Cowboy Junkies - Lay It Down Chords

 
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
3
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2 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
4
3
1
2
1
5 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
2
3
4
1
5 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
4
4
4
X
7 fr
         
         
         
         
         
4
3
1
1
1
X
7 fr
         
         
         
         
         
3
2
1
1
1
4

10 fr
         
         
         
         
         
1
3
4
2
1
1
12 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
3
4
3
5 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
         
         
         
         
         
X
3
2
1
3 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
2
3
4
1
8 fr
         
         
         
         
         
1
3
4
2
1
1
3 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
X
3
4
1
5 fr
         
         
         
         
         
3
2
1
1
1
4
10 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
3
4
3

12 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
4
3
1
2
1
3 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
         
         
         
         
         
X
2
3
1
5 fr
         
         
         
         
         
1
3
4
1
1
1
5 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
1
1
8 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
3
2
4
1
2 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
4
4
4
7 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
3
4
2

9 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
4
3
1
2
X
12 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
3
4
2
1
5 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
         
         
         
         
         
3
2
4
3 fr
         
         
         
         
         
1
3
4
2
1
1
         
         
         
         
         
2
1
3
4
3 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
3
2
1
1
5 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
3
4
3
7 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
4
3
1
2
1

10 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
2
3
4
X
10 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
3
3
3
1
12 fr
         
         
         
         
         
3
2
1
1
1
4

B

variations
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
2
3
4
1
6 fr
         
         
         
         
         
1
3
4
2
1
1
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
4
4
4
X
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
X
3
4
1
3 fr
         
         
         
         
         
3
2
1
1
1
4
8 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
3
4
3

10 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
4
3
1
2
1
3 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
3
4
2
1
8 fr
         
         
         
         
         
1
3
4
1
1
1
         
         
         
         
         
X
3
1
X
X
         
         
         
         
         
X
4
1
2
X
8 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
3
1
1
1
10 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
3
4
2

12 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
4
3
1
2
X
         
         
         
         
         
1
3
4
2
1
1
5 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
4
3
1
2
1
3 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
2
4
3
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
3
2
1
1
8 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
3
3
3
1
10 fr
         
         
         
         
         
4
3
1
1
1
X

10 fr
         
         
         
         
         
3
2
1
1
1
4

E

variations
3 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
4
3
1
2
1
6 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
2
3
4
1
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
2
4
3
3 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
4
3
1
2
X
8 fr
         
         
         
         
         
4
3
1
1
1
X
8 fr
         
         
         
         
         
3
2
1
1
1
4

11 fr
         
         
         
         
         
1
3
4
2
1
1
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
2
3
1
5 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
3
4
2
1
10 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
1
1
5 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
3
2
1
2 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
4
3
1
2
X
10 fr
         
         
         
         
         
1
3
4
1
1
1

12 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
3
4
2
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
3
4
2
1
7 fr
         
         
         
         
         
1
3
4
1
1
1
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
3
4
2
X
7 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
3
1
1
1
9 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
3
4
2
11 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
4
3
1
2
X
         
         
         
         
         
2
3
1
4 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
4
3
1
2
1
7 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
4
4
4
X
2 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
2
4
3
4 fr
         
         
         
         
         
4
3
1
2
1
7 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
3
3
3
1

9 fr
         
         
         
         
         
4
3
1
1
1
X
9 fr
         
         
         
         
         
3
2
1
1
1
4
12 fr
         
         
         
         
         
1
3
4
2
1
1
4 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
7 fr
         
         
         
         
         
1
3
4
2
1
1
         
         
         
         
         
X
2
1
X
3
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
4
4
4
X
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
3
3
3
1
4 fr
         
         
         
         
         
4
3
1
1
1
X
4 fr
         
         
         
         
         
3
2
1
1
1
4

9 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
3
4
3
11 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
4
3
1
2
1
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
2
3
5 fr
         
         
         
         
         
