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Tangled Up In Blue | Dylan Chords



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Tangled Up In Blue

Posted by Eyolf Østrem
Written by: 
Bob Dylan
Introductory notes: 

This short essay was written as a commentary to a tape compilation of selected versions of Tangled Up in Blue, easily one of Dylan’s best songs.

The four september days of 1974 which saw the creation of Blood on the Tracks, occupy a special place in the history of rock ‘n‘ roll–at least regarding Bob Dylan’s share in it. A unique combination of a new interest in open tunings (inspired by Joni Michell), a new perspective on writing and time (inspired by the mysterious art-teacher Norman Raeben), and a broken heart (inspired by Sara), brought about a burst of creative energy comparable only to the making of his mid-sixties trilogy. Apart from the intensive energy of singing and playing, the most fascinating aspect of the september version of Tangled up in Blue (Studio A, New York, 740919) is the clicking of the jacket buttons against the guitar; not only is it a vivid illustration of the inspired state of mind, which would never let such trivialities interfere with the creative work. It also creates a constant counter-rhythm, which is as ephemeral as it is hypnotizing, once one becomes aware of it.

The official album version was recorded in Minneapolis with local musicians, December 30, 1974. Dylan went home for christmas, proudly (one may assume) played his fresh album for his brother and asked for his opinion. Brother David answered: “Nah…, weeell…”, Dylan took the hint and gave five of the songs a new finish. Most commentators seem to lament this and think that Dylan chickened out by doing it: the subdued New York-versions are certainly more naked musically, and the lyrical changes give some of the songs (especially “If you see her say hello”) a more detatched character. On the other hand, the Minnesota version sees the ‘rhythmic intensity‘ meter turned up another 3 or 4 steps, and I for one think that it sets the album in motion in a way that the New York version would not have managed (I just realized that Paul Williams agrees with me too, so I can’t be all wrong).

Then comes the ‘Rolling Thunder‘ era and two renditions that are truly amazing. The Boston version (Nov 21, 1975; featured in Renaldo and Clara) will always be special to me: I‘ve realized that is was the first version I ever heard (and saw) of this song. Those eyes (which you can’t actually see for most of the song, but you can feel them), in the white face… And the voice, so full of I-don‘t-know-what – anger, bitterness, fatigue, motion…

Toronto, less than two weeks later (Dec 2, 1975), is another story again. The intro is very long: one can hear how Dylan searches for a rhythm, barely finding it, changing his mind, taking his time, and then embarking on his journey, coast to coast and from the great north woods to Delacroix,  more slowly than ever. Whether it was meant to be that way, or he just thought “Hell, I’ll take this tempo”–it doesn’t really matter. It sounds uncomfortable to begin with, but in the end it’s just right.

For the 1978 tour Dylan came up with a completely new arrangement: a broad, emotion-laden ballad in the grand style. Once again, it‘s remarkable how different two versions can be, that are basically the same. The summer version, e.g. as sung in Paris (July 6 1978), is actually rather sqare, with a fixed melody and a remarkably regular rhythm,  with just an occasional emotional outburst – more and more as the song unfolds. And as tour proceeds, this emotionality takes over completely, and all that’s left of the square rhythm is the line “They never did like mama’s home-made dress”, which in its new context becomes higly expressive. In Seattle in November the song is introduced with the words: “Here‘s a love ballad I wrote a few years back, about three people who were in love with eachother, all at the same time.”

Two weeks later, Dylan picked up a silver cross that someone had thrown onto the stage. The rest is history, as they say, and part of that history is the Charlotte miracle (Dec. 10, 1978), probably the most heartfelt and multi-dimensional version I’ve heard of this song. The desperation of a soul in turmoil is tangible throughout the performance. The grand ballad arrangement, which is basically the same as in Paris, becomes a sounding background for the most intensive (and intensively slow) vocalizations ever. And once again the lyrics are changed: He no longer visits topless places to have a beer, nor does he smoke pipes or read Italian poets: the topless place has become the the Flamingo hotel, where “she” is dancing in a dress made of stars and stripes. And he now reads the Bible and thinks about death (“all the people I used to know, at least the ones that ain’t in the grave”).

