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Genesis guitar chords for Driving the last spike

Guitar chords with lyrics

Tuning: Standard (E A D G B E)

Key: A chord diagramG MajorG

Difficulty: Intermediate

Genesis’ 10 minute epic from “We Can’t Dance” about the lives of people who built the railways of
Great Britain. “Driving The Last Spike” is a Genesis masterpiece from start to finish. Enjoy!

Intro:
A chord diagramC/GC/G A chord diagramG MajorG A chord diagramC/GC/G A chord diagramG MajorG
A chord diagramC/GC/G A chord diagramG MajorG A chord diagramC/GC/G A chord diagramG MajorG
A chord diagramC/GC/G A chord diagramG MajorG A chord diagramC/GC/G A chord diagramG MajorG
A chord diagramC/GC/G A chord diagramG MajorG A chord diagramC/GC/G A chord diagramG MajorG
A chord diagramC/GC/G A chord diagramG MajorG A chord diagramC/GC/G D/G
Verse:
A chord diagramG MajorG          A chord diagramD/F#D/F#   Cmaj7/E   A chord diagramD7D7
Leaving my family behind me

    A chord diagramB minorBm                   A chord diagramE minorEm
Not knowing what lay ahead

A chord diagramG MajorG          A chord diagramD/F#D/F#      Cmaj7/E         A chord diagramD7D7
Waving goodbye, as I left them in tears

  A chord diagramB minorBm                   A chord diagramC majorC
Remembering all we'd said

  A chord diagramC majorC                  D/C
I looked to the sky, I offered my prayers

  A chord diagramBm7Bm7                        A chord diagramC majorC
I asked Him for guidance and strength

        A chord diagramG MajorG           A chord diagramD/F#D/F#    Cmaj7/E   A chord diagramD7D7
But the simple beliefs of a simple man

      A chord diagramB minorBm                   A chord diagramD MajorD
Lay in His hands, and on my head, my head

Interlude:

   A chord diagramG MajorG      A chord diagramG/BG/B       A chord diagramC majorC    A chord diagramD MajorD   A chord diagramG MajorG          A chord diagramC majorC          A chord diagramD MajorD          A chord diagramE minorEm
e|------|---------|--------|----------|----------|----------|------------|
B|------|---------|--------|-------12-|-15-13-12-|----------|------------|
G|-12---|-12--11--|-11--9--|-7--12----|----------|-14-12-11-|-9-----9-12-|
D|------|---------|--------|----------|----------|----------|-----9------|
A|------|---------|--------|----------|----------|----------|------------|
E|------|---------|--------|----------|----------|----------|------------|
   A chord diagramAm7Am7       A chord diagramD MajorD        A chord diagramAm7Am7      A chord diagramD11D11 A chord diagramD MajorD
e|---------|--------|--------|---------|
B|-12---15-|-12-----|--------|---------|
G|---------|------9-|-12---9-|-12--11--|
D|---------|--------|--------|---------|
A|---------|--------|--------|---------|
E|---------|--------|--------|---------|

Verse:

  A chord diagramG MajorG         A chord diagramD/F#D/F#            Cmaj7/E  A chord diagramD7D7
I gave everything that they wanted

    A chord diagramB minorBm                  A chord diagramE minorEm
But still they wanted more

   A chord diagramG MajorG            A chord diagramD/F#D/F#
We sweat and we toiled

     Cmaj7/E         A chord diagramD7D7
Good men lost their lives

  A chord diagramB minorBm                          A chord diagramC majorC
Don't think they knew what for

  A chord diagramC majorC
I sold them my heart

  D/C
I sold them my soul

  A chord diagramBm7Bm7               A chord diagramC majorC
I gave everything I had

       A chord diagramG MajorG             A chord diagramD/F#D/F#     Cmaj7/E  A chord diagramD7D7
Ah but they couldn't break my spirit

   A chord diagramB minorBm             A chord diagramD MajorD
My dignity fought back

