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- T-rev

"BORN TO RUN" by Bruce Springsteen
From his 1975 album Born To Run
Written be Bruce Springsteen
Transcribed by T-rev

Capo 2nd fret. Try this capoing only the bottom five strings,
leaving the largest string untouched for the low bass note.
(I'd call this capoing pseudo "drop-D style".)

               D              (D/F#)
        In the day we sweat it out on the streets
             G                  A
        of a runaway American dream
        At night we ride through mansions of glory
        in suicide machines
    G                    D/F#
    Sprung from cages on Highway 9
           Em                      D/F#                    D
    Chrome-wheeled fuel-injected & steppin' out over the line
    C   G                        D/F#
    Oh, baby, this town rips the bones from your back
           Em                 D/F#
    It's a death trap, it's a suicide rap
         D                   Bm
We gotta get out while we're young
       G               A                     D   G A   D   G A
'Cause tramps like us, baby, we were born to run

        Wendy, let me in, I wanna be your friend
        I wanna guard your dreams and visions
        Just wrap your legs 'round these velvet rims
        And strap your hands 'cross my engines
    Together we could break this trap
    We'll run till we drop, baby, we'll never go back
    Oh, will you walk with me out on the wire?
    'Cause, baby, I'm just a scared and lonely rider
But I gotta know how it feels
I wanna know if love is wild babe I wanna know if love is real

INSTRUMENTAL: D   G A    D   G A    Bm    A   D   Am7

              C4       C       C4           C
            Beyond the Palace, hemi-powered drones
            F4              F      F4  F
            scream down the boulevard
                  G4         G       G4        G
            Girls comb their hair in rear-view mirrors
                    Bb4         Bb        Bb4  Bb
            and the boys try to look so hard
                 C4       C          C4     C
            The amusement park rises bold & stark
                     F4             F             F4  F
            kids are huddled on the beach in the mist
                    G4           G            G4        G
            I wanna die with you Wendy on the streets tonight
                  Bb4  Bb       Bb4  Bb
            in an everlasting kiss

      SOLO: |Eb .  •  .  •  .  •  . |%  .  •  .  •  .  •  . |
            |%  .  •  .  •  .  •  . |
            |Bb .  •  .  •  .  •  . |%  .  •  .  •  .  •  . |
            |Eb .  •  .  •  .  •  . |%  .  •  .  •  .  •  . |
 [octaves:  |E  .  •  F  •  .  F# . |•  G  •  .  G# .  E  . |
            |A  .  •  G# •  .  G  . |•  F# •  .  F  .  E  . |
            |D# D  •  C# •  C  •  B |•  A# •  A# •  A# •  A#|]
            |A  .  •  .  •  .  •  . |%  .  •  .  •  .  •  . |
            |%  .  •  .  •  .  •  . |%  .  •  .  •  .  •  . |

        The highway's jammed with broken heroes
        on a last-chance power drive
        Everybody's out on the run tonight
        but there's no place left to hide
    Together, Wendy, we can live with the sadness
    I'll love you with all the madness in my soul
    Oh, someday, girl, I don't know when
    We're gonna get to that place where we really wanna go
And we'll walk in the sun
              G               A                     D   Bm
But till then tramps like us, baby, we were born to run...

Transcribed 2021-09-19 by T-rev
More tab available at

% = repeat same chord
• = down beat
. = up beat
o = open
c = fret at capo

Chords, relative to capo:
o00232 D (and o00233 Dsus4)
3x0003 G (and 3x0013 Gsus4)
x02220 A (and x0223x Asus4)
200232 D/F#
c22000 Em
x32010 C (and x33010 Csus4)
x24432 Bm
x02010 Am7
133211 F (and 1x3311 Fsus4)
x13331 Bb (and x1334x Bbsus4)
x68886 Eb (and x6889x Ebsus4)

cx2xxx E
1x3xxx F
2x4xxx F#
3x5xxx G
4x6xxx G#
x0x2xx A
x6x8xx D#
x5x7xx D
x4x6xx C#
x3x5xx C
x2x4xx B
x1x3xx A#

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