Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You

Words and music Bob Dylan
Released on Nashville Skyline (1969) and Greatest Hits II (1971), and in a live version on Live 1975 (2002)
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem (thanks to Matthew for correction. Won't happen again...)

Album version

G        C              G
Throw my ticket out the window,
G        C                   G
Throw my suitcase out there, too,
         C        G/b     C
Throw my troubles out the door,
        C         G/b Am
I don't need them any more
       G               C                 G
'Cause tonight I'll be staying here with you.

I should have left this town this morning
But it was more than I could do.
Oh, your love comes on so strong
And I've waited all day long
For tonight when I'll be staying here with you.
Cm                   G
Is it really any wonder
Cm                               G
The love that a stranger might receive.
Ab                             C
You cast your spell and I went under,
Am                        D      C  Bm  Am
I find it so difficult to leave.
I can hear that whistle blowin',
I see that stationmaster, too,
If there's a poor boy on the street,
Then let him have my seat
'Cause tonight I'll be staying here with you.
[instrumental break]
Throw my ticket out the window,
Throw my suitcase out there, too,
Throw my troubles out the door,
I don't need them any more
'Cause tonight I'll be staying here with you.

Rolling Thunder Revue version

from the Night of the Hurricane, Dec 8 1975

Capo 2nd fret (sounding key A major)


G          C                  G
  Throw my ticket in the wind
G          C                  G
  Throw my mattress out there too
        C       G/b    Am
Draw my letters in the sand,
           C      G/b  Am
'cause you got to understand
     G               C                 G       C/g    G
that tonight I'll be staying here with you

I could have left this town by noon
by tonight I'd been to someplace new
but I was feeling a little bit scattered
and your love was all that mattered
so tonight I'll be staying here with you, get ready,
cause tonight I'll be staying here with you
  G                 Ab
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-----------------|-4---------------
|-----------------|-4---------------
|-----------------|-5---------------
|-----------2-4-5-|-6---------------
|-----2-3-5-------|-6---------------
|-3-5-------------|-4---------------
                                Is it . . .
Ab                 G
  Is it really any wonder
Ab                                   G
  the changes we put on each other's heads
B7                               C          G/b
You came down on me like rolling thunder
Am                             D   /c /b /a D(9)
  I left my dreams on the riverbed
I can hear that lonesome whistle blowin'
I hear them semis rolling too
If there's a driver on the road
let him have my load
cause tonight I'll be staying here with you
[instr. bridge]
I can hear that lonesome whistle blowin'
I hear them semis rolling too
If there's a driver on this road
then let him have my load
'cause tonight I'll be staying here with you
'cause tonight I'll be staying here with you

C  G/b  Am  D
C  G/b  Am  D  C