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Mr. Tambourine Man

Bob Dylan


Capo 3

Drop D tuning


Intro: / D - - - / x4



G/B      A                 D               G/B

Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,

           D             G/B              A (2)

I'm not sleepy and there is no place I'm going to.

G/B       A                D             G/B

Hey! Mr. Tambourine Man, play a song for me,

        D             G/B               A         D (4)

In the jingle jangle morning I'll come following you.


           G/B              A           D             G/B

Though I know that evenings empire has returned into sand,

D                 G/B

Vanished from my hand,

          D               G/B                 A (2)

Left me blindly here to stand but still not sleeping.

    G/B        A              D             G/B

My weariness amazes me, I'm branded on my feet,

   D              G/B

I have no one to meet

        D                 G/B                 A (2)

And the ancient empty street's too dead for dreaming.




G/B            A             D               G/B

Take me on a trip upon your magic swirling ship,

    D                  G/B        D                    G/B

My senses have been stripped, my hands can't feel to grip,

    D                 G/B      D           G/B

My toes too numb to step, wait only for my boot heels

       A (2)

To be wandering.

      G/B       A              D            G/B

I'm ready to go anywhere, I'm ready for to fade

   D           G/B             D                G/B (1 1/2)

Into my own parade, cast your dancing spell my way,

                A (2)

I promise to go under it.




            G/B                   A                    

Though you might hear laughing, spinning, swinging

  D               G/B

madly across the sun,

         D           G/B               D             G/B

It's not aimed at anyone, it's just escaping on the run

         D                G/B            A (2)

And but for the sky there are no fences facing.

    G/B                 A         D                 G/B

And if you hear vague traces of skipping reels of rhyme

         D             G/B               D              G/B

To your tambourine in time, it's just a ragged clown behind,

            D          G/B                D

I wouldn't pay it any mind, it's just a shadow you're

 G/B               A

Seeing that he's chasing.




Instrumental: / G/B - - - / A - - - /

              / D - - - / G/B - - - / x6

              / A - - - / - - - - /

              / G/B - - - / A - - - /

              / D - - - / G/B - - - / x4

              / A - - - /

              / D - - - / x4


      G/B          A                    D                G/B

Then take me disappearing through the smoke rings of my mind,

          D              G/B       D               G/B

Down the foggy ruins of time, far past the frozen leaves,

     D                    G/B       D            G/B

The haunted, frightened trees, out to the windy beach,

      D                G/B              A (2)

Far from the twisted reach of crazy sorrow.

         G/B               A               D                 G/B

Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free,

    D               G/B          D             G/B

Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands,

          D          G/B         D                G/B

With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves,

           D           G/B         A

Let me forget about today until tomorrow.




End on D

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.