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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.