Words and music Bob Dylan
Recorded Jan 21, 1966 during the Blonde on Blonde sessions, and released on The Bootleg Series 1-3 (1991)
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem
The “Piano song” par exellence, it takes some skill and some
will (and it's revealing!) to make it sound good on a guitar. The
original is one half tone higher, in C# major, so use a capo on the
Note the similarity with Like A Rolling Stone.
C Dm Your pawnbroker roared, Em F Also, so, so did the landlord C/e Dm C/e F G The scene was so crazy, Wasn't it? C Dm Both were so glad, Em F To watch me destroy what I had C/e Dm C/e F G Pain sure brings out the best in people, doesn't it?
Em Dm Why didn't you just leave me If you didn't want to stay? Em Dm F G Why'd you have to treat me so bad? Did it have to be that way? G F C/e Dm C /b Now you stand here expectin' me Am /g F C/e G to remember something you forgot to say Am G Yes, and you, I see you're still with her, well Am G G F Em Dm That's fine 'cause she's comin' on so strange, can't you tell?
C Dm C/e F Somebody better explain C Dm C/e F She's got her iron chain, C Dm C/e F G I'd do it, but I just can't remember how Am G You talk to her F C G She's your lover now. I already assumed That we were in the felony room But I ain't a judge, you don't have to be nice to me Will you please tell that To your friend in the cowboy hat You know he keeps on sayin' everything twice to me You know I was straight with you You know I never tried to change you in any way You know if you didn't want to be with me That you didn't have to stay. Now you stand here sayin' you forgive and forget. Honey, what can I say? And you, you just sit around and ask for ashtrays, can't you reach? I see you kiss her on the cheek everytime she gives a speech With her picture books of the pyramid And her postcard of billy the kid why must evrybody bow? You better talk to her about it You're her lover now. Oh everybody that cares Is goin' up the castle stairs But I'm not up in your castle, honey, It's true, I can't recall San Francisco at all I can't even rember El Paso, uh , honey You never had to be faithful I didn't want you to grieve Oh, why was it so hard to you If you didn't want to be with me, just to leave? Now you stand here while your finger's goin' up my sleeve An' you, just what do you do, anyway? Ain't there nothing you can say? She'll be standin' on the bar soon With a fish head an' a harpoon An' a fake beard plastered on her brow You'd better do somethin' quick She's your lover now. Oh, why must I fall into this sadness? Do I look like Charles Atlas? Do you think I still got what you still got, baby? Her voice is really warm It's just that it ain't got no form But it's just like a dead man's last pistol shot, baby Oh, your mouth used to be naked, your eyes used to be so blue Your hurts used to be so nameless and your tears used to be so few Now your eyes cry wolf while your mouth cries: "I'm not scared of animals like you." And you there's really nothing about you I can recall I just saw you that one time and you were just there that's all But I've already been kissed, I'm not gonna get into this I couldn't make it anyhow You do it for me You're her lover now