Red Dirt Girl chords

by Emmylou Harris

  • Red Dirt Girl was written by Emmylou Harris and released from the album of the same name.
  • Recorded: March–April 2000
  • Released: September 12, 2000
  • Chart Success: Peaked at No.3 on the Billboard Country Album Charts
  • Grammy Award - 2001: Best Contemporary Folk Album
  • Key: G major
  • Music: 2/2 time at ~ 80 bpm (𝅗𝅥)
  • Chords: G, C, D, Em

Red Dirt Girl by Emmylou Harris

 Intro: 2/2  |  G  |  𝄎  |  G  |  𝄎  |
             |  G  |  𝄎  |  G  |  𝄎  |  G   |  𝄎  |  G  |  𝄎  |
1. Me and my best friend Lil-li-an

   And her blue tick hound dog Gid-e-on
   Sit-tin' on the front porch' cool-in' in the shade
   Sing-in' ev'-ry song that the ra-di-o played
   Wait-in' for the Al-a-bam-a sun to go down
   Two red dirt girls in a red dirt town
          G       |  G  |  G  |  G  |
   Me and Lil-li-an
          Em        C          D                        C      |  C  |
   Just a-cross the line and a lit-tle south-east of Me-ri-di-an
   |  G  |  G  |
2. She loved her bro-ther I re-mem-ber back when

   He was fix-in' up a '49 In-di-an
   He told her "Lit-tle sis-ter, gon-na ride the wind
   Up a-round the moon and back a-gain"
   He ne-ver got far-ther than Vi-et-nam
   I was stan-din' there with her when the tel-e-gram come
       G       |  G  |  G  |  G  |
   For Lil-li-an
            Em          C              D                      C      |  C  |
   Now he's ly-in' some-where a-bout a mil-lion miles from Me-ri-di-an
   |  G  |  G  |
Chorus: She said "There's not much hope for a red dirt girl
        Some-where out there is a great big world,
               G             |  G  |  G  |
        That's where I'm bound
        And the stars might fall on Al-a-ba-ma, 
            C                                             G
        But one of these days I'm gon-na swing my ham-mer down
          G             D           |  D  |  D  |
        A-way from this red dirt town
       D                  G            |  G  |        
        I'm gon-na make a joy-ful sound"

        𝄁  G  |  𝄎  |  G  |  𝄎  |  G   |  𝄎  |  G  |  𝄎  𝄁
3. She grew up tall and she grew up thin

   Bu-ried that old dog Gid-e-on
   By a crepe myr-tle bush at the back of the yard
   Her dad-dy turned mean and her ma-ma leaned hard
   Got in trou-ble with a boy from town
   Fig-ured that she might as well set-tle down
          G          |  G  |  G  |  G  |
   So she dug right in
             Em       C           D                        C      |  C  |
   A-cross a red dirt line just a lit-tle south-east of Me-ri-di-an
   |  G  |  G  |
Bridge: She tried hard to love him but it never did take
        It was just another way for a heart to break
               G             |  G  |  G  |  G  |
        So she learned to bend
        But one thing they don't tell you 'bout the blues when you got 'em
        You keep on fallin' 'cause there ain't no bottom
             G           |  G  |  G  |                  
       There ain't no end, 
     G                  D       |  D  |  D  |  D  |
       At least not for Lil-li-an
4. No-bo-dy knows when she star-ted her skid
   She was on-ly 27 and she had 5 kids
   Coul-da' been the whis-key, coul-da been the pills
   Coul-da been the dream she was try-in' to kill
   But there won't be a men-tion in the news of the world
              C                                           G       |  G  |  G  |  G  |
   A-bout the life and the death of a red dirt girl named Lil-li-an
              Em      C          D                      C       |  C  |
   Who ne-ver got any far-ther a-cross the line than Me-ri-di-an 
   |  G  |  G  |
 Outro: Now the stars still fall on Al-a-ba-ma
            C                                     G   |  G  |
        The night she fin-al-ly laid that ham-mer down
             D            |  D  |  D  |  D  |
        With-out a sound, 
               G               |  G  |
        In the red dirt ground
        𝄁  G  |  G  |  G  |  G  |  G  |  G  𝄁  G  𝄁

🗝️ G Major

Numbered Circles: Chord fingering - number inside circle indicates which finger to use
Unmarked strings: Play open
X: Don't play string
Barre Line: One finger holds down multiple strings
R: Root Note

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Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris

Born: April 2, 1947 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Music Styles: Country, folk, Americana, country rock, country folk, bluegrass, rock, Outlaw, Country, alternative rock

Career: Singer, songwriter, musician

Instrumentsr: Vocals, guitar

Active Years: 1969 - present

Associations: Nicolette Larson, Mark Knopfler, Rodney Crowell, Bob Dylan, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Gram Parsons, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, Don Williams, Neil Young, Mary Black, John Denver

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