1
3
4
2
1
1
2 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
1
1
4
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
2
2 fr
         
         
         
         
         
3
2
1
1
1
4
7 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
3
4
3

9 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
4
3
1
2
1
12 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
3
3
3
1

Esus4

variations
         
         
         
         
         
2
3
4
2 fr
         
         
         
         
         
1
2
3
4
4 fr
         
         
         
         
         
3
4
1
2
7 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
3
3
4
1
7 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
1
3
4
1
12 fr
         
         
         
         
         
1
3
3
3
1
1

         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         

Gm

variations
4 fr
         
         
         
         
         
1
3
4
1
1
1
6 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
3
4
2
4 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
3
1
1
1
         
         
         
         
         
4
2
1
X
X
X
8 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
4
3
1
2
X
11 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
3
4
2
1

Fm

variations
         
         
         
         
         
1
3
4
1
1
1
4 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
3
4
2
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
3
1
1
1
9 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
3
4
2
1
6 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
4
3
1
2
X

Cm

variations
4 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
3
4
2
1
9 fr
         
         
         
         
         
1
3
4
1
1
1
         
         
         
         
         
X
4
2
1
X
X
         
         
         
         
         
X
4
3
1
2
X
4 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
X
X
2
1
11 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
3
4
2

4 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X

F

variations
         
         
         
         
         
1
3
4
2
1
1
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
3
2
1
1
6 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
4
3
1
2
1
4 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
2
4
3
9 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
3
3
3
1
11 fr
         
         
         
         
         
4
3
1
1
1
X

11 fr
         
         
         
         
         
3
2
1
1
1
4
         
         
         
         
         
2
3
3 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
2
4
1
7 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
3
4
2
1
2 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
3
4
2
3 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
3
2
4
1
4 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
4
3
1
2
X

12 fr
         
         
         
         
         
1
3
4
1
1
1

Am

variations
4 fr
         
         
         
         
         
1
3
4
1
1
1
6 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
1
3
4
2
4 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
X
3
1
1
1
         
         
         
         
         
4
2
1
X
X
X
8 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
4
3
1
2
X
11 fr
         
         
         
         
         
X
1
3
4
2
1
No chord
Standard guitar tuning:
E
A
D
G
B
E
No capo
I D guess I believe that there's a point to what we C do. But I Am ask myself is there something more beGsides you? A COMMON DISASTER by the Cowboy Junkies {This is arranged for a single guitar -- they play the first bit of the riff on the bass, and have the guitar playing the synchopated chords. For the lines I've marked B, the guitar actually stays on Cm, with the second and fourth notes of the main bass line reversed, so that there's a Bb bass note under the chord, but that sounds a bit weird if you're playing it solo.}
(e) |-----------------|-----3-----3---3-|
 B  |-----------------|-----4-----4---4-|   Let the last chord ring.
 G  |-----------------|-----5-----5---5-|   Play twice for intro.
 D  |-----------------|-----5-----5---5-|
 A  |-----------------|-3---3-----3---3-|
 E  |-----------3-6-3-|-----------------|
1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & 1 & 2 & 3 & 4 & Cm A candle burning for everything I've ever wanted. Cm A tattoo burned for everything I've ever wanted and lost. B I had a long list of names that I kept in my back pocket, Cm but I've cut it down to one and your name's at the top. F Won't you E share a common disCmaster E Share with F me a common disBaster Dm Oh E oh, common disCmaster Cm I found myself a friend, but he's crooked as a stick in water. Cm So now I'm writing fairy tales to catch the spirit of revenge. B He's got a plan to steal my little sister, Cm but I'm not too concerned 'cause I will get him in the end. Chorus Solo on First Half Of Verse, First Line of Chorus Cm Going to find me someone to share a common disaster. Cm Run away with me from a life so cramped and dull. B Not worry too much about the happily-ever-after. Cm Just keep the Caddy moving 'til we're well beyond that hill. Chorus LAY IT DOWN by the Cowboy Junkies {Play around with your chord voicings on this. I've been getting a good sound playing D as x077x5 and just sliding that form up and down, so C is x055x3, etc. You can play the second string open on the E chord, but the rest of the time it sounds better muted. Also worth a try is playing D x/0/0/14/10/0. I've written the chorus as D's on the fifth and tenth frets, but play around with that as well.}

