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Blue Hotel------- Chris Isaak

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(@rodders)
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This is a nice sort of surf style guitar ballad. I cant
remember when I first heard this or what era its from

Right then this one should be quite simple to learn
The first thing you need to do is slap your capo on the first fret

Although I have written the chords out as standard you must
finger them relative to the capo.
So for instance where you see an Am barred on the 5th fret
you must barre it on the 6th fret

The first chord in this song should be played with a slow up strum
to create a sort of cascade effect then the second two chords
are played only slightly faster but should sound as one slow note
cascade the first Dm with a down stroke and the next Am with an up stroke

(INTRO)

REVERB ON, TREMELO ON

Am D

E:-5--------------------------------
B:--5-----------------5---7---------
G:---5----------------5---7---------
D:----7---------------7---7---------
A:-----7--------------7---5---------
E:------5-------------5-------------

Blue hotel

Dm Am

E:------------5-------------5---------
B:-----------6---------------5--------
G:----------7-----------------5-------
D:---------7-------------------7------
A:--------5---------------------7-----
E:-------------------------------5----

On a lonley highway

D Dm
E:----------------------------------------------
B:-------------5----7-------------6-------------
G:-------------5----7-------------7-------------
D:-------------7----7-------------7-------------
A:-------------7----5-------------5-------------
E:-------------5--------------------------------
Blue hotel Life dont work out my way

(VERSE)

(Drums come in now and your off with a slightly faster tempo
about 120 bpm)

Am F E

E:-------------1---|----------------|
B:-------------1---|----------------|
G:-------------2---|--1-------------|
D:----2--3--2--3---|--2-------------|
A:0-3----------3---|--2-------------|
E:-------------1---|--0-------------|

Am F E

E:-------------1---|----------------|
B:-------------1---|----------------|
G:-------------2---|--1-------------|
D:----2--3--2--3---|--2-------------|
A:0-3----------3---|--2-------------|
E:-------------1---|--0-------------|

Am F E

E:-------------1---|----------------|
B:-------------1---|----------------|
G:-------------2---|--1-------------|
D:----2--3--2--3---|--2-------------|
A:0-3----------3---|--2-------------|
E:-------------1---|--0-------------|

Am
E:--0----------|-------------|--0------------|
B:--1----------|-------------|--1------------|
G:--2----------|-------------|--2------------|
D:--2----------|-------------|--2------------|
A:--0----------|-------------|--0------------|
E:-------------|-------------|---------------|
Blue hotel

D Dm
E:-----0------|--2-----------|--1------------|
B:-----1------|--3-----------|--3------------|
G:-----2------|--2-----------|--2------------|
D:-----2------|--0-----------|--0------------|
A:-----0------|--------------|---------------|
E:------------|--------------|---------------|
On a lonley highway

Am
E:--0----------|-------------|--0------------|
B:--1----------|-------------|--1------------|
G:--2----------|-------------|--2------------|
D:--2----------|-------------|--2------------|
A:--0----------|-------------|--0------------|
E:-------------|-------------|---------------|
Blue hotel

D Dm
E:-----0------|--2-----------|--1------------|
B:-----1------|--3-----------|--3------------|
G:-----2------|--2-----------|--2------------|
D:-----2------|--0-----------|--0------------|
A:-----0------|--------------|---------------|
E:------------|--------------|---------------|
Life dont work out my way

E:------------1-|-------------|-0----0------|
B:-1---4--1-----|--1----1--4--|---0----0----|
G:---2------2---|----2--------|-------------|
D:--------------|-------------|-------------|
A:--------------|-------------|-------------|
E:--------------|-------------|-------------|

I wait alone each lonely night.

E:-0-------|-0--------|--2-------------|
B:---------|-1--------|--3-------------|
G:---------|-2--------|--2-------------|
D:---------|-2--------|--0-------------|
A:---------|-0--------|----------------|
E:---------|----------|----------------|.
Bl-ue hot-----------el

E:-1-------|-0--------|---2-------------|
B:-3-------|-1--------|---3-------------|
G:-2-------|-2--------|---2-------------|
D:-0-------|-2--------|---0-------------|
A:---------|-0--------|-----------------|
E:---------|----------|-----------------|
Bl-ue hot-----------el

Play the rest similar. And here are the remaining lyrics

Blue Hotel, every room is lonely,
Blue Hotel, I was waiting only.
The night is like her lonely dream.
Blue Hotel...
Blue Hotel...

Blue Hotel, on a lonely highway,
Blue Hotel, life don't work out my way.
I wait alone each lonely night.
Blue Hotel...
Blue Hotel...

Be excellent to each other & party on dudes!
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(@kent_eh)
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I cant
remember when I first heard this or what era its from

It appeared on his 1990 album (titled "Chris Isaak" -- probably his first album)

Sorry, I can't help you remember when you heard it first, though. :wink:

I wrapped a newspaper ’round my head
So I looked like I was deep


   
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