Ventura Highway chords & lyrics

Guitar chords & song details
America Song & Artist: Ventura Highway - America
Writer: Dewey Bunnell
Album: Homecoming
Producers: America
Released: October, 1972
Music Style: Rock
Available: iTunes
Key: D Major Time Signature: 4/4 time Tempo: ~ 130 bpm (♩)
Song Chords: Dmaj7, Em7, F#m7, G, Gmaj7 See below for tabbed chords...
Dmaj7: x00222 Em7: 020040 Em7: 020000 / 022040
F#m7: 242222 (B) G: 320003 Gmaj7: 320002 / xx5432

America - Ventura Highway

Please see below for song 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

Ventura Highway - Chord Charts


Fingers 1, 2, 3, 4 : Notes played
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string
Optional Note (1): If you don't play optional note, don't play string 
Optional Note (2): If you don't play optional note, do 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



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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 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.


Album: Homecoming - Track listings

1. Ventura Highway.mp3 - 3:31
2. To Each His Own - 3:12
3. Don't Cross The River - 2:29
4. Moon Song - 3:41
5. Only In Your Heart - 3:17
6. Till The Sun Comes Up Again - 2:12
7.Cornwall Blank - 4:19
8. Head And Heart - 3:49
9. California Revisited - 3:05
10. Saturn Nights - 3:31





History - America Greatest Hits Songbook

Vocal Melody / Piano Accompaniment / Lyrics / Chord Names / Guitar Chord Diagrams - 60 pages

Level: Intermediate

Songs include Muskrat Love, A Horse With No Name, I Need You, Sandman, Ventura Highway, Don't Cross The River, Only In Your Heart, Tin Man, Lonely People, Daisy Jane, Sister Golden Hair, Woman Tonight


America
America

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