D C Bm D

D C Bm D F E D

He D left his dead in the C cottonwood trees the Bm ground grown too hard with the D years. D Falling down was not what it C used to be the Bm ground grown too hard with the D years. F E D

D C Bm D

He D told his children those C little white lies the Bm truth would only paraDlyze them. F E D D He told himself those C little white lies the Bm truth would only paraDlyze him. [Dv] Lay it [Dx] down, [Dx] lay it [Dv] down.

D C B A

D B A D

He D sold most of what he C cherished, the Bm rest he let them D steal. F E D D Shot his dog out in the C open field the Bm rest he let them D steal.

D C Bm D F E D

He D broke all of his C promises, Bm under a sea green D sky. D They never thought to C ask him why, Bm under a sea green D sky. Chorus Solo over a drone in D D Please bury me in the C cottonwood trees the Bm ground grown too D cold for me. D Going to sleep tonight in a C warm feather bed the Bm ground grown too D cold for me. Chorus HOLD ON TO ME by the Cowboy Junkies
One thing more: In HOLD ON TO ME it isn't E A how you said,
or at least i heard sometingh else, it sounded, for me, more like
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{The lyric sheet has two repetitions of "Hold on to me" at the end, but drag the ending out as long as you'd like. The coda keeps repeating the E Esus4 E Esus4 pattern.}

E Esus4 E Esus4 E Esus4

E If you Es4 offered me a E shade of Es4 blue would I reEturn it Es4 saying that E it was Es4 too dark or Gm light? Or would I B see it for the Gm precious thing that Fm it might one Gm day A be? Hold on to E me. Esus4 E Esus4 E If you Es4 offered me a E point of Es4 view would I disEmiss it Es4 saying that E it was Es4 too black and Gm white? Or would I B see it as the Gm special thing That Fm it would no Gm doubt A be? Hold on to E me. Esus4 E Esus4 I'll B hold on to this A gift we share it is as B slippery as it is Cm rare. I'll B hold on to that A feeling of Gm waking and finding you Cm there. Fm I'll hold on Gm to A you and you hold on to E me. Es4 E Es4 E If I Es4 asked you for a E simple Es4 thing would you E do it Es4 without E too much Es4 thinking or Gm fuss? Would you B see it for the Gm precious thing that Fm it would sureGmly A be? Hold on to E me. Esus4 E Esus4 Hold on to me. Hold on to me. COME CALLING by the Cowboy Junkies

Cm A B B

Cm B A A

The Cm stillness here, like what he A sometimes finds inBside her, B Cm hits so hard it can B steal your breath forAever. A He Cm sometimes wonders is the A sum of their lives toBgether B Cm him on the floor and her B lost to a mind in A tatters. A These days he's F drinking for the pleasure of A falling and he's F falling for the pleasure of preAtending that she's F sitting by the window A waiting for him to come Cm calling. A B B

Cm B A A

If Cm I could fix me up a A week of twilight B hours B we'd Cm sit on the point and watch the B sun continually A flounder. A Cm Bathed in gold we'd plug A into some kind of B power B and conCmnect with those days back beBfore all of this went A sour. A 'Cause I'm F drinking for the pleasure of A falling and I'm F falling for the pleasure of preAtending that you're F sitting by the window A waiting for me to come Cm calling. A B B

