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--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  
                                  BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND - Bob Dylan  
                                    
                                    (A finger-style arrangement)
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Music and Lyrics: Bob Dylan
Arrangement and tab: Robert Saunders
Tuning: standard with capo on 7th fret
Timing: 4/4

Chords:

G:    320033 or 320003
G/B:  X20033
C:    X32010
C/G:  332010
D/A:  X00232
D/F#: 200232 or 204232


Notes:

As someone once said, if only Bob Dylan has stuck to finger-picking he might have got somewhere. This 
is my own finger-style arrangement of Blowin’ in the Wind. To play in the same key as the Freewheelin’ 
album recording you will need to put a capo on the 7th fret but I usually play it lower than that. You 
can use my tabs for verse 1 and the chorus to play along with the album but I’ve also added some extra
bridges if you want to play a longer version. 

The structure of the song is very simple, based around three chords: G, C and D major. Use your thumb to 
play the alternating bass notes which keep the rhythm. Where I miss out a bass note I’ve marked the beat 
with an X on the tab. On the album Dylan adds a little complexity to his strumming by picking out different 
bass notes and I’ve used a lot of those notes in this tab.

I very seldom play this song exactly the same way twice but I hope this tab gives a basis from which to 
improvise.




INTRO:

   G                G                G                C                
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----------------|-----------0----|-----------0----|h1--------------|
G|-------0---0----|-------0--------|-------0h2-----0|-------0--------|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|h2---2-------0--|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|-3-------2------|
E|-3-------X------|-2h3-----3------|-3-------3------|----------------|


   D/A              G/B              C/G              C               
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|-----------3----|----------------|-----------1----|----------------|
G|-------2-------0|-------0--------|-------0--------|-------0--------|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0-----0----|-----2-------0--|-----2-------0--|
A|-0-------3------|-2-------2---0--|----------------|-3-------2------|
E|----------------|----------------|-3-------X------|----------------|


   D/A              D/A              G                G               
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|-----------3----|----------------|----------------|----------------|
G|-------2-------0|-------2--------|-------0-------0|-------0--------|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0----------|-----2-------2--|-----2-------0--|
A|-0-------3------|-0--------------|---------0h2----|---------0h2----|
E|----------------|---------0---2--|-3--------------|-3--------------|

                                   [ <- Album version starts here.]
 

VERSE 1:


   G                C                D/A              G
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|-----------0----|----------------|-----------3----|-----------0----|
G|-------0-------0|-------0---0----|-------2--------|-------0h2-----0|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|
A|----------------|-3-------2------|-0-------0------|----------------|
E|-3-------3------|----------------|----------------|-3-------3------|
    
   How   many       roads   must     man    walk      down
                                a

   G                C                G                G  
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|-----------0----|----------------|----------------|----------------|
G|-------0-------0|-------0--------|---------------0|-------0--------|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|
A|----------------|-3-------2------|----------------|---------0h2----|
E|-3-------3------|----------------|-3-------0h3----|-0h3------------|

 before  you        call    him a    man?


   G                C                D/A              G
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|-----------0----|----------------|-----------3----|----------------|
G|-------0--------|-------0--------|-------2-------0|---------------0|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|
A|----------------|-3-------2------|-0-------0------|---------0h2----|
E|-3-------X------|----------------|----------------|-3--------------|

   How   many       seas    must     white dove       sail
                                a


   G                C                D/A              D/F#      
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|-----------0----|----------------|-----------3----|-----------3----|
G|-------0--------|-------0--------|-------2-------2|-------2-------0|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----4-------4--|
A|----------------|-3-------2------|-0-------0------|---------0------|
E|-3-------3------|----------------|----------------|-2--------------|

 before        she  sleeps  in  the  sand                         Yes ‘n
   

   G                C                D/A              G
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|-----------0----|----------------|----------------|----------------|
G|-------0-------0|-------0---0----|-------2--------|-------0--------|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0----------|-----0-------0--|
A|----------------|-3-------2------|-0--------------|---------0h2----|
E|-3-------3------|----------------|---------0---2--|-3--------------|
    
   How   many       times   must     can non ball     fly
                                a

   G                C                G                G       
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|-----------0----|----------------|----------------|-----------0----|
G|-------0-------0|-------0--------|--------0-------|-------0h2------|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|
A|----------------|-3-------2------|---------0h2----|----------------|
E|-3-------3------|----------------|-3--------------|-3-------3------|

 before             they’re          banned?                      The
                        for-e---ver
 


