See That My Grave Is Kept Clean

(Blind Lemon Jefferson)
Performed by Bob Dylan on Bob Dylan (1962)
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem


Album Version

Dropped D tuning (D-A-d-g-b-e')

Chords:

D    000232
D/c  x30030
D/b  x20030
\ = slide down

Intro:
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|---2-2-(etc.)----|-----------------|-----------------|----
|---3-3-----------|-----------------|-----------------|----
|---2-3-----------|-----------------|-----------------|----
|---0-0---0-----3-|-3-0-------------|-----------------|-0--
|-0-----3---------|-----3-0---------|---------------3-|----
|-0---------------|---------0--\3---|-0--\3---0-------|----
             D          D/c        D/b    D    (/c-d)
Well there's one kind-a favor I'll ask of you
             D          D/c        D/b    D    (/c-d)
Well there's one kind-a favor I'll ask of you
             D        D/c        D/b    D    (/c-d)
There's just one kind favor I'll ask of you
        D           D/c      /b   D
You can see that my grave is kept clean.

            D         /c     /b        D   (/c-d)
And there's two white horses following me
            D         /c     /b        D   (/c-d)
And there's two white horses following me
      D         /c     /b         (5th str: 0h2)
I got two white horses following me
D          /c   /b      D
Waiting on    my burying ground.

Did you ever hear that coffin sound
Did you ever hear that coffin sound
Did you ever hear that coffin sound
Means another poor boy is underground.

Did you ever hear them church bells tone
Have you ever hear that church bells tone
Did you ever hear them church bells tone
Means another poor boy is dead and gone.

And my heart stopped beating and my hands turned cold
And my heart stopped beating and my hands turned cold
And my heart stopped beating and my hands turned cold
Now I believe what the bible told.

There's just one last favor I'll ask of you
And there's one last favor I'll ask of you
There's just one last favor I'll ask of you
See that my grave is kept clean.

Version from the Third McKenzie Tape (1962)

After singing one verse of this version, Dylan breaks off and says, "I don't play it like that anymore". Notice the extra beat in the measures with the intro figure, which breaks up the steady thumb movement. It takes some concentration or some practice to get it right.

[Intro:]
  E
  :     .     .     .     .          :     .     .     .
||--------------------------0-----||-------------------------|
||*-----------------------0------*||-------------------------|
||------------------0h1-----------||-------------------------|
||--------2-----------2-----2-----||-------2-----------2-----|
||*------------------------------*||-------------------------|
||--0-----------0-----------------||-0-----------0-----------|
                                                        Well there's
  E
  :     .     .     .       :     .     .     .       :     .     .     .
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------0-----|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-----------------------0-------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-----------------0h1-----------|
|-------2-----------2-----|-------2-----------2-----|-------2-----------2-----2-----|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------------|
|-0-----------0-----------|-0-----------0-----------|-0-----------0-----------------|
  one             kind    favor I'll    ask of    you
  :     .     .     .     .       :     .     .     .
|-------------------------0-----|-------------------------|
|-----------------------0-------|-------------------------|
|-----------------0h1-----------|-------------------------|
|-------2-----------2-----2-----|-------2-----------2-----|
|-------------------------------|-------------------------|
|-0-----------0-----------------|-0-----------0-----------|
                                                  and there's
                            A                         E
  :     .     .     .       :     .     .     .       :     .     .     .
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------0-----|
|-------------------------|-------2-----------------|-----------------------0-------|
|-------------------------|-------2-----------------|-----------------0h1-----------|
|-------2-----------2-----|-------2-----------0-----|-------2-----------2-----------|
|-------------------------|-0-----------0-----------|-------------------------------|
|-0-----------0-----------|-------------------------|-0-----------0-----------------|
  one             kind      favor I'll  ask of    you
  :     .     .     .     .       :     .     .     .
|-------------------------0-----|-------------------------|
|-----------------------0-------|-------------------------|
|-----------------0h1-----------|-------------------------|
|-------2-----------2-----2-----|-------2-----------2-----|
|-------------------------------|-------------------------|
|-0-----------0-----------------|-0-----------0-----------|
                                                 there's just
  A                         E                         A
  :     .     .     .       :     .     .     .       :     .     .     .
|-------------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------0-----|
|-------2-----------------|-------------------------|-------2---------------2-------|
|-------2-----------------|-------------------------|-------2---------2-------2-----|
|-------2-----------0-----|-------2-----------2-----|-------2-----------2-----------|
|-------------0-----------|-------------------------|-0-----------------------------|
|-0-----------------------|-0-----------0-----------|-------------0-----------------|
  one             kind      favor I'll  ask   of  you
                      E                         B7
  :     .     .       :     .     .     .       :     .     .     .
|-------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------|-------------------------|-----2-----------2-------|
|-------2-----------|-------2-----------2-----|-------1-----------1-----|
|-------------------|-------------------------|-2-----------------------|
|-0-----------0-----|-0-----------0-----------|-------------2-----------|
                   See    that        my    grave           is kept
  E
  :     .     .     .     .          :     .     .     .
||--------------------------0-----||-------------------------|
||*-----------------------0------*||-------------------------|
||------------------0h1-----------||-------------------------|
||--------2-----------2-----2-----||-------2-----------2-----|
||*------------------------------*||-------------------------|
||--0-----------0-----------------||-0-----------0-----------|
  clean
"I don't sing it like that anymore"