Songbook - May & June 2021
Bless the Broken Road Rascal Flatts (2005) (Hummon/Boyd/Hanna, 1994)
Don't Stop Believin' Journey (1981)
God's Country Blake Shelton (2019)
Shake It Off Taylor Swift (2014)
Under Pressure Queen and David Bowie (1981)
Wagon Wheel Old Crow Medicine Show (Ketch Secor & Bob Dylan, 1973 & 2001)
What A Wonderful World Louis Armstrong (Thiele & Weiss, 1967)



Bless the Broken Road
Rascal Flatts (2005) (Hummon/Boyd/Hanna, 1994)


Intro
| [C]  [F]   | [G]  [Am]   | [F]  [G]   | [C] ... |   
| [C]  [F]   | [G]  [Am]   | [F]  [G]   | [C] ... |   

| [C] I set [F] out on a | [G] narrow [Am] way... |
| [F] many [G] years a- | [C] go ... |
| [C] Hoping [F] I would | [G] find true [Am] love...
a- | [F] long the [G] broken | [C] road ...

But | [Am] I got lost a | [G] time or two |
| [F] Wiped my [C] brow and kept | [Dm] pushing [G] through |
| [C] I couldn't [F] see how | [G] every [Am] sign |
| [F] pointed [G] straight to | [C] you... | [C↓] ...

Chorus
Every | [F] long lost [C↓] dream | [C] ...
lead me to | [G] where you [C↓] are | [C] ...
Others who | [F] broke my [Am↓] heart | [Am] ...
they were like | [Dm] nor- [C] thern | [G] stars...
Pointing me | [F] on my [C↓] way | [C] ...  
into your | [G] loving [Am↓] arms | [Am] ...
This much I | [Dm] know [C] is | [F] true ... | [F↓] ...

That | [C] God [F] blessed the | [G] broken [Am] road
That | [F] led me [G] straight to |
| [C] you [F] | [G] [Am] | [F] [G] | [C] ...   |   
| [C]  [F]     | [G] [Am] | [F] [G] | [C↓] ...

I | [C] think a- [F] bout the | [G] years I [Am] spent |
| [F] . just [G] passing | [C] through...
I'd | [C] like to [F] have the | [G] time I [Am] lost |
| [F] . and give it [G] back to | [C] you...

But | [Am] you just smile and | [G] take my hand |
| [F] You've been [C] there you | [Dm] under- [G] stand |
| [C] It's all [F] part of a | [G] grander [Am] plan... |
| [F] that is [G] coming | [C] true...

Chorus
Every | [F] long lost [C↓] dream | [C] ...
lead me to | [G] where you [C↓] are | [C] ...
Others who | [F] broke my [Am↓] heart | [Am] ...
they were like | [Dm] nor- [C] thern [G] stars ...
Pointing me [F] on my [C↓] way...  
into your [G] loving [Am↓] arms ...
This much I | [Dm] know [C] is | [F] true ... | [F↓] ...

That | [C] God [F] blessed the | [G] broken [Am] road
That | [F] led me [G] straight to | [C] you | [C] ... |


Solo
| [F]  [C↓]   | [C]...   | [G]  [C↓] | [C] ... |
| [F]  [Am↓] | [Am]... | [Dm] [C]   | [G]

Outro
[C] Now I'm just a | [F] rollin' [C↓] home | [C] ...
into my | [G] lover's [Am↓] arms | [Am] ...
This much I | [Dm] know [C] is | [F] true... | [F↓] ...

That | [C] God [F] blessed the | [G] broken [Am] road
That | [F] led me [G] straight to |
| [C] you [F] | [G] [Am] | [F] [G] | [C] ... |

That | [C↓] God [F↓] blessed the | [G↓] broken roa- [Am↓] -oad ...
That | [F↓] led me [G↓] straight...
to | [C] you [F] | [G] [Am] | [F] [G] | [C] ...   |   
| [C]    [F]     | [G] [Am] | [F] [G] | [C↓] ...

#Play along with Rascal Flatts in this key.