     A chord diagramCadd9Cadd9  A chord diagramDadd9Dadd9  A chord diagramCadd9Cadd9  A chord diagramDadd9Dadd9
Fightback

Chorus:

A chord diagramE MajorE   A chord diagramA/EA/E A chord diagramG/EG/E  A chord diagramA/EA/E
Can you hear me

A chord diagramE MajorE   A chord diagramA/EA/E A chord diagramG/EG/E A/F#
Can you see

A chord diagramG6G6    A chord diagramA/GA/G A chord diagramG6G6   A chord diagramA/GA/G
Don't you hear me

A chord diagramG6/AG6/A  A chord diagramA majorA   A chord diagramG6/AG6/A A chord diagramA majorA
Don't you see


Instrumental:


A chord diagramE5E5                   A chord diagramE minor 7Em7  A chord diagramD/ED/E A chord diagramA/EA/E   A chord diagramE5E5                 A chord diagramE minor 7Em7  A chord diagramA/EA/E A chord diagramG/EG/E
e|-----------------------|---------|-----------------------|---------|
B|-----------------------|---------|-----------------------|---------|
G|-----------------------|---------|-----------------------|---------|
D|-----------------5-----|---------|-----------------5-----|---------|
A|-5-7--7--7-5-5-7-5-----|---------|-5-7--7--7-5-5-7-5-----|---------|
E|-5-7--7--7-5-5-7-------|---------|-5-7--7--7-5-5-7-------|---------|

Bridge:

(Continue guitar riff above)

   A chord diagramE5E5                  A chord diagramD/ED/E         A chord diagramA/EA/E
We worked in gangs for all we were worth

    A chord diagramE5E5                     A chord diagramA/EA/E A chord diagramG/EG/E
The young boys pulling the wagons

        A chord diagramE5E5                   A chord diagramD/ED/E          A chord diagramA/EA/E
We were digging the tunnels, shifting the earth

A chord diagramE5E5                  A chord diagramA/EA/E  A chord diagramG/EG/E
It was then that it happened

A chord diagramA5A5                  A chord diagramG/AG/A      A chord diagramA majorA
No-one knew how the cracks appeared

    A chord diagramG/AG/A   A chord diagramA majorA             A chord diagramG/AG/A   A chord diagramA majorA   A chord diagramD/AD/A
But as it fell they all disappeared

A chord diagramG/AG/A        A chord diagramD/AD/A  A chord diagramA majorA
Stone fell like rain


Chorus:

A chord diagramE MajorE   A chord diagramA/EA/E A chord diagramG/EG/E  A chord diagramA/EA/E
Can you hear me

A chord diagramE MajorE   A chord diagramA/EA/E A chord diagramG/EG/E A/F#
Can you see

A chord diagramG6G6    A chord diagramA/GA/G A chord diagramG6G6   A chord diagramA/GA/G
Don't you hear me

A chord diagramG6/AG6/A A chord diagramA majorA  A chord diagramG6/AG6/A  A chord diagramA majorA
Can you breathe


Instrumental:
                                      let ring
   A chord diagramB minorBm            A chord diagramB minorBm          A chord diagramB minorBm              A chord diagramB minorBm
e|--------------|-----------|---------------|--------------|
B|--------------|-----------|---------------|--------------|
G|--------------|-----------|-------------7-|-7------------|
D|-9----------9-|-9---------|-9-------------|-9------------|
A|-9----------9-|-9---------|-9---------9---|-9------------|
E|-7----------7-|-7---------|-7-------7-----|-7------------|
   A chord diagramG MajorG      A chord diagramG/BG/B       A chord diagramC majorC    A chord diagramD MajorD   A chord diagramG MajorG          A chord diagramC majorC          A chord diagramD MajorD          A chord diagramE minorEm
e|------|---------|--------|----------|----------|----------|------------|
B|------|---------|--------|-------12-|-15-14-12-|----------|------------|
G|-12---|-12--11--|-11--9--|-7--12----|----------|-14-12-11-|-9-----9-12-|
D|------|---------|--------|----------|----------|----------|-----9------|
A|------|---------|--------|----------|----------|----------|------------|
E|------|---------|--------|----------|----------|----------|------------|
   A chord diagramAm7Am7       A chord diagramD MajorD        A chord diagramAm7Am7      A chord diagramD11D11 A chord diagramD MajorD
e|---------|--------|--------|--------|
B|-12---15-|-12-----|--------|--------|
G|---------|------9-|-12---9-|-12--11-|
D|---------|--------|--------|--------|
A|---------|--------|--------|--------|
E|---------|--------|--------|--------|

