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I Shall Be Released

Bob Dylan


Originally recorded in key of A.  Changed to key of C to avoid barre chords.


Chord Guide

       32 1

C:    x32010


Dm:   xx0231


Em:   022000

      3    4

G:    3x0003


Strum: B B D DUB B D DU

       1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +



C                                                 Dm

    They say everything can be replaced

Em (½)                     G (½)                   C

     They say every distance is not near

C                                    Dm

    So I remember every face

Em (½)           G (½)                      C

    Of every man who put me here



C                                    Dm

     I see my light come shinin'

Em (½)               G (½)                   C

     From the west down to the east

C                     Dm

   Any day now,     any day now

Em (½)      G (½)      C

    I        shall be released


C                                              Dm

  They say every man needs protection

Em (½)                            G (½)          C

     They say that every man must fall

C                                     Dm

   Yet I swear I see my reflection

Em (½)                  G (½)                    C

    Somewhere so high above this wall




Instrumental Verse x2


C                                                   Dm

    Now yonder stands a man in his lonely room

Em (½)                  G (½)                         C

      A man who swears he's not to blame

C                                        Dm

    All day long I hear him shouting so loud

Em (½)       G (½)                        C

    Cryin’ out that he was framed


Chorus x2


This file is the author's own work and represents his interpretation of this song. It's intended solely for private study, scholarship or research.