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The times they are a-changin’

[Verse 1]
     G             Em           C        G
Come gather 'round people where ever you roam
      G            Am     C               D
And admit that the waters around you have grown
    G              Em             C               G
And accept it that soon you'll be drenched to the bone
        G       Am           D
If your time to you is worth savin'
         D7                              Gmaj7       D
Then you better start swimmin' or you'll sink like a stone
        G     C          D   G
For the times they are a-changin’

[Verse 2]
     G           Em          C                    G
Come writers and critics who prophesize with your pen
    G              Am              C          D
And keep your eyes wide the chance won't come again
    G               Em           C                G
And don't speak too soon for the wheel's still in spin
            G          Am            D
And there's no tellin' who that it's namin'
        D7                Gmaj7    D
For the loser now will be later to win
        G     C           D   G
For the times they are a-changin’

[Verse 3]
     G         Em          C               G
Come senators, congressmen please heed the call 
      G            Am            C            D
don't stand in the doorway don't block up the hall 
    G            Em           C          G
For he that gets hurt will be he who has stalled
          G         Am             D
There's a battle outside and it is ragin'
       D7                         Gmaj7       D
It'll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls
        G     C          D   G
For the times they are a-changin’

[Verse 4]
     G           Em      C              G
Come mothers and fathers throughout the land
    G          Am            C           D
And don't criticize what you can't understand
     G             Em              C            G
Your sons and your daughters are beyond your command
     G           Am      D
Your old road is rapidly agin'
       D7                            Gmaj7           D
Please get out of the new one if you can't lend your hand
        G     C          D   G
For the times they are a-changin’

[Verse 5]
    G          Em        C           G
The line it is drawn the curse it is cast
    G        Am       C        D
The slow one now will later be fast
       G       Em       C        G
As the present now will later be past
    G        Am      D
The order is rapidly fadin'
        D7                 Gmaj7    D
And the first one now will later be last
        G     C          D   G
For the times they are a-changin’

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djzbambam 10 Sep 16, 2009 11:37 PM

Swap the 3rd and fourth versus.
Change that Gmaj7 for a simple G. Maybe it's the "right" chord, but I can't make it sound right. There is a walk-down bass line there too that makes it sound better. There is also a walk-up bass line on the last line of each verse.

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LedZepFan543 30 Jul 31, 2010 05:57 PM

Are you sure about that F in the last verse?

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jverive 117 Mar 19, 2013 06:37 AM

The F chord in the last verse should definitely be a G.

I fingerpick this song, and use the following progression on the second-to-last line of each verse, for example:

D D*/C D*/B D*/A
Then you better start swimmin', or you'll sink like a stone,

Here are appropriate left-hand positions for these "chords":


The actual left-hand positions I use are just a bit different, and have a dissonance that I find quite pleasant:


with the result that the actual "chords" I use are best written as:

D D9/C Em7/B A7sus4
Then you better start swimmin', or you'll sink like a stone,

Others may not like these fingerings, but I've never heard complaints after playing the song!

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