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Gulf Coast Highway

Emmylou Harris

released in 2000

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Lyrics

Intro

C

Verse

C F C Gulf Coast Highway, he worked the rails C F He worked the rice fields, with their cool dark wells Am G C He worked the oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico F C G C The only home he's ever known is this old house here by the road

Refrain

Am G C And when he dies he says he'll catch some blackbird's wing F C G C He will fly away to heaven, come some sweet blue bonnet spring She walked through spring time, when I was home The days were sweet and our nights were warm The seasons change, the work will come, the flowers fade And this old house felt so alone when the work took me away And when she dies she says she'll catch some blackbird's wing And she will fly away to heaven, come some sweet blue bonnet spring

Break

| Em . . . | Em . . . | D . G/B . | G/B . . . | Highway 90, the jobs are gone We tend our garden, we set the sun This is the only place on Earth blue bonnets grow Once a year they come and go, at this old house here by the road And when we die we say we'll catch some blackbird's wing And we will fly away to heaven, come some sweet blue bonnet spring Yes, when we die we say we'll catch some blackbird's wing And we will fly away together, come some sweet blue bonnet spring

Notes & Tabs

Capo 2nd Fret

In the recorded version this is based off of (see below), Emmylou plays with a capo on the 2nd fret. Dave Matthews plays along without a capo in the key of D (where all chords here would be raised by one whole step).

Chords Used

This song uses these chords.

e-|----0-----1-----3-----0-----3-------
B-|----1-----1-----0-----1-----0-------
G-|----0-----2-----0-----2-----0-------
D-|----2-----3-----0-----2-----0-------
A-|----3-----3-----2-----0-----2-------
E-|----------1-----3-------------------
       C     F     G     Am    G/B 

Solo Riff

The solo played the Emmylou Harris & Dave Matthews duet can be played like this (this is played during the break).

e-|-------0---0--0-0--------------0--0--0-0-------------------------------
B-|-------0---0--0-0--------------0--0--0-0---------3-3---0-0-----0h1-1h3-
G-|-------0---0--0-0--------------0--0--0-0---------2-2---0-0-----0---0---
D-|-----0-0h2-2--2-2--2-2-2h3p2-0-2--2—-2-2--2-2-2--0-0---0-0---0---------
A-|---3---2---2--2-2--------------2--2--2-2-------------3-2-2-2-----------
E-|-------0---0--0-0--------------0--0--0-0-------------------------------
          Em                      Em                D     G/B 

About This Song

I'm basing this off the recording of Emmylou Harris & Dave Matthews playing this song as heard here:

Chord Progressions

Intro

| C . . . | . . . . | . . . . | . . . . |

Verse

"Gulf Coast highway, he worked the rails..."
| C  . . . | . . F . | C . . . | . . . . |
| C  . . . | . . . . | F . . . | . . . . |
| Am . . . | G . . . | C . . . | F . . . |
| C  . . . | G . . . | C . . . | . . . . |

Refrain

"And when he dies he says he'll catch..."
| Am . . . | G . . . | C . . . | F . . . |
| C  . . . | G . . . | C . . . | . . . . |

Break

| Em . . . | Em . . . | D . G/B . | G/B . . . |

Song Info

Song: Gulf Coast Highway
Artist: Emmylou Harris
Album: --
Year: 2000
Label: --

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My name is David Potsiadlo, and I created Songnotes to share my collection of guitar tabs, chords, and lyrics for my favorite songs.

Since I started playing guitar over 10 years ago, I've often been frustrated by the preponderance of mediocre and incomplete song tabs littered across the internet. To combat this, I started keeping my own collection of notes for each song I learn -- always taking the extra time to make sure accuracy and completeness are never compromised. Years later, my collection grew to the point where I knew I had to share it online with fellow aspiring musicians.

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