#Last Updated 12/05/2021 JJ
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Don't Stop Believin'
Journey (1981)


Pianistic Fingerpicking    Strum (Swiss Army Strum)
                                    
A|-I---I---I---I---|       4/4 | D - D u - u d u |
E|-M---M---M---M---|             1   2 &   & 4 &
C|---T---T---T---T-|
G|-----------------|
   1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &  

Intro - Pianistic Fingerpicking
| [C] | [G] | [Am] | [F]
| [C] | [G] | [Em] | [F]

| [C] Just a | [G] small town girl | [Am] living in a | [F] lonely world |
| [C] She took the | [G] midnight train going | [Em] any- | [F] where |
| [C] Just a | [G] city boy | [Am] born and raised in | [F] south Detroit |
| [C] He took the | [G] midnight train going | [Em] any- | [F] where |

| [C] | [G] | [Am] | [F] |
| [C] | [G] | [Em] | [F] |

| [C] A singer in a | [G] smoky room |
| [Am] A smell of wine and | [F] cheap perfume |
| [C] For a smile they can | [G] share the night
It goes | [Em] on and on and | [F] on and on |

Strum (Swiss Army Strum) until the end
Chorus
| [F] Strangers | waiting | [C] up and down the | boulevard
Their | [F] shadows | searching in the | [C] night | [C] |
| [F] Streetlight | people | [C] living just to | find emotion |
| [F] Hiding | somewhere in the | [G↓] night [C↓] | [G↓] [C↓] [F↓]

| [C] | [G] | [Am] | [F] |

| [C] Working hard to | [G] get my fill | [Am] everybody | [F] wants a thrill |
| [C] Payin' anything to | [G] roll the dice just | [Em] one more | [F] time |

| [C] Some will win | [G] some will lose |
| [Am] Some were born to | [F] sing the blues |
| [C] Well, the movie | [G] never ends
It goes | [Em] on and on and | [F] on and on |

Chorus
| [F] Strangers | waiting | [C] up and down the | boulevard
Their | [F] shadows | searching in the | [C] night | [C] |
| [F] Streetlight | people | [C] living just to | find emotion
| [F] Hiding | somewhere in the | [G↓] night [C↓] | [G↓] [C↓] [F↓]

| [C] | [G] | [Am] | [F]
| [C] | [G] | [Em] | [F]

| [C] Don't stop, be- | [G] lievin' | [Am] hold on to that | [F] feelin' |
| [C] Streetlight | [G] people | [Em] | [F] |
| [C] Don't stop, be- | [G] lievin' | [Am] hold on | [F] |
| [C] Streetlight | [G] people | [Em] | [F] |
| [F↓] Don't | [C↓] stop

#Capo on 4th fret to play with original.

#Last Updated 5/25/20 JJ
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God's Country
Blake Shelton (2019)


      Strumming
4/4 | D - - - D - d u |
      1   2   3   4 &

Inside/Outside Fingerpicking
|----------M-----------M-|
|----I-----------I-------|
|-T-----------T----------|
|-------T-----------T----|
  1  &  2  &  3  &  4  &

Intro
| [Cm]   | [Cm]   | [Eb]   | [Eb]   |   
| [F]   | [F]   | [Cm]   | [Cm]   |

| [Cm] Right outside of this | one church town
There's a | [Eb] gold, dirt road to a | whole lot of nothin'
Got a | [F] deed to the land but it | ain't my ground
This is | [Cm] God's country | [Cm] ... |
| [Cm] We pray for rain, | thank him when it's fallin'
| [Eb] 'Cause it brings a grain and a | little bit of money
We | [F] put it back in the plate I | guess that's why
They call it | [Cm] God's country | [Cm] ... |

Chorus
| [Cm] I saw the light in the | sunrise
Sittin' | [Eb] back in the 40 on a | muddy riverside
Gettin' | [F] baptized in | holy water and 'shine
With the | [Cm] dogs running | [Cm] ... |
| [Cm] Saved by the sound of the | been found
Dixie | [Eb] whistled in the wind, that'll | get you Heaven bound
The | [F] devil went down to Georgia but he | didn't stick around
This is | [Cm] God's country   | [Cm] ... |

| [Cm] We turned the dirt and | worked until the week's done |
| [Eb] We take a break and break | bread on Sunday then |
| [F] do it all again 'cause | we're proud to be
from | [Cm] God's country | (Yeah) |

Chorus
| [Cm] I saw the light in the | sunrise
Sittin' | [Eb] back in the 40 on a | muddy riverside
Gettin' | [F] baptized in | holy water and 'shine
With the | [Cm] dogs running | [Cm] ... |
| [Cm] Saved by the sound of the | been found
Dixie | [Eb] whistled in the wind, that'll | get you Heaven bound
The | [F] devil went down to Georgia but he | didn't stick around
This is | [Cm] God's country | [Cm] ... |

