Ventura Highway chords & lyrics

by America

Song Details

America

Writer: Dewey Bunnell

Album: Homecoming

Producers: America

Released: October, 1972

Music Style: Rock

Music: Key of D Major in 4/4 time at ~ 130 bpm (♩)
chords: Dmaj7, Em7, F#m7, G, Gmaj7
  • Dmaj7: xx0222
  • F#m7: 242222 (B)
  • G: 320003
  • Em7: 020000
  • Em7: 020030 / 022030
  • Gmaj7: 320002 / xx5432
America

Origin: London, England

Line-up: Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell, Dan Peek (passed away)

Active Years: 1970 – present

Music Styles: Folk rock, soft rock, pop

Wikipedia: America

Official Website: venturahighway.com

Charts - Tips

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

D Major

Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4: 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   
        Dmaj7               G                Em7              F#m7              Gmaj7
  e |---|-1-|---|   e |---|---|-3-|   e |---|---|---|   e |-1-|---|---|   e |---|-1-|---|
  B |---|-1-|---|   B |---|---|---|   B |---|---|-3-|   B |-1-|---|---|   B |---|---|---|
  G |---|-1-|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |---|---|---|   G |-1-|---|---|   G |---|---|---|
  D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |---|---|---|   D |-1-|---|---|   D |---|---|---|
  A |---|---|---|x  A |---|-1-|---|   A |---|-1-|---|   A |-1-|---|-3-|   A |---|-2-|---|
  E |---|---|---|x  E |---|---|-2-|   E |---|---|---|   E |-1-|---|---|   E |---|---|-3-|
Frets 1   2   3         1   2   3         1   2   3         2   3   4         1   2   3

Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
     Dmaj7               G                Em7              F#m7              Gmaj7
 |---|-1-|---| e   |-3-|---|---| e   |---|---|---| e   |---|---|-1-| e   |---|-1-|---| e
 |---|-1-|---| B   |---|---|---| B   |-3-|---|---| B   |---|---|-1-| B   |---|---|---| B
 |---|-1-|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|---| G   |---|---|-1-| G   |---|---|---| G
 |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|---|---| D   |---|---|-1-| D   |---|---|---| D
x|---|---|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A   |---|-1-|---| A   |-3-|---|-1-| A   |---|-2-|---| A
x|---|---|---| E   |-2-|---|---| E   |---|---|---| E   |---|---|-1-| E   |-3-|---|---| E
   3   2   1         3   2   1         3   2   1         4   3   2         3   2   1 Frets

Notes

  • Level Of Ease: Fairly - 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 ways to play Gmaj7. The chord formula is 1 - 3 - 5 - 7 which translates to G - B - D - F#. The first variation (320002) is easier to play, while the second variation (xx5432) is a little more difficult due to the stretch over 4 frets.
  • There are several variations of Em7 - the easiest is 020000 while the 020030 variation works a little better in this song. All the tabbed charts above are the preferred versions of each chord.
  • 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.
Ventura Highway chords and lyrics

Free Music Transpositions for Firefox users Simply highlight & copy the song sheet above - then click on the button... more.
Back to Popular Music

Contact Me