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Simple Twist of Fate

Bob Dylan

 

Open E tuning:  6E  5B  4E  3Ab  2B  1E  or Open D w/Capo 2:  6D 5A  4D  3F#  2A  1D

 

Strum w/swing feel:

<   <       <       <       <

B U D U D U D U D U D U D U D U

1   +   2   +   3   +   4   +

 

Chord Guide

       2

E5:   050000

        2

E5/D#: 040000

        2

E5/D:  030000

        2 13

A/C#:  x20120

      T 213

Am:   5x5450

            2 1

Aadd9/C#:  x20100

      

E/B:  x00000

          21

B7add4: x02100

          1

Esus4: x00100

      

E:   000000

 

/  E5 - - -  /  E5/D# - - -  /  E5/D - - -  /  A/C# - - -  /

 

/  Am - - -  /   E5   E5/D#   A/C#   Aadd9/C#   /   E/B  -  B7add4  Esus4   /  E - - - /

 

E5

They sat together in the park

E5/D#
As the evening sky grew dark,

E5/D                                                 A/C#
She looked at him and he felt a spark tingle to his bones.

Am                                              E5 (1 beat)   E5/D# (1 beat)   A/C# (1 beat)   Aadd9/C# (1 beat)
'Twas then he felt alone and wished that        he'd gone straight

E/B (½)                               B7add4 (1 beat)  Esus4 (1 beat)      E
    And watched out for a      simple twist of fate.

E5
They walked along by the old canal

E5/D#
A little confused, I remember well

E5/D                                                    A/C#
And stopped into a strange hotel with a neon burnin' bright.

      Am                               E5 (1 beat)      E5/D# (1 beat)    A/C# (1 beat)   Aadd9/C# (1 beat)
He felt the heat of the night hit him        like a               freight                          train

E/B (½)           B7add4 (1 beat)        Esus4 (1 beat)      E
Moving with a simple twist of fate.

E5
A saxophone someplace far off played

E5/D#
As she was walkin' on by the arcade.

  E5/D                                                                  A/C#
As the light bust through a beat-up shade where he was wakin' up,

                        Am                         E5 (1 beat)  E5/D# (1 beat)   A/C# (1 beat)   Aadd9/C# (1 beat)
She dropped a coin into the cup of a blind man at the gate

E/B (½)                               B7add4 (1 beat)  Esus4 (1 beat)      E
And forgot about a simple twist of fate.

 

Instrumental Verse

E5
He woke up, the room was bare

E5/D#
He didn't see her anywhere.

E5/D                                                        A/C#
He told himself he didn't care, pushed the window open wide,

           Am                                     E5 (1 beat)  E5/D# (1 beat)    A/C# (1 beat)   Aadd9/C# (1 beat)
Felt an emptiness inside to which he just       could not relate

E/B (½)                               B7add4 (1 beat)  Esus4 (1 beat)      E
Brought on by a simple twist of fate.

E5
He hears the ticking of the clocks

E5/D#
And walks along with a parrot that talks,

E5/D                                                                     A/C#
Hunts her down by the waterfront docks where the sailers all come in.

          Am                                         E5 (1 beat)      E5/D# (1 beat)    A/C# (1 beat)   Aadd9/C# (1 beat)
Maybe she'll pick him out again, how long             must he wait

E/B (½)                             B7add4 (1 beat)    Esus4 (1 beat)      E
One more time for his simple twist of fate.

E5
People tell me it's a sin

E5/D#
To know and feel too much within.

E5/D                                        A/C#
I still believe she was my twin, but I lost the ring.

Am                                     E5 (1 beat)      E5/D# (1 beat)    A/C# (1 beat)   Aadd9/C# (1 beat)
She was born in spring, but I was born too late

E/B (½)             B7add4 (1 beat)  Esus4 (1 beat)      E
Blame it on a simple twist of fate.

 

Instrumental Verse, hold last E


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