Chuck Berry - Promised Land Guitar Chords

Chuck Berry

blues-rock, christmas, classic rock, folk rock

Song versions: 1 2
Chords: E, A, D, G, B, C
Promised Land - Chuck Berry (1964)
'GREATLY' Covered By Elvis (and MANY others), Too!
Tabbed/Chorded By: Skidaddy, Esq., G.Q.

4/4 TIME @ 168 BPM (2 Min. 34 Sec.) in 'G'.

Chords Used: (CAPO 5th Fret to match Orig. in 'C') -
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           GUITAR            KEYBOARD
      E  A  D  G  B  e     Bass| Chord
     ------------------    -------------
G  -  3  2  0  0  0  3      G    B-D-G   -OR-
   -  3  2  0  0  3  3
C  -  x  3  2  0  1  0      C    G-C-E   -OR-
   -  x  3  2  0  1  3
D  -  x  x  0  2  3  2      D    A-D-F#

INTRO: [2.375 M]
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  + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

e|------|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|3---------------|
B|--3-5-|3-3-3-3-3-3-3-3-|3-6-5-3-3-------|
G|4-----|----------------|--6-5-3-4-0-0---|
D|------|----------------|----------5-5---|
A|------|----------------|----------------|
E|------|----------------|----------------|
                                        I

VERSE #1: [8 M]
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|G                      |G                        |G                     |
 left… my home… in… Nor-… folk,… Vir-gin-ia, Cal-i-for-… nia on… my mind…

|C       |D                                   |D                          |
 …      I strad-dled that… Grey-hound and rode… him in-to Ral-eigh, and on…

|D                     |G        |
… a-cross… Car-… o-line…       We

VERSE #2: [8 M]
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|G                              |G                       |
 stopped… at… Char-lotte, we by-… passed… Rock… Hill,… we

|G                         |C                 |D                            |
 nev-er was a min-ute… late…      Well, we was nine-ty miles… out of At-lan-…

|D                      |D                            |G        |
…-ta by… sun-down,… rol-… lin' out of Geor-… gia State…       We

VERSE #3: [8 M]
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|G                               |G                        |
 had… mo-tor trou-ble that turned… in-to a strug-gle half-…

|G                        |C                     |D                      |
-way a-cross… Al-a-… bam'…       Well, that hound… broke… down… and… left…

|D                     |D                          |G       |
… us all… strand-ed in… down-… town… Bir-… ming-ham…        

GUITAR SOLO #1: [8 M]
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|G       |G       |G       |C       |D       |D       |D       |G       |

VERSE #4: [8 M]
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|G                         |G                               |
 Right a-way I bought me… a through train…  tick-et, rid-in'

|G                             |C         |D                            |
 'cross… Mis-sis-sip-pi… clean,…       and I was on… that mid-night fly-…

|D                        |D                            |G          |
…-er out of Bir-ming-ham,… smok-in' in-… to New Or-leans…       Some-

VERSE #5: [8 M]
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|G                       |G                      |
-bod-… y… help me get out… of Lou-'si-an-a,… just

|G                            |C              |D                    |
 help me get to Hous-ton… town…      There are peo-ple…  there… who…

|D                             |D                            |G         |
 care a lit-tle a-bout me,… and they won't… let the poor boy… down…

VERSE #6: [8 M]
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|G                                  |G                   |
 Sure… as you're born,… they brought…  me a silk suit,…

|G                         |C               |D                 |
 put lug-gage… in my… hand,…      and I woke… up… high… o-… ver

|D                      |D                          |G       |
 Al-… bu-… quer-que on a jet… to… the prom-ised land…

GUITAR SOLO #2: [8 M]
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|G       |G       |G       |C       |D       |D       |D       |G       |

VERSE #7: [8 M]
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|G                          |G                      |
 Work-in' on a T-bone… steak… a-… la car-te, fly-in'

|G                            |C                |D                         |
 o-ver to the Gold-… en State,…     ah, when the pi-… lot… told us in thir-…

|D                        |D                             |G       |
…-teen…  min-utes he would… set us at the ter-mi-nal gate…

VERSE #8: [8 M]
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|G                           |G                |G                           |
 Swing… low,… char-i-ot, come… down… ea-… sy…   Tax-i to the ter-mi-nal zone…

|C       |D                           |D                        |
…         Cut your…  en-gines and cool… your wings,… and let… me

|D                           |G         |
 make it to the tel-… e-phone…       Los

VERSE #9: [8 M]
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|G                        |G                        |
 An-… ge-les give… me Nor-…  folk, Vir-gin-ia,… Tide-

|G                          |C                  |D                       |
-wat-er, four-… ten-o-… nine…     Tell the folks… back… home… this is the

|D                               |D                        |G       |
 prom-ised land… cal-lin' and the poor… boy's… on… the line…

CODA: [17 M] 'Guitar Solo #3' (Extended finish since original fades out) -
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|G       |G       |G       |C       |D       |D       |D       |G       |


|G       |G       |G       |C                  |D                       |
                                 Tell the folks… back… home… this is the

|D                               |D                        |G      |…      |
 prom-ised land… cal-lin' and the poor… boy's… on… the line…

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