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CROSS ROAD BLUES
As recorded by Robert Johnson
(From the 1990 Album ROBERT JOHNSON : THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS)
Words and Music by Robert Johnson

Gtr I (E A E A C# E) - 'Robert Johnson - Steel String Acoustic (Open A tuning)'

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  12/8
     Gtr I
    Q.   Q   a  E  E  E  E  E  E  E
E |---------10s12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|
C#|---------10s12-12-12-12-12-12-12-|
A |---------------------------------|
E |---------------------------------|
A |---------------------------------|
E |---------------------------------|
  
     a  Q   a  E  Q   a  E  Q   a E q  E    Q   E E E E E E E Q  E
E |--------10s12\----------------------5~|-(5)----------------------|
C#|-10s12--10s12\----10s12---------------|--------------------------|
A |-10s12------------------12\--2s3-0----|------0-0-0-0-0-0-0-0--0--|
E |---------------0----------------------|--------3-3---2---2-1--1--|
A |---------------0----------------------|--0-----------------------|
E |--------------------------------------|--------3-----3---1-------|
  
    Q  a E Q  E +Q   E e E  E    E  Q   Q.    Q   e  E E  a  E
E |------------------------12-|-12-----------------------10s12-|
C#|------------------------12-|-12-----12----------------10s12-|
A |-0-------------------------|----12--12----------------------|
E |-0------0------------------|--------------------------------|
A |----2s4-------------x------|--------------10\----12---------|
E |-0---------0-(0)----x------|-------------------1-12---------|
  
     a  Q   E  Q.    Q   E Q   a  E
E |-10s12--12------------0-0---------|
C#|-10s12--12------------0-0--10s12--|
A |-----------12-----------0---------|
E |-----------------12\--------------|
A |----------------------------------|
E |----------------------------------|

                  |--2:3--|
     a  Q   a  E  E  E  E E Q  a E
E |-10s12--10s12----------0----2s3-|
C#|-10s12--10s12----------0----2s3-|
A |--------------12-10\-3-0--------|
E |--------------------------------|
A |-------------------------0------|
E |--------------------------------|

           ~~~~~~
                      2:3                          |----2:3-----|
    a Q  a E +Q   E a E E Q   a  E    a  Q   a  E  E  E a E E E E
E |-2s3--2s3-(3)--2-----0----10s12-|-10s12--10s12-----------5---3--|
C#|-2s3--2s3-(3)--2-----0----------|-10s12--10s12---------------0--|
A |---------------2-2s5-0----------|--------------12-10-2s4-----0--|
E |-----------------------0--------|-------------------------------|
A |-----------------------0--------|--------------------------0----|
E |--------------------------------|-------------------------------|

    |---2:3---|
    E E E E E E E E E       E E E E E E E E a E E E E
E |-3-----5-5-------8b8.5-|-5-8-5-8---8---------5---8b8.5-|
C#|-0-0-0-0-0-------------|-5-8-5-8-------------5---------|
A |-0-0-0-0-0---0---------|-----5---------------5---------|
E |-0-0-0-0-0-------------|-------5---------2s5-----------|
A |-0-0-0-0-0-------------|-------------0-----------------|
E |-----------------------|-------------0-----------------|
  
    E E E Q      E E Q  E E  a  E
E |-5-----8b8.5--5----------11s12--|
C#|-5-8-5-8b8.5-------------11s12--|
A |-----5--------------------------|
E |--------------------------------|
A |---------------------x----------|
E |----------------x----x----------|

                                                       6/8
        |-2:3-|                          |----2:3----|
     a  e  a  e  Q  E e E E Q  E   E e E E S S E E E E   E Q  Q.
E |-11s12-11s12-11s=0-------5----|-5-3---0-------5-3-5-|-----------|
C#|-11s12-11s12-11s=0-----0-0--0-|-0-0-0-0-0-----0-0-0-|-----------|
A |-11s12-11s12-11s=0-0---0-0--0-|-0-0-0-3-0-----0-0-0-|-----------|
E |-------------------0---0-0--0-|-0---0---0---0-0-0-0-|-0---------|
A |-----------------------0-0----|-------------0-0-----|-0---------|
E |-------------------3----------|-----------3---------|-----------|

