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Title: "Runaway Train"
Artist: "Soul Asylum"

[C]Call you up in the middle of the night
[Em/B]Like a fire without a light
[Am]You were like a blow torch burning
[G]I was a key that could use a little turning
[C]So tired that I couldn't even sleep
[Em/B]So many secrets I couldn't keep
[Am]Promised myself I wouldn't weep
[G]One more promise I couldn't keep
It seems[F] no one can help[G] me now 
I'm in[C] too deep
There's no[Am] way out
This[F] time I have real[Em]ly led myself[G] astray


[C]Runaway train never going back
[Em/B]Wrong way on a one way track
[Am]Seems like I should be getting somewhere
[G]Somehow I'm neither here nor there


[C]Can you help me remember how to smile
[Em/B]Make it all somehow seem worthwhile
[Am]How on earth did I get so jaded?
[G]Life's mystery seems so faded
[C]I can go where no one else can go
[Em/B]I know what no one else knows
[Am]Here I am just drownin' in the rain
[G]With a ticket for a runaway train
Eve[F]rything is cut [G]and dry
Day [C]and night earth[Am] and sky
Some[F]how I [Em]just dont believe[G] it


[C]Runaway train never going back
[Em/B]Wrong way on a one way track
[Am]Seems like I should be getting somewhere
[G]Somehow I'm neither here nor there


-interlude-

[C]Bought a ticket for a runaway train
[Em/B]Like a madman laughing at the rain
[Am]A little out of touch a little insane
[G]Its just easier than dealing with the pain


[C]Runaway train never going back
(Runaway train)
[Em/B]Wrong way on a one way track
[Am]Seems like I should be getting somewhere
[G]Somehow I'm neither here nor there
[Em/B]Runaway train never coming back
(Runaway train)
[Am]Runaway train tearing up the track
(Runaway train)
[Am]Runaway train burning in my veins
(Runaway train)
[G]Runaway but it always seems the same.


# Chord Formations
# C    x32010
# Em/B x22000
# Am   x02210
# G    320033
# F    133211
# Em   022000
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In the following transcription, the tabulature refers to guitar 1, which is
actually two guitars arranged for one.
Guitar 2 is shown as chords above the tab.(Both guitars are acoustic)
The chorus tabulature is played by a third guitar, an electric

The chord fingerings are as follows:

C    x-3-2-0-1-0
Em/B x-2-2-0-0-0
Am   x-0-2-2-1-0
G    3-2-0-0-3-3
F    1-3-3-2-1-1
Em   0-2-2-0-0-0

  Intro:     C
e|----------|----------------|----------------|----------------|--------0-----|
B|----------|----5---5---5---|----3---3---3---|----1---1-------|----1-----1---|
G|----------|----------------|----------------|----------------|------0-----0-|
D|--------3-|5-----5---5---5-|5\3---3---3---3-|2-----2---2-3---|2-------------|
A|----------|----------------|----------------|----------------|--------------|
E|----------|----------------|----------------|----------------|--------------|

  Verse 1:(Rhy.Fig.1)
  C                                          Em/B
     Call you up in the middle of the night        Like a firefly with-
e|--------------------|---------------------|--------------------------|
B|------1-----1-----1-|(1)----------1-------|------1-----1-------------|
G|--------------0-----|-------0-------0---0-|----------------0---------|
D|----------------2---|-----2---2-------2---|------------------------2-|
A|3-------------------|---------------------|2-------------------2-----|
E|--------------------|---------------------|--------------------------|

                       Am
  -out   a   light__     you were there like a blow - torch burn - ing
e|--------------------|--------------------|---------------------------|
B|--------------------|------1-----1-----0-|(0)---1--------------------|
G|(2)-----------------|--------------2-----|----------2----------------|
D|--------2-----------|----------------2---|-------------2---0h2---2p0-|
A|----2-------2---0---|0-------------------|---------------------------|
E|--------------------|--------------------|---------------------------|

  G                                     C
I was a key that could use a little turning     So tired that I
e|------3---3-----5-|(5)---5---3-------|-------------------10-|
B|------------3-----|------------3-----|-------8----8---------|
G|0-------0-----0---|----0---0---------|--------------0-------|
D|------------------|--------------0---|10-------10-----10----|
A|------------------|------------------|----------------------|
E|------------------|------------------|----------------------|

                        Em/B
  couldn't even sleep      So many secrets   I  couldn't keep_
e|(10)-----------------|--------------10-|(10)-----10---10-------|
B|--------8------------|----8---8--------|-----------------------|
G|------------9--------|----------0------|-------------------9---|
D|-----10---------10---|9-----9-----9----|-----9-----------------|
A|---------------------|-----------------|-----------------------|
E|---------------------|-----------------|-----------------------|

  Am                                           G
     Promised myself  I   wouldn't  weep         One more promise
e|----8---8------10-|(10)---10-----10---8-----|----3-----3-----5-|
B|----------10------|-------------------------|--3---------3-----|
G|-------------9----|-----9-------------------|0-------------0---|
D|------------------|-------------------------|------------------|
A|------------------|-------------------------|------------------|
E|------------------|-------------------------|------------------|

