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Martin Sexton - Freedom Of The Road tab

Freedom of the Road
By Martin Sexton

Transcribed by: Jason Fenner

This tab was transcribed from the following show:

- Live in NYC at Central Park Summerstage (7/19/97)

Note: 
- The purpose of this tab is to give access to all the intricate MS guitar licks
  and accents. 
- You can play a very basic version of this song in 5 minutes by looking at the
  chord signatures. 
- I'd suggest playing the song a few times with the basic chords before tackling
  all this.
-------------------
Tuning: Normal 
- However Martin is tuned down what seems to be a quarter step on the album...
  so if you are playing with the album, tune to his guitar)
- Helpful hint - the first bass note after the B7 chord is an E use that to tune.
 
B7      (x21222)

E       (022100)
E6      (022120)
E7      (022130)
ESus    (022200)
B       (799877)
Bsus    (799977)
A       (577655)
Asus    (577755)
A7      (575655)        

Song Notes:
- During this song Martin slaps the strings to sort of mute the sound every two 
  beats...
- I didn't bother to write them all in...but listen and you'll get the feel 
  immediately
- Also, when I tabbed out chords, I tabbed out the notes emphasized...but they are 
  often all strummed - or atleast brushed lightly - as MS fingerpicks...

INTRO/:

    let ring...
E -2---------------------------|
B -2---------------------------|
G -2---------------------------|
D -1---------------------------|
A -2---------------------------|
E -----------------------------|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
   B7           In a westerly direction... 

VERSE 1

                                        * = accent or sustain if possible       
E -0--0-2-2s4------------------|------------5*------------------|
B -0---------------------------|------------5-------------------|
G -1-1-2 2s-4------------------|------------6h7-7-7p6-----------|
D -2---------------------------|------------7-7-7-7-7-----------|
A -2---------------------------|------------7-7-7-7-7-----------|
E -0----------------------2----|--4-5-------5-5-5-5-5-------4--2|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
   E                            A(Asus)A
This car is my train  


E --------0--------------------|--------------------------------|
B -----------------------------|---------------7----------------|
G ----1h2---1------------------|---------------8-----8----------|
D ----2-----2------------------|------------9--9--9--9----------|
A ----------2------------------|------------9-----9--9----------|
E -0--------0--------------9--8|----7-------7-----7--7-------4-2|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   

   E                            B
I'm drivin and I'm a wonderin' ...what it is I'm running from again
  

E ------0----------------------|----------------5---------------|
B -----------3-----------------|-----------------5--------------|
G --------1--------------------|------------6h7----6------------|
D ----2------------------------|------------7------7------------|
A ----2------------------------|--------------------------------|
E -0--0-----------0--------2--4|----5-------5------5--------5--6|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
   E7                           A
And I feel like 80 year old man...still holding on to 29



E -------7---------------------|--------------------------------|
B -------7---------------------|----0------2s---------3s--------|
G -----8---8----8--------------|----1-S----1t---------1t--------|
D -----9---9----9--------------|----2-T----2r---------2r--------|
A -----9---9----9--------------|----2-R----2u---------2u--------|
E -7---7---7----7--------------|----0-U----0m---------0m--------|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^-M .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
   B                            E
and up ahead on the horizon             Is the California line.... 

CHORUS 1:

E --------------5--7-s-9-------|--------------0-----------------|
B -----------------------------|--------------------------------|
G --------------6--7-s-9------4|-2--1-----1h2----1--------------|
D -----------------------------|----2-----2------2--------------|
A -----------------------------|----2-----2------2--------------|
E --0-2-4-5--------------------|----0------------0----------9-8-|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
  A                                E
And I've had enough!!! Of this Freedom of the road

E -------7---------------------|---5-------------(7)------------|
B -------7---------------------|---5-------------(7)------------|
G -----8---8----8--------------|---6-------------(8)------------|
D -----9---9----9--------------|---7-------------(9)------------|
A -----9---9----9--------------|---7-------------(9)------------|
E -7---7---7----7--------------|---5-------------(7)------------|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
Never was good with decisions... atleast that's what I've been told


VERSE 2
                                                
E --------------0--------------|------------5-------------------|
B -----------------------------|------------5-------------------|
G -1---------------------------|------------6h7-7-7p6-----------|
D -2-----2--4s6----------------|------------7-7-7-7-7-----------|
A -2----2----------------------|------------7-7-7-7-7-----------|
E -0-2s4------------------2----|--4-5-------5-5-5-5-5-------4--2|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
   E                            A(Asus)A
   Up ahead, a truck's carrying a wideload  pre-fab house cut in half


