Freedom of the Road
Martin Sexton & Ned Claflin

Martin Sexton
Black Sheep
1996
Marty seems to have this recurring obsession with
freedom, and this song is a continuing extension of
that infatuation.  However, this view of freedom
differs slightly from previous ones.  He opened with
this song up in Syracuse when I saw him.  Great tune.

Lyrics
Chords


Tune Down 1/2 Step: Eb Ab Db Gb Bb Eb Here is the verse: In a westerly direction this car is my train I'm drivin' and I'm B7 E A Asus4 A + + + + + + + + e:----------|-------x-0-2-|-2/4-----x-----|-0-------0---0-|-0-----x-----| B:-^0-------|-------x-----|-0-------x-----|-2-------2h3-3-|-2-----x-----| G:-^2-------|-------x-----|---------x-----|-2-------2---2-|-2-----x-----| D:-^1-------|-2-----------|---------------|-2-------2---2-|-2-----------| A:-^2-------|-2-----------|-----------7\\-|-0-------0---0-|-0-----------| E:----------|-0-----------|---------------|---------------|-------------| a-wonderin' what it is I'm runnin' from again E Esus4 B + + + + + + + + e:-------x-----|-------x-----|-------x----|-------x-----| B:-------x-----|-------x-----|-------x----|-------x-----| G:-------x-2---|-1-----x-----|-4-----x----|-4-----x-----| D:-2-------2---|-2-----------|-4----------|-4-----------| A:-2-------2---|-2-----------|-2----------|-2-----------| E:-0-------0---|-0-----------|------------|-------------| ...80-year-old man ...29 E E7 A Asus4 A + + + + + + + + e:-------x-----|-0-----x-----|-0-----0---0---|-0-----x-----| B:-------x-----|-0-----x-----|-2-----2h3-3-3-|-2-----x-----| G:-1-----x-----|-1-----x-----|-2-----2---2-2-|-2-----x-----| D:-2-----------|-0-----------|-2-----2-----2-|-2-----------| A:-2-----------|-2-----------|-0-----0-----0-|-0-----------| E:-0-----------|-0-----------|---------------|-------------| ...ahead on the horizon is the California line B E E7 + + + + + + + + e:-------x----|-------x-----|---------0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-| B:-------x----|-------x-----|-------0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-| G:-4-----x----|-4-----x-----|-----1-1-1-1-|-1-1-1-1-1-1-| D:-4----------|-4-----------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-| A:-2----------|-2-----------|-2-2-2-2-2-2-|-2-2-2-2-2-2-| E:------------|-------------|-0-0-0-0-0-0-|-0-0-0-0-0-0-|
The ending looks like this: home E B7 E + + + + + e:---------------|-------------|-^0--------2/4---------12-------| B:---------------|-------------|-^0------0----------/9----------| G:-1-------------|-2-----------|-^1-----------------------------| D:-2-----------x-|-1-----------|-^2-----------------------------| A:-2---------2-x-|-2---------2-|-^2-----------------------------| E:-0-----2/4-----|-------------|-^0-----------------------------|
LYRICS:
In a westerly direction this car is my train I'm driving and I'm a-wondering what it is I'm runnin' from again And I feel like an 80-year-old man but I'm holdin' on to 29 And up ahead on that horizon is the California line
CHORUS A Asus4 A E Esus4 E Now I've had enough of this freedom of the road B E B7 Never was good with decisions least that's what I've been told E B7
Up ahead a truck's carryin' a wide load a pre-fab house cut in half Cute little front door and two windows Lord I'm not sure whether to cry or should I laugh You see I broke a home up myself once when I stumbled to that door I read that note by the dawn's light said "don't you come 'round here any more"
CHORUS A Asus4 A E Esus4 E Now I've had enough of this freedom of the road B E E7 Never was good with decisions least that's what I've been told A Asus4 A E Esus4 E I been holdin' onto this ticket Lord cause one day I pay this toll B A Magic road grant your freedom to someone else for I'll be comin' home E/G# E/F# E E7
BRIDGE A E Yeah and I know there'll be no more pay-per-view movies in these economy motels A E No more trash in my back seat from Mickey-D's or Taco Bell A A#7 No more playin' my trump-cards for the ladies in the lounge E E7 A I think I'll leave a little somethin' for the travelin' man to scrounge E B7 C# And I mean it yes I mean it oh yeah F# B7 Mmmmmm
And I know there's got to be someone out there who thinks I still have my home I got his picture right here in my back pocket y'all along with some rocks I found in Arizona I wanna show him And I know I'll return to that awkward silence and so much work I've never known But I know this man must make amends cause I know my travelin' days are done and I know it all too well
CHORUS Cause I've had enough y'all of this freedom of the road Lord won't you help me with my decision before I grow old I'm holdin' onto this ticket Lord because today I pay this toll B A Magic road grant your freedom your sweet freedom cause I I'm comin' home play ending

CHORDS:
E7 020100 Esus4 022200 Asus4 x02230 B7 x21202 A#7 x1202x E/G# 4224xx E/F# 2224xx To learn why these chords are named this way, check out
Dansm's Guitar Chord Theory.

Created on 2-27-98 by Daniel E. Smith.