Tangled up in Blue wasn‘t played again until 1984, and this time completely re-written once again. Hearing the Real Live version (London, July 7, 1984) for the first time was like meeting an old friend whom you haven‘t seen for a long time, and suddenly discovering new sides of him: changed, but still the same. The fact that “he nearly went mad in Baton Rouge” comes as no surprise, given what you already knew, or at least suspected, about his wandering years, and changing the “it” of the last verse to a “she” adds another dimension to the mystery of who the song is about (“We always did love the very same one, we just saw her from a different point of view”). Which lyrics are the best? Which side of a coin is most valuable? Which of your children do you love the most?

The five versions on the B-side is at the same time a summary of the Never-Ending Tour. This gives the opportunity for a reflection over “what happened”. In an interview he has said that throughout the 80s he more and more lost contact with his own songs, he didn’t know what they meant anymore. Then, while touring with the Grateful Dead in1987, during one show (in Locarno, Switzerland) he got an intensive feeling that “I have to go out and sing these songs, they mean something to others, The Dead play them better than me…”. Since then two things have happened: He has toured relentlessly, with about a hundred shows a year. And, which is quite interesting, he has gone back to album versions of his songs. No more messing around with revised lyrics, no more grand ballad arrangements. It is as if rediscovering the songs meant taking them back to the start and keeping them there, either because that’s the form the audience will have met them in, or because that’s the form Dylan himself once met them in.

Hence the Never-Ending tour versions are five different versions of the same song, rather than five different songs played by five different persons and with five different contents. The ‘88 version, here represented by the Berkeley show (June 10, 1988; Neil Young was featured as a guest, although not on this song), is typical of the energetic approach to many of the electric songs this year, where the active bass of Kenny Aaronson plays a central role (just as Rob Stoner’s did in 1975).

The version from Milan (June 27, 1993) is probably the weirdest of them all. 1993 was the year of the long improvisations, and this is no exception: it takes him no less than 11:38 to get through the song. Along the journey are some incredible howls.

From his ‘95 triumphs in the Brixton Academy (March 29, 1995) is the up-tempo rock version that follows. Later the same year he switched to an acoustic, almost country-style version, as played in Oslo (June 29, 1995). This has been the standard version ever since, more or less. One outstanding specimen is the slow version from the Wolftrap (Aug. 23, 1997) which reverts the song back into the slow lamento it was in the September days of 1974.

Posted by Eyolf Østrem
Song reference: 
Tangled Up In Blue
Appears on these albums: 
Recorded/Performed: 
Mon, 1974-12-30
Tabbed by: 
Eyolf Østrem
Guitar setup
Tuning: 
Standard tuning
|A . Asus4 . | x4

A                     G
Early one mornin' the sun was shinin',
A               G
I was layin' in bed
A                  G
Wond'rin' if she'd changed at all
       D
If her hair was still red.
A                       G
Her folks they said our lives together
A                 G
Sure was gonna be rough
     A                     G
They never did like Mama's homemade dress
       D
Papa's bankbook wasn't big enough.
    E                     F#m
And I was standin' on the side of the road
A                  D
Rain fallin' on my shoes
E                   F#m
Heading out for the East Coast
     A                 D            E
Lord knows I paid some dues gettin' through,
G       D     A
Tangled up in blue.

She was married when we first met
Soon to be divorced
I helped her out of a jam, I guess,
But I used a little too much force.
We drove that car as far as we could
Abandoned it out West
Split up on a dark sad night
Both agreeing it was best.
She turned around to look at me
As I was walkin' away
I heard her say over my shoulder,
"We'll meet again someday on the avenue,"
Tangled up in blue.

