The Promised Land Chords
On The Acoustic

Here on The Promised Land chords page you'll find my acoustic guitar demo, purchase link to the full lesson, the lyrics to the song as well as a free .pdf to The Promised Land Chords sheet you can download.

The Promised Land Chords
Demo Lyrics & Pdf

Chuck Berry wrote the lyrics to this song but the melody is patterned after the song Wabash Cannonball. Chuck Berry recorded this song back in 1964 and wrote the lyrics while in prison. In fact he used an Atlas from the prison library to plot out the locations in the song, with Los Angeles as The Promised Land. Elvis recorded the song in Dec 1973 and later in 1974 had a #14 hit. His version was also used in the film Men In Black.

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The Promised Land Lyrics


I left my home in Norfolk Virginia - California on my mind
Straddled that Greyhound rode him into Raleigh - On across Caroline
Stopped in Charlotte and bypassed Rock Hill and we never was a minute late
We was ninety miles out of Atlanta by sundown - Rollin' outta Georgia state

We had motor trouble it turned into a struggle- Half way 'cross Alabam
And that 'hound broke down and left us all stranded In downtown Birmingham.
Straight off, I bought me a through train ticket ridin cross Mississippi clean
And I was on that midnight flyer out of Birmingham smoking into New Orleans

Somebody help me get out of Louisiana just help me get to Houston town
ThereŠŐ» people there who care a little 'bout me and they won't let the poor boy down
Sure as you're born, they bought me a silk suit - Put luggage in my hands
And I woke up high over Albuquerque - On a jet to the promised land

Workin' on a T-bone steak a la carte flying over to the Golden State
The pilot told me in thirteen minutes - He would sit us at the terminal gate
Swing low sweet chariot, come down easy - Taxi to the terminal zone
Cut your engines, cool your wings and let me make it to the telephone
Los Angeles give me Norfolk Virginia - Tidewater four ten O nine
Tell the folks back home this is the promised land callin' and the poor boy's on the line



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