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Tangled up in blue

Indigo Girls


TANGLED UP IN BLUE (Bob Dylan) ------------------------------ [These are the chords and lyrics as they appear on the _1200_Curfews_ live album, since that's the Indigo Girls version that most people are likely to have heard.] [Complete tablature for Emily Saliers' fingerpicking pattern (in the intro and first verse) is at the end of the file.]
A Asus4 A Asus4 A Asus4 A Asus4 [intro]
A Asus4 A Asus4 Early one morning the sun was shining; I was laying in bed A Asus4 D D Wondering if she'd changed at all, if her hair was still red A Asus4 A Asus4 Her folks, they said our lives together sure was gonna be rough A Asus4 D D They never did like Mama's homemade dress, Papa's bankbook wasn't big enough
E FMe, I'm standing on the side of the road, rain falling on my shoes E FI'm heading out to the east coast, lord knows I've paid some dues E E G - D A Asus4 A Asus4 Getting through; tangled up in blue
She was married when we first met, soon to be divorced I helped her out of a jam, I guess, but I used a little too much force We drove that car as far as we could, abandoned it out west Split up on a sad dark night, both agreeing it was best
She turned around to look at me as I was walking away And I heard her say over my shoulder, we'll meet again some day On the avenue, tangled up in blue
I was living in the great North Woods, working as a cook for a spell But I never did like it all that much, and one day the axe just fell So I drifted down to New Orleans, where I happened to be employed Yeah I was working for a while on a fishing boat, right outside of Delacroix
And all the while I was alone, the past was close behind I've seen a lot of women, but she never escaped my mind And I just grew tangled up in blue
She was working at a topless bar, and I stopped in for a beer I just kept looking at the side of her face in the spotlight so clear Now, later on the crowd thinned out, and I was just about to do the same She's standing there in that back of my chair, she said, don't I know your name
Well I muttered something underneath my breath, she studied the lines on my face I must admit I felt a little uneasy when she bent down to tie the laces Of my shoes; we were tangled up in blue. I know, I know, I know....
[violin solo, same chords as one complete verse]
She lit a burner on the stove and offered me a pipe I thought you'd never say hello, she said, you look like the silent type And then she opened up a book of poems and handed it to me Written by an Italian poet from the thirteenth century
Every one of those words rang true and glowed like burning coal Pouring off of every page like it was written in my soul From me to you; tangled up in blue
[guitar & violin solo, same chords as one complete verse; but, after the G - D part, the tone changes dramatically and goes to A5 instead of A & Asus4:]
A5 A5 A5 A5 [bass & drums; bluesy tempo]
A5 A5 D5 D5 I lived with them on Montague Street A5 A5 D5 D5 In a basement down the stairs, yeah A5 A5 D5 D5 There was music in the cafes at night E5 E5 E5 E5 And revoluuuuuuuuuuuuuution in the air
A5 A5 D5 D5 That's when he started into dealing with slaves A5 A5 D5 D5 And something inside of her died, just died A5 A5 D5 D5 She had to sell everything she owned A5 A5 D5 D5 And she frooooooooze up inside E F And finally, when the bottom feel out, I became withdrawn E F The only thing I knew how to do was to keep on keeping on E E Like a bird that flewww-ew-ew-ew-ewww G - D A Tangled up in bluuuuue-oh yeah
A Asus4 A Asus4 A Asus4 A Asus4 [original tempo and chords]
Now I'm heading back again, I got to get to her somehow And all the people that I used to know, they're an illusion to me now Some are mathematicians, some are carpenters' wives I don't know how it all got started, I dunno what they're doing with their lives
But me, I'm still on the road, headed for another joint We always did feel the same, we just saw it from a different point Of view, tangled up in blue. I know, I know, I know....