Cm B A A

Cm Odd how the darkness A always makes us B whisper B and with the Cm last of the sun you can B feel the approach of the A winter. A Cm Now is the time of each A day that I desperately B miss her. B I supCmpose I will learn how to B live my life withAout her. A So you're F drinking for the pleasure of A falling and you're F falling for the pleasure of preAtending that I'm F sitting by the window A waiting for you to come Cm calling. A Cm A for you to come Cm calling. A Cm A for you to come Cm calling. A Cm A for you to come Cm calling. A Cm A JUST WANT TO SEE by the Cowboy Junkies {This is fragment number two. Marking where the chord changes occur is a bit of a pain, since there are two vocal tracks -- the D on "guilt" and the following "just" mean that the vocals overlap, not that you should play two bars of D. The chords for the chorus are real sketchy.}

E E D C

E E D C

E E D C

E E D C

E I don't want to be no patch on no quilt

D C

E Tear-stained stitching linking memories to D guilt

D C

E I don't want to be no hair on no wall

D C

E Blood-stained note saying fuck you all

D C E D C

[D?] Tommy, are you ready we [G?] better head to town [Am?] J.D.'s box is waiting to be [Am?]lowered down and you [Dm?] know how he [G?] hates to be kept waiting Am 'round G

E E D C

E E D C

E I don't want to be no chalk line D drawing

D C

E Toe-tagged question mark, until identiDfying

D C

E I don't want to fuse with no economy seat

D C

E fuel some fireball at 30,000 feet

D C E D C

[] Tommy, did you catch his face [] before they closed the lid? I [] swear I saw him wink once and [] flash me that old grin. Oh, you [] know, that would [] be just like [] him. []

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E E D C

E E D C

E I don't want to face no hollow-eyed D ending

D C

E Loved ones buried, empty days of waiting

D C E D C

Tommy, darling, come to bed we'll try and sleep away this sadness. These memories, too, are bound to die so our dreams will have to serve us. Tomorrow may be the day that our love betrays us. LONELY SINKING FEELING by the Cowboy Junkies {Fragment number three, though this time I've included all the lyrics. These chords work, but are oversimplified -- there's a lot more going on than this. I also haven't done the bridge yet.} She says, "I'm getting that C lonely sinking F feeling, you G know what I mean?" G With his G hand on her back he's F thinking, "Where does C that leave me?" C C "Just when I think I've unCcovered the secret to F peace and tranquiliGty that G lonely sinking F feeling creeps C up on me." He says, "I'm seeing those [] doubt filled questioning [] eyes and I can't be[]lieve it's true." With her [] head in her hands she [] sighs, "It's [] me, not you." [] "Just when I thought that I'd dis[]covered the joy of [] loving one so com[]pletely that [] lonely sinking [] feeling creeps [] up on me." Here in this silent room we wait on ancient ritual. Staring at our hearts as if they were two caged animals. If I am the first to unlock those rusty doors will I be the first found bleeding on the floor? She says, "I'm getting that lonely sinking feeling, you know what I mean?" With his hand on her back he's thinking, "Where does that leave me?" "Just when I think I've uncovered the secret to peace and tranquility that lonely sinking feeling creeps up on me. Just when I thought that I'd discovered the joy of loving one so completely that lonely sinking feeling creeps up on me. that lonely sinking feeling creeps up on me." ANGEL MINE by the Cowboy Junkies Introduction on Verse Twice He C searched for those wings that he Am knew that this angel should Em have at her back. Em And alFthough he can't find them he C really don't mind because he G knows they'll grow back. G And he C reached for that halo that he Am knows that she had when she Em first caught his eye. Em Although his F hand came back empty he's C really not worried because he G knows it still shines. G F I can't promise that I'll G grow those wings or C keep this tarnished G halo F shined but I'll F never betray your G trust angel C mine. C I C search all the time on the Am ground for our shadows Em cast side by side. Em F Just to remind me that I C haven't gone crazy that you exGist and are mine. G And I C know that your skin is as Am warm and as real as that Em smile in your eyes. Em But I F have to keep touching and C smelling and tasting for G fear it's all lies. G Chorus Solo on Verse C Last night I awoke from the Am deepest of sleeps with your Em voice in my head. Em And I could F tell by your breathing that C you were still sleeping I reGpeated those words that you had said. G Chorus Chorus Solo on Verse Twice and Fade BEA'S SONG (RIVER SONG TRILOGY: PART II) {The guitar part here is mostly arpeggios; the intro is the middle four strings on a C chord.} Speed C River at my feet running low and flat I'm Am sitting here burning daylight, thinking about the past and that F distance out there where the earth meets the C sky. The G slightest move and this river mud pulls me F further down. G John's at my side, but he's F sitting on C firmer ground. C John says I look at the moon and the stars Am these days more often than I look into his eyes and I F can't disagree so I don't say C nothing. I just G stare on past his face at Venus F rising, like a G shining speck of F hope hanging over the hoCrizon. With C each passing year that I sit here that hoAmrizon seems to inch just that much nearer and F all that appears on it seems as clear as C spit. But if there's G one thing in my life that these years have F taught it's that you can G always see it F coming but you can never C stop it. Solo on Verse Speed C River at my feet running low and flat I'm Am sitting here burning daylight, thinking about the past and that F distance out there where the earth meets the C sky. The G slightest move and this river mud pulls me F further down. G John's at my side, but he's not F noticing that I'm C drowning. The G slightest move and this river mud pulls me F further down. G John's at my side, but he's not F noticing that I'm C drowning. SPEAKING CONFIDENTIALLY by the Cowboy Junkies {Each chord in the main riff gets two beats except for the last pair, where the A and the G#m combined get two beats, and the G#m is really just a grace note back into the riff.}