E --------0--------------------|------------7-7-----------------|
B ---------0-------------------|------------7--7----------------|
G ----1-------1----------------|------------8-----8-------------|
D ----2-------2----------------|------------9-----9-------------|
A ----2-------2----------------|------------9-----9-------------|
E -0----------0------------9--8|----7-------7-----7-------------|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
   E                            B
 A cute little front door and 2 windows love - ain't sure I should cry or I should laugh 


E ------0----------------------|------------5---5---------------|
B -----------3-----------------|------------5----5--------------|
G --------1-------------2---4--|6-----------6------6------------|
D ----2------------------------|7-----------7------7------------|
A ----2------------------------|7-------------------------------|
E -0--0------------------------|5---5-------5------5--------9--8|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
   E7                           A
You see I broke a house up myself once...as I stumbled to the door


E -------7---------------------|--------------------------------|
B -------7---------------------|-------------2------3-----------|
G -----8---8----8--------------|----1-S------1------1-----------|
D -----9---9----9--------------|----2-T------2------2-----------|
A -----9---9----9--------------|----2-R------2------2-----------|
E -7---7---7----7--------------|----0-U------0------0----0-2-4-5|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^-M .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
   B                            E
read her note by the dawn's light...so don't you come around here anymore...



CHORUS 2:

E --------------5--7-s-9-------|--------------------------------|
B -----------------------------|--------------------------------|
G --------------6--7-s-9------4|-2--1-----1h2-2-2-2p1-----------|
D -----------------------------|----2-----2-2-2-2-2-2-----------|
A -----------------------------|----2-----2-2-2-2-2-2-----------|
E --0-2-4-5-------------------4|-2--0-----0-0-0-0-0-0-------5-6-|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
  A                                E
And I've had enough!!! Of my Freedom of the road


E -------7---------------------|---0-S---0----0-----------------|
B --------7--------------------|---0-t---2----3-----------------|
G -----8---8----8--------------|---1-r---1----1-----------------|
D -----9---9----9--------------|---2-u---2----2-----------------|
A -----9---9----9--------------|---2-m---2----2-----------------|
E -7---7---7----7--------------|---0-----0----0--------0--2--4--|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
B                               E/E6/E7
never was good with decisions...oh don't you now that's what I've been told -yes I have been told)



E -----------------------------|--------------------------------|
B -----5-5--5------------------|----0----0----------------------|
G -----7--7p6------------------|----2----1----------------------|
D -----7----7------------------|----2----2----------------------|
A ----------7------------------|---------2----------------------|
E -5---5----5-----------4--2---|-0--0----0----------------9-8-7-|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
A                               E                       
I've been holding on to this ticket...cuz one day I'll pay my toll


E -7--7------------------------|---5----------------------------|
B -7---7-----------------------|---5----------------------------|
G -8-----8---------------------|---6----------------------------|
D -9-----9---------------------|---7----------------------------|
A -9-----9---------------------|---7----------------------------|
E -7-----7---------------------|---5----------------------------|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
A                               B                       A
And magic road grant this freedom...to someone else for I'll be coming home 



INTERLUDE:
                
E ----------0---0--0--0--------|-----5----s5--------------------|
B --5-----------0--2--3--------|-----5----s5--------------------|
G -4-4-----2-2s-1--1--1--------|-----6----s6-------------4--2---|
D --------------2--2--2--------|-----7----s7--------------------|
A --------------2--2--2--------|-----7----s7--------------------|
E --------------0--0--0---0--2-|4-5--5----s5--------------------|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
E               Strum...        A
yes I will... And don't you know  There'll be no more pay-per-view movies



E -----------------------------|-----5----s5------------5-------|
B -----------------------------|-----5----s5------------5-------|
G -1---2----4------------------|-----6----s6--------------------|
D -----------------------------|-----7----s7--------------------|
A -----------------------------|-----7----s7--------------------|
E -0---2----4-------------9s3s5|-----5----s5--------------------|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
E                               A
In these economy motels...      No more trash in the backseat!!