CHORUS:

 
   C                D/A              G/B              C/G      
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----------------|-----------3----|----------------|-----------1----|
G|-------0---0----|-------2--------|-------0---0----|-------0--------|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0----------|-----2-------2--|
A|-3-------2------|-0-------0------|-2-------2---0--|----------------|
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|-3-------3------|

   Answ----er  my  friend       is   blowing in  the  wind        The


   C                D/A              G                C      
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
G|-------0--------|-------2--------|-------0--------|-------0---0----|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0----------|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|
A|-3-------2------|-0--------------|---------0h2----|-3-------2------|
E|----------------|---------0---2--|-3--------------|----------------|

   Answ----er  is   blowing in  the  wind           [---HARMONICA---
 

   D/A              G/B              C/G              C
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|-----------3----|----------------|-----------1----|-----------0----|
G|-------2--------|-------0---0----|-------0--------|-------0--------|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0----------|-----2-------2--|-----0-------0--|
A|-0-------0------|-2-------2---0--|----------------|-3-------2------|
E|----------------|----------------|-3-------3------|----------------|

  -----------------------------HARMONICA-----------------------------


   D/A              G      
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----------------|----------------|----------------|
G|-------2--------|-------0-------0|-------0--------|
D|-----0----------|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|
A|-0--------------|---------0h2----|---------0h2----|
E|---------0---2--|-3--------------|-3--------------|

  ------------HARMONICA------------]          Yes n...




[Back to the start of the verse if you’re playing along with the album. 
Continue to bridge 1 if you’re playing my extended version.]




BRIDGE 1:


   G                Gsus2            G6               G6       
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|-----------0----|-3---------3----|----------------|-------3--------|
G|-------0h2------|-------2--------|-----------0----|-2---------2----|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-0h2---2--|-----0-------0--|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|-3-------3------|-3-------3------|-3-------3------|-3-------3------|
   

   G6               G6               G6               G
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
G|-----------0----|-2-----0--------|-----------0----|-----------0----|
D|-----0-0h2---2--|-----0-----0-0--|-2---2-2-----2--|-----0-0-----0--|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|-3-------3------|-3-------3------|-3-------3------|-3-------3------|


   C                C/G              D/A              D/A
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|-----------1----|-----------1----|-----------3----|-------3--------|
G|-------0--------|-------0--------|-------2--------|-----------2----|
D|-----2-------2--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|
A|-3-------3------|----------------|-0-------0------|-0-------0------|
E|----------------|-3-------X------|----------------|----------------|


    G               G                G                G          
E|----------------|-3--------------|----------------|----------------|
B|-------3--------|-------0--------|-----------0----|----------------|
G|-----------0----|-----------0---0|-------0--------|-------0--------|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|---------0h2----|
E|-3-------3------|-3-------3------|-2h3-----3------|-0h3------------|



VERSE 2 [same chords and picking pattern as verse 1]



CHORUS
 


BRIDGE 2:


   G                G                G                G
E|----------------|-3--------------|----------------|-3--------------|
B|-----------3----|-------3--------|-----------3----|-------3--------|
G|-------0--------|-----------0----|-------0--------|-----------0----|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|-2h3-----3------|-3-------3------|-2h3-----3------|-3-------3------|


   C/G              C/G              D/A              D/A
E|----------------|-0--------------|----------------|-2--------------|
B|-----------1----|-------1--------|-----------3----|-------3--------|
G|-------0--------|-----------0----|-------2--------|-----------2----|
D|-----2-------2--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|
A|-3--------------|---------3------|-0-------0------|-0-------0------|
E|---------3------|-3--------------|----------------|----------------|

  
    G               G                G                G          
E|----------------|-3--------------|----------------|-3--------------|
B|-------3--------|-------3--------|-----------3----|-----------3----|
G|-----------0----|-----------0---0|-------0--------|-------0--------|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|-3-------3------|-3-------3------|-2h3-----3------|-3-------X------|


 
VERSE 3 [same chords and picking pattern as verse 1]



CHORUS



BRIDGE 3 [instrumental version of verse and chorus]:


