Mother of Muses

Written by Bob Dylan
Released on Rough and Rowdy Ways (2020)
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem

The tab for the intro is a combination of what the main guitar plays throughout the verses, but numerous variations occur. The E6-E7 figure in the second line is sometimes played Em or Em7. (This figure is quite useful for songs in A major. Dylan used it for Aznavour's The Times We've Known in New York, 1998.)
The C-shape barre versions of D and E can of course be replaced with simpler shapes.
The rather awkward twist to the F#m towards the end can be played as a straightforward F#m.

         A       E6  E7    A
   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
-------|-----------------|-----------------||
-----0-|h2---0---2---0---|-2-------------0-||
---2---|-2-----2-1---1---|-2-----------2---||
-------|-2-------2---0---|-2---------------||
-------|-0---------------|-0---------------||
-------|---------0-------|-----------------||
                                   Mother of

  A       D   Dsus2 A                 A       E6  E7    A
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|---------2---0---|-0---------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|h2---0---3-------|-2-------------0-|h2---0---2---0---|-2-----------2-3-|
|-2-----2-2-------|-2-----------2---|-2-----2-1---1---|-2---------------|
|-2---------------|-2---------2-----|-2-------2---0---|-2-----------2-4-|
|-0-------0-------|-0---------------|-0---------------|-0---------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|---------0-------|-----------------|
  mu-ses, sing for  me.  Sing of the mountains and the           Sing of the
                                              deep dark sea

  A       Em        Em     G/b A/c#   D       E         D
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-0---------------|-0---------------|-----------------|-2---------------|
|-5-----5-8---7---|-0-------0---2---|-3---2-3-5-------|-3---------------|
|-6---6---9-------|-0-------0---2---|-2-------------4-|-2---------------|
|-7-------9-------|---------0---2---|-4-----------6---|-0---------------|
|-0---------------|---------2---4---|-----------7-----|-----------------|
|---------0-------|-0---------------|-----------------|-----------------|
lakes and the                sing your hearts
          nymphs of the forest        out, all you women of the chorus. Sing of

  D6      A/e       A   C#7   F#m     D         A/e     E6  E7    A
  :   .   .   .     :   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .
|-7-----7-5-------|---------|-----------------|-----0-----------|--------
|-7-------5-------|-----2---|-3---2---------0-|-2-------2---0---|--------
|-7---7---6-------|-----4---|-1---2---2-------|-2-----2-1---1---|-2------
|-7-7-----7-------|-----3---|---------4-------|-2-------2---0---|-2------
|-5-------7-------|-----4---|---------5-------|-----------------|-0------
|-----------------|---------|-2---------------|---------0-------|--------
honor and faith and glory     be.       Mother of muses, sing for me.
          A     D    Dsus2  A
Mother of Muses sing for    me
            A                 E6  E7    A
Sing of the mountains and the deep dark sea
            A             Em            Em   .   G/b
Sing of the lakes and the nymphs of the forest
A/c#             D             E/g#         D/a
Sing your hearts out, all your women of the chorus
        D6        A/e      A  C#7 F#m
Sing of honor and fate and glory  be
          A/e   E6   E7  A
Mother of Muses sing for me
Mother of Muses sing for my heart
Sing of a love too soon to depart
Sing of the heroes who stood alone
Whose names are engraved on tablets of stone
Who struggled with pain so the world could go free
Mother of Muses sing for me
Sing of Sherman, Montgomery and Scott
       A           Em              A
And of Zhukov, and Patton, and the battles they fought
Who cleared the path for Presley to sing
Who carved the path for Martin Luther King
Who did what they did and they went on their way
Man, I could tell their stories all day
I'm falling in love with Calliope
          A                         Em          A
She don't belong to anyone, why not give her to me?
She's speaking to me, speaking with her eyes
I've grown so tired of chasing lies
Mother of Muses, wherever you are
I've already outlived my life by far
Mother of Muses, unleash your wrath
Things I can't see, they're blocking my path
Show me your wisdom, tell me my fate
Put me upright, make me walk straight
Forge my identity from the inside out
You know what I'm talking about
Take me to the river, release your charms
Let me down a while in your sweet, loving arms
Wake me, shake me, free me from sin
Make me invisible, like the wind
Got a mind that ramble, got a mind that roam
I'm travelin' light and I'm a-slow coming home

The basic tab as played by Blake Mills himself:

         A       E6  E7    A
   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
-------|-------2---------|-----------------||
-------|/2---5---2---0---|-----------------||
---2-4-|-----------------|-2-----------2-4-||
-------|/2-------2---0---|-2---------------||
-------|-----------------|-4---------------||
-------|-0-------0-------|-5-----5-5-------||

  A       D   Dsus2 A                 A       E6  E7    A
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|---------2---0---|-0---------------|-------2---------|-----------------|
|-2-------3-------|-2---------------|/2---5---2---0---|-------------2-3-|
|-2---4-2-2-------|-2-----------2-4-|-----------------|-2-----------2-4-|
|-2-------4-------|-2---------------|/2-------2---0---|-2---------------|
|-0-------0-------|-0---------------|-----------------|-4---------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-0-------0-------|-5-----5-5-------|

  A       Em        Em     G/b A/c#   D       E         Dadd9/a
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-0-----0-7---5---|-5---------------|-----------------|-0---------------|
|-5---5---8-------|-8-------0---2---|-3---2-3-5---5---|-3---------------|
|-6---6-----------|---------0---2---|-2-------4-------|-2---------------|
|-----------------|---------0---2---|-----------------|-4---------------|
|-0---------------|-7-----------4---|-----------------|-----------------|
|---------0-------|---------7-------|-2-------4-------|-5---------------|

  D6      A/e       A   C#7   F#m     D         A/e     E6  E7    A
  :   .   .   .     :   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .
|-7-----7-5-------|---------|-----------------|-------2---------|--------
|-7---7---5-----2-|-2---0---|-3---2---------0-|-2---5---2---0---|--------
|-7-------6---6---|-2---1---|-1---2---2-------|-2---------------|-2------
|-7---7---7-7-----|-2---0---|---------0-------|-2-------2---0---|-2------
|-5-------7---7---|---------|-----------------|-----------------|-4------
|-----------------|-0---1---|-2---------------|-0-------0-------|-5------

Note the fingering in the D E bar: D is played with thumb and a half-barre, E with middle, ring, and little fingers.