Oops, an error
Loading. Please wait.

Changing Of The Guards chords

version 4
version 4

Whole song

139 views 1 this week
no commentswrite comment
1 2 3 4 5
2 more votes to show rating
add to favorites
Save as Personal and add changes to this tab that will be seen only by you. Learn more ›
You can save this tab as Personal to edit and correct it or add notes. All changes will be seen only by you. Learn more »
launch autoscroll
font size
simplify chords
display chords
guitar tuner
set tempo
About this tab version
I initially wanted to suggest a correction to another submission of this piece, but found my own version sufficiently different to warrant a separate submission. I would point out that the original release of this song contained minor variations in the chord progression, as many Dylan works do. This is a work from ear, not a songbook, but these chords work very well. Was this info helpful? Yes No
Strumming Is this strumming pattern correct? Yes No
All 120 bpm
G   D     Em
Sixteen years,
Am7 C   G         D             Em
Sixteen banners united over the field
           C               D
Where the good shepherd grieves.
           Em   Am7 C    G       D
Desperate men, desperate women divided,
                Em               C   D    G
Spreading their wings 'neath the falling leaves.

G   D      Em
Fortune calls.
Am7 C     G               D                     Em
I stepped forth from the shadows, to the marketplace,
                C                   D                       Em
Merchants and thieves, hungry for power, my last deal gone down.
Am7    C       G               D                     Em
She's smelling sweet like the meadows where she was born,
                C    D        G
On midsummer's eve, near the tower.

    G    D       Em
The cold-blooded moon.
     Am7 C   G                  D
The captain waits above the celebration
             Em           Am7 C    D
Sending his thoughts to a beloved maid
            Em   Am7 C G           D
Whose ebony face is beyond communication.
                Em               Bm              C        D    G
The captain is down but still believing that his love will be repaid.

      G     D   Em
They shaved her head.
Am7  C  G                        D
She was torn between Jupiter and Apollo.
               Em           C      D
A messenger arrived with a black nightingale.
                    Em   Am7 C  G                 D
I seen her on the stairs and I couldn't help but follow,
            Em             Bm                 C      D       G
Follow her down past the fountain where they lifted up her veil.

G   D            Em
I stumbled to my feet.
   Am7        G                 D
I rode past destruction in the ditches
               Em       Bm               C              D
With the stitches still mending 'neath a heart-shaped tattoo.
          Em    Am7 C G                D
Renegade priests and treacherous young witches
      Em              Bm           C    D       G
Were handing out the flowers that I'd given to you.

 G   D        Em
The palace of mirrors
Am7    C    G                D
Where dog soldiers are reflected,
            Em           C          D
The endless road and the wailing of chimes,
          Em     Am7   C   G            D
The empty rooms where her memory is protected,
           Em              Bm           C         D        G
Where the angels' voices whisper to the souls of previous times.

    G     D   Em
She wakes him up
Am7    C           G                 D
Forty-eight hours later, the sun is breaking
             Em               C                  D
Near broken chains, mountain laurel and rolling rocks.
                 Em   Am7   C       G                D
She's begging to know what measures he now will be taking.
                  Em               Bm                C    D     G
He's pulling her down and she's clutching on to his long golden locks.

G     D        Em
Gentlemen, he said,
Am7 C    G               D                        Em
I don't need your organization, I've shined your shoes,
                 C                         D
I've moved your mountains and marked your cards
             Em      Am7 C    G                     D
But Eden is burning, either brace yourself for elimination
             Em                    Bm              C       D        G
Or else your hearts must have the courage for the changing of the guards.

G      D    Em
Peace will come
Am7  C    G            D                       Em
With tranquility and splendor on the wheels of fire
          C             D                        Em
But will bring us no reward when her false idols fall
Am7 C  G              D               Em             Bm
A n d cruel death surrenders with its pale ghost retreating
             C           D         G
Between the King and the Queen of Swords.

Suggest correction
Creating personal tab
Creating personal tab
You can edit any tab online and save it as your Personal.

You can edit, replace or remove any tab part or add personal notes – all changes will be seen only by you.

Personal tabs can be accessed anytime from any device, even offline.
Learn more »
Give kudos to tab author, rate the tab!
1 2 3 4 5
print report bad tab
You may want to rate the tab now too:
select rating
Wanna post a correction for this tab? Suggest correction