Oh, Sister

Words and music Bob Dylan and Jacques Levy
Released on Desire (1976) and in a live versions on Hard Rain (1976), Budokan (1978) and Live 1975 (2002)
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem

The Live 1975 version is basically the same as the album version. The Budokan version is sung over a sustained Gm.


G           Bm             C  (/b Am) G
Oh, sister, when I come to lie in your arms
G              Em              C    G
You should not treat me like a stranger.
G          Bm                 C  (/b   Am) G
Our Father would not like the way that you act
G            Em          C  G
And you must realize the danger.

Oh, sister, am I not a brother to you
And one deserving of affection?
And is our purpose not the same on this earth,
To love and follow His direction?
F            C
We grew up together
         G
From the cradle to the grave
   F               C
We died and were reborn
            G         D      (/c-b-a)
And then mysteriously saved.
Oh, sister, when I come to knock on your door,
Don't turn away, you'll create sorrow.
Time is an ocean but it ends at the shore
You may not see me tomorrow.

Hard Rain version

Probably played with a capo on the 4th fret (sounding key E major)

C            Em             F           C
 Oh, sister, when I come to lie in your arms
G              Am              F    C
You should not treat me like a stranger.
C          Em                 F            C
Our Father would not like the way that you act
C            Am          F  C
And you must realize the danger.

. . .
Bb           F
We grew up together
         C
From the cradle to the grave
Bb                 F
We died and were reborn
           C          G        /g-a-b C
And then mysteriously saved.

Budokan version

The verses are sung over a sustained G minor chord. The only difference is the bridge, which is played:

Bb           C
We grew up together
         Gm
From the cradle to the grave
   Bb              C
We died and were reborn
            Gm
And then mysteriously saved.