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Roll on John

Bob Dylan

 

Capo 1

 

Chord Guide

      3    4

G:    3x0003

       32 1

C:    x32010

         132

D:    xx0232

 

 

        D   D  UD D  UDU

Strum:  1 + 2 + 3 + 4 +

 

 

Intro:  / G - - - / - - - - / C - - - / - - - - / G - - - /

          / C - - - / D - - - / C - - - / G - - - /

 

  G                                                

Doctor, doctor, tell me the time of

  C (2)

day    Another bottle's empty, another penny

  G (2)

spent   He turned around and he slowly walked

        C (2)

away    They shot him in the back and down he

G

went    

 

Chorus:

                C                  D

Shine your light, move it on,

                    C                 G

you burn so bright, roll on John  

 

               G                                                         

From the Liverpool docks to the red light Hamburg

      C (2)

streets     Down in the quarry with the

             G (2)

Quarrymen.   Playing to the big crowds, playing to the cheap

   C (2)                                                  

seats   Another day in your life on your way ‘til your journey's

G

end

 

Chorus

 

  G

Sailing through the tradewinds bound for the

  C (2)

south    Rags on your back just like any other

  G (2)

slave    They tied your hands and they clamped your

  C (2)

mouth    Wasn't no way out of that deep dark

 G

cave

 

Chorus

 

    G

I heard the news today, oh

  C (2)

boy   They hauled your ship up on the

         G (2)

shore   Now the city's gone dark there is no more

     C (2)

joy   They tore the heart right out and cut it to the

       G

core

 

Chorus

 

  G

Put on your bags and get 'em

  C (2)

packed.    Leave right now you won't be far from

        G (2)

wrong   The sooner you go, the quicker you'll be

       C (2)

back   You've been cooped up on an island far too

  G

long

 

Chorus

 

  G

Slow down you're moving too

  C (2)

fast    Come together right now over

     G (2)

me    Your bones are weary you're about to breathe your

     C (2)

last    Lord, you know how hard that it can

  G

be

 

Chorus

 

  G

Roll on John, roll through the rain and

  C (2)

snow   Take the righthand road and go where the buffalo

     G (2)

roam   They'll trap you in an ambush before you

     C (2)

know   Too late now to sail back

  G

home

 

Chorus

 

  G

Tyger, Tyger burning

  C (2)

bright    I pray the lord my soul to

     G (2)

keep     In the forest of the

     C (2)

night   Cover him over and let him

  G

sleep

 

Chorus

 

Instrumental Verse

 

End on G

 


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.