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Down on the Border by Little River Band

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    This took me some while to work out, because I think they use shortened chords which
    give a very different sound to their equivalent full ones. This is the closest I could get,
    though I’m happy to have input from anyone who suggests better fits!
    If playing an acoustic guitar, which I’d recommend plucking just the 3 notes mentioned
    by playing the bottom string with thumb and the two above it with 1st and 2nd finger,
    except in the chorus where the straight E,A,B should be strummed.
    If playing on electric guitar, you can do a type of power chord ‘boogie-woogie’ going
    from A5 to A7n3 to Am using just the G and D strings – which I think is what the lead
    guitarist does in live version.
    If you just want to strum as a full chord, you could try substituting A for A5, A7 or
    Am7 for A7n3 and D or better still DSus2 (open top e string) for D5, but you’ll hear it
    really doesn’t sound quite the same.
    Intro Plucked on acoustic, arpeggios (with slightly different bass etc) on electric
    A5A5AmAmA5
    /A7n3//// 
    A5A5AmAmA5
    /A7n3//// 
    A5A5
    A7n3 
    I just got back from the border
    Am7A5D5A5
    And what I saw made me know for sure 
    A5
    A7n3 
    We're out of order
    A5A5
    A7n3 
    I had a dream about New Orleans
    Am7A5D5A5
    At Jackson Square I heard their prayer 
    A5
    A7n3 
    Down in New Orleans
    E
    On the run, there's a life for livin' 
    AB
    But the people there, they just don't care 
    A5A5
    A7n3 
    Livin' their life like a millionaire
    A5
    A7n3 
    Down on the border
    A5A5
    A7n3 
    You never see me in old Iran
    Am7A5D5A5
    The women there don't know who I am 
    A5
    A7n3 
    In old Iran
    A5A5
    A7n3 
    And I never will go to Singapore
    Am7A5D5A5
    The people there will cut your hair 
    A5
    A7n3 
    In Singapore
    E
    On their streets there's a life of plenty 
    AB
    Oh but they'll never know about the freedom show 
    A5A5
    A7n3 
    They’re livin' in darkness years ago
    A5
    A7n3 
    Down on the border
    A5A5
    A7n3 
    They built a wall at the border
    Am7A5D5A5
    Not to keep us out, but to leave no doubt 
    A5
    A7n3 
    They're out of order, hey
    E
    And all the people who are trapped within 
    AB
    Serve to show just how far we'll go 
    A5
    A7n3 
    And how dumb we've been
    A5A5
    A7n3 
    At the top life looks so easy
    Am7A5D5A5
    But they'll never know what they'll never know 
    Am7A5D5A5
    They're much too busy countin' all their dough 
    A5
    Am7n3 
    From the border