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by The Highwaymen  β€’  Lesson #55

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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

    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

    And I'll be back again
         A          Bm         A      G    D    Em     G  A  D
    And again, and again, and again

Guitar notes


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 ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––

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––––––––|––––––––

Strumming pattern

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   +   

Ukulele notes

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.

Ukulele 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

Chord progressions


| 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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