Guitar lesson for
I'm a Lonesome Fugitive
by Billy Strings • Lesson #280
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Lyrics w/ chords
INTRO (played with lead riff) | G | C | D | D | | C | D | G | G | CHORUS G C D I'd like to settle down but they won't let me C D (walk down) A fugitive must be a rolling stone G C D Down every road there's always one more city C D G I'm on the run, the highway is my home VERSE G C D D Well, I raised a lot of Cain back in my younger days C C D (walk down) While my Mama used to pray those crops would fail G C D D Now I'm... a lonesome fugitive... with just two ways C C D D (cool riff to end verse) Outrun the law or spend my life in jail I'd [G] like to settle [C] down but they won't [D] let me [D] A [C] fugitive must [C] be a rolling [D] stone [D] Down [G] every road there's [C] always one more [D] city [D] I'm [C] on the run, the [D] highway, it's my [C] home [G] INSTRUMENTAL BREAK (played 2x, with solo) | G | C | D | D | | C | D | G | G | G C D D I'd like... to take you with me, but can't afford the luxury C C D D (walk down) Of having one I love... to come along G C D D Lord, you'd only... slow me down... they'd catch up with me C C D D For he who travels fastest goes alone I'd [G] like to settle [C] down but they won't [D] let me [D] A [C] fugitive must [C] be a rolling [D] stone [D] Down [G] every road there's [C] always one more [D] city [D] I'm [C] on the run, the [D] highway, it's my [G] home [G] INSTRUMENTAL BREAK (played multiple times, with solos) | G | C | D | D | | C | D | G | G | FINAL CHORUS [ Played quieter... ] I'd [G] like to settle [C] down but they won't [D] let me [D] A [C] fugitive must [C] be a rolling [D] stone [D] [ Played at normal volume... ] Down [G] every road there's [C] always one more [D] city [D] I'm [C] on the run, the [D] highway, it's my [G] home [G] [ Played quieter, let chords ring ] I'm [C] on the run, the [D] highway, it's my [G] home [G]
Intro & instrumental breaks
During the instrumental breaks (played with solos), they repeat this same progression many times.
G C D D C D G G
Note, only in the 2nd chorus, the second-to-last chord is a “C” before resolving to the final “G”.
"I'd like to settle down but they won't let me..." G C D D C C D D G C D D C D G G
"Well, I raised a lot of Cain back in my younger days..." G C D D C C D D G C D D C C D D
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