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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


    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.