Solo
| [Cm]   | [Cm]   | [Eb]   | [Eb]   |   
| [F]   | [F]   | [Cm]   | [Cm]   |

Bridge
| [Cm] I don't care what my | headstone reads
And | [Eb] what kind of pine wood | box I end up in
| [F] When it's my time, lay me | six feet deep
In | [Cm] God's country | (Yeah) |

Chorus
| [Cm] I saw the light in the | sunrise
Sittin' | [Eb] back in the 40 on a | muddy riverside
Gettin' | [F] baptized in | holy water and 'shine
With the | [Cm] dogs running | [Cm] ... |
| [Cm] Saved by the sound of the | been found
Dixie | [Eb] whistled in the wind, that'll | get you Heaven bound
The | [F] devil went down to Georgia but he | didn't stick around
This is | [Cm] God's country | [Cm] ... |

Chorus
| [Cm] I saw the light in the | sunrise
Sittin' | [Eb] back in the 40 on a | muddy riverside
Gettin' | [F] baptized in | holy water and 'shine
With the | [Cm] dogs running | [Cm] ... |
| [Cm] Saved by the sound of the | been found
Dixie | [Eb] whistled in the wind, that'll | get you Heaven bound
The | [F] devil went down to Georgia but he | didn't stick around
This is | [Cm] God's country | [Cm] ... | [Cm↓]

#Play along with original in this key.

#Last Updated 02/06/2021 JJ
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Shake It Off
Taylor Swift (2014)


I stay out too
| [Am] late... | [Am] ... Got nothin' in my |
| [C] brain... | [C] ... That's what people |
| [G] say... mm | mmm... That's what people |
| [G] say... mm | mmm...

I go on too many
| [Am] dates... | [Am] ... But I can't make 'em |
| [C] stay... | [C] ...At least that's what people |
| [G] say... mm | mmm... That's what people |
| [G] say... mm | mmm

Pre-Chorus
But I keep | [Am] cruisin', Can't stop, won't stop |
| [C] movin', It's | like I got this |
| [G] music | in my mind sayin' |
| [G] it's gonna be al- | [G↓] right (tap, tap, tap)

Chorus
'Cause the | [Am] players gonna play, play, | play, play, play
And the | [C] haters gonna hate, hate, | hate, hate, hate, baby
| [G] I'm just gonna shake, shake, | shake, shake, shake
I | [G] shake it off, I shake it | off

Heart- | [Am] breakers gonna break, break, | break, break, break
And the | [C] fakers gonna fake, fake, | fake, fake, fake, baby
| [G] I'm just gonna shake, shake, | shake, shake, shake
I | [G] shake it off, I shake it | [G↓] off

I never miss a
| [Am↓] beat... | [Z] ... I'm lightening on my |
| [C↓] feet... | [Z] ... And that's what they don't |
| [G] see... mm | mmm... That's what they don't |
| [G] see... mm | mmm...

I'm dancing on my
| [Am] own (dancing on my | own) I'll make the moves up as I |
| [C] go (moves up as I | go) And that's what they don't |
| [G] know... mm | mmm... That's what they don't |
| [G] know... mm | mmm

Pre-Chorus
But I keep | [Am] cruisin', Can't stop, won't stop |
| [C] groovin', It's like I got this |
| [G] music | in my mind sayin' |
| [G] it's gonna be al- | [G↓] right (tap, tap, tap)

Chorus
'Cause the | [Am] players gonna play, play, | play, play, play
And the | [C] haters gonna hate, hate, | hate, hate, hate, baby
| [G] I'm just gonna shake, shake, | shake, shake, shake
I | [G] shake it off, I shake it | off

Heart- | [Am] breakers gonna break, break, | break, break, break
And the | [C] fakers gonna fake, fake, | fake, fake, fake, baby
| [G] I'm just gonna shake, shake, | shake, shake, shake
I | [G] shake it off, I shake it | [G] off   |

| [Am] Shake it off, I shake it | off, I, I
I | [C] shake it off, I shake it | off, I, I
I | [G] shake it off, I shake it | off, I, I
I | [G] shake it off, I shake it | [G↓] off

#Play along with original in this key.

