End Of The Line chords by the Traveling Wilburys


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End Of The Line | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

| N.C G | G D | D G | G A D |
| D G | G A G E | D/A | D/A |

Chorus 1

| D D/A | D | D A | G |
Well, it’s alright, ridin’ around in the breeze.
| D D/A | D | D A | D |
Well, it’s alright, if you live the life you please.
| D D/A | D | D A | G |
Well, it’s alright, doin’ the best you can.
| D D/A | D | D A | D D/A | D |
Well, it’s alright, as long as you lend a hand.

Verse 1

| G G/D | G | D D/A | D D/A |
You can sit around and wait for the phone to ring (at the end of the line).
| G G/D | G | D D/A | D D/A |
Waiting for someone to tell you everything (at the end of the line).
| G G/D | G | D D/A | D |
Sit around and wonder what tomorrow will bring (at the end of the line).
| A A/E | A |
Maybe a diamond ring.

Chorus 2

| D D/A | D | D A | G |
Well, it’s alright, even if they say you’re wrong.
| D D/A | D | D A | D |
Well, it’s alright, sometimes you gotta be strong.
| D D/A | D | D A | G |
Well, it’s alright, as long as you got somewhere to lay.
| D D/A | D | D A | D D/A | D |
Well, it’s alright, everyday is judgment day.

Verse 2

| G G/D | G | D D/A | D D/A |
Maybe somewhere down the road a ways (at the end of the line).
| G G/D | G | D D/A | D D/A |
You’ll think of me and wonder where I am these days (at the end of the line).
| G G/D | G | D D/A | D |
Maybe somewhere down the road when somebody plays (at the end of the line).
| A A/E | A |
Purple Haze.

Chorus 3

| D D/A | D | D A | G |
Well, it’s alright, even when push comes to shove.
| D D/A | D | D A | D |
Well, it’s alright, if you got someone to love.
| D D/A | D | D A | G |
Well, it’s alright, everything’ll work out fine.
| D D/A | D | D A | D D/A | D |
Well, it’s alright, we’re going to the end of the line.

Verse 3

| G G/D | G | D D/A | D D/A |
Don’t have to be ashamed of the car I drive (at the end of the line).
| G G/D | G | D D/A | D D/A |
I’m just glad to be here, happy to be alive (at the end of the line).
| G G/D | G | D D/A | D |
And it don’t matter if you’re by my side (at the end of the line).
| A A/E | A |
I’m satisfied.

Chorus 4

| D D/A | D | D A | G |
Well, it’s alright, even if you’re old and grey.
| D D/A | D | D A | D |
Well, it’s alright, you still got something to say.
| D D/A | D | D A | G |
Well, it’s alright, remember to live and let live.
| D D/A | D | D A | D |
Well, it’s alright, the best you can do is forgive.

Chorus 5

| D D/A | D | D A | G |
Well, it’s alright (alright), riding around on the breeze.
| D D/A | D | D A | D |
Well, it’s alright (alright), if you live the life you please.
| D D/A | D | D A | G |
Well, it’s alright, even if the sun don’t shine.
| D D/A | D | D A | D D/A | D |
Well, it’s alright (alright), we’re going to the end of the line.

Outro

| (D) G | G D | D G | G A D |
| D G | G A G E | D |



End Of The Line Chords: Learn the progressions


End Of The Line guitar lesson + TAB

I love the super simple variation End Of The Line‘s chorus chords use when they move DD/A, and then DA, it’s so simple, yet so effective!

This is followed by moving to chord IV (G). Repeat it and then stay on D, repeat it again but go to G, like this:

||: D (I) D/A (I/5) | D (I) | D (I) A (V) | G (IV) |
| D D/A | D | D A |1. D :|| 2. D D/A | D |

It’s incredibly simple, yet you must play it perfectly for this approach to work. If you miss one note it all falls apart. Here’s the TAB for the verse, try it along with the original recording.

End Of The Line chords and TAB, chorus.

As a member, you’ll get TAB for all sections, designed for the only guitarist in a band, the original recording uses several guitars in an ingenious way (see more about this below).

Here’s a link to the complete lesson: End Of The Line – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



End Of The Line had the greatest acoustic guitar sound ever!

Supergroup Traveling Wilburys (Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, and George Harrison) released their biggest hit End Of The Line in 1989.

This is a masterpiece in recording, layering, and how to strum acoustic guitar(s) when playing with bass and drums.

Check out video 2 in the playlist which details the recording process, it’s Jeff Lynne who’s responsible for the shenanigans.

In a nutshell, he records several guitars playing the same thing, in the same room, at the same time. The different sound this creates compared with overdubbing one at a time is mindblowing.

Jeff wasn’t the first to do this, Phil Spector invented the concept and called it Wall of Sound, Jeff adapted the idea from a massive orchestra to a few acoustic guitars.



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Intermediate Acoustic

There are many more Intermediate Acoustic Songs with chords similar to End Of The Line.

Most intermediate acoustic tunes can’t be played using just basic open-position chords. We have to move up the fretboard and play CAGED barre chords as well.

We incorporate bass lines, add licks, extend chords, and play vocal melodies. Most importantly, we’ll invent second guitar parts and play these songs together.


Five similar tunes with chords and lyrics

When you can play End Of The Line's chords, try these five tunes from the songbook.


The Beatles tunes

George Harrison wrote End Of The Line.

The Beatles are the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band in the history of popular music.

As the leaders of the so-called British Invasion, their catchy Rock & Roll infused pop songs took America by storm, creating hysteria everywhere they went.


The Beatles on the web

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Bob Dylan tunes

Bob Dylan wrote End Of The Line.

Widely regarded as the most influential artist in popular culture, Bob Dylan has been covered and copied by almost everyone who ever attempted to write a song. His famous tunes are so many it’s impossible to pick just a few.

Some say Dylan invented modern songwriting.


Bob Dylan on the web

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Roy Orbison tunes

Roy Orbison wrote End Of The Line.

Roy Orbison signed to Sam Phillips’s label Sun Records the same year Elvis moved on to get better radio play.

His best tunes include Only The Lonely, In Dreams, Oh, Pretty Woman, You Got It, and End Of The Line.


Roy Orbison on the web

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Tom Petty tunes

Tom Petty wrote End Of The Line.

Tom Petty released most of his albums with his band The Heartbreakers although some solo material appeared as well.

His best-known tunes include American Girl, Free Fallin’, Learning To Fly, Into The Great Wide Open, Don’t Come Around Here No More, and I Won’t Back Down.


Tom Petty on the web

Listen to Tom Petty on Spotify.


Country & Folk

When you can play End Of The Line, check out these Country and Folk tunes as well.

In the primarily acoustic genres of Country & Folk, you must acquire what matters the most: A repertoire. Nothing else will give you the gig.

Learn tunes by Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Simon & Garfunkel, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, America, Don McLean, and many more.


Pop & Rock

There are many more Pop & Rock tunes with chords similar to End Of The Line.

Whenever a tune doesn’t fit into a specific genre, it tends to end up here, in the Pop & Rock section.

Learn tunes from Tom Petty, Eagles, Toto, Oasis, Elvis, Clapton, John Mayer, Kings Of Leon, R.E.M., Radiohead, Bruno Mars, and more.



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