Return To Me

DiMinno/Lombardo
Recorded by Bob Dylan Dec 17 2000 in NYC for the Sopranos 2 soundtrack (2001)
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem (thanks to Jamie Lovinger for the complete lyrics)


“Return to me” is played in the same dense, jazzy style as the new arrangements of Tryin' to get to Heaven and If Dogs Run Free, with a walking bass and several guitars (here even an accordeon) playing snippets of melodies and chord progressions on top of each other, some of which are clear and simple, others doing what they can to blur the simple framework. The chords below should therefore be taken with a pinch of salt.

I present the song in two different versions – first with just the basic chords, then in a fuller tabulature version with the chords of the jazzy guitar (Larry's). The tab doesn't really make sense on its own – it should be played against the indicated chords. And – needless to say – the tab is just a suggestion.

Chords:

Cmaj7    332000
C#0      x45353  (could be played C#m7-5 = x42000 or x45450)
G(vii)   xx0787
F(v)     xx0565
Em(iii)  xx0453
Ebm      xx0342
Dm       xx0231
G+       xx5443 or 321003
G9       353435 or xx5465 or x-10-9-10-10-x

Cmaj7 . Dm Cmaj7 | F . G  F | G . F . | G  (n.c.)

          Cmaj7
Return to me
      C#o          Dm      (G7)
Oh my dear, I'm so lonely
      G(vii)      F(v)
Hurry back, hurry back,
      Em(iii) Ebm    Dm
Oh my love,    hurry back
G+   C  .  F  .  C
I am yours

Return to me
for my heart wants you only
Hurry home, hurry home
won't you please hurry home
G/b   C   .  F Fm C
to my heart
   F        Dm
My darling
     G9            C
If I hurt you, I'm sorry
   B
Forgive me
                       G
And please say you are mine!
  G+      C
Return to me
Please come back bella mia
Hurry back, hurry home,
to my arms, to my lips
and my heart.

C . C9 .

Am . Am7sus4 Am | F ~ ~ | F (arp.) G (arp.)

Ritorna me
Cara mia ti amo
Solo tu, solo tu,
solo tu, solo tu
Mio curore *)            *) Or, to sound more Italian
                            and less Dyl-ian: "cuore"