   12/8
    2:3
    E E     E E E Q  E     Q  a E
E |-0-3b3.5-0-0-0-0--3b3.5-0------|
C#|---------1-1-1-1--------1------|
A |-------------------------------|
E |-------------------------------|
A |---------------------------4s7-|
E |------------------0-----0------|

    2:3     |--------2:3---------|   |-------2:3-------|
    e E  a  E  a  E  a  E  E E S S   e E E E S S E E S S
E |-----11s12-11s12-11s12----------|-----3---3-5---0------|
C#|-----11s12-11s12-11s12-12-------|-----0-0-0-0-0-0-0----|
A |-----11s12-11s12-11s12-12-0-----|---0-0-0-0-0-0-3-0----|
E |-0------------------------0---0-|-0---0-0-0---0--------|
A |-0-0------------------------0-0-|-0-0-0-0-----0---0----|
E |--------------------------------|-------------------3--|

                     2:3       |-2:3-|
    Q  E Q  E E Q  a E E    a  S  S  E  Q   E   Q  E Q   E
E |----5-5--5-5----------|-10s12-12-12-12--12\-----0----!0-|
C#|----0-0--0-0----4s5-0-|-10s12-12-12-12--12\-----0----!0-|
A |----0-0--0-0----------|---------------------12--0----!0-|
E |-0--0-0--0-0----------|---------------------12----2-----|
A |-0----0---------------|---------------------------0-----|
E |----------------------|---------------------------------|

                 2:3|
    Q   a  E  a  E  E  Q.   Q  E
E |----11s12-11s12-12-12\--------|
C#|----11s12-11s12-12-12\--------|
A |----------------12-12\--------|
E |-------------------------2--0-|
A |-0-----------------------0--0-|
E |------------------------------|

             |--------2:3---------|
    Q  a  E  S  S  E  a  E  E E S S
E |---------12-12-12----------------|
C#|----9s12-12-12-12-11s12-12-----0-|
A |----9s12-12-12-12-11s12-12---0-0-|
E |-0--9s12-------12-11s12-12-0-0---|
A |-0-------------------------0-----|
E |-----------------------------2p0-|

                       15/8
                                        PM
    |-------2:3-------|   |-----2:3-----|
    E E E E S S E S S E   E E E E E E E E e Q
E |-----3-3---5-5-------|---0-----3-------------|
C#|---0-0-0---0-0-0-----|-0-0---0-0-0-----------|
A |-0-0-0-0---0-0-0---0-|-3-0---0-0-0-----------|
E |-0-0-0-0-----0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-0---------|
A |-0-------------------|---------0---0---0-----|
E |---------0-----------|-----------------------|

  12/8
                                             2:3
    Q  E     E E E E E E q  a E   Q  E E E E E E E Q
E |----8b8.5-5-----8-5----------|----8-5-----8-5------|
C#|----------5---5-8-5-8-5------|------5-8-5----------|
A |----------5-8-5-x---x-x------|----------5-x---5----|
E |------------5-5-5---5-5--2s5-|----------5-5---5----|
A |-0---------------------------|-0-------------------|
E |-----------------------------|----------------0----|

                                  |-2:3-|
    Q   a  E E  E  E  a  Q   E   E   S S
E |----11s12-0-11-12-----------------------|
C#|----11s12-0-11-12-11s12-----------------|
A |----11s12-0-11--0-11s12--12-(12)\-0-----|
E |------------------11s12--12-(12)\-0-0---|
A |-0----------------------------0---0-----|
E |------------------------------------2---|

                         9/8
                                             |-----2:3------|
    Q  E E E E E E E Q  E   Q  E Q  E Q.     E E E a E +E.  S
E |----5-3-2-0----------0-|-3--5-----------|-3-0---------------|
C#|----5-0-0-0-0-0------0-|-0--0-----------|-----1-------------|
A |------0-0-0-3-0------0-|-0--0-----------|-------------------|
E |-0----0-----0-0---0--0-|-0--0-0---------|-------2s5-(5)--0h=|
A |-0----------0-----0----|------0---------|-------------------|
E |----------------3------|----------------|-------------------|

               12/8
    |---2:3---|              |------2:3------|   2:3
    E E E E E E   Q  E E E E e     e     E S S   E E Q  E E Q  E E  a  E
E |-------------|----5-3-2-0-0-----0-----------|-----3--5----------------|
C#|-------------|----0-0-0-0-0-----0-----0-----|---0-0--0----------10s12-|
A |-------------|----0-0-0-0-3b3.5-3b3.5-0---0-|-0-0-0--0----------10s12-|
E |-3---3---2-0-|-0--0-0---0-0-----0-----0-0-0-|-0-0-0--0-0--------------|
A |---0---0-----|-0----------------------------|-0--------0----x---------|
E |-------------|------------------------------|-------------------------|
  
