Bruce Springsteen - The Line Chords & Tabs


The Line Chords & Tabs

Bruce Springsteen Chords & Tabs

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The Line Chords

This is from the Ghost of Tom Joad album. Hope it's more or less correct.

The Line - Bruce Springsteen  

I got my discharge from Fort Irwin 
                F                        C
took a place on the San Diego county line 
       F                C
felt funny bein' a civilian again 
it'd been some time 
my wife had died a year ago 
                     F                     C
I was still tryin' to find my way back whole 
                F            C
I went to work for the INS on the line 
          G                     C
with the California Border Patrol 

Bobby Ramirez was a ten year veteran 
and we became friends 
     F                      C
his family was from Guanajuato 
so the job it was different for him 
he said' "They risk death in the deserts and mountains" 
              F                       C
pay all they got to the smugglers rings, 
             F                        C
we send 'em home and they come right back again 
        G                   C
Carl, hunger is a powerful thing." 

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Well I was good at doin' what I was told 
        F                    C
kept my uniform pressed and clean 
    F                    C
at night I chased their shadows 
through the arroyos and ravines 

drug runners, farmers with their families, 
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young women with little children by their sides 
                F                  C
come night we'd wait out in the canyons 
                G                        C
and try to keep 'em from crossin' the line 
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Well the first time that I saw her 
         F                C
she was in the holdin' pen 
     F                     C
Our eyes met and she looked away 
then she looked back again 
her hair was black as coal 
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her eyes reminded me of what I'd lost 
she had a young child cryin' in her arms 
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and I asked, "Senora, is there anything I can do" 

There's a bar in Tijuana 
where me and Bobby drink alongside 
            C              G                 C
the same people we'd sent back the day before 
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we met there she said her name was Louisa 
               C                       G
she was from Sonora and had just come north 
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we danced and I held her in my arms 
                G       C
and I knew what I would do 

                       F                  C
she said she had some family in Madera county 
                                   G                          C
if she, her child and her younger brother could just get through 

At night they come across the levy 
         F                    C
in the searchlights dusty glow 
      F               C
we'd rush 'em in our Broncos 
and force 'em back down into the river below 
she climbed into my truck 
     F                        C
she leaned towards me and we kissed 
       F                                C
as we drove her brothers shirt slipped open 
       G                       C
and I saw the tape across his chest 

        Am7                F
We were just about on the highway 
              C                   G           C
when Bobby's jeep come up in the dust on my right 
    Am7                   F
I pulled over and let my engine run 
            C             G
and stepped out into his lights 
I felt myself movin' 
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felt my gun restin' 'neath my hand 
                F               C
we stood there starin' at each other 
         G                     C
as off through the arroyo she ran 

Bobby Ramirez he never said nothin' 
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6 months later I left the line 
    F                     C
I drifted to the central valley 
and took what work I could find 
at night I searched the local bars 
and the migrant towns 
Lookin' for my Louisa 
           G          C
with the black hair fallin' down