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New Speedway Boogie Chords

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E                                          G           D       E
Please don't dominate the rap Jack, if you got nothin' new to say.
    E                                              G             D     E
And if you please, don't back up the tracks, this train's got to run today.

I spent a little time on the mountain, spent a little time on the hill.

E                                 G             D            A
Like some say, better run away; others say you better stand still.

    E                                      G       D             A
Now I don't know but I been told that it's hard to run with the weight of gold  
       E                                    G       D
On the other hand, I've heard it said, it's just as hard with the
                                                weight of lead

E                                G          D          E
Who can deny, who can deny, it's not just a change of style.
E                                      G          D     E
One step done and another begun, and I wonder how many miles.

I spent a little time on the mountain, spent a little time on the hill,
E                                       G         D       A
I saw things getting out of hand but I guess they always will.
      E                                       G           D         A
Well, I don't know, but I've been told in the heat of the sun a man died of cold. 
E                                         G       D            A
Keep on comin' or stand and wait with the sun so dark and the hour so late.

E                                     G         D          E
You can't overlook the lack, Jack, of any other highway to ride,
     E                                   G        D        E
It's got no signs or dividing lines, and very few rules to guide.
I spent a little time on the mountain, spent a little time on the hill,
E                                                 G        D       A
Things have went down we don't understand, but I think in time we will.

E                                          G           D
Now I don't know but I've been told if the horse don't pull you got to 
carry the load.
E                                      G          D      A
I don't know whose back`s that strong; maybe find out before too long.

E                                                                 G
One way or another, one way or another, one way or another, this darkness 
    D      E 
has got to give.

- Doug Phelps
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angfu21 31 Dec 27, 2012 08:01 PM

This song does not end on "G" as it clearly ends on "E" Just Sayin.... Thanks for the tab though!

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relayer1 32 Feb 12, 2017 04:59 AM, edited at 07:50 pm

One of my all-time favorites from the BEST Grateful Dead album! You forgot a couple lines, I hope you don't mind I added them. Otherwise, really excellent. Those are the same chords as the studio version.

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relayer1 32 Feb 12, 2017 03:05 PM

Robert Hunter's ode about the tragic events at the Altamont Speedway Free Festival, where Meridith Hunter was killed in an altercation with the Hell's Angels, and three other people died in accidents. The Dead, who were largely responsible for organizing the event, ended up not playing because of the escalating violence.

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