Verse:
    A chord diagramG MajorG              A chord diagramD/F#D/F#        Cmaj7/E  A chord diagramD7D7
The smoke cleared, the dust it settled

       A chord diagramB minorBm                 A chord diagramE minorEm
No one knew how many had died

A chord diagramG MajorG     A chord diagramD/F#D/F#            Cmaj7/E  A chord diagramD7D7
All around there were broken men

       A chord diagramB minorBm                           A chord diagramC majorC
They'd said it was safe, and they'd lied

          A chord diagramC majorC                         D/C
You could hear the cries, you could smell the fear

         A chord diagramBm7Bm7                  A chord diagramC majorC
But good fortune that day was mine

        A chord diagramG MajorG                      A chord diagramD/F#D/F#       Cmaj7/E  A chord diagramD7D7
And it occurred to me that the heart of a good man

   A chord diagramB minorBm               A chord diagramD MajorD
It seems is hard to find


Chorus:
A chord diagramE MajorE   A chord diagramA/EA/E A chord diagramG/EG/E  A chord diagramA/EA/E
Can you hear me

A chord diagramE MajorE   A chord diagramA/EA/E A chord diagramG/EG/E A/F#
Can you see

A chord diagramG6G6    A chord diagramA/GA/G A chord diagramG6G6   A chord diagramA/GA/G
Don't you hear me

A chord diagramG6/AG6/A  A chord diagramA majorA   A chord diagramG6/AG6/A A chord diagramA majorA
Don't you see


Instrumental:
   A chord diagramD MajorD                A chord diagramD MajorD           A chord diagramDsus4Dsus4    A chord diagramD MajorD     A chord diagramD5D5          A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramDsus4Dsus4
e|----------------|---------------|--------------|-------------|
B|-7---7-7-7----7-|-7---------7-8-|----8-7---7---|---------7-8-|
G|-7---7-7-7----7-|-7---------7-7-|----7-7---7-7-|-7-7-----7-7-|
D|-7---7-7-7----7-|-7---------7-7-|----7-7---7-7-|-7-7-----7-7-|
A|----------------|---------------|--------------|-------------|
E|----------------|---------------|--------------|-------------|
        A chord diagramD MajorD     A chord diagramD5D5          A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramDsus4Dsus4    A chord diagramD MajorD     A chord diagramD MajorD
e|--------------|-------------|--------------|---------|
B|----8-7---7---|---------7-8-|----8-7---7---|---------|
G|----7-7---7-7-|-7-7-----7-7-|----7-7---7-7-|-7-7-----|
D|----7-7---7-7-|-7-7-----7-7-|----7-7---7-7-|-7-7-----|
A|--------------|-------------|--------------|---------|
E|--------------|-------------|--------------|---------|
    A chord diagramD MajorD                         A chord diagramG MajorG            A chord diagramC majorC
e|--------------------------|--------------------------|
B|-10-10-10--10-10-10-10-10-|-10-10-10--10-10-10-10-10-|
G|-7--7--7---7--7--7--7--7--|-7--7--7---7--7--7--7--7--|
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|
A|--------------------------|--------------------------|
E|--------------------------|--------------------------|
    A chord diagramD MajorD                         A chord diagramG MajorG            A chord diagramC majorC
e|--------------------------|--------------------------|
B|-10-10-10--10-10-10-10-10-|-10-10-10--10-10-10-10-10-|
G|-7--7--7---7--7--7--7--7--|-7--7--7---7--7--7--7--7--|
D|--------------------------|--------------------------|
A|--------------------------|--------------------------|
E|--------------------------|--------------------------|

