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The Highwayman chords

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[Intro 1]
Dm F C Dm
Dm F C G

[Intro 2]
Dm A# C Dm
Dm A# C G


[Verse]
Dm                                  A#        C     Dm
The wind was a torrent of darkness among the gusty trees
Dm                                  A#        C     Dm
The moon was a ghostly galleon tossed upon the cloudy seas
G              C         F   C     Dm       A#     C
The road was a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor
        G      C         F  C
And the highwayman came riding,
Dm      A# C
Riding, riding,
Dm         C         F          Dm    A#      G
The highwayman came riding, up to the old inn-door.



Dm                                           A#       C          Dm
He'd a French cocked hat on his forehead, a bunch of lace at his chin,
Dm                            A#             C     Dm
A coat of claret velvet, and breeches of brown doe-skin;
G                  C      F   C     Dm           A#        C
They fitted with never a wrinkle; his boots were up to the thigh!
        G           C        F  C
And he rode with a jewelled twinkle,
Dm          A#      C
His pistol butts a-twinkle,
Dm         C         F          Dm    A#      G
His rapier hilt a-twinkle, under the jewelled sky.


Dm                                  A#             C     Dm
Over the cobbles he clattered and clashed in the dark innyard,
          Dm                                      A#      C         Dm
And he tapped with his whip on the shutters, but all was locked and barred;
   G           C           F   C       Dm             A#     C
He whistled a tune to the window, and who should be waiting there
         G          C          F  C
But the landlord's black-eyed daughter,
Dm          A#        C
Bess, the landlord's daughter,
Dm         C         F          Dm      A#        G
Plaiting a dark red love-knot into her long black hair.


  Dm                                  A#     C       Dm
"One kiss, my bonny sweetheart, I'm after a prize tonight,
    Dm                                       A#       C     Dm
But I shall be back with the yellow gold before the morning light;
G            C         F   C       Dm       A#         C
Yet if they press me sharply, and harry me through the day,
      G        C         F  C
Then look for me by the moonlight,
Dm         A#        C
Watch for me by the moonlight,
Dm         C         F          Dm      A#        G
I'll come to thee by the moonlight, though hell should bar the way.


Dm                                  A#             C       Dm
He rose upright in the stirrups; he scarce could reach her hand
Dm                                             A#          C     Dm
But she loosened her hair i' the casement! His face burnt like a brand
G              C         F   C       Dm       A#         C
As the black cascade of perfume came tumbling over his breast;
        G          C            F  C
And he kissed its waves in the moonlight,
     Dm          A#            C
(Oh, sweet black waves in the moonlight!)
         Dm            C           F             Dm        A#         G
Then he tugged at his rein in the moonlight, and galloped away to the west.


  Dm                                A#      C     Dm
He did not come at the dawning; he did not come at noon,
Dm                             A#        C          Dm
And out of the tawny sunset, before the rise o' the moon,
G                    C      F   C    Dm         A#     C
When the road was a gypsy's ribbon, looping the purple moor,
    G      C           F  C    
A red-coat troop came marching,
Dm   A#    C
Marching, marching
         Dm   C        F            Dm     A#      G
King George's men came marching, up to the old inn-door.


Dm                                       A#        C     Dm
They said no word to the landlord, they drank his ale instead,
Dm                                                   A#        C     Dm
But they gagged his daughter and bound her to the foot of her narrow bed;
G              C         F   C           Dm     A#       C
Two of them knelt at the casement, with muskets at their side!
            G      C      F  C
There was death at every window
     Dm      A#       C
And hell at one dark window;
    Dm          C                 F            
For Bess could see, through the casement,
      Dm       A#      G
The road that he would ride.


