Rolling Thunder Revue version (1975)
Appears on these albums:
|: G . F . :| repeat G F Early one mornin' the sun was shinin', G F I was layin' in bed G F Wond'rin' if she'd changed at all C If her hair was still red. G F Her folks they said our lives together G F Sure was gonna be rough G F They never did like Mama's homemade dress C Papa's bankbook wasn't big enough. D Em And he was standin' on the side of the road G D C Rain fallin' on his shoes D Em Heading out for the East Coast G D C D Lord knows he paid some dues gettin' through, F C G Tangled up in blue. G C/g G (etc) She was married when they first met Soon to be divorced He helped her out of a jam, I guess, But he used a little too much force. And they drove that car as far as they could Abandoned it out West Splitting up on a dark sad night Both agreeing it was best. She turned around to look at him As he was walkin' away saying over her shoulder, "We'll meet again someday on the avenue," Tangled up in blue. We had a job in Santa Fe Working in an old hotel But he never did like it all that much so one day it just went to hell. So he drifted down to New Orleans lucky not to be destroyed where he got him a job on a fishing boat Right outside of Delacroix. [or "docked..."?] But all the while he was alone The past was close behind, He seen a lot of women But she never escaped his mind, and he just grew Tangled up in blue. She was workin' in a topless place And I stopped in for a beer, I just kept looking at the side of her face In the spotlight so clear. And later on as the crowd thinned out I's just about to do the same, She was standing there right beside my chair Said, "Don't tell me, let me guess your name" I muttered somethin' underneath my breath, She studied the lines on my face. I must admit I felt a little uneasy When she bent down to tie the laces of my shoe, Tangled up in blue. I lived with them on Montague Street In a basement down the stairs, There was music in the cafes at night And revolution in the air. Then he started into dealing with slaves And something inside of him died. She had to sell everything she owned And froze up inside. And when it all came crashing down, I became withdrawn, The only thing I knew how to do Was keep on keepin' on Like a bird that flew Tangled up in blue. So now I'm goin' on back again, I got to get to them somehow. All the faces we used to know They're an illusion to me now. Some are mathematicians Some are truck drivers' wives. Don't know how it all got started, I don't know what they're doin' with their lives. But me, I'm still on the road Headin' for another joint We always did feel the same, We just saw it from a different point of view, Tangled up in blue.