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Born In The Usa Chords

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Start out with clean guitar then put a bit of distortion on when the song kicks in fully. 
Standard tuning for this, as ever, the recording is the only way to get the timing. 
For the faster parts of the song, strumming the chords instead of simply playing them and 
letting them ring could sound better.

(For the keyboard medley play this:)
E|--------------------------------|4-------------------------------|
B|--------7---------------5---7---|----5-------7-------------------|
G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
E|7-------------------------------|--------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------|4-------------------------------|
B|--------7---------------5---7---|----7-------4-------------------|
G|--------------------------------|------------------------6---4---|
D|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
E|7-------------------------------|--------------------------------|


[Rhythm]
E|--------------------------------|4-------------------------------|
B|--------7---------------5---7---|----5-------7-------------------|
G|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
D|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
E|7-------------------------------|--------------------------------|

E|--------------------------------|4-------------------------------|
B|--------7---------------5---7---|----7-------4-------------------|
G|--------------------------------|------------------------6---4---|
D|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
A|--------------------------------|--------------------------------|
E|7-------------------------------|--------------------------------|

[Verse]
B
Born down in a dead man's town
N.C.
The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
E
End up like a dog that's been beat too much
N.C.
Till you spend half your life just covering up

[Chorus]
B
Born in the U.S.A., I was born in the U.S.A.
      E                                     B
I was born in the U.S.A., born in the U.S.A. now

[Verse]
B
Got in a little hometown jam
N.C.
So they put a rifle in my hand
E
Sent me off to a foreign land
N.C.
To go and kill the yellow man

[Chorus]
B
Born in the U.S.A., I was born in the U.S.A.
      E                                     B
I was born in the U.S.A., born in the U.S.A. now

[Verse]
B
Come back home to the refinery
N.C.
Hiring man said "Son if it was up to me"
E
Went down to see my V.A. man
                                    | B | B | B | B | E | E | E | E |
He said "Son, don't you understand"
B
I had a brother at Khe Sahn
N.C.
Fighting off the Viet Cong
E
They're still there, he's all gone
B
He had a woman he loved in Saigon
                                       | E | E | E | E |
I got a picture of him in her arms now
B
Down in the shadow of the penitentiary
N.C.
Out by the gas fires of the refinery
    E
I'm ten years burning down the road
N.C.
Nowhere to run ain't got nowhere to go

[Chorus]
B
Born in the U.S.A., I was born in the U.S.A.
E                                                      B
Born in the U.S.A., I'm a long gone Daddy in the U.S.A. now
N.C.
Born in the U.S.A., Born in the U.S.A.
E
Born in the U.S.A., I'm a cool rocking Daddy in the U.S.A. now

[Outro]
| B | B | B | B | E | E | E | E |

    B  E
e|--2--0--|
B|--4--0--|
G|--4--1--|
D|--4--2--|
A|--2--2--|
E|-----0--|
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T-Wildone-T 346 May 18, 2007 08:06 AM

chords are right!

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jeff135 10 Oct 08, 2008 11:59 AM

whats the struming patter for it?

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Bustopher 324 Dec 22, 2012 06:21 PM

This chord chart above is *NOT* the song at all.

It's a very simple song that simply goes like this:

(I was ) [B] Born in the [E] U. S. [B] A.

Each line is B with a slight visit to E on the "US" bits of the chorus line (and then repeated ad nauseum for the rest of the song with different lyrics underneath).

If you play the chords in the above chart as written, you're probably playing a good song, but it's not Springsteen's intent!!

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