That Lucky Old Sun

Haven Gillespie & Beasley Smith
Played by Bob Dylan on various occasions during the Never Ending Tour.
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem

The lyrics are the original; Dylan sings his own version from time to time... Even the tune itself has gone through some transformations.


Irvine, CA, June 29, 2000

C                  Em
 Up in the mornin', out on the job
F                    G      C
 Work like the devil for my pay.
         F                 C            F
But that lucky old sun has nothin' to do
    C/g         G           C       Csus4
But roll around heaven all day.

Had a fuss with my woman, an' I toil for my kids,
An' I sweat 'til I'm wrinkled and gray,
While that lucky old sun got nothin' to do
But roll around heaven all day.
Am        Em              F       C
Oh, Lord above, don't you hear me cryin'
F         G               C
Tears are rollin' down my eyes.
Am        Em    F             C
Send in a cloud with a silver linin',
D7             G   (Gsus4 G)
Take me to paradise.
Show me that river, Take me across,
wash all my troubles away
Like that lucky old sun give me nothing to do
But roll around heaven all day.

Early Never Ending Tour version

I'd suggest G7sus4 = 3x3011

C                  Em
 Up in the mornin', out on the job
F              (G)*)          C                   *) In later verses
 Work like the devil for my pay.
         F           Fm    C            F
But that lucky old sun got nothin' to do
    C           F           C       F
But roll around heaven all day.

. . .
C         Em   F                  C
Oh, Lord above, don't you hear me cryin'
C         G               C
Tears are rollin' down my eyes.
C         Em           F      C
Send in a cloud with a silver linin',
D7             G   G7sus4 G
Take me to paradise.

Sydney, Aus. 24 Feb. 1986 (w/Tom Petty)

C                  Em
 Up in the mornin', out on the job
Dm                          C      F/c-C
 Work like the devil for my pay.
         F         Dm7     Em         Am   (F/c)
But that lucky old sun got nothin' to do
    C           F/c        C    F/c  |: C   F/c :|
But roll around heaven all day.

. . .
C         Em              F       C
Oh, Lord above, don't you hear me cryin'
C         G               C
Tears are rollin' down my eyes.
C         Em           F      C
Send in a cloud with a silver linin',
Dm7            G
Take me to paradise.