Guitar lesson for
by The Highwaymen • Lesson #55
Guitar playthrough & cover:
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Lyrics with chords
Bm A G Bm ...I was a highwayman, along the coach roads I did ride A G D A ...With the sword and pistol by my side Em Bm A G ...Many a young maid lost her baubles to my trade Em Bm A G ...Many a soldier shed his life blood on my blade Bm A G A D ...The bastards hung me in the spring of twenty five G A But I am still alive Bm A G Bm ...I was a sailor, and I was born upon the tide A G D A ...And with the sea I did abide Em Bm A G ...I sailed a schooner around the horn of Mexico Em Bm A G ...I went aloft to furl the mainsail in a blow Bm A G A D ...And when the yards broke off they say that I got killed G A But I am living still Bm A G Bm ...I was a dam builder, across the river deep and wide A G D A ...Where steel and water did collide Em Bm A G ...A place called Boulder on the wild Colorado Em Bm A G ...I slipped and fell into the wet concrete below Bm A G A D ...They buried me in that great tomb that knows no sound G A But I am still around D I'll always be around A Bm A G D Em G A D And around and around and around Bm A G Bm ...I'll fly a starship, across the universe divide A G D A ...Until I reach the other side Em Bm A G ...I'll find a place to rest my spirit if I can Em Bm A G ...Perhaps I may become a highwayman again Bm A G A D ...Or I may simply be a single drop of rain G A But I will remain D And I'll be back again A Bm A G D Em G A D And again, and again, and again
E –––2––––3––––0––––2––––0––––– B –––3––––0––––2––––3––––0––––– G –––2––––0––––2––––4––––0––––– D –––0––––0––––2––––4––––2––––– A ––––––––2––––0––––2––––2––––– E ––––––––3––––––––––––––0––––– D G A Bm Em
Intro riff (guitar)
E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– B –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– G –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– D ––––––0––2––3––4––3––2––0––– ...repeat A –––2–––––––––––––––––––––––– E –––––––––––––––––––––––––––– (Bm)
Walk into the B-minor
A few ways you can do it. For one:
E ––––––––––––|–––2–––– B ––––––––––––|–––3–––– G ––––––––––––|–––4–––– D ––––––––––––|–––4–––– A –––0––1––2––|–––2–––– E ––––––––––––|––––––––
E ––––––––––––|–––2–––– B ––––––––––––|–––3–––– G ––––––––––––|–––4–––– D ––––––––––––|–––4–––– A ––––––0––2––|–––2–––– E –––3––––––––|––––––––
And another still:
E ––––––––––––|–––2–––– B ––––––––––––|–––3–––– G ––––––––––––|–––4–––– D ––––––––––––|–––4–––– A ––––––0––2––|–––2–––– E –––2––––––––|––––––––
If you want something very simple, do all down strums and accent each beat on the count (the 1, 2, 3, and 4). On the off beat, play a bit softer.
> > > > ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↓ 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
I prefer to mix some up strums in there, as follows:
> > ↓ ↓ ↓ ↑ ↓ ↓ ↓ ↑ 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +
Obviously, this is a song you typically hear played on the guitar – but while learning it on guitar, I happened to be going through a ukulele phase and couldn’t help but figure it out on that instrument too. I figured, why not share what I’d learned! I find it’s a bit simpler on the ukulele: lots of little embellishments I add while playing on the guitar aren’t needed (or aren’t even practically possible) on the ukulele – so it makes for a nice cut and dry song. You only need five chords.
A ||––––0––––2––––0––––2–––––2–––– E ||––––2––––3––––0––––2–––––3–––– C ||––––2––––2––––1––––2–––––4–––– G ||––––2––––0––––2––––4–––––0–––– D G A Bm Em
| Bm . . . | (repeat)
| Bm . A . . . | G . Bm . . . | | A . G D | A . . . | | Em . Bm . | A . G . . . | | Em . Bm . | A . G . . . | | Bm . A . | G A D . . . | | G . A . . . |
| D . A/C# . | Bm . A . | | G/F# . D . | Em . . . | G A D . . . |
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