Oxford Town

Words and music Bob Dylan
Released on Freewheelin' (1963)
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem

Open D tuning (D-A-d-f#-a-d')
Capo sixth fret (sounding key Ab major)

Chords [As John Hammond said immediately after the recording: “Don't tell me that's all?”]:

D     000000
Diii  004300 or 004350
G     020100

Intro and recurring pattern in and between the verses:

  D     Diii              D G         D     G                 D G D G
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-----0-0---0-0---|-0-----0-0---0---|-----0-----0-0---|-0-----0-0-0-0---|
|-----0-0---0-0---|-0-----0-0---0---|-----0-----0-0---|-0-----0-0-0-0---| 
|-----0h3---3-3---|-3-----0-1---1---|-----0h1---1-1---|-1-----0-1-0-1---| x2
|-----0h4---4-4---|-4-----0-0---0---|-----0-----0-0---|-0-----0-0-0-0---|
|-----0-0---0-0---|-0-----0-2---2---|-----0h2---2-2---|-2-----0-2-0-2---|
|-0---------------|-----------------|-0---0-----0-0---|-0-----0-0-0-0---|
Diii         G      D
Oxford Town, Oxford Town
G                                 D
Ev'rybody's got their heads bowed down
        G                          D
The sun don't shine above the ground
        G                    D
Ain't a-goin' down to Oxford Town
He went down to Oxford Town
Guns and clubs followed him down
All because his face was brown
Better get away from Oxford Town
Oxford Town around the bend
He come in to the door, he couldn't get in
All because of the color of his skin
What do you think about that, my frien'?
Me and my gal, my gal's son
We got met with a tear gas bomb
I don't even know why we come
Goin' back where we come from
Oxford Town in the afternoon
Ev'rybody singin' a sorrowful tune
Two men died 'neath the Mississippi moon
Somebody better investigate soon
Oxford Town, Oxford Town
Ev'rybody's got their heads bowed down
The sun don't shine above the ground
Ain't a-goin' down to Oxford Town