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In The Valley Chords

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  • Correct chords with capo on the 4th fret, plus tabbed guitar licks.
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IN THE VALLEY - Midnight Oil

from "Earth and Sun and Moon" (1993)

In a typical Midnight Oil fashion, the chords are strummed vigorously on an acoustic guitar with a capo
on the 4th fret.

The exact chords used throughout are difficult to pinpoint as the recording features several overlapping
guitars. Also, there are no available live versions of this song as it is, as the live renditions played
when the band was touring this album were drastically different, featuring only piano, organ and vocals
(and both the bridge and final chorus were omitted entirely). So, be aware that this is an approximation.

Both the chords and the tabbed riffs are played in relation to the capo on the 4th fret.

[Intro]

         G                 Em        G                 C   D   Em 
E|-----|----10--8-7------|---------|----10--8-7------|-------------|
B|-----|-8----------10-8-|-8-------|-8----------10-8-|-8---7---8---|
G|---7-|-----------------|-------7-|-----------------|-------------|
D|-----|-----------------|---------|-----------------|-------------|
A|-----|-----------------|---------|-----------------|-------------|
E|-----|-----------------|---------|-----------------|-------------|

                    G   B7  Em        A       D
E|---10--8-7------|------------|----------|-------|
B|-----------10-8-|-8---7---8--|-----8/10-|-------|
G|----------------|------------|----------|---7---|
D|----------------|------------|----------|-------|
A|----------------|------------|----------|-------|
E|----------------|------------|----------|-------|


[Verse]

     G                              C
My grandfather went down with the Montevideo
        G                   C
Rising sun sent him floating to his rest
         G                  Em             A             C
And his wife fled south to Sydney seeking out safe harbour
   G                         Em            A            C
A north shore matron she became with some paying guests

    G                         C
My father went down with the curse of big cities
          G                          C
Traffic tolls and deadlines took him to his peace
    G                 Em                A                 C
Now Bob Dyer glued us to our seats and lawns were always victa neat
      G                   Em         A               C
Whilst menzies fawned at royal feet, I'm sure you remember. Do you remember?


[Chorus]

G
In the valley I walk, in the valley I walk
Em                     F       Am7/E    Am/D   C
In the valley I walk, who will take me there?
G                D  Dsus4 D5  G                      C       C/B  Am7
In the valley I walk,            cold comfort I can hear you talk
G                Em    F       Am7/E    Am/D   C
In the valley I walk, who will take me there?


[Instrumental]

         G                 Em        G                 C   D   Em 
E|-----|----10--8-7------|---------|----10--8-7------|-------------|
B|-----|-8----------10-8-|-8-------|-8----------10-8-|-8---7---8---|
G|---7-|-----------------|-------7-|-----------------|-------------|
D|-----|-----------------|---------|-----------------|-------------|
A|-----|-----------------|---------|-----------------|-------------|
E|-----|-----------------|---------|-----------------|-------------|

                    G   B7  Em        A       D
E|---10--8-7------|------------|----------|-------|
B|-----------10-8-|-8---7---8--|-----8/10-|--8/10-|
G|----------------|------------|----------|-------|
D|----------------|------------|----------|-------|
A|----------------|------------|----------|-------|
E|----------------|------------|----------|-------|


[Verse]

         G                          C
When my mother went down it was a stiff arm from hades
          G                            C
Life surprises and tears you like the southerly
           G             Em              A                 C
She always welcomed the strange, always welcomed the stranger
G                 Em    A            C
I don't see too many around like this, oh no not many like this


[Chorus]

G
In the valley I walk, in the valley I walk
Em                     F       Am7/E    Am/D   C
In the valley I walk, who will take me there?
G                D  Dsus4 D5  G                      C       C/B  Am7
In the valley I walk,            cold comfort I can hear you talk
G                Em    F       Am7/E    Am/D   C
In the valley I walk, I took some comfort there
G                D  Dsus4 D5  G                      C       C/B  Am7
In the valley I walk,           ah, rough justice I hear you talk
G                Em       F       C      D
In the valley I walk, to meet my water shed
    F       C      D
To meet my water shed
   F       C      A
I meet my water shed


[Bridge]

A
I hope virtue brings its own reward

And I hope the pen is mightier than any sword
A                     F#m
I hope the kids will take it slow
B                   D                   F  Am7/E  Am/D  C
I hope my country claims its own, yes I do


[Final Chorus]

G
In the valley I walk, I cried, yes I cried, I was down then I crawled
Em                          F     Am7/E     Am/D   C
Mercy's arms all around me when I was down there
G                D  Dsus4 D5  G                C       C/B  Am7
In the valley I walk,         do you read me they can hear me
G                Em
In the valley...


[Outro]

G  D/F#  Em  Dsus2  C  C/B  Am  Am7/G   G

G7
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