#Last Updated 08/11/20 JJ
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Under Pressure
Queen and David Bowie (1981)


   Bass Line Riff (with optional piano chords)
A|-5-5-5-555-0----|-5-5-5-555-0-------|--5-5-5...
E|----------------|---------------(3)-|-(5)-
C|----------------|---------------(2)-|-(2)-
G|----------------|-------------------|-----

Intro (Play riff 5x)
| [D]   | [D]   | [D]   | [D]   |
| [D]   | [D]   |
| [D]   | [D]   | [D]   | [D]   |

Verse 1 (Strum | d - D u - u d u |)
| [D] Um boom ba bay | [A] Um boom ba bay
| [G] Um Um boom ba bay bay | [A]  ...

| [D] Pressure, pushing | [A] down on me,
Pressing | [G] down on you, no man ask | [A] for.
Under | [D] pressure, that burns a | [A] building down,
Splits a | [G] family in two, puts | [A] people on streets.

| [D] Um ba ba bay, | [A] um ba ba bay
Dee | [G] day duh, ee day duh | [A]  ...

Bridge 1 (Strum | d d d d d d d d |)
It's the | [G] terror of knowing, what this | [A] world is about |
| [G] Watching some good friend scream | [A] "Let me out!"
Pray to-   | [G] morrow... takes me | [A] higher...
Pressure | [D] on people, people | [G↓] on the [A↓] streets. |

Bassline Riff x2

   Bass Line Riff (with optional piano chords)
A|-5-5-5-555-0----|-5-5-5-555-0-------|--5-5-5...
E|----------------|---------------(3)-|-(5)-
C|----------------|---------------(2)-|-(2)-
G|----------------|-------------------|-----


Verse 2
| [D] Chippin' around, | [A] I kick my brains 'round the floor |
| [G] . These are the days   | [A] it never rains but it pours |
| [D] Ee do bay bup   | [A] ee do bay ba bup |
| [G] Ee do bup | [A] bay bup |
| [D] People on streets   | [A] Dee da dee da day |
| [G] People on streets   | [A] Dee da dee da dee da dee da

Bridge 1 (Strum | d d d d d d d d |)
It's the | [G] terror of knowing, what this | [A] world is about |
| [G] Watching some good friend scream | [A] "Let me out!"
Pray to-   | [G] morrow... takes me | [A] higher...
Pressure | [D] on people, people | [G↓] on the [A↓] streets...

Bridge 2:
Turned a- | [G↓] way from it all, like the | [C↓] blind man |
| [G↓] Sat on a fence, but it | [C↓] don't work
Keep | [G] coming up with love, but it's so | [C] slashed and torn (Why?...) | [A] ... |
| [F]   | [F]   | [F]   | [F]   |

David Bowie
| [A] Love love love love love | love love! ... |
In- | [A] sanity laughs under | pressure we're cracking.

Freddy Mercury...
Can't we | [D] give ourselves one more | [G] chance? [A] Why can't we |
| [D] give love that one more | [G] chance? [A] Why can't we |
| [D] give love, give love | [G] give love [A] give love |
| [D] give love, give love | [A] give love, give love

David Bowie...
Cause | [G] love's such an | [A] old fashioned |
| [D] word and love | [A] dares you to |
| [G] care for the | [A] people on the |
| [D] Edge of the | [A] night and love |
| [G] dares you to | [A] change our way of   |

| [G] caring a- | [A] bout ourselves |
| [G] This is our | [A] last dance |
| [G] This is our | [A] last chance |
| [D] This is our- | [G↓] selves [A↓] ... | Under

Bassline Riff x4

   Bass Line Riff (with optional piano chords)
A|-5-5-5-555-0----|-5-5-5-555-0-------|--5-5-5...
E|----------------|---------------(3)-|-(5)-
C|----------------|---------------(2)-|-(2)-
G|----------------|-------------------|-----
   Pressure!                     Under   (Pressure)


[G↓] [A↓]
finger snaps to fade ...

#Play along with Queen and David Bowie in this key.