   G                C                D/A              G
E|----------------|-0--------------|----------------|----------------|
B|-3---------0----|-------1--------|-3---------3----|-------0--------|
G|-------0--------|-----------0----|-------2-------2|-0---------0----|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|
A|----------------|-3-------2------|-0-------0------|----------------|
E|-3-------3------|----------------|----------------|-3-------3------|
  

   G                C                G                    
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|-3---------0----|-1-------0------|-------3--------|----------------|
G|-------0--------|----------------|-----------0----|-------0--------|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|
A|----------------|-3-------2------|----------------|---------0h2----|
E|-3-------3------|----------------|-3-------3------|-0h3------------|


   G                C                D/A              G
E|----------------|-0--------------|----------------|----------------|
B|-3---------0----|-------1--------|-3---------3----|-----------0----|
G|-------0--------|-----------0----|-------2-------2|-------0h2------|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|
A|----------------|-3-------2------|-0-------0------|----------------|
E|-3-------3------|----------------|----------------|-3-------3------|
  
 
   G                C                D/A              D/F#      
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|-3---------0----|-1---------0----|-----------3----|-----------3----|
G|-------0--------|-------0--------|-------2--------|-------2--------|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----4-------0--|
A|----------------|-3-------2------|-0-------0------|---------0------|
E|-3-------3------|----------------|----------------|-2--------------|


   G                C/G              D/A              G
E|----------------|-0--------------|----------------|----------------|
B|-3---------0----|-------1--------|-3--------------|----------------|
G|-------0--------|-----------0----|-------2--------|-------0-----0--|
D|-----0-------0--|-----2-------2--|-----0----------|-----0---0h2----|
A|----------------|---------3------|-0--------------|----------------|
E|-3-------3------|-3--------------|---------0---2--|-3--------------|
  

   G                C                G                G    
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|-3---------0----|-1-------0------|-------3--------|-----------0----|
G|-------0--------|----------------|-----------0----|-------0h2------|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|
A|----------------|-3-------2------|----------------|----------------|
E|-3-------3------|----------------|-3-------X------|-3-------3------|

 
   C                D/A              G/B              C/G      
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----------------|-----------3----|----------------|-----------1----|
G|--------0-------|-------2--------|-------0--------|-------0--------|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0----------|-----2-------2--|
A|-3-------2------|-0-------0------|-2-------2---0--|----------------|
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|-3-------3------|


   C                D/A              D/A              G      
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----------------|-----------3----|----------------|-----------3----|
G|-------0--------|-------2--------|-------2--------|-------0--------|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0----------|-----0-------0--|
A|-3-------2------|-0-------0------|-0--------------|----------------|
E|----------------|----------------|---------0---2--|-3-------X------|
     

   C                D/A              G                G      
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|-----------0----|----------------|-----------3----|----------------|
G|-------0--------|-------2--------|-------0--------|-------0--------|
D|-----0-------0--|-----0----------|-----0----------|-----0-------0--|
A|-3-------2------|-0--------------|-------------0--|---------0h2----|
E|----------------|---------0---2--|-3-------X------|-0h3------------|



Repeat VERSE 1 and CHORUS



Outro:


   C/G              D/A              D/A              G
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|----------------|-----------3----|----------------|----------------|
G|-------0--------|-------2--------|-------2--------|-------0---0----|
D|-----2-------0--|-----0-------0--|-----0----------|-----0-------0--|
A|-3-------2------|-0-------X------|-0--------------|----------------|
E|----------------|----------------|---------0---2--|-3-------X------|


   D                                 G
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|
B|-----3----------|----------------|----------------|
G|h2-------2------|----------------|p0--------------|
D|-------------0--|----------------|----------------|
A|----------------|----------------|----------------|
E|----------------|----------------|----------------|





 
LYRICS AND CHORDS (album version):



G  G  G        C     /b     D/a      G
      How many roads must a man walk down,

  G        C    G/b   G    G
before you call him a man?

G        C    /b     D/a        G
How many seas must a white dove sail,

  G        C      /b     D/a   D/f#
before she sleeps in the sand?

       G        C     /b     D/a    e f# G
Yes 'n how many times must a cannon ball fly,


  G    C           /b   G        G
before they're for-ever banned?



    C  /b     D/a       G/b        a   C/g
The answer my friend is blowing in the wind,


    C C/b     D/a     e  f#  G     C /b
The answer is blowing in the wind.


D/a    G/b a   C/g    C /b


D/a    G      G


How many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, 'n how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, 'n how many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesn't see?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.


How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.



            
            
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