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Songs By Bobby Bare
On The Acoustic

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´╗┐Thanks for stopping by my songs by Bobby Bare page. Below are several great songs by Bobby Bare you can easily learn on the acoustic. View my demos and download the free .pdf chord sheets.

I've included Bobby Bare album covers so you know where each song originated. If you need or want to purchase the full lesson, it's available for a few bucks or less with a bulk purchase.´╗┐


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Songs By Bobby Bare
Lyrics, Chords, Demos & Tutorials

1. 500 Miles Away From Home

500 miles away from home bobby bare song

500 Miles Away From Home is a song that was originally recorded in 1961 by American folk singer Hedy West. However, it was Bobby Bare's recording of the song in 1963 that became the most successful and well-known version.

The song tells the story of a traveler who is far away from home, and his feelings of loneliness and longing for his loved ones. The lyrics are simple but powerful, and the melody is haunting and memorable.

Bare's version of the song features a country music arrangement with acoustic guitar, pedal steel guitar, and a prominent bass line. The production is relatively sparse, which allows the emotion of the lyrics and Bare's expressive vocals to shine through.

"500 Miles Away from Home" was a hit for Bare, reaching number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 5 on the country chart. The song has since been covered by numerous artists, including Rosanne Cash and Peter, Paul and Mary.

500 Miles Away from Home is considered a classic country-folk song that has stood the test of time, thanks to its timeless melody and relatable lyrics about the feelings of isolation and homesickness that many people experience at some point in their lives.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat 
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, Em, Am, D, D7, Bm, A7
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2. Detroit City

detroit city bobby bare song

Detroit City was originally written by Danny Dill and Mel Tillis, and was first recorded by Billy Grammer in 1962. However, it was Bobby Bare's recording of the song in 1963 that became the most popular and enduring version.

The song tells the story of a homesick man who has moved to Detroit from his rural hometown in search of work, but longs to return to his simpler life in the country. The lyrics are a poignant reflection on the experience of many Americans who migrated to urban areas during the mid-20th century.

Bare's version of the song features a country music arrangement with acoustic guitar, pedal steel guitar, and a string section. The production is relatively simple, which allows the focus to remain on the expressive vocals and emotional lyrics.

"Detroit City" was a hit for Bare, reaching number six on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number two on the country chart. The song has since been covered by many other artists, including Tom Jones, Dean Martin, and Dolly Parton.

This is one of those classic country songs that has endured as a reflection of the experience of rural Americans who moved to the city in search of work, but never forgot their roots. The song's emotional resonance and relatable lyrics continue to resonate with listeners today.

The track can be found on the album Detroit City And Other Hits.

  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: E, A, B7, E7, Gb
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3. Gotta Travel On

gotta travel on bobby bare song

Gotta Travel On was a track from Bobby Bare's 1963 album 50 Miles Away From Home. The song was written back in 1927 as an American folk song but under a different name.

The song that was first recorded in 1958 by Billy Grammer, but it was Bobby Bare's version of the song in 1963 that became the most popular and enduring.

Bare's version of the song features a country music arrangement with acoustic guitar, fiddle, and a prominent bass line. The production is relatively simple, which allows the focus to remain on the energetic vocals and catchy melody.

"Got a Travel On" was a hit for Bare, reaching number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and number one on the country chart. The song has since been covered by many other artists, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and the Kingston Trio.

Pete Seger covered the song in 1958. There is no indication on how well the song did as a single for Bobby Bare.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords = G, C, D, Em
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4. Ride Me Down Easy

ride me down easy bobby bare song

Ride Me Down Easy was a #11 hit for Bobby Bare back in 1973. The track is from his album I Hate Goodbyes/Ride Me Down Easy.

The song was written by Billy Joe Shaver and first recorded by him in 1972. However, it was Bobby Bare's version of the song in 1973 that became the most well known.

The song has a simple, acoustic guitar-driven melody and features lyrics about the struggles and hardships of life and captures the sentiment of a man who is asking for an easy ride through life, despite the difficulties he has faced.

Bare's version of the song features a sparse country music arrangement with acoustic guitar and pedal steel guitar. The production is relatively simple, which allows the focus to remain on the emotive vocals and poignant lyrics.

"Ride Me Down Easy" was not a chart hit for Bare, but it has since become a well-loved classic among fans of country music. The song has been covered by several other artists, including Waylon Jennings and Chris Knight.

  • Drop D Tuning = No
  • Capo = No
  • Rhythm = root down root up down up and repeat
  • Picking = Yes
  • Chords =  G, C, Am, D
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