Words & Music:

Don Henley


G    G7    C    Cm6    G    Em    A7    D  [first vox note = B]


      G  G9(F/G)         C            Cm6

Desperado, why don't you come to your senses?

         G          Em7        A7       D7

You been out riding fences for so long, now.

             G      Gsus4/2       C             Cm6

Oh, you're a hard one, I know that you got your reasons,

      G/D         B/D#  Em7            A7       D7    G    D/F#

These things that are pleasing you can hurt you somehow.


          Em                Bm7                   C                 G   G/F#

Don't you draw the Queen of Diamonds, boy, she'll beat you if she's able.

             Em7                C                G   D/F#

You know the Queen of Hearts is always your best bet.

        Em               Bm7                   C              G   G/F#

Now, it seems to me some fine things have been laid upon your table,

        Em              A7                  Am7/D

But you always want the ones that you can't get.


D   D7     G  Dm7/G           C           Cm (Bm   Am)

Des ----perado, oh, you ain't getting no younger.

     G           D/F#  Em          A7          D7

Your pain and your hunger, theyÕre driving you home.

     G            Dm7/G                      C            Cm (Bm   Am)

And, freedom, oh, freedom, well, that's just some people talking.

     G      B7/F#  Em               A7         D7     G     D7/F#

Your prison is walking through this world all alone.


           Em                   Bm7

Don't your feet get cold in the wintertime? 

    C                      G         G/F#

The sky wonÕt snow and the sun won't shine,

     Em               C                  G    G/F#

It's hard to tell the nighttime from the day.

       Em              Bm7

You're losing all your highs and lows.

         C             G             Am7  Am7/D

Ain't it funny how the feeling goes away?


D   D7    G  Dm7             C            Cm6

Des---perado, why don't you come to your senses?

     G          D/F#    Em  A7       D7

Come down from your fences, open the gate.

          G      Dm7             C        Cm6

It may be raining, but there's a rainbow above you.

           G       B7/F# Em     C   G/B   Am

You better let somebody love you,

           G/D     B7/F# Em        Am7/D         G   G7    C    Cm6       G

You better let somebody love you before it's too late.


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