The Promise
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INTRO:

Guitar (fingerpicking)   - just my way of playing it, asterisks mark the
                           melody (use capo on 5th fret if necessary)

 F                Bb
 *     * *
E5-----8-5---*---I*-----*-*---*---I
B----------6-8---I6-----6-6---8---I
G.-5-----------5-I----7-----7---7.I
D.---7-----------I--8------------.I
A8---------------I----------------I
E----------------I6-----6-6-------I
                 (thumb)

I tried to do the piano figure with results that looked pitiful
and incomprehensible in ASCII. Sorry.


  F                             Bb              F
1.Johnny works in a factory and Billy works downtown
Dm                                        Gm              F/A     Bb
Terry works in a rock'n'roll band looking for that million-dollar sound
F                             Bb                   F
Me I don't do nothing much, I spend a lot of time alone
Dm                                   Gm         F/A     Bb
Some nights I go to the drive-in and some nights I stay home

         (Bb)                                         F
You see I followed that dream just like those guys do way up on the
Bb                 F
screen      With a built-up Challenger down route 9
                Bb                    F
through the dead ends and all the bad scenes
             C                                              F
And when the promise was broken I cashed in a few of my old dreams

          F
2.You see I built that Challenger by myself
             Bb              F
but I needed money and so I sold it
             Dm
And I lived a secret I should have kept to myself
          Gm               F/A  Bb
But I got drunk one night and I told it
Dm               Am
All my life I've fought that fight
    Gm          F/A          Bb
the one that no man can ever win
    F                      C                                       F
and every day it just gets harder to live the dreams I'm believing in

        Gm Am Bb                             C            F
Thunder Road____   I stay up every morning until it turns light
        Gm Am Bb                                  C         F
Thunder Road____   there's something dying on the highway tonight

(2x Intro)
           F
3.Well now I won big once and I hit the coast
       Bb                     F
Oh but somehow I paid the big cost
         Dm
Inside I felt like carrying the broken spirits
   Gm            F/A      Bb
of all the other ones who lost
        Dm                     Am
When the promise is broken you go on livin'
       Gm                   F/A          Bb
but it takes something from down in your soul
              F                            C
Like when the truth is spoken but it don't make no difference
                              F
something in your heart turns cold

          Bb
You see I followed that dream , me and some guys
            F                             Bb
through the dead ends and all the two-bit bars
         C
When the promise was broken I was drunk and far away from home
                                                       F
sleeping with a stranger in the backseat of a borrowed car

        Gm Am Bb                                     C             F
Thunder Road____  here's one for the lost lovers and all the fixed games
        Gm Am Bb                                   C         F
Thunder Road____  here's one for the tyres rushing by in the rain
        Gm Am Bb                                     C      F
Thunder Road____  I remember when me and Billy would always say
        Gm Am Bb                                        C     F
Thunder Road____  we were gonna take it all and throw it all away

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Notice that the piano line sometimes follows the vocal melody, so for
exaple at the 'I followed that dream'- line it goes to E, b5 of the Bb
chord.





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