E -0---------------------------|--5--------s5-------------------|
B -0---------------------------|--5--------s5-------------------|
G -1-----010101*---------------|--6--------s6-------------------|
D -2---------------------------|--7--------s7-------------------|
A -2---------------------------|--7--------s7-------------------|
E -0---------------------------|--5--------s5-------------------|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
E          *trill               A7      
>From Mickey-D's or Taco Bell... No more playing my trump card



E ---5--------------5----------|--------------------------------|
B ---5--------------5----------|--------------------------------|
G ---6-----6--6--6--6----------|-------------------1------------|
D ---7---7-7--5--5--5----------|-----------2-------2------------|
A ---7---7-7--7--7-------------|--2-2------2-------2------------|
E ---5-0-5-5--5--5-------------|--0-0------0-------0------------|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
 A/A7                           E  strum...getting louder
For the Ladies in the Lounge    I think I'll leave a little something...



E -----------------------------|--------5------9--10--9---------|
B -----------------------------|--------5-----------------------|
G ----1------------------------|--------6------9--11--9---------|
D ----2------------------------|--------7-----------------------|
A ----2------------------------|--------7-----------------------|
E ----0------------------------|--------5-----------------------|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
E   (banging on the E chord still)A     
TRAVELLING MAN TO SCROUNGE      You know I mean it yes I do-hoo-oooo



E --0-------7-------5----------|--5-----------------------------|
B --0-------7-------5----------|--5h7p5-----5-7-5-------7*-8*---|
G --1-------8-------6----------|--6h7p6-----6-7-6------8*-------|
D --2-------9-------7----------|--7---------7-7-7-----9*--------|
A --2-------9-------7----------|--------------------------------|
E --0-------7-------5----------|---------7--7-7-7----9----------|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
E           B       A               A               *this may be harmonics
                                                but if you play an acoustic, just
                                                press your finger right on the fret
                                                to get that muted fuzzy sound


VERSE 3
                                                
E -0--0--0---------------------|------------5------------x------|
B -0--0--0---------------------|------------5------------x------|
G -1--1--2--1------------------|------------6h7-7-7p6----x------|
D -2--2--2--2------------------|------------7-7-7-7-7----x------|
A -2--------2------------------|------------7-7-7-7-7----x------|
E -0--------0-------------2----|--4-5-------5-5-5-5-5----x--4--2|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
   E                            A(Asus)A
And I know there's got be someone out there...who believes   



E --------0--------------------|---------------7----------------|
B -----------------------------|------------7----7--------------|
G ----1h2---1------------------|------------8-----8-------------|
D ----2-----2------------------|------------9-----9-------------|
A ----2-----2------------------|------------9-----9-------------|
E -0--------0--------------9--8|----7-------7-----7----------4-2|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
   E                            B
I've got a picture of my boy in my back pocket.. along with these
                             rocks I've found in Arizona I wanna show him 



E ------0----------------------|--------------------------------|
B -----------3-----------------|------------5-5--5-5-5-5--------|
G --------1--------------------|------------6h7--7-7-7p6--------|
D ----2------------------------|------------7-7--7-7-7-7--------|
A ----2------------------------|------------7-7--7-7-7----------|
E -0--0-----------0--------2--4|----5-------5-5--7-7-7-5----9--8|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
   E7                           A
And I know I'm gonna return to an awkward silence.. y'see there's a whole lot of 
                                        work I've never known



E -------7---------------------|--------------------------------|
B --------7--------------------|-----------2--------3-----------|
G -----8----8----8-------------|----1-S----1--------1-----------|
D -----9----9----9-------------|----2-T----2--------2-----------|
A -----9----9----9-------------|----2-R----2--------2-----------|
E -7---7----7----7-------------|----0-U----0--------0----0-2-4-5|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^-M .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
   B                            E
but I know I've gotta make my amends... if I'm gonna regain the trust
                                        of my long lost son...



