Down the Road banjo tabs & chords

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  • Scruggs Style

    Difficulty

    This is a classic Flatt & Scruggs arrangement of Down the Road that features some incredibly tasteful Scruggs lead and backup playing.

    • Key G
    • 114 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Scruggs Style
  • Melodic Style

    Difficulty

    This is an advanced rendition of "Down the Road" that gives you a lot of different melodic and Scruggs licks to take and use in different songs or in your improvisation.

    • Key G
    • 114 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Melodic Style
  • Backup

    Difficulty

    Scruggs uses forward rolls in his backup to stay out of the vocalist's way and deliver a tasteful, driving sound of the Down the Road song. Practice switching between vamping and rolling.

    • Key G
    • 114 bpm
    • Tuning gDGBD
    Play Backup

Down the Road lyrics

Flatt and Scruggs

Down the road, down the road
got a little pretty girl, down the road

Now down the road just a mile or two
There's a little girl named "purty blue"
Bout so high and her hair is broun
Purtiest thing, boy, in this town

* Refrain

Now anytime you want to know
Where I'm heading it's down the road
See that girl on the line
You'll find her there most any ol' time

* Refrain

Now everyday at sunday school
I go to see my purty blue
Before you hear that rooster crow
You'll see me headed down the road

* Refrain

Clearin' your eggs drawn over the farm
From the hogwalk through the barn
From the barn to the rail
Man is living by curling mail

* Refrain