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Highway Patrolman Chords
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Somebody asked for Bruce's Highway Patrolman.  Here it is,
or at least this is how I play it.  Just arpeggio the chords, and sometimes
on the D chord Bruce drops the F# note to an open E note (Dsus2??).

Nebraska hint:  The songs Nebraska, Mansion on the Hill, and Used Cars
                all use the D-G-A or D-A-G progressions in one way or

Highway Patrolman

  D                    G              D
My name is Joe Roberts I work for the state
I'm a sergeant out of Perrineville barracks number eight

 D                             G           D
I always done an honest job as honest as I could

                      A                            D
I got a brother named Frankie and Frankie ain't no good

D                                     G                  D
Now ever since we was young kids it's been the same come down

I get a call on the shortwave Frankie's in trouble downtown

        D                         G                 D
Well if it was any other man, I'd put him straight away

                     A                                  D
But when it's your brother sometimes you look the other way

G                                D
Yeah me and Frankie laughin' and drinkin'

        G                          D
Nothin' feels better than blood on blood

G                         D
Takin' turns dancin' with Maria as the band

Played "Night of the Johnstown Flood"

D                              G                D
I catch him when he's strayin' like any brother would

                          A (or A7)                    D
Man turns his back on his family well he just ain't no good

Well Frankie went in the army back in 1965
I got a farm deferment, settled down, took Maria for my wife
But them wheat prices kept on droppin'
till it was like we were gettin' robbed
Frankie came home in `68, and me, I took this job

Yeah we're laughin' and drinkin'
Nothin' feels better than blood on blood
Takin' turns dancin' with Maria
as the band Played "Night of the Johnstown Flood"
I catch him when he's strayin'
teach him how to walk that line
Man turns his back on his family he ain't no friend of mine

Well the night was like any other, I got a call `bout quarter to nine
There was trouble in a roadhouse out on the Michigan line
There was a kid lyin' on the floor lookin' bad bleedin' hard from his head
There was a girl cry'n' at a table and it was Frank, they said
Well I went out and I jumped in my car and I hit the lights
Well I musta done one hundred and ten through Michigan county that night
It was out at the crossroads, down `round Willow bank
Seen a Buick with Ohio plates. Behind the wheel was Frank
Well I chased him through them county roads
Till a sign said "Canadian border five miles from here"
I pulled over the side of the highway and watched his tail-lights disappear


Pete Palmer ([email protected])

Bruce Springsteen - Highway Patrolman Chords :: indexed at Ultimate Guitar.
Highway Patrolman tabs @ 911Tabs

About the artist behind Highway Patrolman Chords:

Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American songwriter, singer and guitarist. He has recorded and toured with the E Street Band. Springsteen is widely known for his brand of heartland rock infused with pop hooks, poetic lyrics, and Americana sentiments centered around his native New Jersey. His eloquence in expressing ordinary, everyday problems has earned him numerous awards, including eighteen Grammy Awards and an Academy Award, along with a notoriously dedicated and devoted global fan base. His most famous albums, Born to Run and Born in the U.S.A., epitomize his penchant for finding grandeur in the struggles of daily life. He has sold over 65 million albums in the U.S.[1]

Springsteen's lyrics often concern men and women struggling to make ends meet. He has gradually become identified with progressive politics. Springsteen is also noted for his support of various relief and rebuilding efforts in New Jersey and elsewhere, and for his response to the September 11, 2001 attacks, on which his album The Rising reflects.

Springsteen's recordings have tended to alternate between commercially accessible rock albums and somber folk-oriented works. Much of his iconic status stems from the concerts and marathon shows in which he and the E Street Band present intense ballads, rousing anthems, and party rock and roll songs, amongst which Springsteen intersperses long, whimsical or deeply emotional stories.

Springsteen has long had the nickname "The Boss", a term which he was initially reported to hate but now seems to have come to terms with, as he sometimes jokingly refers to himself as such on stage. The nickname originated when a young Springsteen, playing club gigs with a band in the 1960s, took on the task of collecting the band's nightly pay and distributing it amongst his bandmates.[2]

Indexed at Wikipedia.

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