     E  E  E  E E  E  E E E Q  a  E
E |-12-12----12----------------9s12-|
C#|-12-12-12-12-------0--------9s12-|
A |-12-12-12-12---12\-0---0----9s12-|
E |-------12-12-------0-----0-------|
A |-------------------0-----0-------|
E |---------------------------------|

                                                     |---2:3---|
     E  E  E  Q   E  E E E E Q    Q   a  E  E  E  E  E  E  E S S
E |-12-11-12-----12\------------|----10s12-12-11-12-12------------|
C#|-12-11-12-12--12\------------|----10s12-12-11-12-12-12\---0-0--|
A |-12-11-12-12--12\-----0------|----10s12-12-11-12-12-12\-0-0----|
E |------------------2-----0----|-0-----------------12-12\-0-0----|
A |------------------0-----0----|-0------------------------0------|
E |-----------------------------|---------------------------------|

    |2:3|            |2:3|   |-2:3-|
    E S S E E E Q  E E S S   E E E E E Q  Q  e   E Q  E E E E E E E E E
E |---5---5-3-5-5----------|-----3-5-----------|------------8-5----------|
C#|---0---0-0-0-0--0-------|-----0-0-----------|------5-4-5-8-5-8-5------|
A |-----0-0-0-0-0--3-0-0---|---0-0-0---------0-|------5---5-5---5-5------|
E |-0---0-0---0-0--0-0-0-0-|---0-0-0-0---------|----------5-----5-----2/-|
A |-0-----------0----------|-0-------0---------|-0--------------------0--|
E |------------------------|-------------------|-------------------------|
  
    E E E E E E E     Q  E Q
E |-----8-5-----8b8.5---------|
C#|-------5-8-5---------------|
A |-----------5---------------|
E |---------------------------|
A |-0-----------0--------0----|
E |---------------------------|

  PM                                PM
                      |----2:3----|                 |--2:3--|
    E E a E E E e  a  E  E  S S S S   E S S E E E E E E E S S
E |---------5-5-5-10s12-12----------|-----5---5-3-1-0---0-----|
C#|---------6-6-6-10s12-12-12s0-0---|---------0-0-0-0-0-0-----|
A |-----4s7-7-7-7-----0--0-12s0-0-0-|-------0-0-0-0-0-3-0-0-0-|
E |-0-----0-0---0--------0--0---0-0-|-------0-0-----0-0---3-0-|
A |-0-----------------------------0-|-------------------------|
E |---------------------------------|-0-----------------------|

    |-2:3-|             |-2:3-|
    E E E E e Q  Q.     E     E Q.   E E E     E Q
E |---5-3-5-----------|-3b3.5-0---------------------|
C#|---0-0-0-----------|-----------------------------|
A |---0-0-0-----------|-----------------------------|
E |---0-0-0-0---------|-----------------------------|
A |-0-------0---------|--------------0---------0----|
E |-------------------|------------------3b3.5------|

  9/8
                         |2:3|
     a  E E  a  E  Q   E E S S
E |---------11s12---------------|
C#|-11s12---11s12------------0--|
A |---------------12\----0---0--|
E |----------------------0-0----|
A |------------------------0----|
E |-----------------------------|

  12/8
               |-2:3-|   2:3
    Q  E E E E E E E E   E E Q  E e Q   E E  a  E
E |----5-4-2-0---0-0---|---5-5--------------10s12-|
C#|----0-0-0-0---0-0---|---0-0--0-----------10s12-|
A |----0-0-0-0-0-3-0-0-|---0-0--0-----------------|
E |-0--0-0---0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0--0-----------------|
A |-0----------0---0---|-0--------0----12---------|
E |------------------3-|--------------------------|

                            |---2:3----|
     E  E  e  a  E E  a  E  E  S S E S S
E |-12-12-12-11s12---11s12----------------|
C#|-12-12-12-11s12---11s12-12\-0-0---0-0--|
A |------------------------12\-0-0---0-0--|
E |----------------------------0---0-0----|
A |----------------------------0-----0----|
E |--------------------------------2------|

