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Three Wooden Crosses Tab

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Artist: Randy Travis
Song: Three Wooden Crosses 
Album: Rise and Shine.
Tabbed By: Jon Green

This is my first tab I have made. I know it doesn't sound like the song 
because the picking pattern is different than the original song but I think
it sound good when you play it along with the song or by itself. 
The bridge might be wrong with the single strum chords but 
I think the chords are close to being correct. 
Let me know what you think of the tab. 
Also send corrections to the comments section of the tab. Thanks.


Capo 1st fret, Standard Tuning, Tab Correlates with Capo.


Chord Shapes
   C  G/B Am  A7Sus4/G  F  G  Dm
e|----------------------1--x---1---|
B|-1---1---1-----1------1--3---3---|
G|-2---0---2-----0------2--0---2---|
D|-0---0---2-----2------3--0---0---|
A|-3---2---0-----x------3--2-------|
E|---------------3------1--3-------|

Intro:
     C              G/B               Am            A7sus4/G
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1--|
G|----0-------0-------0-------0-------2-------2-------0-------0------|
D|------2-------2-------0-------0-------2-------2-------2-------2----|
A|--3-------3-------2-------2-------0-------0------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------3-------3--------|

Verse 1: 
A farmer and a teacher, a hooker and a preacher,
    C                       G/B     Am                      A7sus4/G
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1--|
G|----0-------0-------0-------0-------2-------2-------2-------0------|
D|------2-------2-------2-------0-------2-------2-------2-------2----|
A|--3-------3-------3-------2-------0-------0-------0----------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------3--------|

Riding on a midnight bus, bound for Mexico.
    F                               C               G
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------3--------3-|
G|----2-------2-------2-------2-------0-------0-------0--------0-----|
D|------3-------3-------3-------3-------2-------2-------0--------0---|
A|----------------------------------3-------3------------------------|
E|--1-------1-------1-------1-----------------------3--------3-------|

One was headed for vacation, one for higher education.
    C                       G/B     Am                      A7sus4/G
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1--|
G|----0-------0-------0-------0-------2-------2-------2-------0------|
D|------2-------2-------2-------0-------2-------2-------2-------2----|
A|--3-------3-------3-------2-------0-------0-------0----------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------3--------|

And two of them were searching for lost souls.
    F               G               C               
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------0-------0-------1-------1-------1--------1-|
G|----2-------2-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-----|
D|------3-------3-------0-------0-------2-------2-------2--------2---|
A|----------------------------------3-------3-------3-------3--------|
E|--1-------1-------3-------3----------------------------------------|

That driver never ever saw the stop sign,
    Dm                              G
e|--------1-------1-------1-------1----------------------------------|
B|----3-------3-------3-------3------------3--------3-------3-------3|
G|------2-------2-------2-------2-----0---------0-------0-------0----|
D|--0-------0-------0-------0------------0--------0-------0-------0--|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------3---------3-------3-------3------|

And eighteen wheelers can’t stop on a dime.
    Dm                              G
e|--------1-------1-------1-------1--------------------x-------------|
B|----3-------3-------3-------3------------3--------3--3~------------|
G|------2-------2-------2-------2-----0---------0------0~------------|
D|--0-------0-------0-------0------------0--------0----0~------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------2~------------|
E|----------------------------------3---------3--------3~------------|

Chorus:
There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway
     C              G/B               Am            A7sus4/G
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1--|
G|----0-------0-------0-------0-------2-------2-------0-------0------|
D|------2-------2-------0-------0-------2-------2-------2-------2----|
A|--3-------3-------2-------2-------0-------0------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------3-------3--------|

Why there’s not four of them heaven only knows.
    F                               C               G
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------3--------3-|
G|----2-------2-------2-------2-------0-------0-------0--------0-----|
D|------3-------3-------3-------3-------2-------2-------0--------0---|
A|----------------------------------3-------3------------------------|
E|--1-------1-------1-------1-----------------------3--------3-------|

