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Did You Know? Ry Cooder wrote Across The Borderline for the soundtrack to the film The Border starting Jack Nicholson. 

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Difficulty Level Of Original Recorded Song: Orange Orange Pick

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Most Advanced Chord Change: Orange Pick 

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Across The Borderline Chords And Strumming - Ry Cooder

Open Chords:  

Open Chords D, A, G, Em & Bm7: x20230

D/A: x00232


Key: D


Tempo: 84 bpm

Strumming:

"Sync 2":

|D  (m) U D  (m)  |


"2 Strum":

|D  (m)    D  (m)  |


"Everyman*":

|D    D U (m)  D  |


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Intro -

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b||       3     |       3     |2 3 5 3    ||

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Verse 1 -

|D - - - |A - D - |G - - - |A -D- - |

(Sync 2 /2 Strum/ Sync 2 /Everyman*)

|D - - - |Bm7 - - - |A - - - |A - - - |

(Sync 2 / Sync 2 /Sync 2 Sync 2 )

|D - - - |A - D - |D - - - |G - Em - |

(Sync 2 /2 Strum/ Sync 2 /2 Strum)

|D/A - - - |A - - - |D - - - |D - - - |

(Sync 2 / Sync 2 /Sync 2 / Sync 2 )


(D) There's a place where (A)I've been (D)told
(G)Every street is (A)paved with (D)gold
(D) And it's just a(Bm7)cross the border(A)line  (A)
(D) And when it's time to (A)take your (D)turn (D)
Here's a lesson that
(G)you must l(Em)earn
You could
(D/A)lose more than you'll (A)ever hope to (D)find (D)


Chorus -

|Bm7 - A - |D - - - |G - - - |D - - - |

(2 StrumSync 2 / Sync 2 / Sync 2 )

|D - - - |Bm7 - - - |A - - - |A - - - |

(Sync 2 / Sync 2 /Sync 2 Sync 2 )

|G - A - |D - - - |G - A - |Bm7 - G - |

(2 Strum/ Sync 2 / 2 Strum / Sync 2 )

|D/A - - - |A - - - |D - - - |D - - - |

(Sync 2 / Sync 2 /Sync 2 Sync 2 )


When you (Bm7)reach the (A)broken (D)promised land
And
(G)every dream slips (D)through your hands
(D) Then you'll know that it's too (Bm7)late to change your (A)mind (A)
'Cause you've
(G)paid the (A)price to (D)come so far
(G) Just to (A)wind up (Bm7)where you (G)are
And you're
(D/A)still just a(A)cross the border(D)line (D)


Verse 2 -

|D - - - |A - D - |G - - - |A -D- - |

(Sync 2 /2 Strum/ Sync 2 /Everyman*)

|D - - - |Bm7 - - - |A - - - |A - - - |

(Sync 2 / Sync 2 /Sync 2 Sync 2 )

|D - - - |A - D - |D - - - |G - Em - |

(Sync 2 /2 Strum/ Sync 2 /2 Strum)

|D/A |A - - - |D - - - |D - - - |

(Sync 2 / Sync 2 /Sync 2 / Sync 2 )


(D) Up and down the (A)Rio (D)Grande
(G) A thousand footprints (A)in the (D)sand
(D) Reveal a secret (Bm7) no one can de(A)fine (A)
(D) The river flows on (A)like a (D)breath
(D) In between our (G)life and (Em)death
Tell
(D/A)me who's the next to (A)cross the border(D)line (D)


Instrumental Verse -

|D - - - |A - D - |G - - - |A - D - |

(Sync 2 /2 Strum/ Sync 2 /2 Strum)

|D - - - |Bm7 - - - |A - - - |A - - - |

(Sync 2 / Sync 2 /Sync 2 Sync 2 )

|D - - - |A - D - |D - - - |G - Em - |

(Sync 2 /2 Strum/ Sync 2 /2 Strum)

|D/A |A - - - |D - - - |D - - - |

(Sync 2 / Sync 2 /Sync 2 / Sync 2 )



Verse 3 -

|D - - - |A - D - |G - - - |A -D- - |

(Sync 2 /2 Strum/ Sync 2 /Everyman*)

|D - - - |Bm7 - - - |A - - - |A - - - |

(Sync 2 / Sync 2 /Sync 2 Sync 2 )

|D - - - |A - D - |D - - - |G - Em - |

(Sync 2 /2 Strum/ Sync 2 /2 Strum)

|D/A |A - - - |D - - - |D - - - |

(Sync 2 / Sync 2 /Sync 2 / Sync 2 )


(D) En la triste os(A)curi(D)dad
(G) Hoy tenemos (A)que cru(D)zar​
(D) Este rio (Bm7) que nos llama (A) mas alla  (A)

(D) But hope remains when (A)pride is (D)gone
(D) And it keeps you (G)moving (Em)on (D/A)
Calling you
(A)across the border(D)line (D)

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Chorus -

|Bm7 - A - |D - - - |G - - - |D - - - |

(2 StrumSync 2 / Sync 2 / Sync 2 )

|D - - - |Bm7 - - - |A - - - |A - - - |

(Sync 2 / Sync 2 /Sync 2 Sync 2 )

|G - A - |D - - - |G - - |Bm7 - G |

(2 Strum/ Sync 2 / 2 Strum / Sync 2 )

|D/A - - - |A - - - |D - - - |G - - - |

(Sync 2 / Sync 2 /Sync 2 Sync 2 )


When you (Bm7)reach the (A)broken (D)promised land 
And 
(G)every dream slips (D)through your hands 
(D) Then you'll know that it's too (Bm7)late to change your (A)mind (A) 
'Cause you've
 (G)paid the (A)price to (D)come so far 
(G) Just to (A)wind up (Bm7)where you (G)are 
And you're 
(D/A)still just a(A)cross the border(D)line (G)



Ending -


|D/A - - - |A - - - |D - - - |D - |

(Sync 2 / Sync 2 /Sync 2 /1 Strum)

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Now you're (D/A)still just a(A)cross the border(D)line (D)


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Final Chord Strum: D

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