          Dm                            A#       C        Dm
They had tied her up to attention, with many a sniggering jest;
          Dm                                  A#        C       Dm
They had bound a musket beside her, with the barrel beneath her breast!
      G         C                F     C       Dm        A#       C
"now keep good watch!" And they kissed her.She heard the dead man say
  G       C         F  C
"Look for me by the moonlight
  Dm      A#         C
Watch for me by the moonlight
     Dm      C            F     
I'll come to thee by the moonlight, 
       Dm           A#      G
though hell should bar the way!"


Dm                                        A#        C     Dm
She twisted her hands behind her, but all the knots held good!
Dm                                          A#        C     Dm
She writhed her hands till her fingers were wet with sweat or blood!
      G              C         F   C                 Dm             A#     C
They stretched and strained in the darkness and the hours crawled by like years!
        G          C         F  C
Till, now, on the stroke of midnight,
  Dm          A#         C
Cold, on the stroke of midnight,
     Dm          C     F   
The tip of one finger touched it!
      Dm        A#       G
The trigger at least was hers!


[Bridge]        
Dm A# C
G


Dm                                  A#              C     Dm
Tlot-tlot! Had they heard it? The horse-hoofs were ringing clear
Dm                                     A#            C       Dm
Tlot-tlot, in the distance! Were they deaf that they did not hear?
G         C         F   C     Dm        A#         C
Down the ribbon of moonlight, over the brow of the hill,
      G    C         F  C
The highwayman came riding,
Dm  A#   C
Riding, riding!
     Dm        C              F   
The red-coats looked to their priming!
    Dm        A#          G
She stood up straight and still!


Dm                           A#           C     Dm
Tlot in the frosty silence! Tlot, in the echoing night!
Dm                              A#      C     Dm
Nearer he came and nearer! Her face was like a light!
G              C         F   C       Dm        A#       C
Her eyes grew wide for a moment! She drew one last deep breath,
          G      C           F  C
Then her finger moved in the moonlight,
    Dm      A#           C
Her musket shattered the moonlight,
    Dm        C             F   
Shattered her breast in the moonlight 
      Dm        A#      G
and warned him with her death.


Dm                                     A#      C       Dm
He turned; he spurred to the west; he did not know she stood
Dm                                              A#      C       Dm
Bowed, with her head o'er the musket, drenched with her own red blood!
G            C        F    C       Dm        A#      C
Not till the dawn he heard it; his face grew grey to hear
    G          C          F  C
How Bess, the landlord's daughter,
      Dm        A#         C
The landlord's black-eyed daughter,
     Dm              C           F   
Had watched for her love in the moonlight, 
     Dm          A#      G
and died in the darkness there.


Dm                               A#          C           Dm
Back, he spurred like a madman, shrieking a curse to the sky
Dm                                             A#     C         Dm
With the white road smoking behind him and his rapier brandished high!
          G        C            F      C        Dm          A#     C
Blood-red were the spurs i' the gold noon; wine-red was his velvet coat,
            G      C            F  C
When they shot him down on the highway,
 Dm         A#         C
Down like a dog on the highway,
        Dm        C            F   
And he lay in his blood on the highway, 
          Dm       A#         G
with the bunch of lace at his throat.



[Bridge2]
Dm F C Dm
Dm F C G



Dm                               A#           C              Dm
Still of a winter's night, they say, when the wind's in the trees,
Dm                                          A#     C       Dm
When the moon is a ghostly galleon, tossed upon the cloudy seas,
G                   C         F   C    Dm       A#     C
When the road is a ribbon of moonlight over the purple moor,
   G     C          F  C
A highwayman comes riding,
Dm A#    C
Riding, riding,
   Dm    C          F   
A highwayman comes riding, 
    Dm    A#      G
up to the old inn-door.

[End]
Dm A# C Dm
Dm F C Dm
Dm F C G

            
            
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snarkisms 10 Sep 04, 2017 08:21 PM

best version of this song, but it should be all D minor chords, not major. awesome job otherwise!

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DGoldDragon28 334 Sep 11, 2017 08:00 PM

You should call the chord Bb rather than A#. While enharmonically equivalent, it is an important theoretical difference.

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