I had a job in the great north woods
Working as a cook for a spell
But I never did like it all that much
And one day the ax just fell.
So I drifted down to New Orleans
Where I happened to be employed
Workin' for a while on a fishin' boat
Right outside of Delacroix.
But all the while I was alone
The past was close behind,
I seen a lot of women
But she never escaped my mind, and I 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 in back of my chair
Said to me, "Don't I know 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.

She lit a burner on the stove and offered me a pipe
"I thought you'd never say hello," she said
"You look like the silent type."
Then she opened up a book of poems
And handed it to me
Written by an Italian poet
From the thirteenth century.
And every one of them words rang true
And glowed like burnin' coal
Pourin' off of every page
Like it was written in my soul from me to you,
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 finally the bottom fell out I became withdrawn,
The only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keepin' on
Like a bird that flew
Tangled up in blue.

So now I'm goin' back again,
I got to get to her somehow.
All the people we used to know
They're an illusion to me now.
Some are mathematicians
Some are carpenter's 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.
        
Posted by Eyolf Østrem
Song reference: 
Tangled Up In Blue
Appears on these albums: 
Recorded/Performed: 
Mon, 1974-09-16

The main text is the version recorded Sept 16, released on the Bootleg Series 1-3. Some lyrical variations from the version from Sept 19, included for release on the original test pressing, have been indicated.

Tabbed by: 
Eyolf Østrem
Guitar setup
Tuning: 
Standard tuning
Chords: 
Evii    000897
Dv      000675
B(ii)   042000
A       020120
F#m     xx2120
C#m     020020
E       054000
B11     x02120
Emaj7   004340
            
[one verse guitar intro]

Evii                  Dv
Early one mornin' the sun was shinin',
Evii               Dv
he was layin' in bed
Evii               Dv
Wond'rin' if she'd changed at all
       E        B(ii)  A
If her hair was still red.
Evii                      Dv
Her folks they said their lives together
Evii              Dv
Sure was gonna be rough
     Evii                  Dv
They never did like Mama's homemade dress
       E               B(ii)    A
Papa's bankbook wasn't big enough.
    F#m                    C#m
And he was standin' on the side of the road
E            B(ii)      A
Rain fallin' on his shoes
F#m                 C#m
Heading out for the East Coast
     E          B(ii)     A            B11
Lord knows he's paid some dues gettin' through,
Emaj7/b  B11       E
Tangled up in blue.

E . . A | x3

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.
They drove that car as far as we could
Abandoned it out West
Split up on a dark sad night
Both agreeing it was best.
She turned around to look at him
As he was walkin' away
she said: "This can't be the end,                    . . . this ain't the end,
We'll meet on another day, on the avenue,"           We'll meet again some day . . .
Tangled up in blue.

He had a job in the old north woods
Working as a cook for a spell
But he never did like it all that much
And one day the ax just fell.
Well, he drifted down to L.A.
Where he reckoned to try his luck
Workin' for a while on an airplane plant,
Loading cargo onto a truck
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 about to do the same,
She was standing there in back of my chair
Said to me, "What's 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.

She lit a burner on the stove and offered me a pipe
"I thought you'd never say hello," she said
"You look like the silent type."
Then she opened up a book of poems
And handed it to me
Written by an Italian poet
From the thirteenth century.
And every one of them words rang true
And glowed like burnin' coal
Pourin' off of every page
Like it was written in my soul from me to you,
Tangled up in blue.

He was always in a hurry,
too busy or too stoned,
And everything that she ever planned,
just a-had to be postponed.
She thought they were successful,
She thought they were blessed,                          He thought . . .
with objects and material things,
but I never was impressed.
And when it all came crashing down,
I became withdrawn,
The only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keepin' on
Like a bird that flew
Tangled up in blue.

So now I'm goin' back again,
I got to get to her somehow.
All the people we used to know
They're an illusion to me now.
Some are mathematicians
Some are doctors' 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.
        
Posted by Eyolf Østrem
Song reference: 
Tangled Up In Blue
Recorded/Performed: 
Fri, 1975-11-21
Tabbed by: 
Eyolf Østrem
Guitar setup
Tuning: 
Standard tuning
|: 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.
        