#Last Updated 19/05/2021 JJ
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Wagon Wheel
Old Crow Medicine Show (Ketch Secor & Bob Dylan, 1973 & 2001)


4/4 | D - D - d u d u |
      1   2   3 & 4 &

| [G] | [D] | [Em] | [C] |
| [G] | [D] | [C]   | [C] |
| [G] Headed down south to the | [D] land of the pines
I'm | [Em] thumbin' my way into | [C] North Caroline |
| [G] Starin' up the road
And | [D] pray to God I see | [C] headlights | [C]

I | [G] made it down the coast in | [D] seventeen hours |
| [Em] Pickin' me a bouquet of | [C] dogwood flowers
And I'm a | [G] hopin' for Raleigh
I can | [D] see my baby to- | [C] night | [C]

Chorus
So | [G] rock me mama like a | [D] wagon wheel
| [Em] Rock me mama any | [C] way you feel |
| [G] Hey, | [D] mama | [C] rock me | [C] |
| [G] Rock me mama like the | [D] wind and the rain |
| [Em] Rock me mama like a | [C] south-bound train |
| [G] Hey, | [D] mama | [C] rock me | [C] |
| [G] | [D] | [Em] | [C] |
| [G] | [D] | [C]   | [C] |

| [G] Runnin' from the cold | [D] up in New England
I was | [Em] born to be a fiddler in an | [C] old-time stringband
My | [G] baby plays the guitar |
| [D] I pick a banjo | [C] now | [C]

Oh, the | [G] North country winters keep a | [D] gettin' me now
Lost my | [Em] money playin' poker so I | [C] had to up and leave
But I | [G] ain't a turnin' back
To | [D] livin' that old life no | [C] more | [C]

Chorus
So | [G] rock me mama like a | [D] wagon wheel |
| [Em] Rock me mama any | [C] way you feel |
| [G] Hey, | [D] mama | [C] rock me | [C] |
| [G] Rock me mama like the | [D] wind and the rain |
| [Em] Rock me mama like a | [C] south-bound train
| [G] Hey, | [D] mama | [C] rock me | [C] |
| [G] | [D] | [Em] | [C] |
| [G] | [D] | [C]   | [C] |

| [G↓] Walkin' to the south | [D↓] out of Roanoke
I caught a | [Em↓] trucker out of Philly
Had a | [C↓] nice long talk
But | [G↓] he's a headed west from the | [D↓] Cumberland Gap
To | [C↓] Johnson City, | [C↓] Tennessee

And I | [G] gotta get a move on | [D] fit for the sun
I hear my | [Em] baby callin' my name
And I | [C] know that she's the only one
And | [G] if I die in Raleigh
At | [D] least I will die | [C] free | [C]

Chorus
So | [G] rock me mama like a | [D] wagon wheel |
| [Em] Rock me mama any | [C] way you feel |
| [G] Hey, | [D] mama | [C] rock me | [C] |
| [G] Rock me mama like the | [D] wind and the rain |
| [Em] Rock me mama like a | [C] south-bound train |
| [G] Hey, | [D] mama | [C] rock me | [C]   | [G↓]

#Capo on 2 to play with Darius Rucker.

#Capo on 2 to play with Old Crow Medicine Show.

#Last Update 4/28/21 JJ
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What A Wonderful World
Louis Armstrong (Thiele & Weiss, 1967)


      Slowly and gently  
4/4 | t - D - t - D - |
      1   2   3   4
Alternatively try fingerpicking in 12/8
A|----------R------------------R--------|
E|-------M-----M------------M-----M-----|
C|----I-----------I------I-----------I--|
G|-T------------------T-----------------|
   1  2  3  4  5  6   1  2  3  4  5  6

I see | [C] trees of [Em] green, | [F] red roses [Em] too |
| [Dm] I see them [C] bloom, | [E7] for me and [Am] you,  
And I | [F] think to myself, | [G] What a wonderful | [C] world. [Caug] | [Dm] [G7]

I see | [C] skies of [Em] blue and | [F] clouds of [Em] white, |
| [Dm] The bright blessed [C] day, the | [E7] dark sacred [Am] night, |
And I | [F] think to myself, | [G] what a wonderful | [C] world  [F]   | [C]  

Bridge
The | [G] colours of a rainbow are so | [C] pretty in the sky
Are | [G] also on the faces of | [C] people going by
I see | [Am] friends shaking [Em] hands saying | [Am] how do you [Em] do |
| [Am] They're really [Em] saying | [Dm] I love [G7] you.


I hear | [C] babies [Em] cry, | [F] I watch them [Em] grow   |
| [Dm] They'll learn much [C] more than | [E7] I'll ever [Am] know, |
And I | [F] think to myself, | [G] what a wonderful | [C] world   | [A7]  
Yes I | [Dm] think to myself, | [G7↓] ...what a wonderful | [C] world.  [Fm]   | [Cmaj7↓]      


#Here is a simple setting of the tune in C. Original is in the key of F.
#This arrangement focuses on accessible chords, great for a jam setting.
#Last Updated 01/29/18 JJ
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