Thunder Road Chords & Guitar Lesson

Welcome to my Thunder Road chords chart by Bruce Springsteen. I had some requests for Bruce and figured this would be a great place to start.

I will be using a capo on the 3rd fret to make this a little bit easier to play. There will still be a couple of barre chords to contend with but you can use the easy fixes below if you are not proficient with barre chords yet.


Thunder Road Guitar Chords:

Thunder Road Strumming Patterns:

1 + 2 + 3 + 4+

Strumming Option 2:
1 + 2 + 3 + 4+
D   DU    U DU

Thunder Road Guitar Lesson:

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Thunder Road Chord Chart:


Intro: (one strum per 4 count)
D Bm D G
D F#m G A

               D                          G                      D                 D
The screen door slams,     Mary's dress waves
              F#m                          F#m                                     G                 G
Like a vision she dances across the porch as the radio plays
         G                                           A
Roy Orbison singing for the lonely
                      D                                  G
Hey that's me and I want you only
                               G                      D                              A                            A
Don't turn me home again, I just can't face myself alone again
              D                                         G                                          D            D
Don't run back inside, darling you know just what I'm here for

So you're scared and you're thinking
              A                                    G                 G
That maybe we ain't that young anymore
                           G                                                A
Show a little faith, there's magic in the night
                         D                                          G       G
You ain't a beauty, but hey you're alright
                    D                    A               A
Oh and that's alright with me

                    D                                                  Bm
You can hide neath your covers and study your pain
                D                                               G
Make crosses from your lovers, throw roses in the rain
D                                          F#m
   Waste your summer praying in vain
             G                                                     A
For a saviour to rise from these streets
                    D                                  Bm
Well now I'm no hero, that's understood
                       D                                               G
All the redemption I can offer, girl, is beneath this dirty hood
D                                                 F#m
  With a chance to make it good somehow
           G                                      A
Hey what else can we do now? Except

D                                                  G                                  D                         |G D - -|
Roll down the window and let the wind blow back your hair
Well the night's busting open
            F#m                                  G        G
These two lanes will take us anywhere
                 G                                                A
We got one last chance to make it real
           D                                           G
To trade in these wings on some wheels
  D                          D                                        A                      A
Climb in back heaven's waiting down on the tracks

D                          Bm
  Oh oh come take my hand
               D                                    G
We’re riding out tonight to case the promised land
D            F#m                                G                                  A
  Oh oh oh oh Thunder Road, oh Thunder Road, oh Thunder Road
D                                        Bm
Lying out there like a killer in the sun
        D                                             G
Hey I know it's late we can make it if we run
D               F#m                                   G                   A                         D
  Oh oh oh oh Thunder Road, sit tight take hold, Thunder Road

             G                                     A                                          D   D
Well I got this guitar and I learned how to make it talk
                 Bm                                      Bm                              G        A
And my car's out back if you're ready to take that long walk
                       G                                            A
From your front porch to my front seat
                      F#m                                      Bm
The door's open but the ride it ain't free
        G                                                                G
And I know you're lonely for words that I ain't spoken
         A                                                   A
But tonight we'll be free, all the promises'll be broken

                             D                                 G                               D              |G D--|
There were ghosts in the eyes of all the boys you sent away
They haunt this dusty beach road
               F#m                           G                                G
In the skeleton frames of burned out Chevrolets
                G                                                              A
They scream your name at night in the street

                                     D                                          G
Your graduation gown lies in rags at their feet and in the
F#m                            F#m                                   G                        G
Lonely cool before dawn you hear their engines roaring on but when you
Em                                             A                    G     G
Get to the porch they're gone on the wind
                             Em         Em
So Mary climb in
             G                                                A                                    D     D
It's a town full of losers and I'm pulling out of here to win

Outro: (repeat out)

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