Crossroads chords



You can learn how to play Crossroads by Cream!

Probably the most famous of all British electric guitarists, Eric Clapton is one of the all-time greats.

Clapton came to prominence with his phenomenal guitar playing in bands such as The Yardbirds and John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers.

However, it’s his playing with Cream, specifically their version of the Robert Johnson song Crossroads, that brought him worldwide fame.

The riff uses an A chord, with a C on string 5. C is the m3rd in relation to A. We also have a C# on string 2, which means that the riff is a mix between minor and major.

This makes complete sense since it is common practice in blues to mix minor and major.

The video lesson above demonstrates the famous riffs and licks from the legendary live recording. Below you find the chords and lyrics for Crossroads.


Crossroads chords and lyrics (Cream live version)


| A7 | A7 | A9 | A9 |
| D7 | D7 | A7 | A7 |
| E5 | D7 | A7 | A7 E |

| A7 | D7 | A7 | A7 |
I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knee.
| D5 D6 D5 D6 | D5 D6 D5 D6 | A7 | A7 |
Down to the crossroads, fell down on my knee.
| E5 E6 E5 E6 | D7 | A7 | A7 |
Asked the Lord above for mercy, take me if you please

| A7 | D5 D6 D5 D6 | A7 | A7 |
I went down to the crossroad, tried to flag a ride.
| D5 D6 D5 D6 | D5 D6 D5 D6 | A7 | A7 |
Down to the crossroad, tried to flag a ride.
| E5 E6 E5 E6 | D5 D6 D5 D6 | A7 | A7 |
Nobody seemed to know me, everybody passed me by.

| A7 | D5 D6 D5 D6 | A7 | A7 |
Well, I’m going down to Rosedale, take my rider by my side.
| D5 D6 D5 D6 | D5 D6 D5 D6 | A7 | A7 |
Going down to Rosedale, take my rider by my side,
| E5 | D7 | A7 | A7 |
We can still buy our house, baby, on the riverside.

| A7 | D7 | A7 | A7 |
| D7 | D7 | A7 | A7 |
| E7 | D7 | A7 | A7 E |

| A7 | A7 | A7 | A7 |
| D7 | D7 | A7 | A7 |
| E7
| D7/F# | A7 | A7 |

| A7 | D7 | A7 | A7 |
Going down to Rosedale, take my rider by my side.
| D7 | D7 | A7 | A7 |
Going down to Rosedale, take my rider by my side.
| E5 | D5 D6 D5 | A7 | A7 |
We can still buy our house, baby, on the riverside.

||: A7 | A7 | A7 | A7 |
| D7 | D7 | A7 | A7 |
| E
5 | D5 | A7 | A7 :|| x3

| A7 | D7 | A7 | A7 |
You can run, you can run, tell my friend boy Willie Brown.
| D7 | D7 | A7 | A7 |
Run, you can run, tell my friend boy Willie Brown,
| E5 | D7 N.C | A7 | A7 |
and I’m standing at the crossroad, believe I’m sinking down.


Crossroads chord progression

The chord progression is a standard 12-bar blues in the key of A, with dom7, and during the intro, a 9 extension.

| A7 | A7 | A9 | A9 |
| D7 | D7 | A7 | A7 |
| E5 | D7 | A7 | A7 E |

As the verse starts, there’s a quick change in bar two.

| A7 | D7 | A7 | A7 |
| D7 | D7 | A7 | A7 |
| E5 | D7 | A7 | A7 E |

Extensions of 6, the classic rock n roll trick sometimes appears over the D and even E chords.

During the solo, first-time around we have a quick change, the second time, we move to D/F# after the E chord. Changes like this do make a subtle, but important impact.


Crossroads – Lyrics

Cream Crossroads Lyrics

I went down to the crossroads, fell down on my knee
Down to the crossroads, fell down on my knee
Asked the Lord above for mercy
Take me if you please

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Cream – Biography

Cream was a 60s British super group that Eric Clapton joined after his time with John Mayhall and The Bluesbreakers.

Cream’s sound could be described as a hybrid of blues, pop, and psychedelic rock. Hits include Crossroads, Sunshine Of Your Love, Strange Brew, and White Room.

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Eric Clapton – Biography

As well as a member of bands like Derek & The Dominos, The Yardbirds and Cream, Clapton has successfully played sessions for more stars than any other guitar player.

His long career earned him three inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.

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