5---3-|--2-- -----s----5---|--3-- --------------|----- G F C Gsus -3--1--0--3--- -0--1--1--1--- -0--2--0--0--- -0--3--2--0--- =================================================================== =================================================================== The New Timer Direct Link: Transcribed By: Aladdin The New Timer - Bruce Springsteen E-------|---------------------| B-----3-|-3-------------------| G-----2-|-2-------------------| D-2>4---|-----2>4--2-2--4<2<0-| A--h----|------h---0-0---p-p--| D-------|---0-----------------| start fingerpicking D He rode the rails since the great depression A Fifty years out on the skids He said you don't cross nobody D You'll be all right out here kid Left my family in Pennsylvania A Searchin' for work I hit the road I met Frank in east Texas D In a freight yard blown through with snow From New Mexico to Colorado A California to the sea Frank he showed me the ropes, sir D Just till I could get back on my feet I hoed sugar beets outside of Firebaugh A I picked the peaches from the Marysville tree They bunked us in a barn just like animals D | D | A | D Me and a hundred others just like me We split up come the spring time A I never seen Frank again 'Cept one rainy night he blew by me on grainer D Shouted my name and disappeared in the rain and the wind They found him shot dead outside Stockton A His body lyin' on a muddy hill Nothin' taken, nothin' stolen D | D | A | D Somebody killed him just to kill A D Late that summer I was rollin' through the plains of Texas G D A vision passed before my eyes A D A small house sittin' trackside A D With the glow of the saviours beautiful light A D A woman stood cookin' in the kitchen G D Kid sat at the table with his old man A D Now I wonder does my son miss me A D | D | A | D Does he wonder where I am Tonight I pick my campsite carefully A Outside the Sacramento Yard Gather some wood and light a fire D In the early winter dark Wind whistling cold I pull my coat around me A Make some coffee and stare out into the black night I lie awake, I lie awake sir D With my machete by my side My Jesus your gracious love and mercy A Tonight I'm sorry could not fill my heart Like one good rifle D And the name of who I ought to kill D A G -3--0--3- -2--2--0- -3--2--0- -0--2--0- ----0--2- -------3- b....bend rb...release bend /....slide up \....slide down >....hammer <....pull vvv..vibrato =================================================================== =================================================================== Across The Border Direct Link: Transcribed By: Aladdin Across The Border - Bruce Springsteen Capo 3rd fret | G | C | G | D | G C Tonight my bag is packed G Tomorrow I'll walk these tracks D7 G That will lead me across the border C Tomorrow my love and I G Will sleep 'neath auburn skies D7 G Somewhere across the border C We'll leave behind my dear D7 The pain and sadness we found here G C And we'll drink from the Bravo's muddy waters G C Where the sky grows grey and wide G We'll meet on the other side D7 G There across the border C For you I'll build a house G High up on a grassy hill D7 G Somewhere across the border C Where pain and memory G Pain and memory have been stilled D7 G There across the border C And sweet blossoms fills the air D7 Pastures of gold and green G C Roll down into cool clear waters G C And in your arms 'neath open skies G I'll kiss the sorrow from your eyes D7 G There across the border (Harmonica Solo) | G | C | G | D7 | G | G | G | C | G | D7 | G | G C Tonight we'll sing the songs D7 I'll dream of you my corazón G C And tomorrow my heart will be strong G C And may the saints' blessing and grace G Carry me safely into your arms D7 G There across the border ( Instr. ) | G | C | G | D7 | G | G | G | C | G | D7 | G | G C For what are we D7 Without hope in our hearts G C That someday we'll drink from God's blessed waters G C And eat the fruit from the vine G I know love and fortune will be mine D7 G Somewhere across the border | G | C | G | D7 | G | G | G | C | G | D7 | G | G | | C | C | D7 | D7 | G | C | C | G | C | G | D7 | G | G | repeat to fade out G C D7 -3--0--2- -0--1--1- -0--0--2- -0--2--0- -2--3---- -3------- =================================================================== =================================================================== Galveston Bay Direct Link: Transcribed By: Aladdin Galveston Bay - Bruce Springsteen D Fifteen years Le Bing Son G D Fought side by side with the Americans A D In the mountains and deltas of Vietnam In '75 Saigon fell G D and he left his command A D And brought his family to the promised land Seabrook Texas and the small towns G D In the Gulf of Mexico A D It was delta country and reminded him of home He worked as a machinist, put his money away G D And bought a shrimp boat with his cousin A D And together they harvested Galveston Bay A D In the mornin' 'fore the sun come up G D He'd kiss his sleepin' daughter A D Steer out through the channel G D | G | D | And casts his nets into the water Billy Sutter fought with Charlie Company G D In the highlands of Quang Tri G D He was wounded in the battle of Chu Lai A D And shipped home in '68 A D There he married and worked the gulf fishing grounds G D In a boat that'd been his father's A D In the morning he'd kiss his sleeping son G D | G | D | And cast his nets into the water G D Billy sat in front of his TV as the south fell G D And the Communists rolled into Saigon He and his friends watched as the refugees came A D Settle on the same streets and worked the coast they grew up on A D Soon in the bars around the harbor was talk G D Of America for Americans A D Someone said, "You want 'em out, you got to burn 'em out" G D And brought in the Texas klan G D One humid Texas night there were three shadows on the harbor A D Come to burn the Vietnamese boats into the sea In the fire's light shots rang out G D Two Texans lay dead on the ground A D Le stood with a pistol in his hand A D A jury acquitted him in self defense G D As before the judge he did stand A D But as he walked down the courthouse steps G D | A D | G D | D A | 2/4 D | 4/4 G | D | Billy said "My friend, you're a dead man" G D One late summer night Le stood watch along the waterside Billy stood in the shadows G D His K-bar knife in his hand A D And the moon slipped behind the clouds G D Le lit a cigarette, the bay was as still as glass As he walked by Billy stuck his knife into his pocket G D Took a breath and let him pass A D In the early darkness Billy rose up G D Went into the kitchen for a drink of water A D Kissed his sleeping wife G Headed into the channel D And casts his nets into the water A D Of Galveston Bay D A G -3--0--3- -2--2--0- -3--2--0- -0--2--0- ----0--2- -------3- =================================================================== =================================================================== My Best Was Never Good Enough Direct Link: Transcribed By: Aladdin My Best Was Never Good Enough - Bruce Springsteen C F G Every cloud has a silver lining, every dog has his day F C She said, "Now don't say nothin' G Gsus F if you don't have something nice to say." C F G The tough, now they get going, when the going gets tough C F C But for you my best was never good enough F C "Now don't try for a home run, baby G F If you can get the job done with a hit" C G F Remember, "A quitter never wins and a winner never quits" C "The sun don't shine on a sleepin' dog's ass" F G And all the rest of that stuff C G F C But for you my best was never good enough F C F C "If God gives you nothin' but lemons, then you make some lemonade" F C "The early bird catches the fuckin' worm, G Gsus Rome wasn't built in a day" C "Now life's like a box of chocolates, F C You never know what you're going to get" G "Stupid is as stupid does and all the rest of that shit" F C Come'on pretty baby, call my bluff C G F C 'Cause for you my best was never good enough C F G -0--1--3-- -1--1--0-- -0--2--0-- -2--3--0-- -3--3--2-- ----1--3-- =================================================================== ===================================================================

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