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Subterranean Homesick Blues Chords

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Date: Fri, 25 Oct 1996 11:28:17 -0700 (PDT)
From: Sacha Mallais 
Subject: CRD: Subterranean Homesick Blues by Bob Dylan


Cut away the chaffe and this should fit one one page.

This is a fairly difficult song to get to sound right.
The chords are simple, though (blues progression in A).

I strum the chords, alternating the bass line throughout
(play A with an an A and E bass, D with a D and A bass,
E with an E and B bass)

----------8<-------------------8<---------------------------
Subterranean Homesick Blues by Bob Dylan

  A                            A
Johnny's in the basement mixin' up the medicine,
I'm on the pavement, thinkin' 'bout the government
The man in a trenchcoat badge (??) got laid off,
Says he's got a bad cough, wants to get it paid off
  D                    D
Look out kid, theres something you did,
  A
God knows when, but you're doin' it again.
You better duck down the alleyway, lookin' for a new friend.
  E
The man in the 'coonskin cap in a pigpen
  A
Wants 11 dollar bills, you only got 10.

Maggie calls fleetfoot (??) face full 'o black soot,
Talking at the heat, put (??) plants in the bed, but (??)
The phones tapped anyway, Maggie says the man he say,
They must bust in early May, orders from the DA.
Look out kid, don't matter what ch' ya did,
Walk on your tiptoes, don't tie no bows
Better stay away from those 'ho carry 'round a fire hose.
Keep a clean nose, 'n wash of plain clothes,
You don't need a weather man to know which way the wind blows.

Uhh..Get sick, get well, hang around the inkwell,
Hang bail, hot tail, if anything its gonna sell,
Try hard, get bought, get back, write braille,
Get jail, jump bail, join the army if ya fail.
Look out kid, your gonna get hit, by
Losers, cheaters, six time users, hangin' round the theaters,
Girl by the whrilpool's lookin' for a new fool,
Don't follow leaders or watch the parkin' meters.

Ohh..Get born, keep warm, short pants, romance,
Learn to dance, get dressed, get blessed, try to be a success,
Please her, please him, buy 'er gifts, don't steal, don't lift
Twenty years o' schoolin' and they put ya on the day shift,
Look out kid, they keep it all hid,
Better jump down a manhole, light yourself a candle,
Don't wear sandles, and try to force a scandal,
Don't want to be a bum, you'd better chew gum,
The pump don't work cuz the vandals took the handle.

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Sacha Michel Mallais           sacha@global-village.net
                               http://www.global-village.net/sacha
   The bird of paradise alights only upon the hand that does not grasp.
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myxomitosis wrote on February 13 2006, 06:27 pm

the lyrics are:

Johny's in the basement
Mixing up the medicine
I'm on the pavement
Thinking about the government
The man in the trench coat
Badge out, laid off
Says he's got a bad cough
Wants to get it paid off
Look out kid
It's somethin' you did
God knows when
But you're doin' it again
You better duck down the alley way
Lookin' for a new friend
The man in the coon-skip cap
In the big pen
Wants eleven dollar bills
You only got ten.

Maggie comes fleet foot
Face full of black soot
Talkin' that the heat put
Plants in the bed but
The phone's tapped anyway
Maggie says that many say
They must bust in early May
Orders from the DA
Look out kid
Don't matter what you did
Walk on your tip toes
Don't try, 'No Doz'
Better stay away from those
That carry around a fire hose
Keep a clean nose
Watch the plain clothes
You don't need a weather man
To know which way the wind blows.

Get sick, get well
Hang around an ink well
Ring bell, hard to tell
If anything is goin' to sell
Try hard, get barred
Get back, write Braille
Get jailed, jump bail Join the army, if you failed
Look out kid
You're gonna get hit
But users, cheaters
Six-time losers
Hang around the theaters
Girl by the whirlpool
Lookin' for a new fool
Don't follow leaders
Watch the parkin' meters.

Ah get born, keep warm
Short pants, romance, learn to dance
Get dressed, get blessed
Try to be a success
Please her, please him, buy gifts
Don't steal, don't lift
Twenty years of schoolin'
And they put you on the day shift
Look out kid
They keep it all hid
Better jump down a manhole
Light yourself a candle
Don't wear sandals
Try to avoid the scandals
Don't wanna be a bum
You better chew gum
The pump don't work
'Cause the vandals took the handles.

some of the lyrics get slurred when he sings it so they're hard to hear.

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hiddeninromance wrote on April 28 2007, 05:03 pm

The chords i think go actually like this; (they are th sam echords just a few notes different :) it helps achieve that hard to get sound) forgive me i do not know the correct names
A..something
e.3
B.2
G.2
D.2
A.0
E.-
D7
e.1
B.2
G.1
D.0
A.-
E.-
E7...maybe
e.0
B.3
G.1
D.2
A.2
E.0

fantastic song
x

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oyvind wrote on June 30 2007, 02:52 pm

A..something
e.3
B.2
G.2
D.2
A.0
E.-

A7 is his name, the good ol' blues and rock'n'roll A7 that is :D

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