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Wildfire Chords

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Capo
4th fret
* performed by Michael Martin Murphey on the "Blue Sky, Night Thunder
  album" (not using his middle name at the time)
* lyrics typed by Joe Chew 
* music transcribed by Greg Vaughn 


[Intro Lick]

   E                Emaj7             F#m                     repeat
e|--12-12-------------11-11-------------9--9----------------|
B|----9--9--------------9--9-------------10-10--------------|
G|---------9-(let ring)------9-(let ring)------11-(let ring)|
D|----------------------------------------------------------|
A|----------------------------------------------------------|
E|----------------------------------------------------------|


[Verse 1]

          E   Emaj7            F#m
She comes down     from Yellow Mountain
E      Emaj7               F#m
  On a dark, flat land she rides
Amaj7                    G#m
     On a pony she named Wildfire
Amaj7                 G#m
     Whirlwind by her side
F#m                   G#m     (intro lick)
   On a cold Nebraska night.


[Chorus]

Oh, they say she died one winter
When there came an early frost
And the pony she named Wildfire
Busted down its stall,
In a blizzard she was lost.

                Amaj7  G#m
She ran calling Wild---fire,
        Amaj7  G#m
Calling Wild---fire,
        Amaj7 G#m        F#m   B    Amaj7  (intro lick)
Calling Wi----i----ld----fi----i----re.


[Verse 2]

E       Emaj7              F#m
 By the dark of the moon I planted
E          Emaj7         F#m
 But there came an early snow.
Amaj7                           G#m
     Been a hoot owl howlin' outside my window now,
Amaj7                    G#m
     For six nights in a row.
F#m                       G#m
   She's comin' for me, I know
       F#m                       G#m
And on Wildfire we're both gonna go.


[Outro]

We'll be ridin' Wildfire,
Ridin' Wildfire,
We'll be ridin' Wildfire
On Wildfire we're gonna ride,
Gonna leave sodbustin' behind.
Get these hard times right on out of our minds,
Ridin' Wildfire.


Here's how I play the chords. Your mileage may vary.

    E      Emaj7     F#m     Amaj7     G#m       B
  x|||||   x|||||   ||||||   x|||||   ||||||   x|||||
 4|||ooo  4|||ooo   oooooo   |||||o  4oooooo   |ooooo
  ||||o|   ||||||   ||||||  5||||o|   ||||||   ||||||
  ||o|||   ||o|||   |oo|||   ||oo||   |oo|||   ||ooo|
  |o||||   |o||||   ||||||   ||||||   ||||||   ||||||
   43121    43111   134111     3421   134111    13331   Fingers
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Jivora 61 wrote on July 10 2009, 09:02 pm

these are great chords for a great song. I don't know why ppl rated it poorly before i stumbled upon these chords. I guess ppl dont understand lol. however i don't play it the way the tabber does, which he/she list on the bottom of the song because the Amaj7 doesn't sound right to me and the level of difficulty is a little harder than the way the chords are listed right over the words and to be honest,I like the way the easier one sounds better... Thank you very much for great chords ! =]

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Rob Mac 138 wrote on August 9 2010, 02:36 pm

Nicely done, but the whole trick is to put your capo on the 4th fret. Then the chords fall right into place. You can finger it like this:

E = C, Emaj7 = Cmaj7, F#m = Dm, Amaj7 = Fmaj7, Abm = Em, and B = G!

It's almost too easy that way!. This sounds like what's happening on the record to me.

Also, the "extra" line in the final verse (She's coming for me . . .) sounds like it kicks off with Amaj7 to me.

And the lyric in the 2nd line of the 1st verse is "But there came a *killing* frost."

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dwdstring 13 wrote on March 9 2013, 10:03 am

I learned this song in the key of C with Capo 4th fret in 1975/1976 when I got my first real guitar a Guild Acoustic

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