  Cmaj7   Dm  Cmaj7 F       G   F     G       F         G  (n.c.)
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|(0)--------------|-----1---0-------|-----3-------1/3-|-3---------------|
|-0-----------0---|-2---2---0---2---|-4---4---2---2---|-4---------------|
|-2---2---3---2---|-3-----------3---|-5-------3-------|-----------------|
|-3---3---5-------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
                                                            1. Return to
  Cmaj7   G11         Cmaj7   C#o       Dm                G7
  :   .   .   .       :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-----------------||------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-0-------1-------||*-0---------------|-3---3---1---0---|-3---3---1---3---|
|-0---0---2---2---||--0---0---0---0---|-2---2---2---0---|-4---4---2---4---|
|-----2-------0---||--2---2---2---2---|-0---------------|-----------------|
|-----------------||*(3---3---4---4)--|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------||------------------|-----------------|-----------------|
  me                     Oh my love I'm so lonely.                     Hurry
                         for my heart wants you only!                  Hurry
                                     ___________________________________
                                    |1.
  G       F         Em  Ebm Dm  Em    C       F         C
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-7---7---5---5---|-3---2---1---3---|-----------------|-----------------|
|-8---8---6---6---|-5---4---3---5---|-5---3---1-------|-----------------|
|-7---7---5---5---|-4---3---2---4---|-5---4---2---2---|-0---0---0-------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-------------3---|-2---2---2---3---|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-------------5---|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
back  ./.     oh my love hurry back, I'm yours.             2. Return to
home  ./. won't you please hurry home
                                to my
__________________   __________________________________
                  | |2.
  C       G9         C       F   Fm    C
  :   .   .   .      :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-----------------||-----------------|----------------|
|----------------*||-5---5---6---6---|-5--------------|
|-------------2---||-5---5---5---5---|-5--------------|
|-2---2---3---3---||(5---5---7---6)--|----------------|
|-3---3---5------*||-----------------|----------------|
|-----------------||-----------------|----------------|
  me
                     heart!                        My
 F                  Dm      G9        C
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-1---3---5---5---|-5---5-----------|-8---7---7---5---|-3-------2---3---|
|-----------------|-6---6---10--10--|-8---8---8---6---|-5---5---4---5---|
|-2---4---5---6---|-7---7---10--10--|-9---7---7---5---|-5---5---4---5---|
|-----------------|-7---7---9---9---|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-5-------10--10--|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
  darling            If I hurt you I'm sorry.                       For-
  B                                   G                 G9      G+
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-----------------|-----------------|-----3-----------|-----------------||
|-4---7---5---4---|-----------------|-3---3---3---4---|-3---3---4---4---||
|-4---4--(4)--4---|-----------------|-4---4---4---4---|-2---2---4---4---||
|-4---4---4---4---|-4---4---4---4---|-5---5---5---3---|-3---3---5---5---||
|-----------------|-6---6---6---6---|-5---------------|-----------------||
|-----------------|-7---7---7---7---|-3---------------|-----------------||
  give me            and please say                        3. Return to
                              you are mine
  C       Dm        C       C#o       Dm                G       F   G
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-5---3---1-------|-1---------------|-3---3-----------|-3---3---1---3---|
|-5---4---2---2---|-0-----------0---|-2---0-----------|-4---4---2---4---|
|-------------3---|-2---3---2---2---|-3---2---3---2---|-5---5---3---5---|
|-----------------|-----5---4-------|---------5---3---|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
  me                    please come back,                           Hurry
                                bella mia
  G       F         Em  Ebm Dm  Em    C       F         C       C11 C
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-7---7---5---5---|-3---2---1---3---|-----------------|-----------------|
|-8---8---6---6---|-5---4---3---5---|-5---5---6---6---|-5---5---3---5---|
|-7---7---5---5---|-4---3---2---4---|-5---5---5---5---|-5---5---3---5---|
|-----------------|-----------------|-5---5---7---7---|-5---5---3---5---|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-3---3---3---3---|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
back, hurry home,              and my heart.
             to my arms, to my lips
  Am7               F                 G9
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :
|-----------------|---------5-------|-----------------|----
|-5---5---3---5---|-------6---------|---------------8-|----
|-5---5---4---5---|-----5-----------|-------------7---|-10-
|-7---7---5---7---|---7-------------|-----0-3/7-9-----|----
|-0---------------|-8---------------|---2-------------|----
|-----------------|-----------------|-3---------------|----
                              Ritorna a
  C       Co  G7    C       C#o       Dm     /c#
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-3---3---2---1---|-----3-------3---|-----10--10------|-----------------|
|-5---5---4---3---|-5---5---5---5---|-10--10--10--10--|-8-----------8---|
|-5---5---2---0---|-5---5---3---3---|-10--10--10--10--|-7-----------7---|
|-5---------------|-5---5---5---5---|-12--12--11--10--|-9---9---9---9---|
|-3---------------|-3-------4-------|-----------------|-10--7---10------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
  me                    Cara mia, te  a - mo                         solo
  G       F         Em  Ebm Dm
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .           Freely                 hold

|-7---7---5---5---|-3---2---1-------|-------12--8---5---0-------0---1---|
|-8---8---6---6---|-5---4---3-------|-------12--8---5---1---1---1---1---|
|-7---7---5---5---|-4---3---2-------|-------12--9---5---2---2---0---2---|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------------2-------3---|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------------------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|------------------------------(3)--|
  tu, solo tu, solo tu,  solo tu, mio cuore.
  C Freely
        .   .     .     .       .     .     .      .         :
|-----------------------------|--------------------10--8---|--12--------||
|-----------------0-3---------|-------5--6--8/10-8---------|------------||
|---------------0-----5-4-2-4-|-5--7-----------------------|-12---------||
|-----------1h2---------------|----------------------------|------------||
|-------3---------------------|----------------------------|------------||
|-----------------------------|----------------------------|------------||

Alternate fingering for the end:

        .   .      .      .       .    .    .      .         :
|-------------------------------|------------------10--8---|--12--------||
|-------------------------------|-----------8/10-8---------|------------||
|--------------------7----------|----7-9-10----------------|-12---------||
|------------------9---10p9-7-9-|-10-----------------------|------------||
|-----------6/7-10--------------|--------------------------|------------||
|-------8-----------------------|--------------------------|------------||