Posted by Eyolf Østrem
Song reference: 
Tangled Up In Blue
Recorded/Performed: 
Sun, 1978-12-10
Venue: 
Charlotte, SC

If you haven’t got this one, do yourself a favor and get it.

Tabbed by: 
Eyolf Østrem
Guitar setup
Tuning: 
Standard tuning
Capo position: 
4
C                     Am
Early one mornin' the sun was shinin',
    F               C    G
And I was layin' in bed
C                  Am
Wond'rin' if she'd changed at all
       F              C    G
If her hair was still red.
C                            Am
Her folks they said that our lives together
         F                 C      G
Well, it sure was gonna be rough
     C                     Am
They never did like Mama's homemade dress
       F                    C
Papa's bankbook wasn't big enough.
    Em                    Am
And I was standin' on the side of the road
Em                      Am
Rain fallin' on my shoes
Em                   Am
 Heading out for the East Coast
Em                Dm           G
Ready to pay some dues gettin' through,
              C      F  C  F
Tangled up in blue.

She was married when we first met
Soon to be divorced
I helped her out of a jam, I guess,
But I used a little too much force.
We drove that car as far as we could
We abandoned it way out West
Splittin' up on a dark sad night
Both agreeing that it was best.
She turned around to look at me
One more time, as I was walkin' away
Sayin' over her shoulder,
"Boy, We're bound to meet again someday on the avenue,"
Tangled up in blue.

I remember stayin' in the north woords
Living in a vagabond hotel
One day there in the pouring rain
I could feel how the ax just fell.
So I drifted down to New Orleans
And I was lucky not to be destroyed
I almost died of the bulldog clap
Two miles outside of Delacroix.
But all the while I was alone
The past was close behind,
I seen a lot of women
But she never escaped my mind, and I just grew
Tangled up in blue.

She was dancin' in the Flamingo hotel
And I was passin' by, so I stopped in for a beer,
I just kept starin' at the side of her face
In the spotlight so clear.
And later on when the crowd thinned out
I was just about to do the same,
She was standing there right behind my chair
Toughing me said: "You know it ain't no accident that you came."
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.

She lit a burner on the stove, wearin' a dress made up of stars and stripes
"I thought you'd never say hello," she said
"You know you look like you could be the silent type."
Then she opened up the Bible
And she started quotin' it to me
Jeremiah chapter seventeen
From verses 21 and 33.
And every one of them words rang true
And glowed like burnin' coal
Pourin' off of every page
Like it was written in my soul from me to you,
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,
There was revolution in the air.
Then he started into dealing with slaves
And something inside of her froze.
She had to sell everything she owned
Even her jewellery and her clothes.
And when it all came crashing on, I became withdrawn,
The only thing I knew how to do
Was to keep on keepin' on
Like a bird that flew
Tangled up in blue.

So now I'm goin' back again,
I got to get to her and be brave.
All the people we used to know,
At least the ones that ain't in the grave,
Some are bricklayers, some are bankrobbers
Some are burglars and some are truck-drivers' wives.
I Don't know how it all got started,
I have no idea 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.
        
Posted by Eyolf Østrem
Song reference: 
Tangled Up In Blue
Appears on these albums: 
Real Live (1984)
Recorded/Performed: 
Sat, 1984-07-07
Tabbed by: 
Eyolf Østrem
Guitar setup
Tuning: 
Standard tuning
Capo position: 
2
Sounding key: 
A major
G                     F
Early one mornin' the sun was shinin',
G                F
He was layin' in bed
G                  F
Wond'rin' if she'd changed at all
       C        /b    Am
If her hair was still red.
    G                          F
Her folks they said that their lives together
G                 F
Sure was gonna be rough
     G                     F
They never did like Mama's homemade dress
       C               /b    Am
Papa's bankbook wasn't big enough.
    D                      Em          C
And he was standin' on the side of the road
G                   C
Rain fallin' on his shoes
D                   Em        C
Heading out for the lone East Coast
G                  C    /b          Am
Radio blastin' the news straight on through,
              G      C/g  G
Tangled up in blue.


