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Dustdevil
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Hey guys. I really don't think this belongs in the "Easy Songs" category, so that's why it's here.

I was back in DADGAD touching up a song I was thinking about posting in the "Sunday" group, messing around, and came up with this while I was bored. I wouldn't say it rivals Springsteen's version, or needs to be performed in a crowd, but I thought the droning sound of the tuning might fit the mood of the song. Treat it as a little diversion from the Irish jigs and reels (if that's what you play...). I promise no profound earthshaking life-altering experience here. Just 2:30 of a little amusement...
Enjoy.

I'm On Fire
Bruce Springsteen

Tuning: DADGAD (Arr. by Dustdevil)

D5 [000200] D [004200] Gadd9 [x00020] Bm7 [x04420] A5 [x02202]

Capo 3 (or not. I like the D version better. Lower and more haunting)

Intro.: D5

D D5
Hey little girl is your daddy home
D D5 Gadd9
Did he go away and leave you all alone
Bm7
I got a bad desire
Gadd9 A5 D5
Ohhhh, oh,oh I'm on fire

D D5
Tell me now baby is he good to you
D D5 Gadd9
Can he do to you the things that I do
Bm7
I can take you higher
Gadd9 A5 D5
Ohhhh, oh, oh I'm on fire

Instrumental: Bm7 Bm7 D5 D5

D5 Gadd9
Sometimes its like someone took a knife baby
D5
Edgy and dull and cut a six-inch valley
Bm7
Through the middle of my soul

D D5
At night I wake up with the sheets soaking wet
D
And a freight train running through the
D5
Middle of my head
Gadd9 Bm7
Only you can cool my desire
Gadd9 A5 D5
Ohhhh, oh, oh I'm on fire (Repeat 3 times)

Outro: Bm7 Bm7 D5 D5 Bm7 Bm7 D5 D5

John A.

They say only a pawnshop guitar can play the blues. An eBay one does it better. A guitar's bound to feel unloved if her owner plasters pictures of her over the internet for all to see and then sells her off to the highest anonymous bidder.


   
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Badlands53
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This arrangement is great. Catchy and haunting at the same time. Is the capo on 3 on the "Born in the USA" track? I always thought this song was in E.

Well, if you can't make it, stay hard, stay hungry, stay alive, if you can, and meet me in a dream of this hard land.


   
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Dustdevil
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Not sure what the original is in. A lot of tabs I saw had it in E with a capo on the 2nd fret. That would put it in F#. Regardless, I still screwed up because that would mean you would need a capo on the 4th fret to get to F#.

I just liked it in D so much, I didn't spend that much time trying to match the record. In D, it just had that creepy sound that fits the lyrics so well, IMO. The A5 provides a little sparkle to keep the whole song from being one long drone-fest.

John A.

They say only a pawnshop guitar can play the blues. An eBay one does it better. A guitar's bound to feel unloved if her owner plasters pictures of her over the internet for all to see and then sells her off to the highest anonymous bidder.


   
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Ricochet
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Yeah, unless you want to play along with a record, there's no reason to have to stay in the same key. Do it the way it suits you.

"A cheerful heart is good medicine."


   
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Badlands53
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No need to stay in the same key, but Bruce gets down to the bottom of his range on the vocals on this one and I know I would have a bunch of trouble hitting those notes in D (or even E). Just some info I thought I'd throw out there.

Well, if you can't make it, stay hard, stay hungry, stay alive, if you can, and meet me in a dream of this hard land.


   
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David Hodge
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Just wanted to give a thank you to Dustdevil for this arrangement. I've taken your ideas and slightly changed things around (playing in open D instead of DADGAD) and come up with an arrangement that I'm putting in my performance repertoire. Couldn't have done it without you!

Peace


   
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Dustdevil
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Great! Glad to hear it sparked something. That just made my day. Good luck with it.

(But we all know you could have done it without me... ) :wink:

John A.

They say only a pawnshop guitar can play the blues. An eBay one does it better. A guitar's bound to feel unloved if her owner plasters pictures of her over the internet for all to see and then sells her off to the highest anonymous bidder.


   
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