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Trying To Get To Heaven chords

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                Trying To Get To Heaven – Bob Dylan
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Tabbed by: maguri
Tuning: Standard

Bob Dylan
Trying To Get To Heaven (1997)
(Dylan)

From: "Time Out Of Mind"

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capo: 1st fret
play: D
key: Eb

For the original chords transpose this tab +1.

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CHORDS

          E-A-D-G-B-E
D/F#      2-x-0-2-3-x
G#m7-5    4-x-4-4-3-x (= Bm/G#)

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Capo 1st fret

INTRO
G D/F# | A | A G | D | % |


VERSE 1
G                          A   G                           D
 The air is getting hotter,      there's a rumbling in the skies
G                                       A
I've been wading through the high muddy water
G                           D
 With the heat rising in my eyes
G#m7-5                          G
 Every day your memory grows dimmer
Em                           D
 It doesn't haunt me like it did before
G                                        A
 I've been walking through the middle of nowhere
G                                   D
Trying to get to heaven before they close the door


VERSE 2
G                 A      G                D
 When I was in Missouri    they would not let me be
G                          A
 I had to leave there in a hurry
G                     D
 I only saw what they let me see
G#m7-5                   G
  You broke a heart that loved you
            Em                       D
Now you can seal up the book and not write anymore
G                                A
 I've been walking that lonesome valley
G                                   D
Trying to get to heaven before they close the door


VERSE 3
G              A          G                D
 People on the platforms   waiting for the trains
G                         A
I can hear their hearts a-beatin'
     G                     D
Like pendulums swinging on chains 
         G#m7-5              G
When you think that you lost everything
    Em                             D
You find out you can always lose a little more
G                             A
 I'm just going down the road feeling bad
G                                   D
Trying to get to heaven before they close the door


SOLO
| G | A | G | D | 
| G | A | G | D | 
| G#m7-5 | G | Em | D |
| G | A | G | D | % |


VERSE 4
G                   A     G              D
 I'm going down the river, down to New Orleans
G                                    A
 They tell me everything is gonna be all right
    G                             D
But I don't know what "all right" even means
      G#m7-5                      G
I was riding in a buggy with Miss Mary-Jane
     Em                       D
Miss Mary-Jane got a house in Baltimore
G                      A
 I been all around the world, boys
        G                                   D
Now I'm trying to get to heaven before they close the door


VERSE 5
G                        A      G              D
 Gonna sleep down in the parlor  and relive my dreams
G                         A
 I'll close my eyes and I wonder 
   G                       D
If everything is as hollow as it seems
G#m7-5                     G
 Some trains don't pull no gamblers
   Em                           D
No midnight ramblers, like they did before
G                        A
 I been to Sugar Town, I shook the sugar down
        G                                   D
Now I'm trying to get to heaven before they close the door


SOLO
| G | A | G | D | 
| G | A | G | D | 
| G#m7-5 | G | Em | D |
| G | A | G | D 

            
            
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wronglyNeo 31 Oct 07, 2015 11:14 AM

That G#m7-5 sounds wrong to me. I think it should be a Bm instead.

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maguri [tm] 32,100 Oct 29, 2015 07:20 AM

Thank you for the comment! I just checked Dylan's recording again and I hear the Bm, too. But the bass plays a G# there and so that Bm becomes a G#m7-5, which actually IS a Bm chord (f#-b-d), but with a G# as its root. Bm also works, of course. But the strange tension at this point of the verse is created by the weird G# the bass is playing.

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wronglyNeo 31 Oct 29, 2015 09:28 AM

And how exactly do you play the G#m7-5 chord? If I play that one, it always sounds a bit odd...

And by the way: what's the difference to a Bm/G# then?

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