Post-Chorus:
   A chord diagramD MajorD              A chord diagramG MajorG
We worked, how we worked like

    A chord diagramC majorC             A chord diagramD MajorD   A chord diagramC majorC  A chord diagramG MajorG
The devil for our pay

            A chord diagramD MajorD                 A chord diagramG MajorG
Through the wind, through the snow

A chord diagramC majorC               A chord diagramD MajorD   A chord diagramC majorC  A chord diagramG MajorG
And through the rain

A chord diagramD MajorD            A chord diagramG MajorG                    A chord diagramC majorC              A chord diagramD MajorD    A chord diagramC majorC  A chord diagramG MajorG
Blasting and cutting through Gods country like a knife

      A chord diagramD MajorD               A chord diagramG MajorG          A chord diagramC majorC        A chord diagramD MajorD           A chord diagramC majorC
Sweat stinging my eyes, there has to be a better life

       A chord diagramG MajorG             A chord diagramD MajorD              A chord diagramG MajorG
Ah but I can hear my children's cry

      A chord diagramC majorC            A chord diagramD MajorD              A chord diagramC majorC
I can see the tears in their eyes

     A chord diagramG MajorG            A chord diagramD MajorD                 A chord diagramG MajorG
Memories of those I've left behind

      A chord diagramC majorC             A chord diagramD MajorD     A chord diagramC majorC
Still ringing in my ears

     A chord diagramG MajorG       A chord diagramD MajorD            A chord diagramG MajorG
Will I ever go back again

       A chord diagramC majorC            A chord diagramD6D6
Will I ever see her face again

A chord diagramC/DC/D                     Bm/D
I'll always remember that night

        A chord diagramC/DC/D       A chord diagramG/DG/D          A chord diagramDsus2Dsus2    A chord diagramAsus4Asus4  A chord diagramA7A7
As they waved goodbye to their fathers


Interlude:
   A chord diagramG/BG/B           A chord diagramB minorBm
We came from the North

       A chord diagramD MajorD             A chord diagramA/C#A/C#
And we came from the South

     A chord diagramG/BG/B            F#m/A
With picks and with spades

      A chord diagramG MajorG
And a new kind of order

A chord diagramA/GA/G                     A chord diagramG MajorG       A chord diagramE minor 7Em7
Showing no fear of what lies up ahead

        A chord diagramC#m7C#m7          A7/E        A chord diagramD MajorD    A chord diagramG MajorG A chord diagramC majorC A chord diagramD MajorD   A chord diagramG MajorG A chord diagramC majorC
They'll never see the likes of us again


Post-Chorus:
A chord diagramD MajorD
Driving the last spike

A chord diagramG MajorG           A chord diagramC majorC           A chord diagramD MajorD   A chord diagramG MajorG A chord diagramC majorC
Lifting and laying the track

     A chord diagramD MajorD
With blistering hands

        A chord diagramG MajorG   A chord diagramC majorC            A chord diagramD MajorD   A chord diagramC majorC
And the sun burning your back

       A chord diagramG MajorG             A chord diagramD MajorD              A chord diagramG MajorG
Oh but I can hear my children's cry

      A chord diagramC majorC          A chord diagramD MajorD               A chord diagramC majorC
I can see the tears in their eyes

        A chord diagramG MajorG            A chord diagramD MajorD                A chord diagramG MajorG
Ah memories of those I've left behind

      A chord diagramC majorC             A chord diagramD6D6
Still ringing in my ears

A chord diagramC/DC/D                         Bm/D
Well I'll always remember that night

