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Ventura Highway Chords

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Ventura Highway - America.

To really do this song right, you need at least two guitars, and the one doing the riff
should be a twelve string. I've charted it for 2 guitars Rhythm Guitar, (Rhy) and lead
guitar (Lead). All riffs are done by the lead.

(Riff 1)

e|-----5---ho7---po5-----------------------------------------------------------|
B|-----------------------7----5----ho7----po5--------------------5-------------|
G|---------------------------------------------------6---6---sl7---------7-----|
D|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|-----------------------------------------------------------------------------|

(Riff 2)

e|-----5---ho7---po5---------------------------------------------------------|
B|---------------------7----5----ho7----po5--------------------5-------------|
G|------------------------------------------------6---6---sl7---------5------|
D|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
A|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|
E|---------------------------------------------------------------------------|


[Intro]

(lead) Riff 1| Riff 2
(rhy)   G | D


[Verse 1]
                                                      (Riff 2)
G                                                  Dm
Chewin' on a piece of grass, walkin' down the road.
(lead)                                                (Riff 1)
(Rhy)  G                                Dm
           Tell me, how long you gonna stay here Joe?
(lead)                                                  (Riff 2)
(rhy)    G                            Dm
Some people say this town don't look good in snow.

(lead)    Tacet until end of chorus
(rhy)     G             Dm
You don't care, I know.


[Chorus]

G                      Dm
Ventura highway in the sunshine
  G                                                       Dm
Where the days are longer, the nights are stronger than moonshine
G                Dm        F#m
You gotta go, I know
G                               Dm
'Cause the free wind is blowin' through your hair
         G                 Dm
And the days surround your daylight there
G                Dm
Seasons crying no despair
G                  Dm
Alligator lizards in the air
G
In the air

(Do the intro, except switch riffs one and two with one another.)


[Verse 2]

(Lead)                                                  (Riff 2)
        (Rhy)    G                                          Dm
                Wishin' on a fallin' star, waitin' for the early train


(Lead)                                              (Riff 1)
        (Rhy)    G                           Dm
                Sorry son, But I been hit by Purple rain

(Lead)                                              (Riff 2)
        (Rhy)     G                            Dm
                Aw, c'mon Joe, You can always change your name

(Lead)                  Tacet
        (Rhy)    G                                Dm
                Thanks a lot son, just the same.


[Chorus]

G                      Dm
Ventura highway in the sunshine
  G                                                       Dm
Where the days are longer, the nights are stronger than moonshine
G                Dm        F#m
You gotta go, I know
G                               Dm
'Cause the free wind is blowin' through your hair
         G                 Dm
And the days surround your daylight there
G                Dm
Seasons crying no despair
G                  Dm
Alligator lizards in the air
G
In the air


To get the timing right with the words, you'll have to listen to the song.
Also, if you have 3 guitar players, if the 3rd plays the same riffs that the lead plays,
except 3 frets higher, it gives a really nice sound. You don't need a 12-string, but it
helps.

************************************

| ho - hammer on
| po - pull off
| sl - slide

************************************
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guitar_em546 30 wrote on November 17 2005, 04:59 pm

I think D sounds better then Dm

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Belgarion89 84 wrote on November 22 2006, 09:24 pm

It's Dmaj7, actaully. xx0333

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sandman_81 15 wrote on March 9 2008, 04:25 am

the riffs are slightly wrong.

the end notes for each riff are wrong as follows:

(Riff 1)

HiE---5---ho7---po5------------------------------------------------|
B--------------------7---5---ho7---po5-----------------7-----------|
G----------------------------------------6---6---ho7-------7-------|
D------------------------------------------------------------------|
A------------------------------------------------------------------|
E------------------------------------------------------------------|



(Riff 2)

HiE---5---ho7---po5------------------------------------------------|
B--------------------7---5---ho7---po5-----------------7-----------|
G----------------------------------------6---6---ho7-------6-------|
D------------------------------------------------------------------|
A------------------------------------------------------------------|
E------------------------------------------------------------------|



hope this helps!! thx for posting

Rick, of the Stone Cellar Band: www.myspace.com/thestonecellarband

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