                     F                G                  C
  I couldn't keep It seems noone can help me now I'm in too deep There's no
e|(5)---5---5-3-----|----------------|----3-3-----------|----3---3-------|
B|--------------3---|----1-1---------|--3-------3-------|------1---------|
G|----0-------------|----2-2-0h2-----|0-------------0---|0---------0-----|
D|------------------|3-----------3---|------------------|------------0---|
A|------------------|----------------|------------------|----------------|
E|------------------|----------------|------------------|----------------|

  Am               F                Em             G
  way out_      This time I have really led  myself   astray
e|----7---7-5-----|----5---6p5-----|3-----3-------|----3---3-----5-|
B|------------5---|------------6---|--5-----5-----|----------3-----|
G|--------------5-|5-------------5-|----------4---|------0-----0---|
D|7---------------|----------------|--------------|----------------|
A|----------------|----------------|--------------|----------------|
E|----------------|----------------|--------------|----------------|

      (end Rhy.Fig.1)
e|(5)---5---5-3-----|
B|------------------|
G|----0---0-------0-|
D|------------------|
A|------------------|
E|------------------|

  Chorus:(Rhy.Fig.2)
  C                                   Em/B
     Runaway train never going back     Wrong way on a one way track
e|0---------------|(0)---------------|0---------------|(0)------------|
B|1---------------|(1)---------------|0---------------|(0)------------|
G|0---------------|(0)---------------|0---------------|(0)------------|
D|2---------------|(2)---------------|2---------------|(2)------------|
A|3---------------|(3)---------------|2---------------|(2)------------|
E|----------------|------------------|----------------|---------------|

  Am                                           G
    Seems like I should be getting somewhere      Somehow I'm neither
e|0-----------------------|(0)----------------|3---------------------|
B|1-----------------------|(1)----------------|3---------------------|
G|2-----------------------|(2)----------------|0---------------------|
D|2-----------------------|(2)----------------|0---------------------|
A|0-----------------------|(0)----------------|2---------------------|
E|------------------------|-------------------|3---------------------|

        (end Rhy.Fig.2)
  here  nor  there__
e|(3)-----------------|(3)------------------|3------------------|
B|(3)-----------------|(3)------------------|3------------------|
G|(0)-----------------|(0)------------------|0------------------|
D|(0)-----------------|(0)------------------|0------------------|
A|(2)-----------------|(2)------------------|2------------------|
E|(3)-----------------|(3)------------------|3------------------|

  2nd Verse:(w/Rhy.Fig.1)
      Can you help me remember how to smile    make it somehow all
e|-------------------10-|(10)-----------------|--------------10-|
B|-----8------8---------|--------8------------|----8---8--------|
G|--------------0-------|------------9--------|----------0------|
D|10-------10-----10----|-----10---------10---|9-----9-----9----|
A|----------------------|---------------------|-----------------|
E|----------------------|---------------------|-----------------|

  seem worthwhile?     How on earth did I get so jaded?
e|(10)---10---10-----|----5---7-------7-|(7)---7---7-5-----|
B|-------------------|------------------|--------------5---|
G|---------------9---|------------------|----5-----------5-|
D|-------------------|7-----------7-----|------------------|
A|-------------------|------------------|------------------|
E|-------------------|------------------|------------------|

    Life's mystery seems so faded         I can go where noone else can go_
e|--7--------8---5-|(5)---5---3-------|----------------|------------------|
B|----8---10-------|------------3-----|----1---1-------|(1)-------1-------|
G|0------------0---|----0---0-----0---|----------0---1-|------0-----0-----|
D|-----------------|------------------|------------2---|----2---2-----2p0-|
A|-----------------|------------------|3---------------|------------------|
E|-----------------|------------------|----------------|------------------|

     I know what noone else knows     Here I am just drownin' in the rain
e|----------------|------------------|----------------|------------------|
B|----1---1-------|------------------|----1---1-----0-|(0)-1-------------|
G|----------0---2-|(2)---0-----------|----------2-----|------2-----------|
D|----------------|----------2---0---|------------2---|--------2-0h2-0---|
A|2-----------2---|----2-------------|0---------------|------------------|
E|----------------|------------------|----------------|------------------|

    with a ticket for a runaway train  Everything is cut and dry_    day
e|----3---3-----5-|(5)---3---3-------|----5---6p5----|--7-----8p7------|
B|----------3-----|------------3-----|------------6--|----8-------8----|
G|0-----------0---|----0---------0---|--------------5/7-----7-------7--|
D|----------------|------------------|---------------|-----------------|
A|----------------|------------------|---------------|-----------------|
E|----------------|------------------|---------------|-----------------|

  and night,    earth and sky     Somehow   I_
e|--------3-------|----7-----7-5-----|----5---6p5-----|
B|----3-----3-----|--------------5---|------------6---|
G|--5---5---------|----------------5-|5-------------5-|
D|5-----------5---|7-------7---------|----------------|
A|----------------|------------------|----------------|
E|----------------|------------------|----------------|

  just   don't  be-lieve it 
e|----3---3-------|----3---3-----5-|(5)---5---5-3-----|
B|--5---5---5-----|------3---3-----|--------------3---|
G|------------4---|0-----------0---|----0---0---------|
D|----------------|----------------|------------------|
A|----------------|----------------|------------------|
E|----------------|----------------|------------------|