Cm A B Am A Fm Am A Am

Cm A B Am A Fm Am A Am

Cm Speaking A confiBdentially Am A the fire that Fm burnt inGmside of A me Gm Cm has turned to A ash the B tortured Gm tree A that grows beFmside the Gm anguished A sea. Gm Cm A B Am A Speaking Fm confiAmdentially. A Am Cm Speaking A metaBphoricalAmly A the earth I Fm trust beGmneath my A feet Gm Cm is moving A now ever B so slightGmly A I shift my Fm feet but Gm feel no reAlief. Gm Cm A B Am A Speaking Fm metaAmphorically. A Am Cm A B Gm A Fm A Gm <-- {the violin line is slightly Cm A B Am A Fm A Am different from the intro riff}

Cm A B Am A Fm Am A Am

Cm Speaking A hypoBthetically Am A if the air you Fm breathed was Gm so uAnique Gm Cm would you A use it up to B idly Gm speak A or horde it Fm for A Am rainy A week. Am Cm A B Am A Speaking Fm hypoAmthetically. A Am Cm Speaking A kind of B cryptically Am A the sea that Fm raged beGmside the A tree Gm Cm burning A bright for B all to Gm see A it just might Fm mean the Gm most to A me. Gm Cm A B Am A Speaking Fm kind of Am cryptically. A Am

Cm A B Am A Fm A Am

Cm A B Am A Fm A Am

Cm A B Am A Fm Am A Am

Cm A B Am A Fm Am A Am

Cm A B Am A Fm Am A Am

NOW I KNOW by the Cowboy Junkies C Now I know, now I G know what it means to be F broken. F C Now I know, now I G know what it means to be F bared. F C You in the chair G perceptibly F sinking. F C I'm on my knees once aGgain made aware of the F world out there. F C Grief is a word to deGscribe the absense of F feeling. F C Now I know, now I G know what it means to be C broken. C Now I C know, now I know, now I G know what it means to be F broken. F Now I C know, now I know, now I G know what it means to be F bared. F C You in the chair G systematically F sinking. F C I'm on my knees once aGgain made aware of the F world out there. F C Grief is a word to deGscribe the absense of F feeling. F Now I C know, now I know, now I G know what it means to be C broken. C

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