Words and Music Bob Dylan (but strongly based on Dominic Behan’s The
Released on The Times They Are A-Changin’ (1963) and in live versions on Unplugged (1995) and Live 1964 (2004)
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem
The * denotes the G - G6 - G7 figure that Dylan is so fond of:
G 320003 G6 322003 or 3x2003 G7 323003 or 3x3003
It can be replaced by just a G chord.
C (First measure harp only) |F |Em |G * |C C F Em Oh my name it ain't nothin' G * C My age it means less F Em G C The country I come from F C Is called the Midwest F Em G C I's taught and brought up there F C The laws to abide F Em And that the land that I live in G * C Has God on its side. Oh the history books tell it They tell it so well The cavalries charged The Indians fell The cavalries charged The Indians died Oh the country was young With God on its side. The Spanish-American War had its day And the Civil War too Was soon laid away And the names of the heroes I's made to memorize With guns in their hands And God on their side. The First World War, boys It came and it went The reason for fighting I never did get *) But I learned to accept it Accept it with pride For you don't count the dead When God's on your side. The Second World War Came to an end We forgave the Germans And then we were friends Though they murdered six million In the ovens they fried The Germans now too Have God on their side. I've learned to hate the Russians All through my whole life If another war comes It's them we must fight To hate them and fear them To run and to hide And accept it all bravely With God on my side. But now we got weapons Of chemical dust If fire them we're forced to Then fire them we must One push of the button And a shot the world wide And you never ask questions When God's on your side. Through many dark hours I've been thinkin' about this That Jesus Christ Was betrayed by a kiss But I can't think for you You'll have to decide Whether Judas Iscariot Had God on his side. So now as I'm leavin' I'm weary as Hell The confusion I'm feelin' Ain't no tongue can tell The words fill my head And then fall to the floor That if God's on our side He'll stop the next war.
*) The official lyrics have (as a rather silly attempt at producing a better rhyme than the original):
It closed out its fate The reason for fighting I never got straight
Basically the same as above, only slightly simplified.
C F Em Oh my name it is nothin' G C My age it means less C *) The country I come from F C Is called the Midwest C I's taught and brought up there F C The laws to abide F Em And that land that I live in G C Has God on its side.
*) The Cs are usually embellished by Csus4s.