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The Running Kind Chords And Strumming, Merle Haggard

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Did You Know? At one Merle Haggard concert in the US the audience was so into this song and stomping their feet that the balcony collapsed during the song. 

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Difficulty Level Of Original Recorded Song: Orange Pick

Most Advanced Rhythm:  White Pick 

Most Advanced Chord Change: Orange Pick (White Pick when played with Django chords only)

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The Running Kind Chords And Strumming, Merle Haggard

Django Chords:  

Django G Chord

Django C Chord

Django D Chord


Key: G

Strumming:

"The Driver":

|D    D    D U D U |


Tempo:

137 bpm

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Intro -

|D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - |


Chorus-

|G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

|G - - - |G - - - |C - - - |C - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

 

(G)I was born the (G)running kind, with (G)leaving always (G)on my mind (G)
(G)Home was never (G)home to me at (C)anytime (C)
Every (D)front door found me (D)hoping I would (D)find the back door (D)open
There just (D)had to be an (D)exit for the (G)running kind (G)


Verse 2 -

|G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

|G - - - |G - - - |C - - - |C - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

 

With(G)in me there's a (G)prison, su(G)rrounding me a(G)lone
As (G)real as any (G)dungeon with it's (C)walls of stone (C)
I know (D)running's not the (D)answer, but (D)running's been my (D)nature
And a (D)part of me that (D)keeps me moving (G) on (G)


Chorus -

|G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

|G - - - |G - - - |C - - - |C - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

 

(G)I was born the (G)running kind, with (G)leaving always (G)on my mind (G)
(G)Home was never (G)home to me at (C)anytime (C)
Every (D)front door found me (D)hoping I would (D)find the back door (D)open
There just (D)had to be an (D)exit for the (G)running kind (G)


Middle 8 (Instrumental) -

|G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

|G - - - |G - - - |C - - - |C - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - |


Chorus -

|G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

|G - - - |G - - - |C - - - |C - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

 

(G)I was born the (G)running kind, with (G)leaving always (G)on my mind (G)
(G)Home was never (G)home to me at (C)anytime (C)
Every (D)front door found me (D)hoping I would (D)find the back door (D)open
There just (D)had to be an (D)exit for the (G)running kind (G)


Ending (Instrumental) -

|G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

|G - - - |G - - - |C - - - |C - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

(Fades Out)

 

Final Chord Strum: G

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Orange Pick Level

The Running Kind Chords And Strumming - Merle Haggard

Open Chords:  

Open G Chord

Open C Chord

Open D Chord


Key: G

Strumming:

"The Driver":

|D    D    D U D U |

or

"The Cash Bass":

|B    D U B    D U |


Tempo:

137 bpm

​​

Intro -

|D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - |


Chorus-

|G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

|G - - - |G - - - |C - - - |C - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

 

(G)I was born the (G)running kind, with (G)leaving always (G)on my mind (G)
(G)Home was never (G)home to me at (C)anytime (C)
Every (D)front door found me (D)hoping I would (D)find the back door (D)open
There just (D)had to be an (D)exit for the (G)running kind (G)


Verse 2 -

|G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

|G - - - |G - - - |C - - - |C - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

 

With(G)in me there's a (G)prison, su(G)rrounding me a(G)lone
As (G)real as any (G)dungeon with it's (C)walls of stone (C)
I know (D)running's not the (D)answer, but (D)running's been my (D)nature
And a (D)part of me that (D)keeps me moving (G) on (G)


Chorus -

|G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

|G - - - |G - - - |C - - - |C - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

 

(G)I was born the (G)running kind, with (G)leaving always (G)on my mind (G)
(G)Home was never (G)home to me at (C)anytime (C)
Every (D)front door found me (D)hoping I would (D)find the back door (D)open
There just (D)had to be an (D)exit for the (G)running kind (G)


Middle 8 (Instrumental) -

|G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

|G - - - |G - - - |C - - - |C - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - |



Chorus -

|G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

|G - - - |G - - - |C - - - |C - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

 

(G)I was born the (G)running kind, with (G)leaving always (G)on my mind (G)
(G)Home was never (G)home to me at (C)anytime (C)
Every (D)front door found me (D)hoping I would (D)find the back door (D)open
There just (D)had to be an (D)exit for the (G)running kind (G)


Ending (Instrumental) -

|G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

|G - - - |G - - - |C - - - |C - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |D - - - |

|D - - - |D - - - |G - - - |G - - - |

(Fades Out)

 

Final Chord Strum: G

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