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Dixie Chicks - Travelin' Soldier (Chord)
Submitter: axehappy (62) on 1/23/02 29 comments
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Dixie Chicks - Travelin' Soldier

By axehappy - axehappy at

If you wanna play this using a capo on second fret, change the chords
as follows:

A  change to  G   =  320003          D  change to  C   =  x32010

G  change to  F   =  133211          F#m change to Em  =  022000

E  change to  D   =  xx0232


Today he's past 18, 
He's waiting for the bus in his army greens.
Sat down in a booth at a cafe there,
Gave his order to a girl with a bow in her hair.

He's a little shy so she gave him a smile,

And he said "Would you mind sitting down for a while,
    D                                   A  
And talking to me, I'm feeling a little low."
              G                   D                   A
She said "I'm off in an hour, and I know where we can go."

So they went down and they sat on the pier,

He said "I bet you've got a boyfriend, but I don't care,
     D                             A
I've got no-one to send a letter to.
          G              D                A
Would you mind if I sent one back here to you?"

F#m   E      D                                     A
How I cried, never gonna hold the hand of another guy,

Too young for him they told her, 
Waiting for the love of a travelling soldier.
F#m                 E
Our love will never end, 
D                                      A
Waiting for the soldier to come back again,

Never more to be alone,
       E                              A
When a letter says a soldier's coming home.

So the letters came from an army camp in California,
Then Vietnam, and he told her of his heart, 
It might be love, and all of the things he was so scared of.

He said "When it's gettin' kinda rough over here,

I think of that day sittin' down at the pier,
      D                                 A
And I close my eyes and see your pretty smile.
      G                     D                   A
Don't worry, but I won't be able to write for a while."

F#m   E      D                                     A
How I cried, never gonna hold the hand of another guy.

Too young for him they told her,
Waiting for the love of a travelling soldier.
F#m                 E
Our love will never end,
D                                      A
Waiting for the soldier to come back again.

Never more to be alone,
         E                              A
When the letter says a soldier's coming home.

A   D   A      D   A   G   D   A

One Friday night at a football game,

The Lord's Prayer said, and the anthem sang,
A man said "Folks, would you bow your heads,
For a list of local Vietnam dead."

Crying all alone under the stands,

Was the Piccolo player and the marching band,
    D                                 A
And one name ready, and nobody really cares,
      G                  D                 A
But a pretty little girl with a bow in her hair.

F#    E      D                                    A
How I cried, never gonna hold the hand of another guy.

Too young for him they told her,
Waiting for the love of a travelling soldier.
F#m                 E
Our love will never end,
D                                      A
Waiting for the soldier to come back again.

Never more to be alone,
         E                                A    D   A
When the letter says the soldier's coming home.

 Comments (click here to add a non-facebook comment)
I saw the video today and i noticed that Natalie had a capo on the
second fret does anyone have a correction for this (I'm a
-chuck | 1/6/2003
OK....check up the top of the tab...I've put the chords there for
capo 2nd fret too. :o)
-axehappy | 1/7/2003
I watched the video and natalie is using the capo on 2nd fret and
also i noticed that when she changed for the f chord this is how she
did it,xx3233 I tried this and it sounds good and is also easier to
make than the 133211 f version ,i may be wrong ,but think i'm pretty
close on this one. anyone feel free to correct me if i'm wrong.

-boomer68 | 1/15/2003
i usally keep the chords the same even if i use a i don't
think it matters other you change your chords or not.
-screamingacoust | 2/3/2003
Bruce Robison - original singer/songwriter of "Travelin' Soldier"
and brother-in-law of Emily Robison - plays the song with a capo on
the 4th fret; plays a modified G chord; C9; Asus; Em7 with some walk-
downs...finger-picking all the way. Saw him in concert, picked it
up immediately so I have never tabbed it before.
-tdean95 | 2/3/2003
of Emily ROBISON
-WacoKid | 2/3/2003

Charlie Robison is the husband
of Emily

that dude was right

"Now i feel stupid"
he he he he
-WacoKid | 2/3/2003
Though there were a few errors in the words, overall this is a great
tab. The version with the capo is near perfect. Thanks axe, this is
the best song out of Nashville for a while.

-stefaniep | 2/10/2003
thanks axe you've done it again.good job on the tabs fort a great
tune. relic
-relic | 2/18/2003
the chords are great but the lyrics aren't the best.
i'm looking at the paper that came with the cd and
the chorus starts with...

i cried


how i cried

the chords are darn near perfect from what i can see

-phantom_ryder11 | 2/25/2003
This really has nothing to do with this song...I just have a question
that prolly will sound pretty stupid but if anyone could anwser this
THANKS ALOT! Im a beginner but how can you tell whether to play a
major chord or minor. Ex. if it just says D???
-jlc | 3/9/2003
D is a major chord....if it was a minor, it
would say Dm
-axehappy | 3/9/2003
axehappy thanks alot!
-jlc | 3/11/2003
Let me toss this out there... the lyrics are EXACT to a version I
found on the net. This made me really happy (did I also mention its
in the correct key without the capo in this recording as well?)
-bbarker | 3/13/2003
great tab thanks alot.
-tonywoz | 4/6/2003
hello, I really like this song, too. And I think the chords are about
ok but I desperately need some advice for the picking since I can't
do it by listening to the song.
-gunkel | 5/26/2003
Easy F#m=
-Country fella | 9/22/2003
the song looks good and sounds good
who cares if the lyrics aren't ALL there
its a good tune and open to your own iterpatation. Good Job:)
-snach | 10/12/2003
I've watched the video over and over and have come up with the following that Natalie plays: Capo on 2nd fret and change axe's chords without the capo to:

A change to Gadd9= 320033
G change to ?????= xx3233
E change to D = x32010
D change to Cadd9 = 032033
F#m change to Em = 022000

Axehappy's sounds better but the above is how Natalie plays it in her video. It's also easier to play for us newbies. Thanks again Axe!! Great work!!

-trevnange | 11/9/2003
ok the f#m that was posted on the comments is wrong

F#m is xx4222

and in the song where it goes from F#m to E it doesn't
-314 | 1/11/2004
The lyrics are wrong...

One the chorus it's "I cried" and the first line is "Three days past eighteen"

-jaelynn | 1/29/2004

Does anybody know the tabs for the hammers and pull-offs for the base notes and the little riffs in this song?

-rocware1 | 3/9/2004
just thought you all should know, the first words of this song are "two days past eighteen" ect ect.
-Kasey Lee | 10/4/2004
I really like the way the Dixie Chicks put their instrumentals together with their vocal talents, I think Travelin' Soldier is one of their better songs and hope to hear much more from them.

-Donjuan69692001 | 1/23/2005
there should be a version for capo 2, with the whole thing shown instead of this one , easier to read
-cruzan_rum | 2/18/2005
Good work you just need to up grade the words to the right ones
-Canowindra_Chic | 3/28/2005
Does anyone know how to change that f#m to something easier to go from f#m-E?? ...this song will go down in country music history if it already hasnt... they perform this song beautiful on their "live" its awesome...
-laura123 | 7/9/2005
where does it show you the strumming pattern, or can someone tell me what it is please!?
-jordan_renee | 10/15/2015
amazing one
-marknewby | 2/1/2018
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