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Galveston chords

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  • I have included a 'missing' F#m in the first line ... Show more
  • This version is in C for singers with a lower octa... Show more
  • My version includes lead riff tabbs.
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This version is in C for singers with a lower octave range than Glen Campbell. I have also included some chords that seem to be missing or ignored in other versions. Was this info helpful? Yes No
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              Galveston    -    Glen Campbell
                  Written by Jimmy Webb

Intro:  C   F G

Verse 1

        C             F   G   C
        Galveston, oh Gal-ves-ton
        Cmaj7             C7        F       Dm7
        I still hear your sea winds blowin’
            G       Cmaj7        C7   F       Dm7
        And I still see her dark eyes glowin’
                G      Am        F            C     F G
        She was twenty one, when I left Galveston.

Verse 2

        C             F   G   C
        Galveston, oh Gal-ves-ton
        Cmaj7             C7        F       Dm7
        I still hear your sea waves crashin’
            G       Cmaj7        C7   F        Dm7
        And while I watch the cannons flashing
          G        Am       F              C     F G
        I clean my gun, and dream of Galveston.

Bridge

          Eb                     F      Eb    F
        I still see her standing by the water
        Gm                             F Eb 
        Standing there, looking out to sea
                   Gm      F7        Bbmaj7
        And is she waiting there for me?
               Dm                     Cm    F G
        On the beach where we used to run

Verse 3

        C             F   G   C
        Galveston, oh Gal-ves-ton
        Cmaj7      C7       F     Dm7
        I  am  so afraid of dyin’
          G      Cmaj7   C7          F      Dm7
        Before I dry the tears she’s cryin’
          G      Am         G         F      Em     Dm7
        Before I watch your sea birds flying in the sun
                 A         F    [C Csus4] X 4 then C
        At Galveston,   at Galveston.

Coda:   Instrumental (same as verse 2) 
        (Optional for solo vocalist).

Chords:

  Cmaj7           Dm7            Eb (barre chord)  F (barre chord)
e|-----------|  e|---1-------|  e|---6-------|    e|---8-------|
B|-----------|  B|---1-------|  B|---6-8-----|    B|---8-10----|
G|-----------|  G|---2-------|  G|---6-8-----|    G|---8-10----|
D|---2-------|  D|-----------|  D|---6-8-----|    D|---8-10----|  
A|---3-------|  A|-----------|  A|---6-------|    A|---8-------|
E|-----------|  E|-----------|  E|---6-------|    E|---8-------|

  Bbmaj7           C and Csus4   Note: The alternating C and Csus4
e|---1-------|   e|-----------|  ending to verse 3 is my own arrangement
B|---1-3-----|   B|---1--1----|  as an alternative to the instrumental
G|---1-2-----|   G|-----------|  coda.
D|---1-3-----|   D|---2--3----|
A|---1-------|   A|---3--3----|
E|---1-------|   E|---3-------|

The original version as sung by Glen Campbell is in the key of F 
and way too high for my voice.  I thought that other singers might
appreciate a version in a more comfortable key, hence my transposing
it to the Key of C.  It is a very famous song as it is considered
to be the first in a new genre from the 1960s: The “war protest” 
song. Written by Jimmy Webb in the late 60’s, the subject of the 
song in his mind was the Spanish-American war, not the Vietnam War
as many assumed it was. He also wrote “By The Time I get to Phoenix”,
“Wichita Lineman”, and “Honey Come Back” which have also been big 
hits for Glen Campbell.  

TAB by Yarrowyck.


            
            
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