I guess it’s, not what you take when you leave this world behind you,
     C              G/B               Am            A7sus4/G
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1--|
G|----0-------0-------0-------0-------2-------2-------0-------0------|
D|------2-------2-------0-------0-------2-------2-------2-------2----|
A|--3-------3-------2-------2-------0-------0------------------------|
E|--------------------------------------------------3-------3--------|

It’s what you leave behind you when you go.
    F               G               C               
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------0-------0-------1-------1-------1--------1-|
G|----2-------2-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-----|
D|------3-------3-------0-------0-------2-------2-------2--------2---|
A|----------------------------------3-------3-------3-------3--------|
E|--1-------1-------3-------3----------------------------------------|

Verse 2: 
That farmer left a harvest, a home and eighty acres,
    C                       G/B     Am                      A7sus4/G
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1--|
G|----0-------0-------0-------0-------2-------2-------2-------0------|
D|------2-------2-------2-------0-------2-------2-------2-------2----|
A|--3-------3-------3-------2-------0-------0-------0----------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------3--------|

The faith and love for growing things in his young son’s heart.
    F                               C               G
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------3--------3-|
G|----2-------2-------2-------2-------0-------0-------0--------0-----|
D|------3-------3-------3-------3-------2-------2-------0--------0---|
A|----------------------------------3-------3------------------------|
E|--1-------1-------1-------1-----------------------3--------3-------|

And that teacher left her wisdom in the minds of lots of children,
    C                       G/B     Am                      A7sus4/G
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1-------1--|
G|----0-------0-------0-------0-------2-------2-------2-------0------|
D|------2-------2-------2-------0-------2-------2-------2-------2----|
A|--3-------3-------3-------2-------0-------0-------0----------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------3--------|

Did her best to give them all a better start. 
    F               G               C               
e|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
B|--------1-------1-------0-------0-------1-------1-------1--------1-|
G|----2-------2-------0-------0-------0-------0-------0--------0-----|
D|------3-------3-------0-------0-------2-------2-------2--------2---|
A|----------------------------------3-------3-------3-------3--------|
E|--1-------1-------3-------3----------------------------------------|

And that preacher said can’t you see the promised land?
    Dm                              G
e|--------1-------1-------1-------1----------------------------------|
B|----3-------3-------3-------3------------3--------3-------3-------3|
G|------2-------2-------2-------2-----0---------0-------0-------0----|
D|--0-------0-------0-------0------------0--------0-------0-------0--|
A|-------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------3---------3-------3-------3------|

As he laid his bloodstained bible in that hooker’s hand
    Dm                              G
e|--------1-------1-------1-------1--------------------x-------------|
B|----3-------3-------3-------3------------3--------3--3~------------|
G|------2-------2-------2-------2-----0---------0------0~------------|
D|--0-------0-------0-------0------------0--------0----0~------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------2~------------|
E|----------------------------------3---------3--------3~------------|

Chorus: Same as above

Bridge: Strum Chords Once (except last two chords, strum with song pattern.)
           C              G/B                F             C
That’s the story that our preacher told last Sunday. As he held that 
             G            F                                   Am
bloodstained bible up for all of us to see. He said bless the farmer, and the 
 G                F                      Am                    G
teacher, and the preacher. Who gave this bible to my momma who read it to me.

Chorus: Same as above

Final Line: Strum Chords Once.
          C            G/B            Am         G      C
There are three wooden crosses on the right side of the highway.
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shadowthorn777 wrote on September 29 2008, 06:51 pm

Perfect!

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salsapepper55 wrote on February 22 2009, 01:04 pm

Jon,

I just started playing guitar about two months ago. I'm confused by the G/B & A7sus4/G chords. I can't seem to find those chords on different sites, can you direct me to where I can find them so I can learn them correctly? I'm not questioning anything you put down here, just looking for help so I can be a better guitarist. Thank you. I'm going to use your song as a goal to play by the end of Summer.

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Joncars05 wrote on June 19 2010, 04:00 pm

@salsapepper They are just chord names that I made up to have a name on the tab. I don't know the real names of the chord shapes, if they even have a real name.

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