Ventura Highway

by America - chords & lyrics

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 (♩) with 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.

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