Ventura Highway chords & lyrics

by America

  • Ventura Highway was written by Dewey Bunnell from the band America.
  • They released the song in October, 1972 from the album Homecoming which was also produced by the band.
  • Music: Key of D Major in 4/4 time at ~ 130 bpm (♩)
  • Chords: Dmaj7, Em7, F#m7, G, Gmaj7

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

Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
White Numbered Circles: Optional Notes
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string
R: Root Note

Right Handed Charts:

Left Handed Charts:

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 or 022030 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.
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