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Into The Great Wide Open Chords


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The lyrics are sung over a stretched out E chord played on the 7th fret 
on the A string. Stretch the E chord by one fret until your 
index finger reaches the 4th fret on the A string, then go back 
to the E chord on the 7th fret. The numbers after the E 
represent the fret number that's stretched from the original E position. 
If you're familiar with the song, then the strumming patterns will come to you naturally!

E       E-1                E-2              E-3
Eddie  waited  'til  he finished  high-school

E             E-1         E-2           E-3
He  went  to  Hollywood  got  a  tattoo

Am           C                   Am             C
He  met  a  girl  out  there  with  a  tattoo  too

      G            F     C  C      G-C-G  G-C-G 
The  future  was  wide  open

E                  E-1                E-2               E-3
They  both  moved  to  a place  they  both  could  afford

E               E-1                E-2              E-3
He  found  a  night-club;  He  could  work  at  the  door

Am           C                Am                  C
She  had  a  guitar  and  she  taught  him  some  chords

     G     F         C         G-C-G   G-C-D
The sky  was  the  limit

G           C            D
Into  the  great  wide  open

G             E (open)   D A
Under  them  skies  of  blue 

G             C             D
Out  in  the  great  wide  open

  G         F         E A     G-C-G  G-C-G
A  rebel  without  a  clue

Repeat the same chord progressions for the following lyrics . . .

The  papers  said  Ed  always  played  from  heart

He  got  an  agent  and  a roadie  named  Bart

Am              C               Am               C
They  made  a  record  and  it  went  in  the  charts

    G      F        C     G-C-G   G-C-G
The  sky  was  the  limit

His  leather  jacket  had  chains  that  would  jingle

They  both  met  movie  stars  partied  and  mingled

 Am        C                 Am                 C               
Their  A & R  man  said  "I  don't  hear  a  single" 

       G           F     C      G-C-G   G-C-D
The  future  was  wide  open

G           C            D
Into  the  great  wide  open

G             E (open)   D A
Under  them  skies  of  blue 

G             C             D
Out  in  the  great  wide  open

  G         F         E A     G-C-G  G-C-G
A  rebel  without  a  clue
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Guild King wrote on December 13 2010, 11:28 pm

Just clarifying, I believe all the A's and E's are minor. And the first progression is the 6th, 3rd, 2nd, and 1st strings open, the 5th fret on the 4th string, and then a the 7th fret of the 5th string, then 6th, 5th, and 4th.

Em, Em/Eb, Em/D, Em/Db

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SwanSong70 wrote on February 25 2011, 01:24 pm

The way that Tom Petty plays his song is with the chords that you're talking about, BUT if you try playing the song the way that I described it, it sounds similar and you don't have to play open chords. All you have to do play an E power-type chord on the seventh fret of the A string with your index finger on the 7th fret of A and your pinkie on the 9th fret of the D string . . . then stretch the index finger up one fret for each different sound. This is "merely" an alternate way to play the song.

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niels.soerensen24 wrote on October 22 2015, 06:08 am

The chords names are Eminor, EmMaj7, Em7 and Em6. It is also are line of chromatic notes going down from E minor. Great to play within an Eminor chord with ringing three topstringm making an Eminor chord in itself,,,thx to Tom and Jeff !

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