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If Not for You  Bob Dylan

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If Not for You
If Not for You
Words and music Bob Dylan
Released on New Morning (1970), Greatest Hits II (1971)
and Biograph (1985), and in an earlier version (w/George
Harrison) on The Bootleg Series 1-3 (1991)
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem
Album version
This one is more tricky than it seems at first. The tricky thing is
actually the E chord. It sounds like it is (or rather: it's
definitely) played in the fourth position, with the prominent g# on
the 1st string (4th fret), as if there was a capo on the fourth fret,
but the G#m' and F#m' chords are definitely played:
So that rules out the capo. That would suggest these chords:
Which may be a bit awkward to play, but that would be more than enough
compensated by the thrill of playing exactly as it was done then,
right...?
One can of course use any variety of these chords, or even a capo on
the fourth fret, with the chords C, G, F, Em Dm.
Intro:
|. . . . |. . . . |
|E B A| B E|x3
|. . . . |. . . . |. . . . |. . . . | as above
|G#m' F#m' G#m' F#m' E| x2
If not for [E]you,[B] [A]
Babe, I couldn't [E]find the door,[B] [A]
Couldn't even [E]see the floor,[B] [A]
G#m' F#m'
I'd be sad and blue,
If not for [E]you.
If not for you,
Babe, I'd lay awake all night,
Wait for the mornin' light
To shine in through,
But it would not be new,
If not for you.
[A]If not for you
My [E]sky would fall,
[B]Rain would gather [E]too.[E7]
[A]Without your love I'd be [E]nowhere at all,
[F#]I'd be lost if not for [B]you,
A G#m' F#m'
And you know it's true.
B A G#m' F#m'
B A G#m' F#m'
B A G#m' F#m' E
If not for you
My sky would fall,
Rain would gather too.
Without your love I'd be nowhere at all,
Oh! what would I do
If not for you.
If not for you,
Winter would have no spring,
Couldn't hear the robin sing,
I just wouldn't have a clue,
Anyway it wouldn't ring true,
If not for you.
Bootleg series 1-3 version
|. . . . |. . . . |
|G D C| D G|x5
|. . . . |. . . . |. . . . |. . . . | as above
|Am G D C
If not for [G]you,[D] [C]
Babe, I couldn't [G]find the door,[D] [C]
Couldn't even [G]see the floor,[D] [C]
I'd be sad and [Am]blue,
If not for [G]you.
(Instr. verse)
If not for you,
The night would see me wide awake
The day would surely have to break
But it would not be new,
If not for you.
[C]If not for you
My [G]sky would fall,
[D]Rain would gather [G]too.
[C]Without your love I'd be [G]nowhere at all,
I'd be [A7]lost if not for you.[D] [Dadd9/C] [G6/B] [D/A]
If not for you,
Winter would hold no spring,
I couldn't hear the robin sing,
I just wouldn't have a clue,
If not for you.
Tabbed by Eyolf Østrem - dylanchords.info

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