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On The Way Home Chords


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John Mayer - On the way home



So, I heard this song yesterday during a 24 hour stream on John Mayer website and I
couldn't resist to transcribe it! Such a beautiful song and I'm so excited for his 
upcoming album!

It's almost impossible to write down everything that is happening in the song, so I've
stuck with the chords, and the guitar intro.

There aren't many chords but during verse2 the song fills up with alot of notes that
seems (to me) to be "walking around" the D chord. I've written down some variations
in the Chords section, tough I'm just going to write down the same chord progression 
as in the other verses. You are more than welcome to correct my chord names.
I feel like I have no idea what im doing.

The Bridge is possibly the hardest one to get a grip on. Play around with the different
D-chord variations and listen how it sounds.

The intro guitar is quite fast paced and with alot of country hammers and pulloffs.
Im going to try to be as accurate as I possibly can.

Other than that I wish you the best!

Love. Victor


          Song structure

Intro                00:00

Verse1               00:11

Chorus1              00:57

Instrumental break1  01:16

Verse2               01:29

Chorus2              01:52

Instrumental break2  02:11

Bridge               02:21

Chorus3              03:07

Out-chorus           03:36

Fine                 03:59


          Chords - The key of D


Dsus2 - x00230

G5 -    3x0033

AM -    x02220

Asus4 - x02230

Bm    - x24432

Variations of D Chord

DM    - x00232

Dsus4 - x00233

Dsus2 - x00230

Dadd9 - x04230

D?    - xx2030

D?    - xxx030  (sounds like "G5")


          -Intro- 2x

    1          2           3         4
    |          |           |         |
G|-----2h4p2p0-0--0--0--0--0---------2--| Keep strumming that Dsus2 for the 
D|--0----------0-----4-----0h2p0-----0--| last four beats, then repeat.
E|------------------------------------- |
    |          |           |         |
    1          2           3         4


Dsus2        G5  Dsus2          G5  Dsus2
The summer's over this town is closing

                G5  Dsus2       Asus4 Dsus2
They're waving people out of the ocean

            G5  Dsus2              G5 Dsus2
We have the feeling like we were floating

          G5  Dsus2            Asus4 Dsus2
We never noticed where time was going

          G5  Dsus2            G5 Dsus2
Do you remember when we first got here?

               G5 Dsus2              Asus4 Dsus2
The days were longer the nights were hot here

              G5 Dsus2             G5  Dsus2
Now it's September the engine's starting

              G5 Dsus2         Asus4 Dsus2
You're empty-handed and heavy-hearted


Dsus2                     G5                  Bm
But just remember on the way home  (Oooh ooh ooh)

That you were never meant to feel alone

Dsus4             Asus4       Dsus4     Asus4
It takes a little while but you'd be fine

Dsus4         Asus4       AM       Dsus2
Another good time coming down the line


G5        Dsus2    G5         Dsus2
You'll go back to love that's waiting

G5      Dsus2     Asus4  Dsus2
I'll unpack in a rented room

G5          Dsus2     G5          Dsus2
How's that life you swear you're hating?

G5         Dsus2   Asus4     Dsus2
Grass is greener that makes two


Dsus2                    G5                 Bm
But just remember on the way home (Ooh ooh ooh)

That you were never meant to feel alone

      Dsus4  Asus4    Dsus4      Asus4
Just look me up; get back on the bus

      Dsus2       Asus4        AM       Dsus2
I'll see you next week if you need my trust


Life ain't short, but it sure is small

You get forever but nobody at all

Life ain't short, but it sure is small

You get forever but nobody at all

It don't come often and it don't stay long

(Oooh, oooh, oooh, oooh)


Dsus2                     G5                Bm
But just remember on the way home  (Ooh ooh ooh)

That you don't ever have to feel alone

       Dsus4      Asus4    Dsus4     Asus4
Just stay on the run get off the grid

Dsus4     Asus4             AM         Dsus2
Hide yourself out like you know that I did

    Dsus4         Asus4            Dsus4      Asus4
And if you might find that you're running is done

   Dsus2        Asus4         AM      Dsus2
A little bit of Heaven never hurt no one


G5       Dsus2     G5       Dsus2

G5       Dsus2     Asus4    Dsus2

Asus4    Dsus2     Asus4    Dsus2

Asus4    Dsus2     Asus4    Dsus2

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Haydarh wrote on September 13 2013, 01:07 pm

Great job, but i think the Dadd9 in the chorus is simply a Bm! cheers

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KSE_Victor wrote on September 13 2013, 02:08 pm

Really appreciate your comment, and I agree; a Bm sounds much better! I will update the tab right away!

Thanks alot!

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Voodkale1 wrote on December 29 2013, 11:00 am

Good job Victor. The second part in the Chorus where he sings "It takes a little while but you'd be fine".. Pretty sure that part is more like
G - D/F# - G - D/F# - G - D/F# - A - Dsus2

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