I Feel a Change Coming On

Music by Bob Dylan, lyrics by Bob Dylan and Robert Hunter
Released on Together Through Life (2009)
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem


Written out with a capo on the 1st fret (sounding key: Bb). Another alternative is to use a 3rd fret capo and the chords G, Em, Am, D11, which is easier to play, but misses the deep, full E sound for the last chord in each ‘round’.

Lots of things going on here, even though it sounds simple enough. Especially the chord noted as an E11 is only vaguely defined. Alternatives to E11 are plain E, E7, or some other muddy version of E.

The ‘last part of the day…’ part could be (and is, at least at one point) embellished as:

  E7      A/e       E7  A/e     E7    A
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .
|-----------------|-----------------|---------
|-3-------2-------|-3---2-------3---|-2-------
|-4-------2-------|-4---2-------4---|-2-------
|-2-------2-------|-2---2-------2---|-2-------
|-2---------------|-----------------|-0-------
|-0~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~-|---------
  last part of the  day is already    gone

Chords:

E11        022232  (or capo 3rd fret: D11  xx0010)

          A                  F#m
Well, I'm lookin' the world over,
Bm       E11              A      F#m    Bm    E11
 lookin' far off into the east,
      A                    F#m
and I see my baby coming.
Bm    E11                      A        F#m    Bm    E11
she's walking with the village priest.
                       A         F#m
I feel a change coming on,
        E7                              A
and the last part of the day is already gone
We got so much in common,
we strive for the same old ends.
And I just can’t wait,
wait for us to become friends.
I feel a change coming on,
and the fourth part of the day is already gone.
Well, life is for love,
and they say that love is blind.
If you wanna live easy,
baby, pack your clothes with mine.
I feel a change coming on,
and the fourth part of the day is already gone.
          D
Well now, what’s the use in dreamin’,
        A
you got better things to do.
D
Dreams never did work for me anyway,
B7                      E7
even when they did come true.
You are as whorish *) as ever.            *) or porous? I
Baby, you can start a fire.                  like "whorish"...
I must be losing my mind,
you’re the object of my desire.
I feel a change coming on,
and the fourth part of the day is already gone.
[instrumental verse]
I’m listening to Billy Joe Shaver,
and I’m reading james Joyce.
Some people they tell me
I got the blood of the land in my voice.
Everybody got all the money,
everybody got all the beautiful clothes,
Everybody got all the flowers.
I don’t have one single rose.
I feel a change coming on,
and the fourth part of the day is already gone.
[instrumental fade-out]