I Walk the Line chords & lyrics

by Johnny Cash

  • I Walk the Line was written by Johnny Cash. The song was recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis Tennessee on April 2, 1956 and released on May 1, 1956 from the album With His Hot and Blue Guitar.
  • Music: Several key changes - starts in F Maj → Bb Maj → Eb Maj → Bb Maj → F Maj in 2/2 (cut) time at ~112 bpm
  • Easier: Start in E Major → A Maj → D Maj → A Maj → E Maj. Use a Capo on the 1st fret if you are playing with the video.
  • Chords: E, E7, A, A7, B7, D, G

I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash

Capo on 1 if playing with the video

Intro: 2/2 
 1  &  2   &
|- /E /F# /G# | A | A | D | D | A | A | E | E | B7 | B7 | E | E |
                                                            (I keep a)
             B7                           E
1. I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
              B7                      E
   I keep my eyes wide o-pen all the time
               A                          E 
   I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
		    B7		      E  |  E  | 
   Be-cause you're mine__ I walk the line 

   (Key Change) 
   |  A  |   A  |  A  |  A  |  A  |  A  |
                                    (I find it)

	     E7         	      A
2. I find it ve-ry ve-ry ea-sy to be true
    	      E7   	    	            A	
   I find my-self a-lone when each day's through
	        D      		        A
   Yes I'll ad-mit that I'm a fool for you 
		    E7		      A  |  A  | 
   Be-cause you're mine__ I walk the line    
   
   (Key Change)  
   |  D  |  D  |  D  |  D  |  D  |  D  |
                                    (As sure as)

               A7                        D	
3. As sure as night is dark and day is light
              A7                        D
   I keep you on my mind both day and night
	       G			           D	
   And hap-pi-ness I have known proves that it's right
		    A7                D  |  D  |
   Be-cause you're mine__ I walk the line
       
   (Key Change)  
   |  A  |   A  |  A  |  A  |  A  |  A  |
                                    (You've got a)

                E7                      A	
4. You've got a way to keep me on your side
                 E7                           A
   You give me clothes for love that I can't hide
              D                             A
   For you I know I'd even try to turn the tide
 	            E7                A  |  A  |
   Be-cause you're mine__ I walk the line
    
   (Key Change)  
   |  E  |   E  |  E  |  E  |  E  |  E  |
      M-m-m...                     (I keep a)

             B7                           E
5. I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
              B7                      E
   I keep my eyes wide o-pen all the time
               A                          E 
   I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
	            B7		      E  |  E  |
   Be-cause you're mine__ I walk the line  
    	            B7		      E  | E  E |
   Be-cause you're mine__ I walk the line     ↑   
                                          (1& 2&)...

E Major → A Maj → D Maj → A Maj → E Major

Red numbers: Finger positions/notes played
A column of 1's: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string

Right-Handed Chord Tabs 

           E                 E7                  A                 A7 
    e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|
    B|---|---|---|     B|---|---|---|     B|---|-3-|---|     B|---|-3-|---|
    G|-1-|---|---|     G|-1-|---|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|---|---|
    D|---|-3-|---|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|-1-|---|     D|---|-1-|---|
    A|---|-2-|---|     A|---|-2-|---|     A|---|---|---|     A|---|---|---|
    E|---|---|---|     E|---|---|---|     E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3
  
            G                  B7                   D  
    e |---|---|-3-|     e |---|-4-|---|     e |---|-2-|---| 
    B |---|---|---|     B |---|---|---|     B |---|---|-3-|
    G |---|---|---|     G |---|-3-|---|     G |---|-1-|---|
    D |---|---|---|     D |-1-|---|---|     D |---|---|---|
    A |---|-1-|---|     A |---|-2-|---|     A |---|---|---|x
    E |---|---|-2-|     E |---|---|---|x    E |---|---|---|x
Frets   1   2   3           1   2   3           1   2   3


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 

          E                 E7                  A                 A7
    |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e
    |---|---|---|B     |---|---|---|B     |---|-3-|---|B     |---|-3-|---|B
    |---|---|-1-|G     |---|---|-1-|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|---|---|G
    |---|-3-|---|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|-1-|---|D     |---|-1-|---|D
    |---|-2-|---|A     |---|-3-|---|A     |---|---|---|A     |---|---|---|A
    |---|---|---|E     |---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets


          G                  B7                   D
    |-3-|---|---| e     |---|-4-|---| e     |---|-2-|---| e
    |---|---|---| B     |---|---|---| B     |-3-|---|---| B
    |---|---|---| G     |---|-3-|---| G     |---|-1-|---| G
    |---|---|---| D     |---|---|-1-| D     |---|---|---| D
    |---|-1-|---| A     |---|-2-|---| A    x|---|---|---| A
    |-2-|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E    x|---|---|---| E
      3   2   1           3   2   1           3   2   1   Frets

Johnny Cash

Born: J. R. Cash on Feb 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas, U.S.A.

Died: Sept 12, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A. (aged 71)

Music Styles: Country, rock and roll, folk, gospel

Active Years: 1954 - 2003

Profession: singer songwriter, guitarist, actor, author

Instruments: vocals, guitar


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