How To Play Midnight Cowboy

1st edition (publ. Simon & Schuster)
1st edition (publ. Simon & Schuster) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 In 1969, the song Midnight Cowboy from the United Artists Motion Picture, "Midnight Cowboy" was released. The music, by John Barry and of course the screenplay is from the novel. Funny thing for me, is that I remember the music more than the show. How about you? Where were you when this was happening?

Wikipedia says,

Midnight Cowboy is a 1969 American drama film based on the 1965 novel of the same name by James Leo Herlihy. It was written by Waldo Salt, directed by John Schlesinger, and stars Jon Voight, in his film debut, in the title role alongside Dustin Hoffman. Notable smaller roles are filled by Sylvia Miles, John McGiver, Brenda Vaccaro, Bob Balaban, Jennifer Salt and Barnard Hughes; M. Emmet Walsh is an uncredited, pre-fame extra.
The film won three Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. To date, it is the only X-rated film ever to win Best Picture.


Here I am playing this particular movie song with a moderate beat, in a 4/4 time signature. My arrangement is in the Key of C but you'll hear tons of altered chords throughout the song. If you play the guitar, you'll want to visit the chart, Faith No More, Angel Dust

So, the challenging part is that I couldn't find a printed chord chart to this song online. I hope you can follow along with me, plus watch the video to see what I am playing. Basically the song is:

Intro:

C
Bb
C
Bb

Bb/DBb

C/ED

Bb/DBb

C/EG *

Bb/DG

Ab/EbC

Db/FC

G/FB

C/EG

Bb/DG

Ab/EbC

Db/FC

G/FD

C/GE

Bb/DC

Ab/CEb

Db/FC

G/FB (last time to Coda)

D/EG

Bb/DG

D/EG

Bb/DG

D/EG

Bb/DG* (repeat back to *)

Coda

C/ED

Bb/DBb

C/ED

Bb/DBb

C/EG

Hope this helps. Have fun with it.

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Obviously, this song has lots of guitar runs that you see me gently playing the walk downs in my r.h.
If you play the guitar, too... then you might want to invest in Guitar 301

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