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I Dream A Highway Chords

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I completely love this song and really wanted to cover it but didnt know know to play 
and to be fair i didnt know all the words so i sat down one day and worked the song out, 
lyrics and chords - this is what i came up with and i think it comes pretty close if not 100%

Standard Tuning with a Capo on 4th Fret

Chords

G              C                Em7

e--3--        e--3--            e--0--|
b--3--        b--3--            b--3--|
g--0--        g--0--            g--0--|
D--0--        D--x--            D--2--|
A--x--        A--3--            A--2--|
E--3--        E-----            E--0--|


  Em7           G                 C
Oh, I dream a highway back to you love
     Em7     G            C
A winding ribbon with a band of gold
   Em7     G              C
A silver vision come and rest my soul
   Em7      G            C
I dream a highway back to you.

(The same the whole way through the song! Very easy to play, Gillian also throws in a 
of G chords before she goes back to the EM7)


Lyrics.

Oh, I dream a highway back to you love
A winding ribbon with a band of gold
A silver vision come and rest my soul
I dream a highway back to you.

John he's kicking out the footlights
The Grand Ole Opry's got a brand new band
Lord, let me die with a hammer in my hand
I dream a highway back to you.

I think I'll move down into Memphis
And thank the hatchet man who forked my tongue
I lie and wait until the wagons come
And dream a highway back to you.

The getaway kicking up cinders
An empty wagon full of rattling bones
Moon in the mirror on a three-hour jones
I dream a highway back to you.

Oh, I dream a highway back to you love
A winding ribbon with a band of gold
A silver vison come arrest my soul
I dream a highway back to you.

Which lover are you, Jack of Diamonds?
Now you be Emmylou and I'll be Gram
I send a letter, don't know who I am
I dream a highway back to you.

I'm an indisguisable shade of twilight
Any second now I'm gonna turn myself on
In the blue display of the cool cathode ray
I dream a highway back to you.

I wish you knew me, Jack of Diamonds
Fire-riding, wheeling when I lead 'em up
Drank whisky with my water, sugar in my tea
My sails in rags with the staggers and the jags
I dream a highway back to you.

Oh, I dream a highway back to you love
A winding ribbon with a band of gold
A silver vision come molest my soul
I dream a highway back to you.

Now give me some of what you're having
I'll take you as a viper into my head
A knife into my bed, arsenic when I'm fed
I dream a highway back to you.

Hang overhead from all directions
Radiation from the porcelain light
Blind and blistered by the morning white
I dream a highway back to you.

Sunday morning at the diner
Hollywood trembles on the verge of tears
I watched the waitress for a thousand years
Saw a wheel within a wheel, heard a call within a call
I dreamed a highway back to you.

Oh, I dream a highway back to you love
A winding ribbon with a band of gold
A silver vision come molest my soul
I dream a highway back to you.

Step into the light, poor Lazarus
Don't lie alone behind the window shade
Let me see the mark death made
I dream a highway back to you.
I dream a highway back to you.

What will sustain us through the winter?
Where did last years lessons go?
Walk me out into the rain and snow
I dream a highway back to you.

Oh, I dream a highway back to you love
A winding ribbon with a band of gold
A silver vision come and bless my soul
I dream a highway back to you.

I dream a highway back to you
Oh, I dream a highway back to you love
A winding ribbon with a band of gold
A silver vision convalesced my soul
I dream a highway back to you...

Brilliant song! have fun playing it! its one of those ones that you get really into!

Let me know if theres anything that should maybe be fixed or whatever!.
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sleep/swim wrote on February 8 2011, 12:47 pm

i think this is really close. the final "C" might have a slight variation, but i think you're mostly on it. Thanks for taking the time to do this. Gratitude!

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jhorsager wrote on March 19 2014, 05:46 pm, edited at 05:47 pm

I think it's in B. Try B, E, G#m. Or capo 2 A, D, F#m.

I saw an arrangement on Heartwood guitar (http://www.heartwoodguitar.com/chords/gillian-welch-i-dream-a-highway/). They have it as capo 4 Em, G, C/G. Love this song.

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