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The Ghost Of Johnny Cash Chords

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The Ghost of Johnny Cash by Shawn Mullins

Acoustic version from KINK.FM video
Key: A
Standard Tuning (I think the studio version is in F# and uses an alternate
tuning. I liked this version since Shawn transposed it into standard 
tuning, which makes it easier to play live and it loses none of the 
character of the studio version)

Am                                G
I woke up in a cold sweat, from a dream at 3am, 
      D/F#                                       F
I was driftin' on a sea of shadows; the rain was whippin' in the wind 
Am          C                           G                D/F#
I saw a man dressed all in black, reach out and take the helm, 
       F                        E               Am
And he charted us a course, out into the spirit realm. 

Am                    G
I can taste the salt; feel the blisters on my hand 
D/F#                               F
As I'm pulling at the ores, rowing on to glory land, 
Am                 C              G                 D/F#
And sitting in the stern, singin' hymns and talkin' trash 
Am           G        D/F#       F        E         Am
Is my broken guardian angel, the ghost of Johnny Cash. 

Am                                     G
Well, Johnny's quoting from the bible, while I'm trying to steer this leaky craft, 
D/F#                                   F
And his familiar voice reminds me that I'm man who's cut in half, 
Am                 C                        G              D/F#
His tarnished halo slips and shines, as the raging billows crash, 
        Am     G       D/F#            F        E         Am
And I'm riding out the deluge with the ghost of Johnny Cash 

Chorus:
     G                 
Some sinners need their saints to be survivors of the fall, 
     Am                    G                   D/F#           E 
Cuz' when you're down here on your knees, most angels look to tall, 
   Am                       G           D/F#            F
So I'll just live this life out dust to dust and ash to ash, 
Am      G              D/F#           F        E        Am
With my guide from the other side the ghost of Johnny Cash, 

Interlude:
Am, G, D/F#, F, Am

Am                              G
You gotta' stand for something, cuz' when you're gone your gone 
D/F#                               F 
The devil lost a lot of souls when Johnny put that black suit on, 
      Am                    C             G               D/F# 
He's still flipping off the Pharacies and laughing at old scratch 
         Am         G        D/F#        F        E        Am
While he haunts the halls of heaven, the ghost of Johnny Cash 

Chorus:
     G                 
Some sinners need their saints to be survivors of the fall, 
     Am                    G                   D/F#           E 
Cuz' when you're down here on your knees, most angels look to tall, 
   Am                       G           D/F#     F
So I'll just live this life out dust to dust and ash to ash, 
Am      G              D/F#           F        E       Am
With my guide from the other side the ghost of Johnny Cash, 

Am                        G                D/F#            F
Yeah, I'll just live this life out dust to dust and ash to ash 
          Am      G       D/F#            F  E              Am
Until I'm raisin' hell in heaven with the ghost of Johnny Cash
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nick_co84 wrote on June 3 2014, 05:13 pm

For those who want to use the key as a starting point to solo or create a melody, this song is actually in A minor (F# minor, studio version). Instead of making the key A major, the E major chord creates a harmonic minor resolution from the V to the i chords.

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