One of Us Must Know (Sooner or Later)

Words and music Bob Dylan
Released on Blonde on Blonde (1966)
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem


Capo 5th fret (sounding key F major)
The 2nd guitar is probably playing with a capo on the 1st fret and chords in E major

*) If you include the note in the piano here, you would get a Dm/f chord

In the refrain there is a nice bass line that one can get by playing the chords:

C . G/b . |F/a . C/g . |F . C/e . |G

BTW, this is the same line as in the refrain of Sad-Eyed Lady.


C . . F |C . . F |C . . F |C . . .

  C                        F*) C
I didn't mean to treat you so bad
F             C      (F) G(sus4)      G
You shouldn't take it so personal
  C                       F  C
I didn't mean to make you so sad
F        C          (F) G               (Gsus4-G)
You just happened to be there, that's all
Am                                   Em
When I saw you say "goodbye" to your friend and smile
Dm                         C
I thought that it was well understood
Am                             Em
That you'd be comin' back in a little while
Dm                                     F              G
  I didn't know that you were sayin' "goodbye" for good
     C         G      F              C
But, sooner or later, one of us must know
F             C                  G
That you just did what you're supposed to do
C         G      F              C
Sooner or later, one of us must know
F             C              G
That I really did try to get close to you
I couldn't see what you could show me
Your scarf had kept your mouth well hid
I couldn't see how you could know me
But you said you knew me and I believed you did
When you whispered in my ear
And asked me if I was leavin' with you or her
I didn't realize just what I did hear
I didn't realize how young you were
But, sooner or later, one of us must know
You just did what you're supposed to do
Sooner or later, one of us must know
That I really did try to get close to you
I couldn't see when it started snowin'
Your voice was all that I heard
I couldn't see where we were goin'
But you said you knew an' I took your word
And then you told me later, as I apologized
That you were just kiddin' me, you weren't really from the farm
An' I told you, as you clawed out my eyes
That I never really meant to do you any harm
But, sooner or later, one of us must know
You just did what you're supposed to do
Sooner or later, one of us must know
That I really did try to get close to you