Stealin'

Traditional
Performed on various occasions in Dylan's early years
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem


“Folksinger's Choice”, Mar 11, 1962

  G   D   C   D        C   D   C     G
  :   .   .   .        :   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-7---5---3---2---|--|-0---2---0---|-3---3---3------
|-8---7---5---3---|--|-1---3---1---|-0---0---0------
|-7---7---5---2---|x6|-0---2---0---|-0---0---0------
|-----------------|--|-2---0---2---|-0---2---0------
|-----------------|--|-3-------3---|-2-------2------
|-----------------|--|-------------|-3---3---3------
         G
Well the woman I hate, I see her everyday.
    C
The woman I love she's so far away.
       D                                             G
If you don't think I love you, look what a fool I've been.
       C                                    C        G
If you don't think I'm sinking, look what a hole I'm in.
    G      . . .  G7      . . .    C
I'm stealin', I'm stealin', pretty mama don't you tell on me.
         G                   D                  G
Well I'm stealin' back to my good old used to be.
[1 verse harp interlude (see below)]
         G
Well the woman I love she's about my size.
        C
She's a married woman, come to see me sometime.
       D                                   G
If you don't think I love you, look what a fool I've been.
       D [n.c.]
If you don't think I'm sinking, look what a hole I'm in.
    G         G7               C                      (A)  *)
I'm stealin', stealin', pretty mama won't you tell on me.
    G                   D                   G
I'm stealin' back to my good old used to be.
     G              /e              /d            G
Well put your arms around me like a circle in the sun,
C
Stay with me baby like my easy rider done.
       D  [n.c.]
If you don't think I'm sinking, look what a hole I'm in.

If you don't think I love you, look what a fool I've been.
    G         G7               C
I'm stealin', stealin', pretty mama won't you tell on me.
         G                   D
Well I'm stealin' back to my good old used to be.
    G         G7               C
I'm stealin', stealin', pretty mama don't you tell on me.
         G                   D                   G
Well I'm stealin' back to my good old used to be.
[long harp interlude]
    G         G7               C
I'm stealin', stealin', pretty mama won't you tell on me.
         G                   D                  G
Well I'm stealin' back to my good old used to be.

G . . . D . . C G . . . . ||

*) In the harp interludes, the figure at “If you don't think I'm . . .” goes:

  G D C  D  C G
  :   .   .   .
|-7-5-3--2--0-3---|
|-8-7-5--3--1-0---|
|-7-7-5--2--0-0---| repeat
|-----------2-0---|
|-----------3-2---|
|-------------3---|

Also, the A in the refrains is only used in the harp interludes, and the G-G7 are twice as short there.


Finjan Club, Jul 2, 1962

         G
Well the woman I love she's about my size
        C
She's a married woman, comes to see me sometime.
       G [n.c.]
If you don't think I love you, look what a fool I've been
       *)
If you don't think I'm sinkin', look what a hole I'm in
    G
I'm stealin', stealin'
       C                      A7
Pretty mama don't you tell on me
    G                   D                 G
I'm stealin' back to my same ol' used to be.
Well put your arms around me like a circle in the sun
Stay with me baby like my easy ridin' done.

Well the woman I hate, I see her every day
The woman I love she's so far away.

*) In the third refrain the following chords are played here:

  G     D     C    G
|-7-----5-----3----3------
|-8-----7-----5----0------
|-7-----7-----5----0------
|-------0----------0------
|------------------2------
|------------------3------