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Refuge Of The Roads

Guitar chords transcribed by Marian Russell  Printer-friendly version of this piece
Tuning: CACFAC   "Joni" Tuning: C93543

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Special thanks to Sue for her initial tab which is expanded upon here.

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1st verse:

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I met a friend of spirit 
  

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A drunk with sage's eyes 
  

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And I sat before his sanity 
  

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I was holding back from crying 
  

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He saw my complications 
  

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And he mirrored me back simplified 
  

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And we laughed how our perfection 
  

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Would always be denied 
  

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Heart and humor and humility 
  

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He said will lighten up your heavy load 
  

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I left him then for the refuge of the   roads 
  

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Verse 2: 

I fell in with some drifters 
Cast upon a beachtown 
Winn Dixie cold cuts and highway hand me downs 
And I wound up fixing dinner 
For them and Boston Jim 
I well up with affection 
Thinking back down the roads to then 
The nets were overflowing 
In the Gulf of Mexico 


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They were overflowing in the refuge of the roads 
  

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Verse 3: 

There was spring along the ditches 
There were good times in the cities 
Oh, radiant happiness 
It was all so light and easy 
Till I started analyzing 
And I brought on my old ways 
A thunderhead of judgment was 
Gathering in my gaze 
And it made most people nervous 
They just didn't want to know 
  

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What I was seeing in the refuge of the   roads 
  

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Verse 4: 

I pulled off into a forest 
Crickets clicking in the fern 
Like a wheel of fortune 
I heard my fate turn, turn turn 
And I went running down a white sand road 
I was running like a white-assed deer 
Running to lose the blues 
To the innocence in here 
These are the clouds of Michelangelo 
Muscular with gods and sungold 
  

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Shine on your witness in the refuge of the   roads. 
  

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Verse 5: 

In a highway service station 
Over the month of June 
Was a photograph of the earth 
Taken coming back from the moon 
And you couldn't see a city 
On that marbled bowling ball 
Or a forest or a highway 
Or me here least of all 
You couldn't see these cold water restrooms 
Or this baggage overload 
  

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Westbound and rolling taking refuge in the   roads. 
  

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© 1977 Crazy Crow Music (BMI)

 

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