Little River Band - Down On The Border Chords & Tabs


Down On The Border Chords & Tabs

Little River Band Chords & Tabs

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Down On The Border Chords

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Down On The Border   by    (The) Little River Band

Tabbed by David Guy

      A5   A7n3=A7(no3rd)*  Am(elec) Am(acou)  Am7       D5      E       A      B

This took me some while to work out, because I think they use shortened chords which
give a very different sound to their equivalent full ones. This is the closest I could get,
though I’m happy to have input from anyone who suggests better fits!

If playing an acoustic guitar, which I’d recommend plucking just the 3 notes mentioned
by playing the bottom string with thumb and the two above it with 1st and 2nd finger,
except in the chorus where the straight E,A,B should be strummed.

If playing on electric guitar, you can do a type of power chord ‘boogie-woogie’ going
from A5 to A7n3 to Am using just the G and D strings – which I think is what the lead
guitarist does in live version.

If you just want to strum as a full chord, you could try substituting A for A5, A7 or
Am7 for A7n3 and D or better still DSus2 (open top e string) for D5, but you’ll hear it
really doesn’t sound quite the same.

*A7(no3rd) is not a text-book chord, it’s one I’ve made up. For those interested in the
technicality it has no name as it only features a Root, 5 and 7th, assuming the bass
note is the root). It could equally be an Am7th (no 3rd), since it’s impossible to tell 
whether it’s minor or major without knowing if the 3rd is flatted (minor) or not. End of
music theory lesson ;-). On with the music....

[ Tab from: ]
Intro  Plucked on acoustic, arpeggios (with slightly different bass etc) on electric


A5			    A7n3  A5
I just got back from the border
    Am7     A5          D5      A5
And what I saw made me know for sure
             A7n3 A5
We're out of order

A5		       A7n3  A5
I had a dream about New Orleans
    Am7     A5       D5         A5
At Jackson Square I heard their prayer
        A7n3  A5
Down in New Orleans

On the run, there's a life for livin'
        A                  B
But the people there, they just don't care
A5    			    A7n3  A5
Livin' their life like a millionaire
            A7n3 A5
Down on the border

A5		       A7n3  A5
You never see me in old Iran
    Am7   A5          D5      A5
The women there don't know who I am
    A7n3  A5
In old Iran

A5		          A7n3  A5
And I never will go to Singapore
    Am7    A5         D5        A5
The people there will cut your hair
   A7n3  A5
In Singapore

On their streets there's a life of plenty
               A                     B
Oh but they'll never know about the freedom show
A5    			       A7n3  A5
They’re livin' in darkness years ago
            A7n3  A5
Down on the border


A5		         A7n3  A5
They built a wall at the border
       Am7      A5          D5    A5
Not to keep us out, but to leave no doubt
               A7n3 A5
They're out of order, hey

And all the people who are trapped within
          A            B
Serve to show just how far we'll go
        A7n3       A5
And how dumb we've been

A5		        A7n3  A5
At the top life looks so easy
            Am7    A5               D5     A5
But they'll never know what they'll never know
            Am7    A5          D5        A5
They're much too busy countin' all their dough
         Am7n3  A5
From the border