Jolene

Words and music Bob Dylan
Released on Together Through Life (2009)
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem


If you absolutely want to play this on a single guitar, and at least try to include the lick in the refrain, the easiest thing to do is to play it with a capo on the 6th fret, hence the chords below. Otherwise, pick any key and play a regular shuffle with the straight three-chord chords.

The lick (play at *):
  :     .     .     .       :     .     .     .
|-------------3---2-------|-------------------------|
|-------------------5---3-|-5-----------------------|
|-------------------------|-------2---2-------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|

Without the capo:
  :     .     .     .       :     .     .     .
|-------------9---8-------|-------------------------|
|-------------------11--9-|-11----------------------|
|-------------------------|-------8---8-------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|
|-------------------------|-------------------------|

Capo 6th fret (sounding key E flat major)
            A
Well you're comin' down High Street,

walkin' in the sun

You make the dead man rise,

and holler she's the one
  D     *
Jolene,
  A     *
Jolene
      E            D               A        *
Baby, I am the king and you're the queen
Well it's a long old highway, don't ever end
I've got a Saturday night special, I'm back again
I'll sleep by your door, lay my life on the line
You probably don't know, but I'm gonna make you mine
Jolene, Jolene
Baby, I am the king and you're the queen
I keep my hands in my pocket, I'm movin' along
People think they know, but they're all wrong
You're something nice, I'm gonna grab my dice
I can't say I haven't paid the price
Jolene, Jolene
Baby I am the king and you're the queen
Well I found out the hard way, I've had my fill
You can't find somebody with his back to a hill
Those big brown eyes, they set off a spark
When you hold me in your arms things don't look so dark
Jolene, Jolene
Baby I am the king and you're the queen