(Repeat chorus)

  Interlude:(w/Rhy.Fig.1 - last 16 bars only)
e|---8-------------10-|(10)---------------|--------------10-|(10)---10---10---|
B|-----8----8---------|--------8----------|----8---8--------|-----------------|
G|------------0-------|------------9------|----------0------|---------------9-|
D|10-----10-----10----|-----10---------10-|9-----9-----9----|-----------------|
A|--------------------|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
E|--------------------|-------------------|-----------------|-----------------|

e|-----8---8------10-|(10)---10---10-8---|--7-----3-----5-|(5)---5---5-3-----|
B|--10-------10------|-------------------|----8-----3-----|--------------3---|
G|9-------------9----|-------------------|0-----0-----0---|----0---0---------|
D|-------------------|-------------------|----------------|------------------|
A|-------------------|-------------------|----------------|------------------|
E|-------------------|-------------------|----------------|------------------|

e|--5---6p5----|--7-----8p7-----|--------3-------|----7---7-5-----|
B|----------6--|----8-------8---|----3-----3-----|------------5---|
G|------------5/7-----7-------7-|--5---5---------|--------------5-|
D|-------------|----------------|------------5---|7---------------|
A|-------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|-------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|

e|--5---6p5-----|--3-----3-------|--7-----3-----5-|(5)---5---5-3---|
B|----------6---|----5-----------|----8-----3-----|----------------|
G|----5-------5-|------4-----4---|------0-----0---|----0---0-----0-|
D|--------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
A|--------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|--------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|

  3rd Verse
  C                                         Em/B
     Bought a ticket for a runaway train       Like a mad - man 
e|------------------------|----------------|--------------------|
B|------------------------|----------------|--------------------|
G|0-----------------------|(0)-------------|0-------------------|
D|2-----------------------|(2)-------------|2-------------------|
A|3-----------------------|(3)-------------|2-------------------|
E|------------------------|----------------|--------------------|

                          Am
  laughin' at the rain    A little out of touch, little insane
e|-----------------------|----------------|------------------|
B|-----------------------|------1-------0-|(0)-1-----1-------|
G|(0)--------------------|----2-----------|------2-----2---0-|
D|(2)--------------------|--2-------------|--------2-----2---|
A|(2)--------------------|0---------------|------------------|
E|-----------------------|----------------|------------------|

 It's just easier than dealing with the pain
e|----------------3-|(3)-------3---------|
B|------3---3-------|------3-----3-------|
G|------------0-----|----0---0-----------|
D|--------0-----0---|----------------0---|
A|------------------|--------------------|
E|3-----------------|--------------------|

(Repeat chorus twice)

  Outro:(w/Rhy.Fig.1 - first 4 bars only, until end)
  C                                 Em/B
e|----------------|----------------|----------------|------------------|
B|----5---5---5---|----3-----1-----|----1---1-------|------------------|
G|----------------|----------------|----------0---2-|(2)---0-----------|
D|------5---5---5-|5\3---3-2---2-0-|----------------|----------2---0---|
A|----------------|----------------|2-----------2---|----2-------------|
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|------------------|

  Am                                G
e|----------------|----------------|--------------3-|(3)-------3-------|
B|----0---0-----1-|(1)-------------|----3---3-------|------3-----3-----|
G|----------2-----|----------------|------0---0-----|------------------|
D|------------2---|----0-0h2-0-----|------------0---|----0---3-----0---|
A|0---------------|----------------|----------------|------------------|
E|----------------|----------------|3---------------|------------------|

  C                                          Em/B
e|-----------------10-|(10)-----------------|--------------10-|
B|-----8----8---------|--------8------------|----8---8--------|
G|------------0-------|------------9--------|----------0------|
D|10-----10-----10----|-----10---------10---|9-----9-----9----|
A|--------------------|---------------------|-----------------|
E|--------------------|---------------------|-----------------|

  Am
e|(10)-------10-------|----8---8------10-|(10)---10---10------|
B|-------8------8-----|----------10------|---------------10---|
G|----------------0---|9------------9----|-----9--------------|
D|-----9--------------|------------------|--------------------|
A|--------------------|------------------|--------------------|
E|--------------------|------------------|--------------------|

  G                          fade out
e|----3---3-----5-|(5)---5---5-3-----|
B|------3---3-----|--------------3---|
G|------------0---|----0---0---------|
D|----------------|------------------|
A|----------------|------------------|
E|----------------|------------------|

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enigma9 wrote on March 20 2002, 12:00 am

Pretty good work, I say. Congratulations, dude!

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temmo wrote on March 23 2002, 12:00 am

this song means alot to me. thanks

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neopaq wrote on June 9 2002, 12:00 am

totally awesome. a very touching song. prayers to the missing kids out there...

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