Going, Going, Gone

Words and music Bob Dylan
Released on Planet Waves (1974)
Tabbed and transcribed by Eyolf Østrem


Official album version

Am   Dm   |Am   Dm

F
I've just reached a place
Am
Where the willow don't bend.
        Dm
There's not much more to be said
/c       Bb
It's the top of the end.
    F
I'm going,
    C
I'm going,
    Dm
I'm gone.

I'm closin' the book
On the pages and the text
And I don't really care
What happens next.
I'm just going,
I'm going,
I'm gone.

I been hangin' on threads,
I been playin' it straight,
Now, I've just got to cut loose
Before it gets late.
So I'm going,
I'm going,
I'm gone.
Am                                     G
Grandma said, "Boy, go and follow your heart
G                         C/g        G
And you'll be fine at the end of the line.
G                     C/g      G
All that's gold isn't meant to shine.
      Am                    C         D       /(c c bb bb a)
Don't you and your one true love ever part."
I been walkin' the road,
I been livin' on the edge,
Now, I've just got to go
Before I get to the ledge.
So I'm going,
I'm just going,
I'm gone.

Lyric variations, live versions

Lakeland 1976

I've just reached a place
Where the willow don't bend.
There's no more to be said
It's the top of the end.
I'm going,
I'm going,
I'm gone.

I've been right on the edge
playing it cool
Now I just got to go
Before I break the rules (?)

I've been leaning on you
for just too long
and it's not (good?) for you
it's not making me strong, so...
Grandma said, "Boy, go and follow your heart
And you'll be fine at the end of the line.
All that's gold isn't meant to shine.
Don't you and your one dream ever part."
I'm in love with you baby
but you got to understand
that you got to be free
so let go of my hand
Grandma said...

Fort Worth 1976

I've just reached a place
Where the willow don't bend.
There's not much more to be said
It's the top of the end.
I'm going,
I'm going,
I'm gone.

I'm in love with you baby
but you got to understand
that you want to be free,
so let go of my hand

I've been sleeping on the road
with my head in the dust
Now I just got to go
before it's all diamonds and rust
Papa said: Son go and follow you heart
You'll be fine at the end of the line
All that's gold wasn't meant to shine
Don't you and your life-long dream ever part
I've just reached a place
before I can hardly see
And I'll just be too long
so (...) take it what you see
Papa said...
I've been telling you baby
and you got to understand
that you want to be free
so let go of my hand

Budokan 1978

           F
Well, I've just reached a place
Gm
where I can't stay awake
Am
I got to leave you baby
          Bb Bb Am   Gm
before my heart will break
    F          C          Dm   C  Dm
I'm going, I'm going, I'm gone
  Dm  [n.c.]        Dm  C Dm
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .
|-----3-1---------|-1--10-1----
|-----3-1-3-1---1-|-3--31-3----
|-------------2---|-2--20-2----
|-----------------|-0--02-0----
|-----------------|-----3------
|-----------------|------------
Come over here baby
'cause I'm telling you this
You gotta believe it
you gotta give me one more kiss

Fix me one more drink baby
and hold me one more time
But don't get too close
To make me change my mind
       Am                                                     G
Now my mama always said something true: you gotta follow your heart
G                     C          G
You'll be fine at the end of the line
G                      C        G
all that's gold wasn't meant to shine
Am                                        F        C    G
Just don't put your horse in front of the car
[instr. verse]

Now from Boston to Birmingham
is a two day ride
But I got to be going now
'cause I'm so dissatisfied
Am     G

G
|: going, going, going going gone :|
A
going, going, going going gone
B             B A   E D   B
going, going, going going gone

Paris 4. juli 1978

I've just reached a place
where I'm feeling kind of low
I don't mind leaving
And you know I'm not afraid to go

Fix me one more drink baby
and hold me one more time
But don't get too close
and try and make me change my mind

I've been hanging round your house so long
You been treating me like a clown
You don't know how to do nothing,
'cept tear a good man's reputation down
You know my mama always said: "Son be true and follow your heart
You'll be fine at the end of the line
All that's gold wasn't meant to shine
just don't put your horse in front of your car
Come over here one more time, baby,
you might shake my hand
I could find me another woman
and you could find you another man

Paris 4. juli 1978

I've just reached a place
where I'm feeling kind of low
I don't mind leaving you
And you know I'm not afraid to go

Fix me one more drink baby
and hold me one more time
But don't get too close
and try and make me change my mind

I've been hanging round your house so long
You been treating me like a clown
You haven't done nothing but
tear a good man's reputation down
You know my mama always said: "Son be true and follow your heart
You'll be fine at the end of the line
All that's gold wasn't meant to shine
just don't put your horse in front of your car
Come over here one more time, mama,
and shake my hand
I'm gonna go back to my woman
You can go back to your man

Earl's Court 18 Jun 1978

Last verse:

Come over here quickly one time baby
and shake my had
I could find me another woman
you could find you another man