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This song begins in the Key of A Major and modulates to the Key of B Major. Notated here for Capo at 2nd Fret using Open Position “Key of G” and “Key of A” Chord Shapes.

Always take some time to thoughtfully consider the finger weight and movement for the chord changes. Reference: Introduction to Finger Weight & Movement Awareness.

Many strumming pattern possibilities. Try alternating the bass.

Intro – 0:09 to 0:13


Verse 1 (Rehearsal Letter “A”) – 0:13 to 1:10

Lyric: “Busted flat in…”

The ascending bass notes in Bar 16 of the 2nd Ending are G, A, A#, B

The chord changes diagrams are:


Chorus 1 (Rehearsal Letter “B”) – 1:10 to 1:46

Lyric: “Freedom’s just…”


Interlude 1 (Rehearsal Letter “C”) – 1:46 to 1:50

Key modulates up a major 2nd.


Verse 2 (Rehearsal Letter “D”) – 1:50 to 2:47

Lyric: “coal mines of…”

The ascending bass notes in Bar 16 of the 2nd Ending are now A, B, C, C#

The chord changes diagrams are:


Chorus 2 (Rehearsal Letter “E”) – 2:47 to 3:23

Lyric: “Freedom’s just…”


Chorus 3 – 3:23 to 3:53 = Repeat “E” (Chorus 2)

Lyric: “La la la…”


Outro – 3:53 to 4:20 = Repeat “E” (Chorus 2). Start Fade at Bar 9.