Ventura Highway chords & lyrics

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Ventura Highway chords & song details ... Lyrics
Key Signature: D Major Time Signature: 4/4 time Tempo: ~ 130 bpm (♩)
Written Chords ... (B) - barre chord Song Chords: Dmaj7, Em7, F#m7, G, Gmaj7
Dmaj7: x00222 Em7: 020000 Em7: 020040 OR 022040
F#m7: 242222 (B) G: 320003 Gmaj7: xx5432 OR 320002

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Ventura Highway by America

Intro: 4/4
   |      |  G  |      |  Dmaj7  |      |  G  |      | Dmaj7  |      |      
    (Riff)       (riff)           (riff)       (riff)          (riff)

  G                                                 Dmaj7
1. Chew-in' on a piece of grass___ Wal-kin' down the  ro-o-oad
  G                               Dmaj7
   Tell me how long___ You gon-na stay here Joe
  G                                   Dmaj7
   Some people say___ This town don't look good in snow
  G                    Dmaj7  |  Dmaj7  |
   You don't care___ I know

       G                              Dmaj7
Chorus: Ven-tu-ra High-way___ In   the  sun-shine
                   G                                               Dmaj7
        Where the days are lon-ger___ The nights are stron-ger than  moon-shine
       G                      Dmaj7                                 F#m7 | F#m7 |
        You're gon-na go___ I know-oo-ow-oo-ow-oo-ow-oo-ow-oo-ow-oo-ow
                  Em7                     F#m7
       'Cause the free wind is blow-in' through your hair
                Em7                F#m7
        And the days sur-round you day-light there
     Em7                F#m7
        Seas-ons crying no despair
              Em7             F#m7                 Gmaj7  |  Gmaj7  |
        All-i-ga-tor liz-ards in the air___ In the air
   
    
       |Dmaj7            |  Dmaj7  |   G   |   G   |  Dmaj7  |  Dmaj7  |
        Doo – doo – doo...

  G                                               Dmaj7
2. Wish-in' on a fal-lin' star___ Wait-in' for the  ear-ly train
  G                                Dmaj7
   Sor-ry boy but Iv'e been hit by purp-le rain
  G                                 Dmaj7
   Aw come on Joe___ You can al-ways  change your name
  G                             Dmaj7  |  Dmaj7  |
   Thanks a lot son___ Just the same
  
       G                             Dmaj7
Chorus: Ven-tu-ra High-way___ In  the  sun-shine
                   G                                               Dmaj7
        Where the days are lon-ger___ The nights are stron-ger than  moon-shine
       G                      Dmaj7                                 F#m7 | F#m7 |
        You're gon-na go___ I know-oo-ow-oo-ow-oo-ow-oo-ow-oo-ow-oo-ow
                  Em7                     F#m7
       'Cause the free wind is blow-in' through your hair
                Em7                F#m7
        And the days sur-round you day-light there
     Em7                F#m7
        Seas-ons crying no despair
              Em7             F#m7                 Gmaj7 |  Gmaj7  |
        All-i-ga-tor liz-ards in the air___ In the air
   
    
    ||: Dmaj7              |  Dmaj7  |   G   |   G   :||
        Doo – doo – doo...                              ...repeat and fade
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Notes
  • Degree of Difficulty: Fairly Easy - becomes a little more difficult if you are playing the riffs which are very catchy and run throughout the entire song.
  • Song Key: D major... 2 sharps (F# & C#)
  • 4/4 Time: This means 4 beats per bar, each with the value of a crotchet or quarter-note.
  • If you want to learn the riff, I have included a video by a guitarist called 'stratofender2003' who plays the riffs beautifully... you get a full view of his guitar work which is excellent.
  • For beginner guitarists, the chords look a little scary at first but after playing them for a while they become very easy.
  • You don't have to play the Gmaj7 chord, but it does sound good. Simply replace it with a G chord if you prefer.

    There are a few different way to play Gmaj7. The chord formula is 1 - 3 - 5 - 7 which translates to G - B - D - F#. If you find the first variation (xx5432) a little difficult due to the stretch over 4 frets, try the second variation (320002) which is easier to play.
  • The important thing is that you can sing or play the melody over the chords. I have kept the chords as simple as possible so that the majority of people can play along... enjoy.
America

Ventura Highway Lyrics

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

Ventura Highway in the sunshine
Where the days are longer
The nights are stronger than moonshine
You're gonna go I know...

'Cause the free wind is blowin' through your hair
And the days surround your daylight there
Seasons crying no despair
Alligator lizards in the air, in the air

Doo doo doo doo ...

Wishin' on a falling star waitin' 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 a lot son, just the same

Ventura Highway in the sunshine
Where the days are longer
The nights are stronger than moonshine
You're gonna go I know...

'Cause the free wind is blowin' through your hair
And the days surround your daylight there
Seasons crying no despair
Alligator lizards in the air, in the air

Doo doo doo doo ...



Song & Artists

America
America

Song: Ventura Highway

Writer: Dewey Bunnell

Producers: America

Released: October, 1972

Label: Warner Bros.

Album: Homecoming

Music Style: Rock

Chart Success: Reached No 8 on the Billboard Top 40 Pop Charts.

America is an English /American folk rock band, who were hugely successful throughout the 70's. Their original members consisted of Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, and Dan Peek. In 1972 while still only teenagers, they won an Academy Award for Best New Musical Artist.

They had numerous hits, including Horse With No Name, Sister Golden Hair, (both these songs reached #1), Tin Man, Daisy Jane, Lonely People, and Ventura Highway which was written by Dewey Bunnell. It was released in 1972, and hit the number 8 spot on the Billboard Top 40 Charts where it spent a total of nine weeks.

Dan Peek left the band in 1977, but Gerry and Dewey continued on, and to this day still perform around 100 shows a year to loyal fans everywhere. If you love the sound of acoustic guitars, you will love America... official website

America - The Original Band:
Gerry Beckley - vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica
Dewey Bunnell- vocals, guitar, percussion
Dan Peek - vocals, guitar, bass, keyboards, harmonica