I Walk the Line chords

by Johnny Cash
  • I Walk the Line was written by Johnny Cash. The song was recorded at Sun Studio in Memphis Tennessee on April 2, 1956 and released on May 1, 1956 from the album With His Hot and Blue Guitar.
  • Music: Several key changes - starts in F Maj → Bb Maj → Eb Maj → Bb Maj → F Maj in 2/2 time at ~116 bpm
  • Easier: Start in E Major → A Maj → D Maj → A Maj → E Maj.
  • Chords: E, E7, A, A7, B7, D, G
Chart Legend
Numbered Circles: Fingers used to play chords   O: Optional Note
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings   R: Root Note
Unmarked strings: Play open   X: Don't play string    B: Bass Note
E Major E7 A Major A7 G Major B7 D Major
E Major E7 A Major A7 G Major B7 D Major

I Walk the Line

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Song Key is highlighted - Transpose to any other key
  
Intro: 2/2 
   E  F#  G#    A       D       A       E7       B7       E
|  Bass Notes |   | 𝄎 |   | 𝄎 |   | 𝄎 |    | 𝄎 |    | 𝄎 |   | 𝄎 |
1  &  2   &                                                    (I keep a)

            B7                           E
1. I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
             B7                      E
   I keep my eyes wide o-pen all the time
              A                         E
   I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
                   B7                E
    Be-cause you're mine   I walk the line |  𝄎  |

   (Key Change)
       A
    |     |  𝄎  |  𝄎  |  𝄎  |  𝄎  |  𝄎  | 
                                       (I find it)

             E7                      A
2. I find it ve-ry ve-ry ea-sy to be true
             E7                          A
   I find my-self a-lone when each day's through
               D                       A
   Yes I'll ad-mit that I'm a fool for you 
                   E7                A
   Be-cause you're mine   I walk the line |  𝄎  |
   
   (Key Change)
      D
   |     |  𝄎  |  𝄎  |  𝄎  |  𝄎  |  𝄎  |
                                     (As sure as)
              A7                       D
3. As sure as night is dark and day is light
              A7                      D
   I keep you on my mind both day and night
              G                                  D
   And hap-pi-ness I have known proves that it's right
                   A7                D
   Be-cause you're mine   I walk the line |  𝄎  |

   (Key Change)
      A
   |     |  𝄎  |  𝄎  |  𝄎  |  𝄎  |  𝄎  |
                                    (You've got a)

                E7                      A
4. You've got a way to keep me on your side
               E7                            A
   You give me clothes for love that I can't hide
             D                             A
   For you I know I'd even try to turn the tide
                   E7                A
   Be-cause you're mine   I walk the line |  𝄎  |
     
   (Key Change)
      E
   |     |  𝄎  |  𝄎  |  𝄎  |  𝄎  |  𝄎  |
      M-m-m...                        (I keep a)

            B7                           E
5. I keep a close watch on this heart of mine
             B7                      E
   I keep my eyes wide o-pen all the time
              A                         E
   I keep the ends out for the tie that binds
                   B7                E
   Be-cause you're mine   I walk the line |  𝄎  |
                   B7                E         E
   Be-cause you're mine   I walk the line |    ↑ |
                                          (1& 2&)...

Johnny Cash

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Johnny Cash

Born: J. R. Cash on Feb 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas, U.S.A.

Died: Sept 12, 2003 in Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.A. (aged 71)

Music Styles: Country, rock and roll, folk, gospel

Active Years: 1954 - 2003

Profession: singer songwriter, guitarist, actor, author

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