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          Rambling Gambling Willie – Bob Dylan
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Tabbed by: maguri
Tuning: soprano C

Bob Dylan
Rambling Gambling Willie (1962)
(Dylan)


Recorded April 24, 1962 for "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" but along with 
three others later replaced with Dylan's newer compositions.

Several versions can be found on the net; this one is from: 
"The Bootleg Series Vol. 01-03: Rare and Unreleased 1961-1991" 


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CHORDS

         g-C-E-A
C        0-0-0-3
Csus4    0-0-1-3
Gadd4    0-0-3-2

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[Intro]
| C Csus4 C Csus4 | C Csus4 C   |

[Verse 1]
      C                               Csus4        C
Come around you rovin’ gamblers and a story I will tell
 C        Csus4    C            Csus4               C
About the greatest gambler, you all should know him well
    C        Csus4    C             Csus4           C
His name was Willie O’Conley and he gambled all his life
       Csus4                         Gadd4       Csus4
He had twenty-seven children, yet he never had a wife
         C     Csus4   C 
And it’s ride, Willie, ride
C    [ Csus4 ]
Roll, Willie, roll
    Csus4         C                Csus4   | C Csus4 C Csus4 | C Csus4 C   |
Wherever you’re a-gamblin’ now, no-obody knows


[Verse 2]
         C                              Csus4           C
Well, he gambled in the White House and in the railroad yards
    C    Csus4     C                 Csus4          C
Wherever there was people, there was Willie and his cards
   C       Csus4 C             Csus4            C
He had the reputation as the gamblin’est man around
Csus4                                     Gadd4          Csus4
Wives would keep their husbands home when Willie came to town
         C     Csus4   C 
And it’s ride, Willie, ride
C    [ Csus4 ]
Roll, Willie, roll
    Csus4         C               Csus4   | C Csus4 C Csus4 | C Csus4 C   |
Wherever you’re a-gamblin’ now, nobody knows


[Verse 3]
        C                         Csus4             C
Sailin’ down the Mississippi to a town called New Orleans
              C        Csus4      C         Csus4           C
They’re still talkin’ about their card game on that Jackson Queen
       C       Csus4    C       Csus4           C
 “I’ve come to win some money,” Gamblin’ Willie says
         Csus4                      Gadd4               Csus4
When the game finally ended up, the whole damn boat was his
         C     Csus4   C 
And it’s ride, Willie, ride
C    [ Csus4 ]
Roll, Willie, roll
    Csus4         C               Csus4   | C Csus4 C Csus4 | C Csus4 C   |
Wherever you’re a-gamblin’ now, nobody knows


[Verse 4]
   C                           Csus4               C
Up in the Rocky Mountains in a town called Cripple Creek
      C      Csus4     C           Csus4          C
There was an all-night poker game, lasted about a week
C    Csus4   C          Csus4            C
Nine hundred miners had laid their money down
     Csus4                            Gadd4                Csus4
When Willie finally left the room, he owned the whole damn town
         C     Csus4   C 
And it’s ride, Willie, ride
C    [ Csus4 ]
Roll, Willie, roll
    Csus4         C               Csus4   | C Csus4 C Csus4 | C Csus4 C   |
Wherever you’re a-gamblin’ now, nobody knows


[Solo] (harp)
| C Csus4 C  | Csus4 C | C Csus4 C  | Csus4 C |
| C Csus4 C  | Csus4 | C Csus4 | Gadd4 Csus4 |
| C Csus4 C  | Csus4 C | C Csus4 C  | Gadd4 C | 
| Csus4 C | C |


[Verse 5]
    C                              Csus4  Gadd4   C
But Willie had a heart of gold and this I know is true
      C      Csus4   C            Csus4             C
He supported all his children and all their mothers too
   C       Csus4    C                  Csus4          C
He wore no rings or fancy things, like other gamblers wore
   Csus4                             Gadd4             Csus4
He spread his money far and wide, to help the sick and poor
         C     Csus4   C 
And it’s ride, Willie, ride
C    [ Csus4 ]
Roll, Willie, roll
    Csus4         C               Csus4   | C Csus4 C Csus4 | C Csus4 C   |
Wherever you’re a-gamblin’ now, nobody knows


[Verse 6]
         C                                  Csus4        C
When you played your cards with Willie, you never really knew
C       Csus4  C           Csus4          C
Whether he was bluffin’ or whether he was true
   C             Csus4          Csus4         C
He won a fortune from a man who folded in his chair
    Csus4                                Gadd4              Csus4
The man, he left a diamond flush, Willie didn’t even have a pair
         C     Csus4   C 
And it’s ride, Willie, ride
C    [ Csus4 ]
Roll, Willie, roll
    Csus4         C               Csus4   | C Csus4 C Csus4 | C Csus4 C   |
Wherever you’re a-gamblin’ now, nobody knows


[Verse 7]
       C                Csus4          C
It was late one evenin’ during a poker game
  C        Csus4   C              Csus4         C
A man lost all his money, he said Willie was to blame
   C         Csus4  C                       Csus4        C
He shot poor Willie through the head, which was a tragic fate
Csus4                                       Gadd4            Csus4
Willie’s cards fell on the floor, they were aces backed with eights
         C     Csus4   C 
And it’s ride, Willie, ride
C    [ Csus4 ]
Roll, Willie, roll
    Csus4         C               Csus4   | C Csus4 C Csus4 | C Csus4 C   |
Wherever you’re a-gamblin’ now, nobody knows


[Verse 8]
   C                              Csus4          C
So all you ramblin’ gamblers, wherever you might be
    C     Csus4  C        Csus4         C
The moral of the story is very plain to see
C         Csus4 C                Csus4            C
Make your money while you can, before you have to stop
    Csus4                                    Gadd4             Csus4
For when you pull that dead man’s hand, your gamblin’ days are up
         C     Csus4   C 
And it’s ride, Willie, ride (harp)
C    [ Csus4 ]
Roll, Willie, roll (harp)
    C    Csus4    C             Gadd4   [ C ]
Wherever you’re a-gamblin’ now, nobody knows


[Coda]
          1 + 2 + 3 + 4
| C Gadd4 | Csus4   C   C
 (harp)


            
            
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