        A chord diagramC/DC/D       A chord diagramG/DG/D          A chord diagramDsus2Dsus2   A chord diagramAsus4Asus4  A chord diagramA7A7
As they waved goodbye to their fathers

   A chord diagramG/BG/B          A chord diagramB minorBm       A chord diagramD MajorD               A chord diagramA/C#A/C#
We followed the rail, we slept under the stars

A chord diagramG/BG/B        F#m/A        A chord diagramG MajorG
Digging in darkness and living with danger

A chord diagramA/GA/G                     A chord diagramG MajorG          A chord diagramE minor 7Em7
Showing no fear of what lies up ahead

        A chord diagramC#m7C#m7            A7/E      A chord diagramD MajorD
They'll never see the likes of us again


Instrumental:

   A chord diagramD MajorD                            A chord diagramDsus4Dsus4    A chord diagramD MajorD     A chord diagramD5D5          A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramDsus4Dsus4
e|----------------|---------------|--------------|-------------|
B|-7---7-7-7----7-|-7---------7-8-|----8-7---7---|---------7-8-|
G|-7---7-7-7----7-|-7---------7-7-|----7-7---7-7-|-7-7-----7-7-|
D|-7---7-7-7----7-|-7---------7-7-|----7-7---7-7-|-7-7-----7-7-|
A|----------------|---------------|--------------|-------------|
E|----------------|---------------|--------------|-------------|
        A chord diagramD MajorD     A chord diagramD5D5          A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramDsus4Dsus4    A chord diagramD MajorD     A chord diagramD5D5
e|--------------|-------------|--------------|---------|
B|----8-7---7---|---------7-8-|----8-7---7---|---------|
G|----7-7---7-7-|-7-7-----7-7-|----7-7---7-7-|-7-7-----|
D|----7-7---7-7-|-7-7-----7-7-|----7-7---7-7-|-7-7-----|
A|--------------|-------------|--------------|---------|
E|--------------|-------------|--------------|---------|

Interlude:
   A chord diagramG MajorG      A chord diagramG/BG/B       A chord diagramC majorC    A chord diagramD MajorD   A chord diagramG MajorG          A chord diagramC majorC          A chord diagramD MajorD          A chord diagramE minorEm
e|------|---------|--------|----------|----------|----------|------------|
B|------|---------|--------|-------12-|-15-14-12-|----------|------------|
G|-12---|-12--11--|-11--9--|-7--12----|----------|-14-12-11-|-9-----9-12-|
D|------|---------|--------|----------|----------|----------|-----9------|
A|------|---------|--------|----------|----------|----------|------------|
E|------|---------|--------|----------|----------|----------|------------|
   A chord diagramAm7Am7       A chord diagramD MajorD        A chord diagramAm7Am7      A chord diagramD11D11 A chord diagramD MajorD
e|---------|--------|--------|--------|
B|-12---15-|-12-----|--------|--------|
G|---------|------9-|-12---9-|-12--11-|
D|---------|--------|--------|--------|
A|---------|--------|--------|--------|
E|---------|--------|--------|--------|

Chorus:
A chord diagramE MajorE   A chord diagramA/EA/E A chord diagramG/EG/E  A chord diagramA/EA/E
Can you hear me

A chord diagramE MajorE   A chord diagramA/EA/E A chord diagramG/EG/E A/F#
Can you see

A chord diagramG6G6    A chord diagramA/GA/G A chord diagramG6G6   A chord diagramA/GA/G
Don't you hear me

A chord diagramG6G6    A chord diagramA majorA   A chord diagramG6/AG6/A A chord diagramA majorA
Don't you see

   A chord diagramD MajorD A chord diagramDsus4Dsus4    A chord diagramD MajorD     A chord diagramD5D5
e|-----|--------------|------------|
B|-7-8-|----8-7---7---|------------|
G|-7-7-|----7-7---7-7-|-7-7--------|
D|-7-7-|----7-7---7-7-|-7-7--------|
A|-----|--------------|------------|
E|-----|--------------|------------|

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