NEIL YOUNG RUST RADIO SUGAR MOUNTAIN THRASHER'S WHEAT
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Loose Change
SUBMITTED BY: Mike Campbell & Preston Nichols (End note)

TUNING: EADGBE

CHORDS:
C:
x32010
G:
320003
F:
133211
Am:
x02210

INTRO: C G C G C (2x) C G Built a house of cards C Built a house of rain G Built a house of love C It's hard to build again Built a road to reason Built a road to fate Built a road to the promised land Right up to the gate F C Loose change in my pocket G F Future in my hand C Too many distractions G F For me to understand C G F Am C G F C Loose change (harmonica solo over two verse chord progressions) Too many distractions Got to get back home Get into something solid Get out of the zone Some roads bring renewal Some roads hide and wait Some roads promise everything And steal your fuel away F C Loose change in my pocket G F Future in my hand C Too many distractions G F For me to understand C G F Am C G F C Loose change C G F Am C G F G C Loose change F Some roads I been flyin' Some roads I crashed Some roads I been sleepin' on Some roads I got back on F Some roads I been runnin' Some roads I been stopped Some roads I been walkin down Some roads I was lost (jammin' over F ...) NOTE: For the chord archives, it should be noted that this "jammin' over F" is on a C-major scale, with a B-natural and no B-flats (the Lydian mode, if you like that terminology). This is essential for the distinctive feel of that long jam at the end: the main song is in C, but (briefly) modulates into F for the beginning of the chorus, which then helps it "sound okay" to land on F for "Some roads...". That F sounds temporary at first, but when the bass stays on F so strong so long, F gradually begins to feel like "home", like chord I. But the notes Neil solos on are still notes from the C-major scale, "left over" from the early part of the song. This puts the song in a somewhat exotic place, harmonically, which I suspect is part of why people have strong reactions to it, both positive and negative. (I love how all that works, like magic.)