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HE WAS A FRIEND OF MINE BY WILLIE NELSON IN D

A great song from the pen of Bob Dylan, adapted with some changes and used by Willie 
Nelson as the soundtrack for the film “Brokeback Mountain”. It is in the same key but a 
little slower in tempo than the Dylan original.
The intro can be played throughout each verse, and the instrumentals follow the same 
chord pattern as the verses. F#7 and Bm are barre chords. If you are not up to them yet, 
omit the 5th and 6th strings.

Metronome 56

Mike Perry

Chords
   A7  D   G  F#7  Bm
e  0   2   3   2   2
B  2   3   0   2   3
G  0   2   0   3   4
D  2   0   0   2   4
A  0   0   0   4   2
E  0   0   0   2   2

Intro (picking melody over chord)

  A7        D       A7         D             
G     D F#7     Bm
e-0h3---------------0h3---22-0-----------2-5-3-3-3-2--2-3-2---2-|
B-------2s5-3------------------3-------3-----0-0-0-3--2-----5-3-|
G-------------2h4-2--------------2h4-2-------0-0-0-2-—3-------4-|
D--------------------------------------------0-0-0-0—-2-------4-|
A--------------------------------------------2-2-2-0—-4-------2-|
E--------------------------------------------3-3-2----2-------2-|

    D   A7  D
e-0-2-----2p0---------|
B---3---2-----3-------|
G---2-----------2h4-2-|
D---0-----------------|
A---0-----------------|
E---------------------|

A7                 D
He was a friend of mine
A7                 D
He was a friend of mine
G            D
Every time I think of him
  F#7                  Bm
I just can't keep from cryin'
       D A7               D
'Cause he   was a friend of mine

A7             D
He died on the road
A7             D
He died on the road
G               D
He just kept on moving
      F#7                  Bm
Never reaped what he could sow
    D A7               D
And he   was a friend of mine

Instrumental

A7               D
I stole away and cried
A7               D
I stole away and cried
G                    D
I never had too much money
      F#7                   Bm
And I never been quite satisfied
    D  A7                D
And he   was a friend of mine

A7                  D
He never done no wrong
A7                  D
He never done no wrong
G                     D
A thousand miles from home
       F#7             Bm
And he never harmed no one
    D  A7                D
And he   was a friend of mine

Instrumental

A7                 D
He was a friend of mine
A7                 D
He was a friend of mine
G                     D
Every time I hear his name Lord
  F#7                  Bm
I just can't keep from cryin'
       D  A7                D
'Cause he   was a friend of mine

            
            
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texasdesertrat 10 Feb 10, 2013 02:42 PM

From the pen of Dylan??? Dude, Dylan is awesome, but he didn't write EVERYTHING! This song is as old as the hills, hence, considered: "traditional."

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mikeperry109 217 Nov 17, 2015 07:35 AM

You are correct - apologies

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burpo 665 Sep 26, 2015 10:36 AM

I don't understand why when somebody points out a significant error, the tab isn't corrected. (Dylan's mis-applied authorship)

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