[violin solo, same chords as one complete verse; end on A.]
TAB:
A Asus4 A Asus4 E ----------------|------0---------|----------------|------0---------| B --------2-------|2=3-------3-----|--------0=2-----|2=3-------3-----| G --------------2-|--------------2-|--------------2-|--------------2-| D ----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----2-------2---| A 0-------0-------|0-------0-------|0-------0-------|0-------0-------| E ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------| ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . [intro]
A Asus4 A Asus4 E ----------------|------0---------|----------------|--0-------------| B --------0=2-----|2=3-------3-----|------0-----0=2-|------2---------| G ----------------|--------------2-|----------------|----------------| D ----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----2-----2-----| A 0-------0-------|0-------0-------|0-------0-------|0-------0---0---| E ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------| ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . [intro]
A Asus4 A Asus4 E ----------------|------0---------|----------------|-------0--------| B ----------2-----|--3-------3-----|----------2-----|--3-------3-----| G ------2-------2-|--------------2-|------2-------2-|--------------2-| D ----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----2-------2---| A 0-------0-------|0-------0-------|0-------0-------|0-------0-------| E ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------| ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . Early one morning the sun was shining; I was laying in bed
A Asus4 D D E ----------------|-------0--------|----------2-----|--2-------2-----| B ----------2-----|--3-------3-----|------3-------3-|------3-------3-| G ------2-------2-|--------------2-|----2-------2---|----2-------2---| D ----2-------2---|----2-------2---|0-------0-------|0-------0-------| A 0-------0-------|0-------0-------|----------------|----------------| E ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------| ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . Wondering if she'd changed at all, if her hair was still red
A Asus4 A Asus4 E ----------------|------0---------|----------------|-------0--------| B ----------2-----|--3-------3-----|----------2-----|--3-------3-----| G ------2-------2-|--------------2-|------2-------2-|--------------2-| D ----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----2-------2---| A 0-------0-------|0-------0-------|0-------0-------|0-------0-------| E ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------| ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . Her folks, they said our lives together sure was gonna be rough
A Asus4 D(9) D(9) E ------0---------|-------0--------|----------0-----|----------0-----| B --2-------2-----|--3-------3-----|------3-------3-|------3-------0-| G --------------2-|--------------2-|----2-------2---|----2-------2---| D ----2-------2---|----2-------2---|0-------0-------|0-------0-------| A 0-------0-------|0-------0-------|----------------|----------------| E ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------| ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . They never did like Mama's homemade dress, Papa's bankbook wasn't big enough
E FE ----------------|----------------|----------------|------0---------| B ----------0-----|----------2-----|----------2-----|----------3-----| G ------1------(0)|------2------(2)|------2-------2-|----2-------2(0)| D ----2-------2---|----4-------4---|----2-------2---|0-------0-------| A ----------------|----------------|0-------0-------|----------------| E 0-------0-------|2-------2-------|----------------|----------------| ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . Me, I'm standing on the side of the road, rain falling on my shoes
E FE ----------0-----|----------------|----------------|----------0-----| B ----------------|--2-------2-----|----------2-----|------3---------| G ------1------(0)|------2-------2-|------2-------2-|----2-------2---| D ----2-------2---|----4-------4---|----2-------2---|0-------0-------| A ----------------|----------------|0-------0-------|----------------| E 0-------0-------|2-------2-------|----------------|----------------| ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . I'm heading out to the east coast, lord knows I've paid some dues
E Esus4 E G D E ------0-------0-|------0------(0)|------3-------2-| B ------------0---|--0-------0-----|----0-----3-----| G ----1---1=2-----|----2-------1---|0-----------2---| D ----------------|2-------2-------|--------0-------| A ----------------|----------------|----------------| E 0---------------|----------------|----------------| ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . Getting through; tangled up in blue
A Asus4 A Asus4 E ----------------|------0---------|----------------|--0-------0-----| B --------0=2-----|2=3-------3-----|--------0=2---3-|------3-------3-| G --------------2-|--------------2-|--------2-------|----------------| D ----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----2-------2---|----2-------2---| A 0-------0-------|0-------0-------|0-------0-------|0-------0-------| E ----------------|----------------|----------------|----------------| ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . ^ . [instrumental]
- Adam Schneider, schneider@pobox.com








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