Words and music Bob Dylan
Released on Another Side Of Bob Dylan (1964)
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem
Probably Dylan’s most misnamed song, since it’s not really in plain D, but in plain C with a capo on the 2nd fret (which of course turns it into D, but hardly “plain”, from a guitar perspective, anyway)
The F chord at the end of lines 1 and 3 is sometimes played, sometimes not – it’s just an embellishment, really.
What is played C/g-G7 in the last line of the first verse, is in most subsequent verses replaced with a G-G6-G7 turn.
Other deviations from the chords of the first verse are noted.
G 320003 G6 322003 G7 323003 C/g 332010 Bb/d xx0331 (in some verses he plays x00331, probably an error but quite nice)
G-G7 C Am C/g (F) C I once loved a girl, her skin it was bronze Am Bb/d F With the innocence of a lamb, she was gentle like a fawn C Am C/g (F) C I courted her proudly, but now she is gone C/g G7 C G G6 G7 Gone as the season she's taken. In a young summer's youth, I stole her away From her mother and sister, though close did they stay Each one of them suffering from the failures of their day With strings of guilt they tried hard to guide us. Of the two sisters, I loved the young Am C/g F With sensitive instincts, she was the creative one The constant scrapegoat, she was easily undone By the jealousy of others around her. For her parasite sister, I had no respect C Am C/g F Bound by her boredom, her pride to protect Countless visions of the other she'd reflect As a crutch for her scenes and her society. Myself, for what I did, I cannot be excused The changes I was going through can't even be used For the lies that I told her in hopes not to lose The could-be dream-lover of my lifetime. C Am C/g F C With unseen consciousness, I possessed in my grip A magnificent mantelpiece, though its heart being chipped Noticing not that I'd already slipped To a sin of love's false security. C Am F C From silhouetted anger to manufactured peace Answers of emptiness, voice vacancies Till the tombstones of damage read me no question but, "Please What's wrong and what's exactly the matter?" And so it did happen, like it could have been foreseen C Am Bb F The timeless explosion of fantasy's dream At the peak of the night, the king and the queen Tumbled all down into pieces. C Am F C "The tragic figure" her sister did shout "Leave her alone, God damn you, get out" C Am (Dm) F C And I in my armor, turning about And nailing her in the ruins of her pettiness. Beneath a bare light bulb the plaster did pound Her sister and I in a screaming battleground And she in between, the victim of sound Soon shattered as a child to the shadows. C Am C All is gone, all is gone, admit it, take flight I gagged in contradiction, tears blinding my sight My mind it was mangled, I ran into the night Leaving all of love's ashes behind me. C Am F C The wind knocks my window, the room it is wet The words to say I'm sorry, I haven't found yet C Am F C I think of her often and hope whoever she's met Will be fully aware of how precious she is. [Harmonica solo verse:] C Am F C C Am Bb/d F C Am C/g F C C G G6 G7 C G G6 G7 Ah, my friends from the prison, they ask unto me C Em F "How good, how good does it feel to be free"? And I answer them most mysteriously "Are birds free from the chains of the skyway"? [Harmonica:] Am C/g F F C C G G6 G7 G7 C