                           |2:3|
    E E  a  E  Q   E  Q.   E S S
E |------------------------------|
C#|-----10s12-12-----12\-------0-|
A |-----10s12-12--12-12\-----0-0-|
E |-0---------12--12-12\---0-0---|
A |-0-----------------0----0-----|
E |------------------------------|

                       |---2:3----|                        |2:3|
    Q   a  E  E  E  E  e  e  E  S S   E E E E E E Q  E     E S S
E |----------12-12------------------|---5-5-5-3-2-0---------------|
C#|----10s12-12-12-12-12-12-12\---0-|---0-0-0-0---0--------0---0--|
A |----10s12-12-12-12-12-12-12\-0-0-|-0---0-0-----0--3b3.5-0---0--|
E |----10s12--------0--0--0-----0---|-0-----0--------------0-0----|
A |-0---------------------------0---|-0-----0---------------------|
E |---------------------------------|-----------------------------|
  
    Q  E E E E E E E E Q
E |----5-3---3---2-2------|
C#|----0-0---0---0---0----|
A |----0-0---0-------0----|
E |-0--0-----0-0---0-0----|
A |-0---------------------|
E |-----------------------|

                                                 |--2:3--|
    E E E     E E E E E E E  E a E   E E E E E E E E E S S
E |-----8b8.5-------8-5-4----------|-----8-------8-5-------|
C#|-----------5-8-5-8-5-4-5\-------|-------5-8-5---------0-|
A |-----------5-5-5-0---0-5\-------|-------5---5-------0---|
E |-----------5---5-------5\---2s5-|-----------5-5-----0---|
A |-0------------------------------|-0---------------0-----|
E |--------------------------------|-----------------------|

                               |2:3-|
    Q   a  E  E  E  E  E E  E  E  S S
E |----------12-11-12-----------------|
C#|-0--10s12-12-11-12-12---12-12\---0-|
A |-0--10s12-12-11-12-12---12-12\-0-0-|
E |-------------------12---12-12\-0---|
A |-------------------------------0---|
E |-----------------------------------|

                    |--2:3--|
    E E E Q  E Q  E E     S S   Q  e E E E e Q  Q.
E |-----5----3-0--0-----------|----5-3---5------------|
C#|---0-0-0-------0-----------|----0-0---0------------|
A |-0-0-0-0-------0-3b3.5-0---|----0-0---0------------|
E |-0-----0--0----0-------0-3-|-0----0---0-0----------|
A |-0-----0-------------------|-0----------0----------|
E |---------------------------|-----------------------|

                                     
   9/8      ~~~~~~~                    12/8
                           |---2:3---|                   2:3
    Q  E E a Q  +Q   E   a E E E E E E   Q  E E E E Q  E E E
E |-3--0---------------|---------------|----5-3-2-0----0-----|
C#|--------------------|---------------|----0-0-0-0----0-----|
A |--------------------|---------------|----0-0-0-0-0--3-0---|
E |--------3s5--(5)----|-------------0-|------0-----0----0---|
A |--------------------|-----0---0---0-|-0----------0----0---|
E |--------------------|-4s5---3---2---|-------------------0-|

    |-2:3-|
    E E E E e Q   E E  a  E    Q   E  a  Q   E  Q  E +Q.
E |-------5-----------------|-12---------------------------*|
C#|---0-0-0-----------10s12-|-----12-10s12-----------------*|
A |---0-0-0-----------------|---------------12-------------*|
E |---0-0-0-0---------------|------------------12p=0-(0)---*|
A |-0-------0----12---------|--0---------------------------*|
E |-------------------------|------------------------------*|


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| x    Dead note
| (n)  Ghost note
| p    Pull-off
| b    Bend
| /    Slide up
| \    Slide down
| s    Slide

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cobaindrix 80 Sep 15, 2008 05:24 AM

this is really good. i do think perhaps the old recording is in a different key. try capo on first fret. im playing in open g with a capo on three so i that works too if you don't want to snap a string with open a tuning

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melvinator24 10 Jun 18, 2009 07:43 PM

Yea when i was tunning up to play this I snaped a string and it whipped me in the face. so i agree with cobaindrix that the tunning is not the best

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RylanKnaggs 10 Jul 19, 2011 06:08 PM

Very good, but i also agree with cobaindrix on the tuning part.

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