Rhinestone Cowboy chords by Glen Campbell


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Rhinestone Cowboy | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: C (F/C) | C (F/C) :||

Verse 1

| C (F/C) | C (F/C) |
I’ve been walkin’ these streets so long.
| C (F/C) | C (F/C) |
Singin’ the same old song.
| C (F/C) | C (F/C) | G (C/G) | G (C/G) |
I know every crack in these dirty sidewalks of Broadway.
| F (Bb/F) | F (Bb/F) |
Where hustle’s the name of the game.
| F (Bb/F) | F (Bb/F) | C (F/C) | C (F/C) |
And nice guys get washed away like the snow in the rain.

Bridge 1

| G | G |
There’s been a load of compromising.
| F | C |
On the road to my horizon.
| F | D7/F# | G C/G |
But I’m gonna be where the lights are shinin’ on me.

Chorus 1

| G N.C G | C F/C | C F/C |
Like a rhinestone cowboy.
| Cmaj7 | C6 | G (C/G) |
Riding out on a horse in a star-spangled rodeo.
| G | C F/C | C F/C |
Like a rhinestone cowboy.
| Cmaj7 | C6 | G (C/G) |
Getting cards and letters from people I don’t even know.
| G |
And offers comin’ over the phone.

Instrumental 1

| F C/E Dm7 | C G/B Am7 | G F C/E | Dm7 F G |

Verse 2

| C (F/C) | C (F/C) |
Well, I really don’t mind the rain.
| C (F/C) | C (F/C) |
And the smile can hide all the pain.
| C (F/C) | C (F/C) | G (C/G) | G (C/G) |
But you’re down when you’re ridin’ the train that’s takin’ the long way.
| F (Bb/F) | F (Bb/F) |
And I dream of the things I’ll do.
| F (Bb/F) | F (Bb/F) | C (F/C) | C (F/C) |
With a subway token and a dollar tucked inside my shoe.

Bridge 2

| G | G |
There’s been a load of compromising.
| F | C |
On the road to my horizon.
| F | D7/F# | G C/G |
But I’m gonna be where the lights are shinin’ on me.

Chorus 2

| G N.C G | C (F/C) | C (F/C) |
Like a rhinestone cowboy.
| Cmaj7 | C6 | G (C/G) |
Riding out on a horse in a star-spangled rodeo.
| G | C F/C | C (F/C) |
Like a rhinestone cowboy.
| Cmaj7 | C6 | G (C/G) |
Gettin’ cards and letters from people I don’t even know.
| G |
And offers comin’ over the phone.

Instrumental 2

| F C/E Dm7 | C G/B Am7 | G F C/E |

Chorus 3 (to fade)

| Dm7 F G | C (F/C) | C (F/C) |
Like a rhinestone cowboy.
| Cmaj7 | C6 | G (C/G) |
Riding out on a horse in a star-spangled rodeo.
| G | C F/C | C (F/C) |
Like a rhinestone cowboy.
| Cmaj7 | C6 | G (C/G) |
Getting cards and letters from people I don’t even know.
| G |
And offers comin’ over the phone.

End (suggested)

| F C/E Dm7 | C G/B Am7 | G F C/E | Dm7 F G | C |



Rhinestone Cowboy Chords: Learn the progressions


Rhinestone Cowboy guitar lesson and TAB.

Glen Campbell‘s Rhinestone Cowboy really is a perfect tune, hitting all the cliche chords for each section, proudly claiming all tricks as its own.

The verse uses the trick of borrowing the IV chord from each chord of a blues in the key of C.

C quickly finds F, F finds Bb, and G finds C, like this:

| C (I) (F/C) (IV/5) | C (F/C) |
| C (F/C) | C (F/C) |
| C (F/C) | C (F/C) | G (V) (C/G) (I/5) | G (C/G) |
| F (IV) (Bb/F) (bVIIx/5) | F (Bb/F) |
| F (Bb/F) | F (Bb/F) | C (F/C) | C (F/C) |

The bridge sticks to the I, IV and V chords, just changing the order, like this:

| G (V) | G | F (IV) | C (I) |
| F | D7/F# (IIx/3) | G C/G |

Notice how the D7/F# is a nice variation to the more common F#dim7.

The chorus goes from V – I before it uses a descending extension over the I chord (maj76), like this:

||: G (V) N.C G | C (I) F/C (IV/5) | C F/C |
| Cmaj7 | C6 | G (C/G) :||

The only part we haven’t looked at is the intro, here’s the TAB.

Rhinestone Cowboy chords and TAB, Intro

If you want to be a professional guitarist who plays any country at all, learning how to play Rhinestone Cowboy is a must.

As a member, you’ll find a chord analysis and TAB for each section so you can play this with confidence on your next country gig.

Here’s a link to the full lesson: Rhinestone Cowboy – Guitar Lesson with TAB.



Rhinestone Cowboy – A Country Standard!

Released in 1975, Rhinestone Cowboy instantly became a proper country standard, claiming the top spot in the U.S.

Remarkably, it reached #12 in the U.K., which is impressive as the country scene on this side of the pond is not that big.

Since then, Rhinestone Cowboy has been a standard on the working band’s setlist, both in the U.S. and the U.K., and come to represent Glen Campbell as his signature song even though he didn’t actually write it, Larry Weiss did (he also wrote Hi Ho Silver Lining).

When Glen passed in 2017, Rhinestone Cowboy went back in the charts, peaking at #12, almost five decades after its initial release.



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Intermediate Acoustic

There are many more Intermediate Acoustic Songs with chords similar to Rhinestone Cowboy.

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.


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Glen Campbell tunes

Glen Campbell wrote Rhinestone Cowboy.

In the early ’60s, Glen Campbell became a session guitarist for the Wrecking Crew, as well as started to release tunes in his own name.

His best tunes include Rhinestone Cowboy, Wichita Lineman, By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Galveston, and I Wanna Live.


Glen Campbell on the web

Listen to Glen Campbell on Spotify.


Country & Folk

When you can play Rhinestone Cowboy, 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.


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