Baby, Please Don't Go

Written by Big Joe Williams
Played by Bob Dylan during the Freewheelin' sessions (April 25, 1962)
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem


Chords: E, E7, Em or E7-10 (or E7#9), that's all.
The intro contains all the licks that are used throughout the rest of the song, between the sung lines. The lick at the beginning of the second line (m. 5) is everywhere, while the shapes in m. 1 (0xx430) and m. 2 (0xxx53) are used here and there between verses. All with lots of variations, of course.
The bass..., no, maybe we shouldn't talk about the bass... Oh, ok, it's erratic, driving, brilliant, and hopeless to put down on paper.


Intro:

  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-----------0-----|-------0-3-0-----|-------0---0-----|-----------------|
|----/3---3-3-----|----/5-----------|----/3--/3-------|-----------------|
|----/4-4---------|-----------------|----/4--/4-------|-----------------|
|---------------5-|-----------------|---------------2-|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-0-0---0-0---0-0-|---0-----0---0-0-|-0-0-0---0---0---|-0-0-0---0---0---|
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---0-----0-------|
|-----------------|-----------------|----/3~~~~~~~~~~~|-------3---3-----|
|-----2---2-0---1-|-----2---2---0(1)|----/4~~~~~~~~~4-|-4-----------4-2-|
|----(2---2-0)--2-|---------------2-|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-0-0---0-----0---|-0-0---0---0-----|-0---0---0---0---|-0---0---0---0---|
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .      :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-----------------|-----------------||-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------||-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------2---0-|-1-----0h1-0h1-0-||h1---------------|-----2---2-0---1-|
|-----------------|-----------------||-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------||-----------------|-----------------|
|-0-0-0---0---0---|-0---0---0---0---||-----------------|-0-0---0-----0---|
                                           Baby please
                                                   don't go . . .
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----2---2-0-----|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|---------------2-|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-0---0---0---0---|-0---0---0---0---|-0---0---0---0---|-0---0---0---0---|
    Baby please                           Baby please       back to
           don't go . . .                         don't go      New Orleans
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-----------------|-----------------|------------------
|-----------------|-----------------|------------------
|-----------2---0-|h1---------------|-------harp-------
|-----------------|-----------------|------------------
|-----------------|-----------------|------------------
|-0---0---0---0---|-0---0---0---0---|-0----------------
    you know            Baby please
        it hurts me so          don't go
Baby, please don't go,
Baby, please don't go,
Baby, please don't go,
Back to New Orleans,
You know it hurts me so,
Baby, please don't go.

Turn your lamp down low
Turn your lamp down low
Turn your lamp down low
Don't drive me from your door
Baby, please don't go,
Baby, please don't leave