She was married when they first met,
to a man four times her age.
He left her penniless, in the state of regret,
it was time to bust out of the cage.
They drove that car as far as they could,
abandoned it out west.
splitting up on a dark, sad night,
both agreeing that it was best.
And she turned around to look at him
as he was walking away.
She said I wish I could tell you all the things
that I never learned how to say.
He said thats alright babe I love you too,
but we were tangled up in blue.

He had a steady job and a pretty face,
and everything seemed to fit.
One day he could just feel the waste,
he put it all down and split.
And he headed down to New Orleans,
where they treated him like a boy.
He nearly went mad in Baton Rouge,
he nearly drowned in Delacroix.
And all the time he was alone,
the past was close behind.
he had one too many lovers then,
and none of them were too refined,
all except for you,
but you were tangled up in blue.

She was working in the blinding light,
and I stopped in for a drink.
I just kept looking at her face so white,
I didn't know what to think.
Later on as the crowd thinned out,
I was getting ready to leave.
She was standing there, beside my chair,
saying "What's that you got up your sleeve?"
I said "nothing baby, and thats for sure"
She leaned down into my face.
I could feel the heat and the pulse of her
as 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 snow all winter and no heat,
revolution was in the air.
Then one day all his slaves ran free,
and something inside of him died.
The only thing I could do was be me,
and get on that train and ride.
And when it all came crashing down,
I was already south.
I didn't know whether the world was flat or round,
I had the worst taste in my mouth,
that I ever knew,
Tangled up in blue.

Now I'm going back again,
maybe tomorrow, maybe next year.
I've got to find someone among the women and men
whose destiny is unclear.
Some are ministers of illusion,
some are masters of the trade.
All under strong delusion,
all of their beds unmade.
Me I'm heading toward the sun,
trying to stay out of the joints.
We always did love the very same one.
We just saw her from a different point
of view,
Tangled up in blue.
        
Posted by Eyolf Østrem
Song reference: 
Tangled Up In Blue

Since Larry Campbell joined the band in 1997, Tangled was regularly played as an acoustic song, with Larry playing the intro below. Larry’s guitar is played with a capo on the 2nd fret, Bob’s guitar is uncapoed. The chords are more or less those of the Blood on the Tracks version above.

Tabbed by: 
Eyolf Østrem
Guitar setup
Tuning: 
Standard tuning
  G                   G9sus4            G                 G9sus4
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-7-------7---7-7-|---5-5---5---5-5-|-5-3-3---3---3-3-|-3-5-5---5---5-5-|
|-0-------0---0-0-|---3-3---3---3-3-|-3-3-3---3---3-3-|-3-3-3---3---3-3-|
|-7-------7---7-7-|---5-5---5---5-5-|-5-4-4---4---4-4-|-4-5-5---5---5-5-|
|-5-------5---5-5-|---5-5---5---5-5-|-5-5-5---5---5-5-|-5-5-5---5---5-5-|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
        
    G                 G9sus4            G               F       C
  :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .     :   .   .   .
|-5/7-7---7---7-7-|-7-5-5---5---5-5-|-5-3-3---3---3-3-|-1---1-1-0---0-0-|
|-0---0---0---0-0-|-0-3-3---3---3-3-|-3-3-3---3---3-3-|-1---1-1-1---1-1-|
|-5/7-7---7---7-7-|-7-5-5---5---5-5-|-5-4-4---4---4-4-|-2---2-2-0---0-0-|
|---------5---5-5-|-5-5-5---5---5-5-|-5-5-5---5---5-5-|-3---3-3-2---2-2-|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|---------3---3-3-|
|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|-----------------|
        
G                     F
Early one mornin' the sun was shinin',
G                F
He 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 that their 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                   Gsus4   G
Rain fallin' on his shoes
D                   Em
Heading out for the East Coast
G                       C/g  G       D
Lord knows he paid some dues getting through
F       C     G
Tangled up in blue.