One chord in "Born To Run"

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  1. Easywombat

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    I was jamming along to various songs on iTunes this afternoon, one of which was Springsteen's "Born To Run". Most of the chords are pretty straight forward, but there's one chord I can't work out. It's in the middle of the "pre-chorus" for want of a better word. Bruce sings ".. fuel-injected and stepping out over the line...". The chord I can't work out is the one behind his next "Oh!", and before The Boss tells his baby about the town ripping the bones from his back.

    I suspect it's pretty simple, but any assistance you lovely people can offer would be much appreciated.

    Thanks
     
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    line = E
    Oh = E9
    Baby = A
     
  3. jbmando

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    It sounds like an E11 to me. There is definitely an E in the bass, and I think I'm hearing a D major chord over that. D/E or E11 will work.
     
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    E11. One of those slash chords for sure, D/E will do.
     
  5. Wayne Alexander

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    We play it this way:

    A E/G#
    Sprung from cages on Highway 9
    F#m E/G# E E9
    Chrome wheels, fuel injected and steppin' out over the line Oh
    A E/G#
    Baby, this town rips the bones from your back
    F#m E/G#
    It's a death trap, it's a suicide rap
    E C#m A B E
    We gotta get out while we're young Tramps like us, baby we were born to run
     
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    +1. I'm almost certain its an E11 chord.
     
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    Yeah, I'm pretty sure it is not a straight E9, because the A is in there. If the guitar plays a D while the bass hammers that E it will sound right.
     
  8. Easywombat

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    Thanks all. Very much appreciated.
     
  9. FirstBassman

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    The published sheet-music says:

    Sprung from cages on - A
    Highway 9 chrome - E/G#
    Wheeled fuel injected and - F#m
    Steppin out over the line - E/G#
    extension on the word "line" - E
    Oh - E9
    Baby this town rips the - A
    Bones from your back it's a - E/G#
    Death trap it's a - F#m
    Suicide rap we gotta - E/G#
    Get out while we're - E
    Young cause - C#m
    Tramps like us - A
    Baby we were born to - B
    Run - E
     
  10. jbmando

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    Published sheet music has been wrong before. I don't hear a straight E9. The bass hits an E and the organ is playing a D major or an E11.
     
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    Published sheet music is almost ALWAYS wrong. It's done primarily for the lowest common denominator of learners - beginning piano students, beginning guitar, etc.

    The chord in question is an D/E or E11 or even a D6/E maybe (I think I hear a B note in there - ?). Barre across the 7th fret sans the low E or let the low E string ring open.

    *He also does it again at the end of the sax solo right before the quieter breakdown section.
     
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    Just a note - I never said published music is always right or always wrong.
    It's just reference material like anything else.
    And, btw, it matches what an earlier poster wrote so at least some people think it's correct.
    ;)
     
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    that was fun to play! thanks Wayne!
     
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    It's a Bm7, comes right after the Emaj. Edom9 can work as per the ii/Iv substitution rule...
     
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    See if this helps...watch the guitarist on the right, shows a clear look at his left hand at 00:48 or so.

     
  16. jbmando

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    Well, it's hard to follow that dude for the chord in question, but Bruce is not playing a standard E9 shape there. Here is a screen shot I grabbed by stopping and starting until I had it on his hand for that chord. Looks like a cowboy D to me.
     

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    ii/Iv substitution rule...
    deluxe5D3 is offline Report Post Reply With Quote

    Enlighten me on that..maybe I know the 'rule' by another name...

    thanks
     
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    Bm7 will definitely 'work' better than an E9 but there's an E I think in the bass and in fact I think in the entire low end of the band. So I still have always thought it was D/E.
     
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    'Tis.
     
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    Nils Lofgren. ;)
     
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