CHORUS 3:

E --------------5--5-5-5-5-----|----------0---2s4---------------|
B --------------5--5-5-5-5-----|--------------------------------|
G --------------6h77-7-7p6-----|----1----1--(s2-4)--------------|
D --------------7--7-7-7-7-----|----2---2-----------------------|
A --------------7--7-7-7-7-----|----2---------------------------|
E --0-2-4-5-----5--5-5-5-5-----|----0--0------------------------|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
  A                                E       (this lick is tough to time...)
You see I've had me enough y'all... Of my freedom of the road



E -----------------------------|---0-S---0----0-----------------|
B -----------------------------|---0-t---2----3-----------------|
G -----8---s8----8-------------|---1-r---1----1-----------------|
D -----9---s9----9-------------|---2-u---2----2-----------------|
A -----9---s9----9-------------|---2-m---2----2-----------------|
E -7---7---s7----7-------------|---0-----0----0--------0--2--4--|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
B                               E/E6/E7
lord won't you help me with my decision...for I fear I'm growing old (I feel it everyday)



E -----------------------------|-------0------------------------|
B -----5----5------------------|----0----0----------------------|
G -----7----7p6----------------|----2----1----------------------|
D -----7----7------------------|----2----2----------------------|
A ----------7------------------|---------2----------------------|
E -5---5----5-----------4--2---|-0--0----0----------------9-8-7-|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
A                               E                       
I'm holding on my ticket...it's today I'll pay this toll



E -7---------------------------|---5----------------------------|
B -7---------------------------|---5----------------------------|
G -8-----8---------------------|---6----------------------------|
D -9-----9---------------------|---7----------------------------|
A -9-----9---------------------|---7----------------------------|
E -7-----7---------------------|---5----------------------------|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
B       (strum)                 A (strum)               
And magic road grant your freedom...your sweet freedom!!! 



E -----------------------------|--------------------------------|
B -----------------------------|--------------------------------|
G -----------------------------|--------------------------------|
D -------(high-pitched scream)-|--------------------------------|
A -----------------------------|--------------------------------|
E -----------------------------|---------------12s0-------------|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
E (his scream is equal to the 12th fret on the high E, then up to the 16th)



E ----0------------------------|-----0--2-2s4-------------------|
B -----0-----------------------|--------------------------------|
G -----------------------------|----1--2--2s4-------------------|
D --------------2--------------|--------------------------------|
A ----------2-4---4-2----------|--------------------------------|
E --0----2s4----------2p0---4s5|--0-----------------------------|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   
E                                                       
 I'm coming home...


***
Extra Special Bonus Ending of Happiness

 - you'll hear this a lot on his live recordings...it's just an extended
version of the one above, except he finishes the scale...

E ----0------------------------|----0-2-4-5-7-9-11-12-14--16---0|
B -----0-----------------------|-------------------------------0|
G -----------------------------|---1-2-4-6-8-9-11-13-14---16---1|
D --------------2--------------|-------------------------------2|
A ----------2-4---4-2----------|-------------------------------2|
E --0----2s4----------2p0---4s5|-0-------------------------0---0|
   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   .    ^   .   ^   .   ^   .   ^   . 



Here are all the lyrics in regular form

In a westerly direction
this car is my train
I'm driving and I'm a wonderin'
what it is I'm runnin from again
and I feel like and 80 year old man
still holding on to 29
and up ahead on the horizon
is the California Line

And I've had enough
of this freedom of the road
never was good with decision
atleast that's what I've been told

up ahead a truck's carrying a wideload
a prefab house cut in half
a cute little front door and 2 windows love
ain't sure whether to cry or should I laugh
you see I broke a home up myself once
as I stumbled to that door
I read that note by the dawn's light
saying don't you come 'round here anymore

And I've had enough
of this freedom of the road
never was good with decisions
atleast that's what I've been told - yes I have been told
I've been holding on to this ticket
cuz one day I'll pay my toll
and magic road grant this freedom...
to someone else..for I'll be coming home...yes I will

And don't you know
there'll be no more pay-per-view movies
in these economy motels
no more trash in the backseat
from MickeyD's or Taco Bell
No more playing my trump card
for the ladies in the lounge
think I'll leave a little something
for the next tra---veling man to scrounge
you know I mean... I mean it, yes I do..

And I know there's got to be someone out there
who believes 
I got a picture of my boy in back pocket
along with these rocks I found in Arizona I wanna show him
and I know I'm gonna return to an awkward silence
you see there's a whole lot of work I've never known
but I know I've gotta make my amends
If I'm gonna regain the trust of my long lost son

You see I've had me enough y'all
of my freedom of the road
lord won't you help me with my decision
for I fear I'm growing old - I feel it everyday
I'm been holding on my ticket
It's today I'll pay this toll
and magic road grant your freedom...
your sweet freedom
Ahhhhh!!!!
I'm coming home...
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