Ventura Highway chords by America


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Ventura Highway | Chords + Lyrics


Intro

||: G | G | Dmaj7/F# | Dmaj7/F# :||

Verse 1

||: G | G | Dmaj7/F# | Dmaj7/F# :||
Chewing on a piece of grass walking down the road.
Tell me, how long you gonna stay here, Joe?
Some people say this town don’t look good in snow.
You don’t care, I know.

Bridge 1

| G6 | G6 | Dmaj9/F# | Dmaj9/F# |
Ventura Highway, in the sunshine.
| G6 | G6 | Dmaj9/F# | Dmaj9/F# |
Where the days are longer the nights are stronger than moonshine.
| G6 | G6 | Dmaj9/F# | Dmaj9/F# | F#m11 | F#m11 |
You’re gonna go, I know, ow-ow-ow…

Chorus 1

||: Em | F#m11 :||
‘Cause the free wind is blowing through your hair.
And the days surround your daylight there.
Seasons crying no despair.
| Em | F#m11 | F#m11 | G | G |
Alligator lizards in the air, in the air.

Chorus tag 1

| Dmaj7/F# | Dmaj7/F# | G | G | Dmaj7/F# | Dmaj7/F# |
Du du du…

Verse 2

||: G | G | Dmaj7/F# | Dmaj7/F# :||
Wishin’ on a falling star, watchin’ for the early train.
Sorry boy, but I’ve been hit by purple rain.
Aw, come on Joe, you can always change your name.
Thanks alot son, just the same.

Bridge 2

| G6 | G6 | Dmaj9/F# | Dmaj9/F# |
Ventura Highway, in the sunshine.
| G6 | G6 | Dmaj9/F# | Dmaj9/F# |
Where the days are longer the nights are stronger than moonshine.
| G6 | G6 | Dmaj9/F# | Dmaj9/F# | F#m11 | F#m11 |
You’re gonna go, I know, ow-ow-ow…

Chorus 2

||: Em | F#m11 :||
‘Cause the free wind is blowin’ through your hair.
And the days surround your daylight there.
Seasons crying no despair.
| Em | F#m11 | F#m11 | G | G |
Alligator lizards in the air, in the air.

Chorus tag 2

||: Dmaj7/F# | Dmaj7/F# | G | G :||
Du du du…



Ventura Highway Chords: Learn the progressions!


Ventura Highway Analysis + TAB

Before you start playing Ventura Highway, you need to tune the guitar slightly sharp or it’ll sound weird playing along with the original recording.

Use my free online guitar tuner, and set it to 446 Hz.

Just like with America’s other huge tune, A Horse With No Name, we are dealing with several layered guitars here. So much so it is almost impossible to play this on one acoustic.

To get going, I would suggest you first learn the intro lick as that’s signature part, you may need to use a loop pedal if you want to perform this live…

Here’s the TAB for Ventura Highway’s intro lick.

Ventura Highway chords and TAB intro

Do compare this to David Gray’s Babylon, I suspect he was “inspired”…

Looking at the chords of the verse and bridge we can see how they are almost the same, members get TAB for how to best distinguish between these sections.

Using Roman numerals, it’s IV – I/3, the bridge using a G6 instead of a G as we do in the verse.

The chorus goes somewhere new as we hit chords II – III, we know this as only here do we find two minor chords a tone apart, like this:

||: Em (II) | F#m11 (III) :||

Again, you need TAB for how to strum this in a way that works on juts one guitar, here’s a link to the complete lesson (members only): Ventura Highway, Guitar lesson with TAB.

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America’s signature song – Ventura Highway!

Ventura Highway is America‘s signature song, they’ve even named their website after it, I guess America.com was taken!

Released in 1972, it wasn’t perhaps a worldwide hit but instead a tune that over the years has grown in popularity, I still hear it on the radio, half a century later.

Not just popular with the general public, but other artists have been influenced by it, Prince admitted to naming Purple Rain after a lyric from verse 2 and once you made the connection with David Gray‘s Babylon it’s hard to not hear it!

Having spent a day or two transcribing it, I’m finding it hard to get it out of my head, those guitar lines are so catchy!



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